Daily Policy Digest

Low Rebates in Medicare Wasting Taxpayer Dollars

In 2012, Medicare received $10.3 billion in rebates for $66.5 billion worth of drug payouts while Medicaid received $16.7 billion in rebates and paid out about $35.7 billion...

New Teacher Evaluation Reforms in New York

Since 2009, more than 40 states have rewritten their teacher evaluation policies. Many schools struggled to implement them because school systems have neglected to manage classroom instruction for decades...

Congress Blames TurboTax for Billion Dollar Tax Fraud

Even though the Affordable Care Act threw $77 million at the tax fraud problem and instituted a glitzy new state-of-the-art anti-fraud center, Medicare fraud still climbed by $12 billion over 2010 levels...

The U.S. Tax Code: Get Married and Face Potential Penalties

Marriage penalties occur when two individuals with equal incomes marry; this is true for both high- and low-income couples...

Patent Reform Could Soon End Abusive Behavior

Abusive claims accounted for over half of all patent litigation in 2012, while there was a nearly 40 percent increase in suits by non-participating entities (NPE) between 2007 and 2011...

Can Interstate Tolling Save U.S. Roads?

The estimated cost of reconstruction and prudent widening is nearly $1 trillion--and no funding source exists for this purpose...

Government Meddling In Home Mortgages More Now Than It Did In 2008

Billions in taxpayer dollars have been used to prop up the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), an agency that now insures three times the amount of mortgages it did prior to the crisis...

Debt Is Becoming a Growing Problem in Retirement

The percentage of homeowners 65 and older with mortgage debt increased from 22 percent in 2001 to 30 percent in 2011...

Venezuela in Serious Need of Energy Reform

Venezuela has the largest deposit of proven oil reserves, and owns over 17 percent of the world's oil...

Obama Seeks to Nationalize Each State's Electric Power Sector

The EPA's rule fundamentally re-orders the longstanding relation between the feds and states to create a "mother-may-I" relationship that has never before existed...


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