Archive for March, 2014
This Large Health Insurer Has Effectively Admitted Obamacare Is Failing

People can be forgiven for being confused about the effects of Obamacare. For over a year now, there has been a lot of evidence that the upward trend of medical costs has tempered. Some have said that we have finally bent the cost curve. Much of the declining rate of growth of medical spending...
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“Pot” Holes?

A recent story published on Fox News New York reports that New Jersey state senator Nicholas Scutari plans to introduce a bill to legalize the sale of marijuana there, tax purchases at the current sales tax rate of seven percent and deposit 70 percent of the proceeds into New Jersey’s highway trust fund. Like...
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Universal Government Preschool: Nilla Wafer Wishes and Juice Box Dreams

Earlier this month President Obama released his behemoth education budget, complete with $75 billion in mandatory funding over the next decade for universal government preschool programs. This should come as no surprise. Obama has made universal preschool a cornerstone issue, and supporters in the press have been spilling lots of ink, largely because there’s...
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Lessons from a German Homeschooling Family about the Nanny State

The saga of a German homeschooling family represents a needed refresher course about the true origins of our fundamental rights. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike, along with their seven children, were on track to be deported from the United States. What was their high crime and misdemeanor? Drug trafficking? Gun running? Cybercrime? No—it was homeschooling....
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Outside Money in Politics

One complaint about political campaigns is that they are increasingly funded by “outside money” that comes from outside the jurisdictions in which the elections are held. In a recent special election in Florida to fill a seat in the US House of Representatives, $9 million in outside money was spent to influence that election....
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Can Obamacare Be Fixed?

It’s a 2,700 page bill. There are 20,000 pages of regulations. Major provisions seem to change every other week. And despite Nancy Pelosi’s promise, four years after it passed most of us still aren’t sure about everything that’s in it. How can something like that possibly be fixed? It’s easier than you might suppose....
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The Independent Review—Spring 2014 Issue Now Available

The Spring 2014 issue of The Independent Review, the Independent Institute’s quarterly journal, has just been printed and is en route to subscribers. Here’s a quick look at the contents: Is the near extermination of the North American bison a clear example of “the tragedy of the commons”? No, not if, like Peter J....
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Obamacare’s Risk Corridor “Bailout” Just Got Bigger – Much Bigger

Last Friday, the Obama administration quietly released 280 pages of rules that, among other things, increases Obamacare’s risk corridors (a.k.a. insurers’ bailout): We propose to implement an adjustment to the risk corridors formula..... Such an adjustment could increase a QHP issuer’s risk corridors ratio if administrative expenses are unexpectedly high or claims costs are...
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New Faculty for 2014 Challenge of Liberty Student Seminars

Every year, the Independent Institute’s Challenge of Liberty Student Seminars become a forum for students to learn the foundations of a free and prosperous society. These seminars are inspiring, challenging, and fun—in large part because the speakers we invite are exceptionally devoted to teaching and mentoring students. In 2014, three new speakers will join...
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Civic Engagement

My local newspaper, The Tallahassee Democrat, ran a story on March 19 reporting on a talk given by former Florida Governor and former US Senator Bob Graham. In his talk, Graham calls for more civic engagement. His talk was a part of a larger program titled “Choosing to Participate: The Power of Civic Engagement.”...
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