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The Insane Vaccine Debate

Consumer Power Report #451 The issue of mandatory vaccination is once again an item of debate in media circles given the recent outbreaks of measles and fueled this week by the continued inability of politicians to discuss vaccination policy without sounding like anti-science fools. It’s surprising that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was so bold in the use of state plenary power when it came to Ebola, would be the first to put his foot in his mouth on this topic. I understand what he was...

OIG Report Finds CMS Unprepared for Exchange Launch

Consumer Power Report #450 President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday barely made mention of his signature domestic policy achievement. But that doesn’t mean everyone else is keeping quiet about it. The Wall Street Journal reports: The federal government skipped key contracting requirements when awarding hundreds of millions of dollars to build the troubled HealthCare.gov site, according to an inspector general’s report. The investigation published Tuesday by the Office of...

The Need for CBO Reform

Consumer Power Report #449 During the past week, the House voted to direct the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to use “dynamic scoring” of legislation. I’ll wait while you yawn, but this is actually an important development. CBO has used dynamic scoring in the past on multiple pieces of legislation – it’s an attempt to score not just the obvious impact of a piece of legislation but also what will happen to the economy because of the changes that are made. This is a logical thing to do, from...

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