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Policy Briefs

Lanhee Chen On Competition In The Health Insurance Market

by Lanhee J. Chenvia PolicyEd
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Competition among insurers has gone down and premiums have gone up as a result of Obamacare.

Policy Insights

Single-Payer Health Care

by Scott W. Atlas, Richard A. Epstein, Lee Ohanian, Lanhee J. Chen, Tom Churchvia PolicyEd
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Single-payer health care is when the government acts as the only payer of health care costs in the economy. Rather than individuals purchasing insurance for payment of medical expenses through their employer or on the open market, the federal government typically covers all such costs.

Friedman Fundamentals

The Government's Effect On Charitable Giving

by Milton Friedmanvia PolicyEd
Monday, August 12, 2019

The greatest period of charitable activity occurred in the 19th century, when government spending was small as share of the economy.

Intellections

Teacher Pay And Student Performance

by Eric Hanushekvia PolicyEd
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Teaching is an underpaid profession. As a result, the quality of teachers is below what it would be if compensation were similar to industries of comparably skilled workers.

Policy Briefs

Scott Atlas On Why Competition, Not Laws, Will Make Health Care Prices Visible

by Scott W. Atlasvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

More patient control over health care spending will lead to more price visibility and lower costs. But contrary to popular belief, legislation isn’t necessary to make prices more visible in the health care system. The most compelling reason for doctors and hospitals to post their prices would be because they are competing for patients’ money.

Lessons From The Hoover Policy Boot Camp

The Role Of Commercial Nuclear Energy In A National Energy Policy With James Ellis Jr.

by Admiral James O. Ellis Jr.via PolicyEd
Thursday, August 1, 2019

The United States has achieved energy independence for the first time in decades, which allows us to ability to step back and shape our future national energy policy. Nuclear energy is one form of energy that has significant advantages, including zero-emissions and grid stability. Renewable energy is also low-carbon, but has drawbacks that nuclear power can compensate for. Because every energy source brings its advantage and challenges, it is essential to move forward with a mix of energy sources.

Policy Briefs

Scott Atlas Discusses How Health Savings Accounts Push Health Care Prices Down

by Scott W. Atlasvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Health Saving Accounts (HSAs) are an effective and proven method of reducing healthcare prices for everyone, not just those with HSAs. When patients are motivated to compare prices, prices for everyone decline significantly. While HSAs are effective in making health care more affordable, they should be expanded and allowed with any healthcare plan.

Policy Briefs

John Cochrane On Why A Complicated Tax Code Leads To Negative Outcomes

featuring John H. Cochranevia PolicyEd
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

In order to raise the necessary revenue for the government with minimal damage to the economy, we should lower marginal rates, broaden the base, and simplify the tax code. With a simple, clear system, we not only can raise revenue but also increase productivity and work.

Friedman Fundamentals

The Good Intentions And Unfortunate Consequences Of Government Programs

by Milton Friedmanvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Milton Friedman explains that in case after case, government programs adopted for good purposes have had the opposite effects. Federal programs on housing, schooling, health care, and job training have created as many problems as they have solved. There are almost no exceptions of governmental programs that have achieved their initial stated goals.

Policy Insights

Social Safety Nets

by John F. Cogan, Edward Paul Lazear, Lee Ohanian, Daniel Heilvia PolicyEd
Thursday, July 11, 2019

The federal government spends trillions of dollars each year on social safety net programs that take many different forms. Some provide cash assistance, and others provide health care, food, or housing. With so much money being spent on so many programs, it can be difficult to comprehend the extent of the US social safety net, its effectiveness, and its shortcomings. 

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Educating Americans about Public Policy

The digital media revolution has transformed the way people obtain information and form opinions. Countless partisan outlets peddle assertions and “sound bites” as indisputable facts. Few people have the knowledge and analytical skills to navigate this torrent of misinformation. They crave credible and accessible sources of facts, analysis, and information about proposed policies and the effects of those already enacted.


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