Issue Briefs

Dynamic Scoring and Congress

One of the 114th Congress’ first moves was to open discussion on dynamic scoring. On January 6, 2015, the House of Representatives adopted a rule change that would require all legislation to be dynami…

The Accounting War: Inflation, Taxes and Financial Transparency

A seemingly technical accounting issue has important implications for competition between large corporations and smaller firms, for U.S. businesses overseas, and for the ability of individuals to unde…

"Sick Day" HSAs: A Better Idea than Mandated Sick Pay

President Obama recently proposed requiring employers to pay sick leave to the estimated 43 million American workers who not receive this benefit. Many of these workers cannot afford unpaid sick days…

The Crisis in Drug Research and Development

The rate of growth of health spending remains moderate, but one area where prices appear to be increasing faster than in recent years is brand-name prescription drugs.1 Many blockbuster drugs lost the…

Roll Back the Federal 10-Year Strategic Plan for Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology (HIT) includes a wide range of products, technologies and services, such as electronic health records (EHRs), mobile and telehealth technology, cloud-based services, medi…

The Higher Education Bubble

President Obama has proposed to give community college students two “free” years of community college at an projected cost of nearly $70 billion (ultimately to be paid for by workers who don’t go to c…

Include Medicaid with Other Safety-net Program Reforms

In 2014, U.S. Representative Paul Ryan introduced a proposal to consolidate federal antipoverty programs called Expanding Opportunity in America. Ryan’s plan focuses on the Earned Income Tax Credit (E…

Engagement in STEM Education

Recent efforts by federal, state and local governments and private sector demand have made STEM-related fields of study much more accessible to students across the country. Both private and public sch…