Daily Policy Digest
|Repealing Obamacare Is Good For California Jobs
Obamacare was a cash cow for providers, who now argue it was a program for jobs and economic growth. They now say that repealing Obamacare will kill California jobs. That grabs any politician's attention, but it is not true, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...
|Employers Beware, NLRB Shows Grit in Protecting Walkouts and Informal Strikes by Non-union Workers
Employers are finding themselves on thin ice in their response to employees' walkouts, informal strikes and other activities that include demands for higher wages and improved working conditions. However, employees who participate in "general strikes" unrelated to work, such as the "general strike against Trump" planned for February 17, may not be protected by federal labor law, writes NCPA Research Associate Coulter Young...
|Social Security Disability Insurance Program is "High Risk," Says GAO
Every two years the Government Accountability Office (GAO) identifies and reports on government operations that are "high risk" -- meaning vulnerable to fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement and inefficiency. The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program has been identified by the GAO as high risk since 2003. According to their 2017 report, some recommended goals have been "partially met," but more needs to be done, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Pam Villarreal...
|The Failure of a Dam in California Is Warning About the Grid
What in the world does the frightening news about the Oroville Dam in California have to do with America's electric grid? Answer: the failure of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), writes NCPA Senior Fellow David Grantham...
|Soda Taxes: Regressive and Unnecessary
A soda tax internalizes the negative externalities of market activities -- in this case the "public" health costs of obesity and other diseases -- by assessing at least a portion of these costs to consumers or soft drink manufacturers. Soda taxes are also flat taxes, thus regressive in nature, negatively impacting lower-income consumers, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Thomas Hemphill...
|Celebrity Apprentice and Medical Innovation Have Something Important in Common
A new report should help President Trump find his way out of the confusion suggested by his very mixed signals on the role of medical innovation to American prosperity and patient. The same policies which protect his investment in reality TV ensure medical innovators can invest in research and development, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...
|Who Is Responsible for Rising Drug Costs?
Americans’ prescription drug bills are rising. Most drugs are affordable, but prices for a few drugs exceed the average mortgage payment. They can be especially costly when there are only one, two or three patented drugs in a given therapeutic class. Drug makers are free to establish whatever price they believe the market will bear and, depending on the number of competitors, they could have significant pricing power.
|Congressional Brief: 12 Fundamentals of Highly Effective Healthcare
Empowering Patients, Providers and the Private Sector by lowering costs, increasing quality and expanding access.
|Texas should challenge the movement to boycott Israel
The divestiture movement fails to recognize or acknowledge that its strategy will not only hurt innovation and progress, but will likely worsen conditions for those it claims to support.
|Health Construction Picked Up in December
Health facilities construction turned around in December, growing 0.6 percent versus a decline of 0.3 percent in starts for other construction. Health facilities construction accounted for almost 6 percent of non-residential construction starts. However, the growth was all in private health facilities.