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  • RealClear Radio Hour: Cancer Care, Chaos, and Climate

    November 28, 2016

    This week on RealClear Radio Hour, Drs. Debra Patt and Kerry Emanuel discuss the politics of cancer care, chaos theory, and climate science.

    We open the show with Dr. Debra Patt, practicing oncologist and Vice President of Texas Oncology. Debra explains how the well-intentioned federal 340B Drug Discount Program is actually driving up cancer care costs. With preferred vendor hospitals applying their 30-50% drug discounts to all patients, not just the underserved, industry-wide prices are being forced up to subsidize the program. On the whole, however, she is optimistic about the diagnostic innovations, therapeutic success, and a drastic drop in cancer mortality rates. 

  • Reflecting on the Obamacare Disaster and Chief Justice Roberts

    November 24, 2016

    We have arrived at another divisive debate about the future of Americans’ access to health insurance and health care services and our ability to protect it. And no one can claim that the recent election provided a mandate for a specific path forward. With the flood of news about 2017 exchange pricing and Republicans working on how they can make good on their vows to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), now is a good time to examine “what might have been” in light of “what is” regarding our nation’s health care insurance and delivery system. 

    The reality is unspeakably ugly—skyrocketing premiums, disappearing competition, enormous unbudgeted federal spending on the exchanges, and unappreciated second-order effects like large increases on the group market (where most people obtain health care coverage) and rising small employer costs. These rising costs depress...

  • Free Market Opportunities for the Trump Administration

    November 10, 2016

    This election has given us one more demonstration that knowledge is dispersed and “trusting the experts” to know the future is foolish. The unexpected success of Donald Trump in the general election, however, has a lot of relevance for CEI’s policy work.

    Trade: The core element of Trump’s rhetoric is that free trade has...

  • Obamacare Policies Are Costly and Unpopular

    November 8, 2016

    Obamacare policies are unpopular, and people often dump them months later. That’s John Graham’s conclusion at the National Center for Policy Analysis’s Health Policy Blog. Taxpayers pay billions of dollars a year subsidizing policies on Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges, including an estimated $75 billion in subsidies for 2017. Yet the Obamacare exchanges are providing little lasting coverage:

    There is a significant discrepancy between the four million Obamacare beneficiaries estimated by the NHIS and estimates produced by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Congressional Budget Office, which estimate about 11 million...

  • RealClear Radio Hour: The Nanny State Down Under and the Robot Revolution

    November 7, 2016

    In this week’s episode, Topher Field discusses lifestyle regulation madness Down Under and Katherine Mangu-Ward ushers in the robot revolution.

    Opening the show is Topher Field, Australian commentator and filmmaker, who shares how the mythical frontier society transformed into the world’s biggest nanny state. Topher analyzes the effects of bureaucratization and overregulation of every aspect of life—from the gun buyback program and lockout laws failing to stop violence to the inadequacies of government health care, compensation for taxi cartels displaced by ride sharing apps, and food police scaremongering. He holds out hope for a coming revolution led by the rebellious Aussie youth, aware of the dangers of government overreach.

  • Obamacare Punishes Hard Work

    November 3, 2016

    Its perverse to drive up the costs of someones health insurance...
  • Audience Reactions to "I, Whiskey"

    November 2, 2016

    Since releasing the new film I, Whiskey: The Human Spirit last month, we’ve had a strong response from people around the country.

    We started with a sneak peek preview for our friends at the State Policy Network’s annual...
  • Obamacare Increases Premiums, Reduces Employment

    October 28, 2016

    Health care insurance premiums will increase significantly next year as a result of the Affordable Care Act, and many consumers will be left with access to only a single insurance provider, according to administration officials. Arizona will see the biggest spike in prices (a whopping 116 percent), while Oklahoma will see a spike of 69 percent and Tennessee, Minnesota, and Alabama will see spikes of around 60 percent. The national average will be about 25 percent, the administration says.

    Columnist Mary Katharine Ham wrote recently about how “My Defective Obamacare Health Insurance Product Just Blew Up.” Last year, her insurance plan’s cost went...

  • Finding the Perfect Quote for "I, Whiskey"

    October 28, 2016

    While we were making the new film I, Whiskey: The Human Spirit, we asked ourselves: how would the film end? I, Pencil had began with a memorable quotation. We would end I, Whiskey with a provocative one. Give the audience something to take with them. Or else, get in the last word; a...
  • Learning Lessons from Reed's 'Real Heroes'

    October 28, 2016

    About a dozen years ago, I developed a habit of asking the same question when I interviewed someone for a job. Typically, about two-thirds of the way through the allotted time, I ask a candidate if he or she has a hero. 



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