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May 18, 2017

Selective Transparency


by Merrill Matthews, Peter J. Pitts

Calls for more "price transparency" have tended to be selective. But access to prices is a problem throughout the health care system, and many "solutions" do nothing but exacerbate the problem.

August 30, 2016

Elements of a 21st Century Pro-Growth Immigration System


This paper suggests several new policies designed to create a reasonable, secure, functioning immigration system that is in the best interests of the United States. It further suggests a specific approach to dealing humanely and realistically with the current illegal population.

April 26, 2012

The Seeds of IP Policy: A Growing Agricultural Success Story


A gene trait in the first of the biotech seeds, Roundup Ready, goes off patent in 2014, and many more will soon follow. The industry has been developing a private sector process to govern the transition from patented to generic traits that relies on negotiations and contracts. Such a process would avoid the costly, litigious and adversarial approach Congress imposed on the pharmaceutical industry.

October 12, 2011

Protecting Property Rights on the Web: Thoughts on the Protect IP Act


Because intellectual property protection is critical to the U.S. economy and serves the interests of a secure and content rich Internet ecosystem, it is reasonable and within the realm of sound policy to discretely target rogue websites through a Protect IP Act that preserves due process and other legal protections while not creating undue compliance burdens and legal liability for third parties.

September 1, 2010

Hanging Up On Liberty:How Prepaid Mobile Laws Restrict Freedom, Impose Onerous Regulations and Fail to Stop Criminal Behavior


An estimated 58 million Americans have embraced the convenience of pre-paid wireless service, but the "Pre-Paid Mobile Device Identification Act," sponsored by Senators Schumer (D-NY) and Cornyn (R-TX) would impose new regulations and costs on consumers of prepaid wireless service, and erode users’ privacy. These new burdens on consumers are not an acceptable tradeoff for what would likely be an ineffective tool against a handful of criminals.

August 2, 2010

Out of Balance: The False Patent Marking Landscape Post - Bon Tool and Solo Cup


The December 2009 court ruling in Bon Tool results in costly and unnecessary false patent marking litigation that frustrates the constitutional goal of promoting "the progress of . . . useful arts." Indeed, the court’s June 2010 decision in Solo Cup demonstrates that unless a sound legislative solution is enacted, it is likely that we will continue to witness narrow judicial interpretation of the false patent marking statute in order to avoid what a court deems to be an inequitable outcome

June 15, 2010

Federalism: The Founders' Formula for Freedom


by Congressman Rob Bishop

Most governments at the time of the Constitutional Convention were unitary governments, in which power was centralized. The U.S., by contrast, adopted a system of confederal power, balancing power between two complementary but separate strands—one horizontal and one vertical. Our country is at a crossroads. A recent poll found that four out of five Americans don’t trust Washington. Americans are ready for change—real change that gives them, not Washington, greater control over their own lives.

July 20, 2009

The Ethics of Health Care Reform


What does it mean for a health care system to be considered “ethical”? Some claim the most ethical is a government-run system that guarantees universal coverage. Others think the system must control costs, or eliminate profits, or ration care to those most in need. But a consumer driven health care system is the one that best meets the criteria Americans want from an ethical health care system.

April 30, 2009

Diversion of USPTO User Fees: A Tax on Innovation


by Marla Page Grossman

With the extraordinary turbulence of the global markets, the Obama Administration’s emphasis on stimulating the U.S. economy and creating U.S. jobs, and the increasing recognition from congressional appropriators that a strong patent system is critical to an innovation-friendly government, it is more important than ever that Congress pass a permanent legislative solution to the damaging practice of taxing innovation by diverting user fees away from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

March 6, 2009

We Told You So! Continue to Say "No" to Municipal Broadband Networks


The history of municipal broadband projects, especially municipal wireless programs, is a history of hubris, mismanagement and failure. Such projects have been plagued by (among other things) underestimates of costs and overestimates of subscriber take up. As federal officials consider disbursing billions of taxpayer dollars to extend broadband coverage to unserved and underserved areas, they should be wary of funding municipal broadband programs.

 

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