Testimonies and Speeches

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.

  • Mar 31, 2009

    Empowering Patients and Improving Public Health

    Public health plays an important role in our overall health care system.  Several significant achievements are directly attributable to public health.  For instance, the response to the London cholera epidemics of the late 1800s is a well-known, classic example of public health.  In that case, no single individual had an incentive to bear the full cost of repairing sewer lines that were leaking into the water supply because all the costs would be borne by the repairer, while the benefits would accrue to community at large.  Thus, keeping community water supplies free from sewage contamination became a public health matter, as opposed to a private health matter.


  • Mar 19, 2009

    Small Business And Economic Recovery

    I am Terry Neese, a distinguished fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis and "serial entrepreneur." NCPA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization dedicated to developing and promoting private alternatives to government regulation and control. We provide policy ideas that help women, families and small businesses remain an active, productive part of our economy, solving public policy problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector.


  • Mar 12, 2009

    Protecting Lower-Income Families from the Consequences of Climate Change Legislation

    Mr. Chairman and members of the Subcommittee, please accept my comments for the record regarding the March 12 hearing on the effects of climate change legislation on low and moderateincome families. I am Dr. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow of the National Center for Policy Analysis, 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.


  • Mar 12, 2009

    MARK-TO-MARKET ACCOUNTING: Practices and Implications

    When I moved to Texas in 1991, someone gave me a little book of Texas wisdom titled, "Don't Squat with Your Spurs On." Among its nuggets of wisdom was this one: "No matter who says what, if it don't make sense, don't believe it." What's been going on with mark-to-market accounting doesn't make sense to me.


  • Feb 04, 2009

    Health Care Reform In A Struggling Economy: What Is On The Horizon For Small Business?

    This Committee knows better than most that small business employees are much less likely to have access to employer-sponsored health coverage than the employees of larger firms. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation...