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April 16, 2015

The High Cost of Inventing New Drugs--And of Not Inventing Them


The cost of developing new prescription drugs is very expensive—a process made even more expensive than it has to be because of excessive government restrictions and limited patent life. However, not developing new drugs can also be expensive, both in financial and human costs.

March 19, 2015

How Tax Uncertainty Harms Economic Growth: Agricultural Investment and Section 179


Frantic end-of-year passage of tax extenders does not encourage investment as intended. In 2014, investment in agricultural equipment was hampered by tax uncertainty over Section 179. Congress must recognize the need for certainty in tax policy by passing temporary measures earlier in the year, and by implementing overall tax reform that results in a simpler, more stable tax system.

December 1, 2014

Wind Production Tax Credit Imposes High Costs


U.S. taxpayers have been subsidizing wind energy for decades. The primary focus of that subsidy has been the Production Tax Credit, which ended in 2013. But powerful forces want to reinstate the PTC, even though wind energy imposes huge costs on ratepayers and taxpayers at a time when fossil-fuel generated electricity is getting cheaper and cleaner.

November 17, 2014

How Two States Cut Medicaid and Saved Money


States are looking for ways to reduce their exploding Medicaid spending. Two states, Illinois and Pennsylvania, found a way to do just that: by examining their Medicaid and welfare rolls and removing people who don't belong.

September 18, 2014

Why Intellectual Property Should Be Included In Trade Agreements


IP goods are the largest share of U.S. exports and support a significant portion of the U.S. economy. The U.S. economy is increasingly dependent on the products of innovation, so policies that support innovation and creativity should be priorities for the U.S. government, especially in trade agreements. And nudging our trading partners toward greater respect for intellectual property rights also turns out to be in their best interests.

September 9, 2014

What's Behind Those Rising Health Insurance Premiums?


Defenders of the Affordable Care Act are boasting that health insurance premiums are not rising as much as some analysts predicted. They will. There are multiple factors, including politics, that drive health insurance premiums up—and down. The ACA increases both inefficiency and utilization, which will increase total health care spending and therefore health insurance premiums—just the opposite of what President Obama promised.

July 10, 2014

Challenges for Wind Energy's Future


The U.S. has spent billions of taxpayer dollars subsidizing wind energy. And while the industry is growing, it's expensive, unreliable and supplies only a small portion of the country's energy needs. Congress is backing away from its longtime support for wind subsidies, and given the growing availability of inexpensive fossil fuels for energy generation, that's the right move.

May 28, 2014

Seeking a Global Solution in Sugar Trade Policy


Achieving a reasonably free global market in sugar through trade agreements should be the goal of U.S. policy, rather than allowing otherwise competitive domestic producers to be driven out of business through the subsidies and dumping practices of countries like Mexico, India, Brazil and Thailand, whose sugar supports dwarf those of the United States.

March 11, 2014

The Case for Permitting Crude Oil Exports


Since the 1970s, U.S. law has banned crude oil exports. But with new drilling techniques dramatically increasing U.S. oil production and the willingness of unfriendly countries to use oil and natural gas supplies as a foreign policy hammer, it's time to repeal that export ban.

January 31, 2014

Ten Steps for a Market-Oriented Health Care System


Congress is looking for health care reform steps to take to replace President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Here are 10 market-oriented steps that will help will go a long way toward increasing access, lowering costs and improving the quality of health care.

 

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