Wayne Winegarden

Commentary

Transparency Is A Necessary First Step Toward A Better Healthcare System

The U.S. Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services has issued a new joint federal rule. Another federal mandate is hardly newsworthy, but one devised under the Trump Administration and eagerly implemented by the Biden Administration is certainly unique. Beyond the politics, the Transparency in Coverage rule, while not …

California

On brink of recession, Newsom and lawmakers must budget cautiously

Gov. Newsom on Tuesday proposed a roughly $297 billion state budget plan for the 2023-24 fiscal year.  In contrast to last year’s nearly $100 billion surplus, the administration projects $29.5 billion in lower than estimated revenues and a $22.5 billion shortfall. The Newsom spending plan does some good things – including paying …

Drug Pricing

NEW BRIEF: Empowering Providers to Promote Healthcare Innovation

These reforms include:   Implementing the insurance reforms discussed in Part 5 that, from a provider perspective, will incentivize the creation of innovative payment models. New payment models create opportunities to better align the incentives of providers and patients. Implementing regulatory reforms that include eliminating certificate of need laws, scope …

Commentary

An Effective Treatment for Alzheimer’s, But Only if ICER Allows It

Three days before Christmas, the Institute for Clinical & Economic Review (ICER) is scheduled to publish a draft assessment of two promising treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately for the millions of Americans living with this fatal illness, it is likely that ICER will be giving lumps of coal, not gifts, …

Business & Economics

Activist Investors Are Putting Ideology Before Shareholder Value

Under the leadership of Gary Gensler, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is empowering activist investors to pursue their preferred politics and social causes at the expense of investors’ interests. According to a November 3, 2021 SEC staff memo Staff will no longer focus on determining the nexus between a policy issue …

Business & Economics

Governor Newsom’s ESG Errors

California Gov. Gavin Newsom this week released a lengthy commentary defending so-called ESG investing, which he wrote has “proven results.” His defense requires fact checking and context. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) is the latest investing trend that claims investors can earn higher returns while also “doing good” on important social issues …

Blog

Congress Needs to Look Beyond Green Energy

Current U.S. energy policy continues to subsidize uneconomical and inefficient sources of politically preferred energy while punishing the production and generation of reliable and cheap energy sources. As taxpayers, workers, and consumers we are paying a steep price for these irrational policies. Starting with the policies that punish domestic energy …

Drug Innovation

NEW BRIEF: Promoting Transparency and Competition in the Drug Market

DOWNLOAD THE BRIEF   BY WAYNE WINEGARDEN AND CELINE BOOKIN In addition to the reforms to the health insurance system, which will help address the problems of drug affordability, reforms tailored to the pharmaceutical sector are necessary. These reforms should eliminate drug supply chain inefficiencies and include:   fostering a …

Commentary

The Regulatory Threat From Payment Do-Overs And Un-Economical Reimbursements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued an update to the home health payment system on June 22nd. This proposed rule, rife with legalese and sheer complexity, should be held up as Exhibit A for why socialized healthcare schemes such as Medicare for All will never work.   The proposal’s obsessions with “aggregate …

Blog

‘Housing First’ puts lofty goals above real-world results

Proponents of housing first claim that housing is a basic human right, and a permanent and stable home is the best platform from which to help people overcome the challenges that led to their homelessness, including the problems of mental illness and addiction.   As a result of this premise, …

Commentary

Transparency Is A Necessary First Step Toward A Better Healthcare System

The U.S. Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services has issued a new joint federal rule. Another federal mandate is hardly newsworthy, but one devised under the Trump Administration and eagerly implemented by the Biden Administration is certainly unique. Beyond the politics, the Transparency in Coverage rule, while not …

California

On brink of recession, Newsom and lawmakers must budget cautiously

Gov. Newsom on Tuesday proposed a roughly $297 billion state budget plan for the 2023-24 fiscal year.  In contrast to last year’s nearly $100 billion surplus, the administration projects $29.5 billion in lower than estimated revenues and a $22.5 billion shortfall. The Newsom spending plan does some good things – including paying …

Drug Pricing

NEW BRIEF: Empowering Providers to Promote Healthcare Innovation

These reforms include:   Implementing the insurance reforms discussed in Part 5 that, from a provider perspective, will incentivize the creation of innovative payment models. New payment models create opportunities to better align the incentives of providers and patients. Implementing regulatory reforms that include eliminating certificate of need laws, scope …

Commentary

An Effective Treatment for Alzheimer’s, But Only if ICER Allows It

Three days before Christmas, the Institute for Clinical & Economic Review (ICER) is scheduled to publish a draft assessment of two promising treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately for the millions of Americans living with this fatal illness, it is likely that ICER will be giving lumps of coal, not gifts, …

Business & Economics

Activist Investors Are Putting Ideology Before Shareholder Value

Under the leadership of Gary Gensler, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is empowering activist investors to pursue their preferred politics and social causes at the expense of investors’ interests. According to a November 3, 2021 SEC staff memo Staff will no longer focus on determining the nexus between a policy issue …

Business & Economics

Governor Newsom’s ESG Errors

California Gov. Gavin Newsom this week released a lengthy commentary defending so-called ESG investing, which he wrote has “proven results.” His defense requires fact checking and context. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) is the latest investing trend that claims investors can earn higher returns while also “doing good” on important social issues …

Blog

Congress Needs to Look Beyond Green Energy

Current U.S. energy policy continues to subsidize uneconomical and inefficient sources of politically preferred energy while punishing the production and generation of reliable and cheap energy sources. As taxpayers, workers, and consumers we are paying a steep price for these irrational policies. Starting with the policies that punish domestic energy …

Drug Innovation

NEW BRIEF: Promoting Transparency and Competition in the Drug Market

DOWNLOAD THE BRIEF   BY WAYNE WINEGARDEN AND CELINE BOOKIN In addition to the reforms to the health insurance system, which will help address the problems of drug affordability, reforms tailored to the pharmaceutical sector are necessary. These reforms should eliminate drug supply chain inefficiencies and include:   fostering a …

Commentary

The Regulatory Threat From Payment Do-Overs And Un-Economical Reimbursements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued an update to the home health payment system on June 22nd. This proposed rule, rife with legalese and sheer complexity, should be held up as Exhibit A for why socialized healthcare schemes such as Medicare for All will never work.   The proposal’s obsessions with “aggregate …

Blog

‘Housing First’ puts lofty goals above real-world results

Proponents of housing first claim that housing is a basic human right, and a permanent and stable home is the best platform from which to help people overcome the challenges that led to their homelessness, including the problems of mental illness and addiction.   As a result of this premise, …

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