Daily Policy Digest
|Would Lifting the Taxable Earnings Cap Make Social Security More Solvent?
The annual Social Security Trustees report was quietly released in June, but it looked bleak. The Social Security program (including retirement benefits, Disability and Supplemental Security Income) is facing an $11.4 trillion unfunded liability over the next 75 years. The liability increases to $32 trillion into the indefinite future, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Pam Villarreal...
|Three Reasons Donald Trump Won
Donald Trump's stunning victory last night left media and political pundits shocked and in some cases, horrified. But for anybody who has not benefited from the post-2008 economic recovery (and there are still many), this upset came as no surprise. Here are three factors I believe that the media and pundits underestimated, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Pam Villarreal...
|What's Really Going on with the Latest Clinton Email Scandal
Whether it's Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation, or the email scandal, national security has often taken a backseat to self and convenience. I fear this behavior will not change, writes NCPA Senior Fellow David Grantham...
|Health Jobs Grew Twice As Fast As Non-Heath Jobs in October
Friday's jobs report maintained the trend of high growth in health services, with those jobs growing twice as fast as non-health jobs (0.21 percent versus 0.10 percent). With 31,000 jobs added, health services accounted for almost one fifth of 161,000 new jobs. The disproportionately high share of job growth in health services is a deliberate outcome of Obamacare, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...
|Artificial Intelligence Is Here: Now What?
The long-term societal benefits of commercialization of AI in education, energy conservation, environmental protection, and health care are indeed worth the commitment to fairness, inclusiveness, and transparency the Partnership on AI publicly supports as part of its efforts to help facilitate AI's acceptance in the United States, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Thomas Hemphill...
|When Citizens Threaten the Establishment
The American public should begin by demanding innovative security solutions all purposed at yanking power back from the establishment, writes NCPA Senior Fellow David Grantham for Townhall...
|Divergence in Private Versus Public Health Facilities Construction Continues in September
Health facilities construction accounted for 6 percent of non-residential construction starts. However, construction of private health facilities dropped 1.0 percent, while construction of public health facilities increased 2.4 percent, versus a drop of 1.0 percent for other public construction. Is this what they mean by "infrastructure" spending -- broken bridges and roads, while more VA and county hospitals spring up?
|They Can't Even Give It Away: Global Charity Rejects Free Vaccines
Doctors Without Borders /Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has decided to reject a donation of one million doses of pneumonia vaccine from Pfizer, Inc., writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...
|Gross Domestic Product: Tame Health Spending in Strong Third Quarter
Overall, real GPD increased 2.9 percent on the quarter, while health services spending increased only 2.3 percent, and contributed only 9 percent of real GDP growth. Growth in health services spending was also in line with other services spending and personal consumption expenditures (PCE). Also, the annualized change in the health services price index increased by 1.6 percent, very close to overall GDP, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...
|Obamacare 2017 Premium Hikes 25 Percent. What's Next?
The Obama Administration has confessed the average 2017 Obamacare premium hike for the benchmark (second-lowest cost) Silver plan will be 25 percent. Don't worry, says the Administration, tax credits will ensure beneficiaries only pay a fraction of their premiums. It is true, very few people would buy Obamacare plans without the tax credits the Administration cheers, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...