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May 23, 2019

New Book Presents Solutions for Financially Insolvent Entitlement Programs

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews | Media Hit

The authors of On the Edge skillfully unravel the mess our political leaders have gotten the nation into over almost 100 years, providing straightforward explanations and direct, simple solutions to the nation’s entitlements crisis.

May 9, 2019

Should Incarcerated Felons Be Able to Vote?

It is difficult to see why those guilty of heinous crimes should retain their right to vote.

May 8, 2019

HHS Rule Fails to Illuminate Complex Drug Pricing Schemes

A new Health and Human Services rule requiring pharmaceutical companies to disclose list prices for medications in commercial advertisements is unlikely to boost price transparency for consumers. In fact, it may create even more confusion.

May 6, 2019

Price Controls on Drugs Limit Access More Than Price

If lawmakers want to cut drug spending without leaving patients in the lurch, they’d be wise to foster more competition in the drug marketplace. Price controls are more about limiting access than price.

May 3, 2019

Texas Tax Swap: The Devil's In the Details

"We have no objection in principle to a revenue neutral tax swap that reduces property taxes by increasing consumption taxes, especially since consumption taxes are a less harmful form of taxation," said IPI president Tom Giovanetti. "A revenue neutral tax swap is not a tax increase. The devil is in the details, however."

May 3, 2019

Ending Steel Tariffs Would Reduce the Cost of Energy

President Donald Trump’s trade war is a little over a year old, so it’s a good time to review its impact -- especially since he is rattling the steel-tariffs sword once again.

May 1, 2019

Texas AG Files New Brief in Planned Parenthood Lawsuit

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews | Media Hit

"Planned Parenthood reportedly received about $1.5 billion in taxpayer dollars between 2013-15, most of it from the Medicaid program,” said Dr. Merrill Matthews. “While federal law prohibits that money from being used to provide abortion services, money is fungible. It can be used to pay many of the fixed expenses, freeing up other monies to provide abortion services. Attorney General Paxton's effort to defund Planned Parenthood simply recognizes that financial relationship,” Matthews said.

May 1, 2019

States Seek to Strike Obamacare Rule from Federal Regulations Code

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews | Media Hit

Eight states are asking a court to strike an Obamacare rule they say violates their authority to protect the judgment and conscience rights of medical professionals.

April 30, 2019

What to Expect Re: Medicare for All

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews | Media Hit

"Medicare for All, I think, is going to be one of the key issues for Democrats going forward into the 2020 presidential campaign, [and] I suspect it'll be part of the Democratic Party platform."

April 28, 2019

Should We Shutter the Department of Education?

IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti | Media Hit

In 2015, Giovanetti proposed that every new law or regulation should contain a sunset clause after five years and after 10 years for any and all new agencies. If that commonsense guideline were actually in place, the Education Department would have probably been on the chopping block 30 years ago.

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