Daily Policy Digest

Innovative, Unique, Even Revolutionary: Surgery Center of Oklahoma

Traditionally, health plans allowed enrollees to go anywhere for care with little regard for costs; by contrast, the Surgery Center of Oklahoma offers a cost incentive alternative for quality care, says Devon Herrick, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Allowing Foreign Airlines in U.S. Markets

Many European carriers have lower costs than U.S. airlines and could fill the gaps in domestic transportation...

Keeping Health Care Costs Down

Patients can save between 30 percent and 70 percent by going abroad for intensive medical procedures, such as bypass surgery and knee replacements...

Natural Gas Boom Myths

All profits from the U.S. oil boom do not go to "Big Oil"; more than 20,000 small- and medium-sized oil and gas firms exist in the United States, with a median size of just 15 employees...

Early Enrollees Sicker Than Average

Six of the top 10 costliest medications used by Affordable Care Act enrollees were specialty drugs, compared to only four of the 10 most expensive medications used by patients in commercial plans...

The Economics of Medicaid: Assessing the Costs and Consequences

Under the Affordable Care Act, the Congressional Budget Office projects Medicaid enrollment to increase nearly 30 percent by 2024 and federal spending on the program to double over the next decade...

How Green Policies Hurt the Poor

In the last five years, it has become 63 percent more expensive to heat a home in the United Kingdom; at the same time, real wages have declined...

Teacher Effectiveness and Student Achievement

By eliminating only the bottom 5 percent to 8 percent of teachers, American student achievement could rise to the level of achievement in Canada, which translates into an average paycheck increase of 20 percent each year, for the next 80 years for all workers...

New Banking Reforms Are Not Real Reform

U.S. regulatory agencies have released a number of rules aimed at preventing another housing crisis, but the new regulations are completely irrelevant and do not address the real source of potential trouble...

Corporate Income Tax Needs Structural Reform

Corporations operating internationally can shift income around through a variety of techniques that allow them to manipulate the "source" of that income and avoid the U.S. corporate income tax...


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