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Zika In Florida: A Case Study in Government Failure

It is remarkable that the American people are not outraged that the U.S. government has let mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus enter Florida, where they continue to infect people. This has happened while the federal government's energy has focused on controlling people's private health choices, such as forcing Catholic nuns to pay for artificial contraceptives, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

How to Make New Drugs More Affordable

Over the past several years, a few high-priced drugs have elevated drug spending to a political issue. Patients are more sensitive to rising costs due to increasing deductibles and, because consumers pay more of their drug costs, pharmaceutical companies are less able to pass on high prices without anyone noticing, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...

Why Did The FDA Approve 57 Percent Fewer New Medicines Last Year Than 2015?

The Food and Drug Administration has reported it approved only 19 innovative new medicines last year, versus 51 in 2015. The regulatory burden of approval has increased so much, it is contributing to a significant reduction in the rate of return on capital invested in pharmaceutical development. According to new research, the rate of return has collapsed from 10.1 percent in 2010 to 3.7 percent last year, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Lone Star Deterrent: Hardened Texas Grid Could Preempt EMP Catastrophe and Protect Vital U.S. Assets

Utilities in the Lone Star State operate their own, self-contained grid. And because it is confined within state borders, the Texas government has authority to preempt catastrophe by “hardening” the system, writes NCPA Senior Fellow David Grantham...

Life Expectancy Drops First Time Since 1993

U.S. life expectancy dropped to 78.8 years in 2015, a decrease of 0.1 year from 2014. The entire decrease was for life expectancy at birth. Life expectancy at age 65 was unchanged from the previous year. In other words, children and working-age people are bearing the burden of this decline, despite more government intervention in their access to health services, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Obamacare Repeal Has Begun for Small Firms

The 21st Century Cures Act expands the use of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) by small businesses. This is a win for small businesses which were harmed by Obamacare. Indeed, given the overwhelming bipartisan support for the 21st Century Cures Act, section 18001 could be defined as Democrat politicians, first real step towards conceding Obamacare needs to be repealed and replaced, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Economics of the 2016-2017 Debate Topic: U.S. Relations with China, Mixing Cooperation with Competition

China is an emerging great power and perhaps eventual superpower that is challenging Washington in several key areas. The economic benefits for the United States of its relationship with China seem obvious, but many Americans wonder if the difficulties outweigh the benefits, writes Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and NCPA contributing author...

Obamacare's Effect on Obamacare's Health Costs

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has published a chart showing how health benefit costs among private employers have increased over the past decade. The chart shows health benefits increased from 6.9 percent of total compensation in September 2006 to 7.6 percent last September. The 0.7 percentage point absolute increase is a relative increase of ten percent, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Obama Just Partially Repealed Obamacare, Proving Republicans Can Succeed

It looks like we can be highly confident the Republican-majority Congress will repeal Obamacare very quickly starting in January. However, there is some question about what exactly will be repealed. Fortunately, the 21st Century Cures Act, which President Obama just signed, shows Republicans can lead on complex health reform legislation, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Manufacturing's Greatest Days Lie Ahead

In Donald J. Trump's "Contract with the American Voter," the president-elect outlines what he intends to do to in his first 100 days in office to "Make America Great Again." A key component of the contract is the seven actions that he will initiate during his first days as president "to protect the American worker." Two of these actions will importantly have long-term consequences for the economic success of American manufacturers: First up, President Trump plans on lifting restrictions on the production of domestic energy resources, including shale oil, natural gas and clean coal. Second, he has pledged to lift regulatory roadblocks established by the Obama administration to allow important energy infrastructure projects, such as the Keystone Pipeline, to progress to completion, writes Mark Perry and NCPA Senior Fellow Thomas Hemphill...


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