Issue Briefs

Has the Affordable Care Act Slowed the Growth of Health Care Spending?

For years, health care spending has outpaced economic growth. However, in 2012, health care spending as a share of the economy declined slightly for the second year in a row, based on official governm…

India’s Weak Patent Rights Hurt U.S. Pharmaceutical Trade

India is one of the top global leaders in the generic pharmaceutical drug market. The third largest drug producer in the world, India is also the second largest exporter of generic drugs to the United…

The Biggest Myths of ObamaCare

Four years after its passage, Obamacare has now been largely implemented, and millions have had their coverage disrupted. For years, the administration has propagated a number of myths about Obamacare…

Liberating the Poor from Poverty

Poverty has exploded to record levels under President Obama.

The Marketplace Fairness Act:Tilting the Playing Field

Last year, the U.S. Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), allowing states to require online retailers to collect and remit sales taxes for each buyer’s state. Though the House of Represent…

Supporting the Troops: The TRICARE Quagmire

TRICARE, the military health insurance program run by the Department of Defense, has a well-deserved reputation for inadequate quality at an exorbitant public cost. Drastic changes to this program are…

Medicare Drug Plans: Don’t Mess with Success

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have a negative impact on seniors. A portion of ACA funding is derived by cutting $716 billion from the Medicare program over the next decade — which could reduce se…

Reforming Arkansas’ Medicaid Drug Program

Arkansas has moved most of its Medicaid enrollees into privately-administered managed care plans. Currently, half a million Arkansas beneficiaries are enrolled in managed care. This is equivalent to n…