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  • Progressives Against Health Care Bill for Wrong Reasons

    December 29, 2009
    Many liberals rejoiced to hear the news of the Senate’s passing of Reid’s health reform bill last week. Many more progressives, however, began to speak out against the bill. Unfortunately, their main concern is not that the legislation harms the market and restricts individual choice, but that it doesn’t do enough of those things.
  • Removing Antitrust Exemption Won't Increase Healthcare Competition

    December 15, 2009
    The senators wisely state in their piece that making health insurance more affordable will require more competition in the marketplace. Unfortunately, their proposal to revoke the federal antitrust exemption from insurers will do nothing to increase competition and may actually harm it.
  • Rep. Klein Spends $13,000 of Taxpayer Money on Telephone Town Hall

    August 31, 2009
    A politician wasting taxpayers’ money is generally not surprising. A congressman spending nearly $13,000 on a telephone town hall meeting, though, certainly is.
  • CEI's RRM Suggests Additional Questions for Florida Insurance Commissioner

    August 26, 2009
    Yesterday in a press release from CEI's Center for Risk, Regulation, and Markets, the Center raised many questions that should be brought to Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty. The questions were mainly surrounding doubt over whether or not Florida has enough capital to pay out insurance claims in the event of a large hurricane catastrophe. There was one question that was unfortunately left out of the release. Since this is indeed hurricane season and of course a timely issue, the RRM team would like to pose the question here.
  • As Long As It's Free

    August 12, 2009
    Call it capitalism or free enterprise; to me it doesn’t matter as long as it’s free. But indeed, for full impact in convincing those on the fence, it does matter how you say it.
  • Three Cheers for Capitalism and Peter Leeson

    July 29, 2009
    We’ve all heard it before: “Oh, capitalism may be better than some alternatives, but it is still a bad way to go.” This is a commonly held view by many people around the world, that although better than socialism, capitalism is not the best way to promote economic growth.

    For advocates of the free market, this can be one of the most annoying things to hear. How could capitalism, the system of free enterprise that has created massive quantities of wealth and brought billions out of illness and poverty, be undesirable? It certainly wasn’t socialism or central planning that devised the Industrial Revolutions.

    How then does one respond to those who are unwilling to fully accept that capitalism is the best economic system?

    Thankfully, Dr. Peter Leeson, an associate professor at George Mason University, has come up with a great answer in his new paper...
  • Blight Hits East Coast, Capitalism Saves the Day

    July 7, 2009
    There are many reasons for free-market advocates to be unhappy about current affairs. With numerous pieces of legislation being proposed to put shackles on our economy, it can be quite easy to take a pessimistic outlook on the present state of free markets. While there are many problems facing advocates of free markets, worrying about blight-induced famine should not be one of them. It can be easy to get caught up in defending open markets and to forget the unseen benefits that they constantly provide.
  • Strange Bedfellows? Maybe Not

    June 29, 2009
    Many lawmakers support policies that provide concentrated benefits to their constituents while dispersing the costs among the populace, and insurance policy is no exception. When the benefits of legislation help one group, the adverse effects are spread across many others. Often this creates seemingly strange bedfellows in opposition to such legislation. Case in point: CEI teaming up with environmentalist groups to fight the Homeowner's Defense Act.
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