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OpenMarket: June 2013

  • Obamacare and Activist State Courts Drive Up Health Plan Costs

    June 18, 2013
    The so-called rate shock from Obamacare has hit Ohio. The state’s Department of Insurance announced last Thursday that the average individual-market health insurance premium in 2014 will cost approximately $420," per month, "representing an increase of 88 percent.”  "We have warned of these increases,” said Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. “Consumers will have fewer choices and pay much higher premiums for their health insurance starting in 2014."  Projected costs ranged from $282.51 to $577.40 for individual health plans. "But for many experts who understand the economics of health...
  • NLRB: One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

    June 18, 2013
    Last Friday another court struck down the NLRBs “poster rule” a requirement on employers to prominently display a notice of employee union rights. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit determined the Board acted outside of its authority in issuing the regulation.
  • CEI's Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

    June 17, 2013
    93 new regulations, from tanning taxes to wine labels.
  • France Wants Culture Out of U.S.-EU Trade Agreement

    June 14, 2013
    A New York Times article yesterday points out some of the potential difficulties already evident in early talks on a trade agreement between the United States and the European Union. The possible trade pact, called the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, is touted as a critically important step to getting the sluggish economies on both sides of the Atlantic moving. Tariffs between the two parties are not likely to be a major issue, as both the United States and the EU have substantially lowered duties on most goods and services. The big bone of contention instead will be non-tariffs barriers, such as some sticky regulatory issues reflecting different approaches to risk as well as attempts to carve out “sensitive products” from the agreement...
  • GOP Introduces NLRB Reform Bill

    June 14, 2013
    On June 13, Representative Tom Price introduced the Representation Fairness Restoration Act that would rollback significant policy changes created in the National Labor Relations Board decision, Specialty Healthcare.
  • CEI Podcast for June 13, 2013: Deirdre McCloskey Wins CEI's Julian Simon Award

    June 13, 2013
    CEI Founder and Chairman Fred Smith talks about how McCloskey's work embodies the same joie de vivre and optimistic spirit that animated Simon's thought.
  • Answering Michael Lind's Question: Why Is No Country Libertarian?

    June 13, 2013
    Last week at Salon, Michael Lind raised a question he thinks "libertarians can't answer," namely, "If your approach is so great, why hasn’t any country anywhere in the world ever tried it?" He elaborates:
    Why are there no libertarian countries? If libertarians are correct in claiming that they understand how best to organize a modern society, how is it that not a single country in the world in the early twenty-first century is organized along libertarian lines?
    Lind regards the non-existence of a libertarian country as a slam-dunk refutation of libertarianism. "If socialism is discredited by the failure of communist regimes in the real world," he asks, "why isn’t libertarianism discredited by the absence of any libertarian regimes in the real world?" Maybe because...
  • Obama Should Learn from Germany about Cape Wind

    June 13, 2013
    I have an op-ed online in USA Today today entitled "America should learn from Europe on wind power." In it, I outline how Europe has begun to come to its senses about the unsustainable cost of wind energy:
    However, wind power is expensive, and the growing size of the industry has meant that subsidies – and energy bills – have surged. The German subsidy is paid for by a surcharge on household electricity bills. The growth in wind power meant that in January the surcharge increased to over 5 cents (euro) per kilowatt hour, representing 14% of all electricity bills. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel, realizing that wind power is economically unsustainable, has proposed capping the subsidy until the end of 2014 and capping further rises to 2.5%, with the probability of...
  • Free Labor Markets: Why Immigrant Riots Aren’t in America’s Future

    June 12, 2013
    Sweden’s recent immigrant riots demonstrate America’s large advantage over Europe in assimilating immigrants.
  • Cancer Rates Low Among Pesticide Workers

    June 11, 2013
    If chemical exposures are a significant cause of cancer, as some environmentalists say, you’d expect that individuals who apply pesticides for a living would have higher cancer rates. But a recent study conducted by the U.K.-based Health and Safety Laboratory indicates, that’s not the case—at least not for pesticide workers. The study looked at mortality among 59,085 male and 3,875 female commercial pesticide applicators, and found 1,628 deaths within this group between the years of 1987-2005. They found no evidence that these workers suffered from any more cancer than the general...

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