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June 5, 2023

The Battle Over the Obama Presidential Center

This paper raises several important questions about the current location, funding and process of approving the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago's South Side.

March 25, 2021

Fixing the Filibuster the Jimmy Stewart Way

Senate filibuster repeal or reform is being considered once again. Returning to the “talking filibuster” wouldn’t change the 60 votes needed to end debate, but it could expedite the process.

February 25, 2020

Five Turning Points in the Quest for US Energy Independence

Today, the United States is on the verge of achieving not just energy independence, but energy dominance—but not because of taxpayer-provided subsidies to alternative and renewable energies. Rather, new drilling innovations and technologies have made the U.S. the world’s largest producer of crude oil and natural gas.

January 21, 2020

A Guide to Understanding Prescription Drug Pricing

President Trump and many in Congress want to reduce prescription drug prices. This paper discusses how drug prices are determined and explains why political efforts to reduce them would be both harmful and counterproductive. 

October 2, 2018

How Health Insurance Failed America

Let consumers buy the kind of insurance coverage they want, not what politicians think they should have, and give insurers the freedom to offer those policies.

December 1, 2017

Budgets First, Patients Last

The Medicare Part B prescription drug program works reasonably well, providing some of the sickest patients with access to the newest and most innovative drugs. Now MedPAC wants to change it, and not for the better.

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.

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