Daily Policy Digest
|Syrians Quietly Investigated During the Great Immigration Panic of 2017
The United States was expected to endure the threat from militant Islam under former President Obama. The United States is expected to prevail under President Trump. That's at least a good start, writes NCPA Senior Fellow David Grantham...
|Massachusetts Governor Hiking Taxes To Rescue Failed Health Reform
Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts has proposed a tax of $2,000 per worker on businesses which do not offer health coverage to employees who become dependent on Medicaid. This makes him the second Republican governor of Massachusetts to buy into the notion that imposing taxes (or fines or penalties or fees) on individuals and businesses can force them to accept responsibility for government failure at getting health spending under control, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...
|The Grand Delusion of the Progressive Left
In 2009, the progressive left embarked upon an ideological agenda evidencing a serious delusion and disconnection with America. Instead of focusing on two simple issues, economic growth and national security, Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and their acolytes engaged a direction for America that was not rooted in sound policy, but their interpretation of "fairness," writes NCPA's Executive Director and Vice Chairman Allen West...
|Consumer Price Index: Moderate Health Price Increases
The Consumer Price Index rose 0.3 percent in December. Medical prices rose only 0.2 percent. This is the fourth month in a row we have enjoyed medical price relief. Even prices of prescription drugs rose by only 0.2 percent. Prices of health insurance even dropped a smidgeon, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...
|Are "Deficit Hawks" Prepared for Trump's Proposed Spending Cuts?
Newly-evolved "deficit hawks" who ignored deficits during the Obama administration (but have now decided that deficits matter) should be pleased that President Trump is proposing to cut federal spending 10 percent, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Pam Villarreal...
|Advice to Trump: Leave Medicare Drug Prices to The Free Market
President-elect Donald Trump has bashed drug prices on numerous occasions. During his campaign, he championed the idea of having the government directly negotiate the price of Medicare drugs for Part D drug plans. Trump seemingly dropped the idea later in his campaign only to resurrect it again mid-January. Many Democrats also believe the government could secure a lower price for the drugs Medicare reimburses on seniors' behalf. However, Republicans have long opposed the idea of government meddling in private markets and codified a non-interference clause in the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...
|The Council of Economic Advisers' Bad Obamacare Economics
President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers has issued its valedictory report on the state of Obamacare. The gist of the argument is that Obamacare is doing fine, on the verge of overcoming its growing pains since 2014. On the contrary, the evidence indicates Obamacare’s problems are getting worse, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...
|Veterans Deserve Better Health Care
President-elect Trump has nominated David Shulkin, MD, to be the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Can veterans hope for better reform than just more tinkering with the current bureaucracy? Or will they have the opportunity to liberate themselves from it? No other public servants, active or retired, are forced to go to government-owned hospitals for care, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...
|How the Economy Affects Major Asset Classes
Asset performance patterns are not always easy to explain, even over longer time frames. For instance, stock and bond prices are positively correlated, but they are also negatively correlated at various times. Asset prices also move differently in periods of uncertainty than in quieter times, according to David Ranson, president and director of research at HCWE & Co. and NCPA senior fellow.
|Health Jobs Explode Versus Non-Health Jobs
Health jobs exploded in last week's jobs report, growing more than three times faster than non-health jobs (0.28 percent versus 0.09 percent). With 43,000 jobs added, health services accounted for over one quarter of 156,000 new nonfarm civilian jobs, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...