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.

  • Mar 17, 2015

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

    America’s Health IT Transformation: Translating the Promise of Electronic Health Records into Better Care

    The attempt to get medical providers to adopt EHRs has proven expensive, unproductive and potentially harmful, leading to the conclusion that the federal government should play a minimal role in guiding HIT over the next decade.

    Read the full testimony.

  • Feb 11, 2015

    Pam Villarreal Statement to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources

    "Challenges Facing Low-Income Individuals and Families in Today’s Economy"

    During a time when people reflect on the struggles and accomplishments of African-Americans over many decades, many agree that “more can be done” to ensure economic opportunity for all Americans.  But the demand that the “more” must be done by government through a stronger safety net, wealth redistribution and mandated equality measures overshadows the years of evidence that more often than not, government programs fail.  Over the past 30 years, NCPA has published a number of studies describing the effects. Many of these efforts discourage wise choices, limit educational opportunities and create burdensome regulations that hinder entrepreneurship.

    Read the full testimony.

  • Sep 17, 2014

    Ways & Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures

    “Strengthening Private Employer Pension Plans”

    On February 4th, 2009, before another Committee in this House, John C. Bogle, founder and former chief executive of The Vanguard Group, testified:

    "Our nation's system of retirement security is imperiled, headed for a serious train wreck. That wreck is not merely waiting to happen; we are running on a dangerous track that is leading directly to a serious crash that will disable major parts of our retirement system. Federal support-which, in today's world, is already being tapped at unprecedented levels-seems to be the only short-term remedy. But long-term reforms in our retirement funding system, if only we have the wisdom and courage to implement them, can move us to a better path toward retirement security for the nation's workers."

    In this context, wisdom means that we have made the investment necessary to unconditionally know-our-stuff!
    And courage means that our unalienable sense of ethics and morality empowers us to do the right thing.

    Read the full testimony.

  • Jul 29, 2014

    Testimony to the House Committee on Ways and Means

    Subcommittee on Social Security

    Chairman Johnson and Other Distinguished Members of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security,

    It is an honor to testify to you today about Social Security. I view Social Security as a fantastic, yet catastrophic success. The system has been a lifeline for generations of Americans who would otherwise have spent their retirements in abject poverty. And it has provided essential disability insurance, survivor insurance, divorce insurance, spousal dependency, child dependency, and parent dependency insurance.

    Read the full article.

  • Jun 18, 2014

    Risky Business – But For Whom?

    Taxpayers Deserve To Know Their Exposure To Shortfalls In Obamacare’s So-Called Private Health-Insurance Exchanges

    Chairman Jordan and Members of the Committee, I am John R. Graham, Senior Fellow at 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. I welcome the opportunity to share my views and look forward to your questions.