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  • Professional Licensing: A Risk to the Free Markets and Freedom of Speech

    April 7, 2014
    From physicians to dentists to lawyers, the licensing requirements of many professions are well known—but for bloggers? A recent case in North Carolina demonstrates the dangers that mandatory occupational licensing poses to liberty and how established interests use such requirements to protect their bottom line. North Carolina resident Steve Cooksey was ill, obese, and struggling with type 2 diabetes. In 2009, after being rushed to the hospital, nearly in a coma, he decided to do everything in his power to get healthy. By following a low-carbohydrate diet, Cooksey claims he was able to drop 45 pounds and get off insulin and drugs. He documented his story on his personal blog, where he provided advice to others practicing the “paleo” diet that he believes saved his life. That sounds like a win-win situation, but not...
  • How Matt Drudge (and Other Obamacare Victims) Can Escape the "Liberty Tax"

    March 25, 2014
    Former Competitive Enterprise Institute Research Associate Michael Mayfield provided invaluable assistance with this post. Matt Drudge's widely discussed tweet that he has already paid Obamacare's "liberty tax" highlights the uncertainties the self-employed face both from the health care law and the tax code in general. As pointed out by an editorial in Investor's Business Daily, "self-employed entrepreneurs ranging from Drudge to small-shop proprietors and independent contractors have long been aware of the requirement to...
  • Two Million Jobs Will Disappear Due to Obamacare, CBO Predicts; Deficit to Rise

    February 4, 2014
    "The new healthcare law will slow economic growth over the next decade, costing the nation about 2.3 million jobs and contributing to a $1 trillion increase in projected deficits, the Congressional Budget Office said in a report released Tuesday. The non-partisan group’s report found that the healthcare law’s negative effects on the economy will be 'substantially larger' than what it had previously anticipated," reports The Hill. "The CBO is now estimating that the law will reduce labor force compensation by 1 percent from 2017 to 2024, twice the reduction it previously had projected. This will decrease the number of full-time equivalent jobs in 2021 by 2.3 million, CBO said. It had previously estimated the decrease would be 800,000." Originally, the Congressional Budget Office had ...
  • CEI Experts on the State of the Union

    January 28, 2014
    ECONOMIC MOBILITY Iain Murray, Vice President for Strategy: “The fact is: Today’s America is divided between those who work for government and those who don’t. Those who work for government have a job for life, guaranteed retirement and other benefits, and financial security,” said Murray. “Those who don’t, have uncertain prospects. They are at the mercy of an administration that is making their benefits more expensive and restricting their access to credit with more and more regulations. That is the true inequality in President Obama’s America.” Ryan Young, Fellow: “Given what reports suggest will appear in the president’s State of the Union address, we need to keep in mind three things. First: A higher minimum wage is not a free...
  • CEI Podcast for January 23, 2014: CEI Appeals Affordable Care Act Lawsuit Verdict

    January 23, 2014
    General Counsel Sam Kazman explains the case's importance not just for health care, but for the rule of law.
  • Obamacare Court Ruling in Halbig a Major Blow to Opt-Out States

    January 15, 2014
    The court’s ruling today in Halbig v. Sebelius delivers a major blow to the states that chose not to participate in the Obamacare insurance exchange program. It is also a blow to the small businesses, employees and individuals who live in those states as well. In upholding this IRS regulation that is contrary to the law enacted by Congress, this decision guts the choice made by a majority of the states to stay out of the exchange program. It imposes Obamacare penalties on employers and on many individuals in those states, penalties that Congress never authorized, putting their livelihoods and the jobs of their employees at risk. Worst of all, it gives a stamp of approval to the Administration’s attempt to substitute its version of Obamacare for the law that Congress enacted. The court does all this despite its...
  • Bogus Rationale for Obamacare Still Being Peddled Even after Study Debunked It

    January 3, 2014
    "More bad news for Obamacare and its proponents. A new study from Oregon shows that" expanded Medicaid coverage “increased–rather than decreased–both the number of folks crowding emergency rooms and the subset of those who sought care for conditions that clearly were not emergencies. Many health experts who supported the Affordable Care Act had predicted the opposite outcome," reported Scientific American yesterday. Similarly, the Daily Caller reported that “a Harvard University study published Thursday concludes that Medicaid enrollment significantly boosts emergency room visits. This is in direct contradiction to the Obama administration’s claims that his healthcare...
  • No, Legislative Fixes to Obamacare Weren't Blocked by the GOP

    December 30, 2013
    As Obamacare's implementation went badly enough that it was mocked by comedians on late-night TV, a search for excuses began. The result was the now commonplace, and false, claim that whatever has gone wrong with Obamacare, it's the GOP's fault, for blocking legislative fixes to the law. This political talking point is also used to justify the Obama administration's repeated changes to the healthcare law, and its suspensions and waivers of key statutory provisions (such as anti-fraud...
  • CEI Podcast for December 12, 2013: The Affordable Care Act's Marriage Penalties

    December 12, 2013
    The Affordable Care Act's subsides and tax credits are structured in such a way as to cause thousands of dollars worth of penalties for many married couples. CEI Senior Attorney Hans Bader proposes phasing them out as income rises to soften the blow.
  • Obamacare Fallout Continues: Obamacare "Winner" Turns Out to Be a Loser Instead

    November 20, 2013
    "You screwed me over," says a woman cited by President Obama as an Obamacare success story. Jessica Sanford was used as a prop in the president's "bizarre Rose Garden infomercial" on Obamacare last month in a failed "effort to deflect criticism of the botched rollout." Initially, this single mother was "ecstatic" about the prospect of buying insurance on the Obamacare exchanges with generous taxpayer subsidies she had been led to believe she would receive. But after she was used by the president in his Rose Garden pitch, things...


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