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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...

Weak Idea at Bernie's: Bureaucrats Should Not Negotiate Drug Prices

Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Elijah Cummings -- along with a few other liberal Members of Congress -- want to change the way Medicare purchases drugs for seniors. Even President Trump has perpetuated the idea that having the government negotiate prices directly with drug makers would lower Medicare’s drug costs. It is a popular talking point mainly because many Americans naively assume Medicare does not haggle over the price of drugs. However, it’s a dumb idea; drugs used by seniors are negotiated through an elaborate bargaining process, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...

Should U.S. Imports Be Taxed to Subsidize Exports?

A proposed border-adjusted tax would be completely undermined by international competitive markets, according to a new study by NCPA Senior Fellow David Ranson, president and director of research at HCWE & Co...

Can Consumers Be Smart Health-Care Shoppers?

Patients are told they need to take greater control over their care. But are laypeople capable of sifting through all their choices to make the right decisions -- particularly when it comes to costs?, asks NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...

Do World Leaders Actually Know How to Respond to Terrorism?

The war against radical Islam might well become Obamacare for national security. Americans will continue to suffer, while elected officials dither, writes NCPA Senior Fellow David Grantham...

Advice to the New FDA Commissioner

Despite advances in information technology, the number of years it takes to approve a drug has about doubled every decade, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...


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