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  • House Dems Would Ban New Private Health Insurance

    July 17, 2009
    "Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day" of the year the legislation becomes law.
  • Conko letter in FT: "Nationalising healthcare flaws"

    July 17, 2009
    In today's Financial Times, CEI Senior Fellow Gregory Conko responds to Clive Crook's criticism of employer-sponsored health insurance.  Read the original here or see below.

    Nationalising healthcare flaws

    Published: July 17 2009 03:00 | Last updated: July 17 2009 03:00 From Mr Gregory Conko. Sir, It is ironic that Clive Crook condemns employer-sponsored health insurance for encouraging over-consumption of medical services while simultaneously touting publicly provided or publicly subsidised universal...
  • The World’s Greatest Deliberative Body

    July 16, 2009
    In 1975, the Senate voted on “A motion to table a motion to reconsider a vote to table an appeal of a ruling that a point of order was not in order..."
  • George Will on the UPS/Teamsters Campaign against FedEx

    July 16, 2009
    Kurt Vonnegut’s short story, “Harrison Bergeron,” describes a world in which the utopian dream of equality has been achieved beyond anyone’s wildest imaginings: “Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else.” This strict equality is enforced by the U.S. Handicapper General through a regimen of artificial “handicaps,” like disruptive ear transmitters for the highly intelligent and weights for the athletic. Equality taken to that extreme strikes nearly everyone as absurd. Unfortunately, when it comes to business, such across-the-board kneecapping enjoys some undeserved acceptability. Consider the ongoing controversy between shipping giants UPS and FedEx over their differential labor law status. As George Will notes in his Washington Post...
  • Regulation of the Day: The Color of Stitches

    July 16, 2009
    The federal government regulates which colors may be used in surgical stitches.
  • Conko to Surgeon General pick: "Focus on Private Initiative, Not Government Controls"

    July 16, 2009
    CEI Senior Fellow, Gregory Conko, talks about the nomination of  Surgeon General to be, Regina M. Benjamin. Read the statement here or read it below.
    Statement of Gregory Conko, CEI Senior Fellow, on the nomination of Regina M. Benjamin to be Surgeon General

    President Barack Obama announced this week that he would nominate Alabama physician Dr. Regina M. Benjamin to be the next Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Benjamin has been widely praised for her professional...

  • America's Worst Idea?

    July 16, 2009
    I'm very sorry to see that Ken Burns' new film series is to be entitled The National Parks: America's Best Idea. As I detail extensively in my book The Really Inconvenient Truths, the nationalization of so much wonderful scenery has led to appalling mismanagement and environmental degradation.  When the Parks Service and Forest Service spent hours in 1988 debating whether or not a fire counted as "natural" because it started from a lighning bolt striking a telegraph pole, large areas of Yellowstone National Park burned to ashes.  Another park service biologist, Don Despain, saw the flames raging towards his research area and urged them on with the words, "Burn, baby, burn." ...
  • Making Regulation Transparent

    July 16, 2009
    Regulations.gov is the federal government’s main outlet for making regulations public. It is also less than user-friendly. Finding what you’re looking for is next to impossible.
  • Berlau says: "Paulson Must Be Held Accountable for Alleged Bank of America Threats"

    July 16, 2009
    CEI Director of the Center for Investors and Entrepreneurs, John Berlau, released a statement on former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's testimony before Congress (prepared version) on his alledged strong-arming of Bank of America during last year's bank bailouts. You can read the original release here or see below.
  • Health care taxes -- devastating effects for NYC

    July 16, 2009

    Lead headline on the Drudge Report today – “Terrifying 57% tax looms for biggest earners in NYC.” It links to a NY Post article that points to the “job-killing effects” of the proposed tax surcharges to pay for the Democrats health care plan. As the Post noted,

    That means New York's top earners, small-business owners and most...

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