NCPA Media: NCPA in the News

  • Jan 22, 2005

    Uninsured throng drugstore when it offered drugs at cost, historic shop went high-volume

    Six months ago, one of Texas' oldest drugstores operated much as it had for 146 years, drawing a small but loyal base of customers with perks like free home delivery, credit accounts based on trust and an old-fashioned cosmetics counter.


  • Jan 19, 2005

    Lives at Risk: Single-Payer National Health Insurance Around the World

    If you're looking for intellectual ammunition to refute the perennial myths about the triumph of socialized medicine in the rest of the developed world, this book is essential. It is an updated, expanded, well-referenced version of Twenty Myths About National Health Insurance, published in 1991 by the National Center for Policy Analysis.


  • Jan 09, 2005

    Reform Calculations

    The Bush administration has suggested shifting the calculation of initial Social Security benefits from wages to prices to reduce costs. Reporters and pundits flew into a tizzy as if this were breaking news. But the indexing proposal has been discussed publicly since it was developed three years ago.


  • Jan 08, 2005

    STATE OF FEAR - OR SMEAR

    Global warming is hot! - pun fully intended. Within the space of a year, a blockbuster action movie and now a sure-to-be best-selling novel have both focused on the perils and political intrigues surrounding the question of whether, or to what extent, humans are causing the planet to overheat with all manner of apocalyptic results.


  • Jan 03, 2005

    America the "Stingy"? Hardly

    The other day, a United Nations official accused the U.S. of being "stingy" in terms of aid to tsunami victims in South Asia.

    After criticism from the State Department, the official clarified his position. Americans aren't being stingy in helping tsunami victims, only stingy in terms of overall foreign aid compared with other countries.


  • Jul 04, 2004

    Minimum wage rise results in job cuts

    Raising the minimum wage is back. Presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., has announced his intention to increase the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7 an hour by 2007. This latest proposal follows an earlier plan by Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., to boost the minimum wage as part of an amendment to welfare reform reauthorization.


  • Jul 04, 2004

    Over the Counter, Yes, but Out of the Insurance Plan

    A YEAR ago, Carrie Howland's 4-year-old son, Bobby, who has Down syndrome and Hirschsprung's disease, which affects his colon, was taking one prescription heartburn pill a day. But when the medication, Prilosec, became available over the counter in June 2003, Bobby's insurer stopped paying for it.


  • Jul 01, 2004

    Those Were the Days

    The death of Ronald Reagan led many of his liberal opponents to reassess his presidency, with some concluding that it was better than they thought at the time. The publication of Bill Clinton's memoir, meanwhile, has led many conservatives to reassess his presidency -- and most have concluded that it was as awful as they remembered.