Testimonies, Speeches and Comments

The NCPA has a highly effective office in Washington, D.C. that sponsors Capitol Hill briefings, conferences and testimony by NCPA experts before congressional committees. The NCPA serves as a source of "outside the Beltway" thinking for Capitol Hill deliberations.

  • Sep 21, 2015

    A Symptom; Not the Sickness: Understanding Health Insurance Consolidation

    Chairman Lee, Ranking Member Klobuchar, thank you for the opportunity to submit this testimony on the impact of mergers in the health insurance industry. The two combinations of greatest concern are Anthem’s announced takeover of Cigna and Aetna’s announced takeover of Humana. Although tis hearing is narrowly focused on antitrust as enforced by the Department of Justice, it is also necessary to understand Obamacare as a cause of this consolidation.

    One indicator regulators use to determine whether a business combination will reduce competition is whether there are significant barriers to entry in the industry. If there are, new competitors will not exploit openings created by incumbents’ consolidation. The CEOs of Anthem and Aetna have each (independently) pointed to Oscar, a new health insurer with highly pedigreed investors, as evidence that health insurance is an easy business to enter.

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  • Sep 10, 2015

    Allen West: Texas is Working to Protect the Electrical Grid Against Natural or Man-Made Electromagnetic Pulse

    Chairman Weber, Chairman Loudermilk, members of the Energy and Oversight subcommittees, thank you for the opportunity to submit written comments about securing the electrical grid against solar storms and man-made electromagnetic pulses. I am Allen B. West, president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization dedicated to developing and promoting private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector. The NCPA is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

    Having recently moved to Texas, I am proud to report that the state of Texas is showing leadership on this issue by taking action to protect the Texas electrical grid from the damaging effects of a natural or man-made electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that could blackout the entire state for months, with catastrophic consequences. The Texas legislature is moving toward potential legislative solutions, and members of the Executive Branch have met with experts to determine the best course of action to protect the electrical grid in Texas.

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  • Aug 05, 2015

    The Higher Education Bubble

    Chairman Alexander, Senator Murray and members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to submit written comments about reauthorizing the higher education act. I am Lloyd Bentsen IV, a senior research fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization dedicated to developing and promoting private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector. The NCPA is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.


  • Jul 22, 2015

    Texas is Working to Protect the Electrical Grid Against Natural or Man-Made Electromagnetic Pulse

    Chairman Johnson, Senator Carper and members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to submit written comments about securing the electrical grid against solar storms and electromagnetic pulse.  I am Allen B. West, president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA).  We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization dedicated to developing and promoting private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector.  The NCPA is headquartered in Dallas, Texas...

     

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  • Jun 17, 2015

    Letter to the Republican Study Committee regarding the American Health Care Reform Act

    Dear Representatives Flores, Roe and Scott,

    On behalf of the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), I offer my heartfelt thanks to you and the Republican Study Committee for your work on the American Health Care Reform Act.

    The American Health Care Reform Act lays out vital ideas and solutions that Congress must draw upon to solve the perverse problems that were created by the so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA)....

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