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May 12, 2017

How Does Spotify Make Money?

Its business model was welcomed by the music industry which has suffered losses in revenues and album sales due to music piracy over the Internet. Spotify allows users to either stream music for free if they are willing to listen to advertisements, or pay a subscription fee for a premium service, meanwhile paying royalties due to artists and record companies.

May 8, 2017

Market Watchers: Health Care Repeal Doesn't Address Industry's Top Priority, CSR Payments


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

The state exemption from the community rating mandate is critical to stabilizing the marketplace, said Merrill Matthews, resident scholar at IPI. "I think it allows states to opt out and create a functioning health insurance market. They are allowing waivers so insurers can risk-rate patients and assess actuarially accurate fair premiums. If they are above the standard (premium rate) they can go into the risk pool."

April 30, 2017

Mackowiak: Compromise Bathroom Bill Threads the Needle


IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

On March 17, Tom Giovanetti, an influential conservative and president of the Institute for Policy Innovation, penned an opinion column for The Dallas Morning News that offered his creative solution. 

April 28, 2017

California's Road to Single-Payer Ruin


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Californians, you've been warned. 

April 20, 2017

Texans Testify Against Transgender Bathroom Bill Through the Night


IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

Tom Giovanetti said the House bill was an improvement from a Senate version because it was a small-government solution that limits the creation of additional protected classes of people. “It will limit the ability of cities to get involved in this type of social justice activity,” he told the committee.

April 3, 2017

HHS Presses On with Regulatory Reforms


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

With no new healthcare law in place or in sight, President Trump's efforts to recast healthcare reform are in the hands of Tom Price and Seema Verma.

 

March 29, 2017

Trump Order Dismantles Climate Rules


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order that may slow the closure of some US coal-fired power plants and will begin a lengthy process of rescinding much of former President Barack Obama's climate change policies.

March 27, 2017

After Repeal of ACA Fails, Feds Could Still Make Broad Changes, Watchers Say


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Although legislative efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act have stalled, the Trump administration can make regulatory modifications to the health care reform law to keep insurance companies in the individual exchanges and strengthen the markets, observers said.

March 17, 2017

Will Single-Payer Health Care Be California's Next Big Fiscal Crisis?


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

As Institute for Policy Innovation scholar Merrill Matthews recently noted in these pages, a number of states have tried to impose single-payer health plans on their citizens and failed.

March 14, 2017

ACA Reforms Could Replicate Old Problems for Health Insurers, Observers Say


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

The GOP plan could just repeat the same ACA mistakes, said IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews. "Instead of letting health insurers do what insurers do underwrite Republicans are retaining Obamacare's guaranteed issue provision."

 

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