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Drain the Health Care Swamp that's Awash in Other Peoples' Money

Health care is not a right nor is it a privilege; it is a costly service. Health care consumes nearly 20 percent of our economy. The answer to reining-in runaway medical costs is to put consumers in charge of the funds, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...

Effects of a Border-adjusted Corporate Tax

U.S. firms pay the world's highest corporate tax rate -- a federal tax of 39.1 percent combined with an average 4.1 percent state tax on profits from domestic sales, or foreign sales (when and if the profits are repatriated). In contrast, the lower tax rate embedded in the prices of those goods produced in other countries and shipped to the United States often gives them a competitive advantage, whether due to other countries' lower value added taxes (VAT) or much lower corporate tax rates, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Richard B. McKenzie...

Wages and the Cost of Employment

Wages could be stagnant due to rising compensation costs. Compensation costs not only include a worker’s wages, but also the cost of providing benefits to the worker, such as health insurance, workers’ comp, unemployment insurance and paid vacation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, compensation costs for civilian workers increased 0.8 percent the first quarter of 2017 and 2.2 percent over the past 12 months, writes Senior Fellow Pamela Villarreal...

Terrorism in Latin America (Part Two): The Threat from Human Trafficking

Hypothetical scenarios often dominate the storyline of possible collusion between organized crime and jihadists in Latin America. The elaborate web of networks woven by drug cartels and Islamists adds to the confusion. A wide range of U.S. adversaries have conducted successful human smuggling operations, posing an immediate threat to U.S. national security, writes Senior Fellow David Grantham...

Why Trump's Industrial Policy Will Fail

President Trump appears set to press for a mixed bag of fiscal and trade policies that will likely have contradictory effects. In addition to taking pages from President Ronald Reagan's agenda to lower corporate and personal tax rates, trim government spending and deregulate business, President Trump also seems committed to pushing a version of the Democrats' 1980s "New Industrial Policy" agenda, writes Richard McKenzie, professor at the University of California-Irvine and NCPA senior fellow...

Technology and Cost Containment in Health Care

Technology is a significant driver of high health care spending. For instance, many treatments common today were not available 40 years ago. Yet, treatments and therapies that have been in use for decades are still quite expensive, writes Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...

Yes, Churches Should Remain Tax Exempt

There are many reasons that churches should remain tax-exempt, not the least of which is defining the “profit” of a nonprofit church would be difficult. The IRS already has in place exceptions where nonprofits can be taxed, such as if an organization rents out space for an event not related to its purpose or earns income in any other non-related activities, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Pamela Villarreal in an oped for Inside Sources...

Liberals Pining for (Single-Payer) Universal Medicaid-for-All

Single-payer is the ultimate government control of the health care system. Most Liberal politicians quietly support the idea, but many are afraid to voice their opinions. During her campaign, Hillary Clinton criticized Bernie Sanders' health proposal likely because she did not want to lose support from doctors, hospitals, drug companies and constituents with good employee health coverage, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick in Townhall...

How to Solve the Pre-Existing Condition Problem

The primary sticking point in health reform is what to do with high-cost individuals who have pre-existing health conditions. NCPA senior fellow, Devon Herrick, discusses a proposal states could do to remove the burden of costly enrollees from jacking up insurance premiums for healthy individuals who would then drop out...

America Should Be Ready, Venezuela Might Become the Next Syria

This is not a call for military intervention. It is merely a reminder that the arc of history bends toward inaction -- something we often come to regret, writes NCPA Senior Fellow David Grantham...


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