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States are turning to the public healthcare option. They shouldn’t

One month into the new Congress and it’s already clear that neither party will make much progress advancing their vision for healthcare reform. States are grabbing the baton. Colorado, Nevada, and Washington have all passed laws establishing a public health insurance option. Others, such as New Mexico and Minnesota, are …

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A Canadian Province Moving Away From Cruelty of Single-Payer

While Democrats in Washington extol the virtues of socialized medicine, Canada’s most populous province is beginning to move away from single-payer health care. Last month, Conservative Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced plans to increase its reliance on private healthcare providers. The move is a necessary response to the ongoing crisis in Canada’s …

California

Shocking! Why California Policymakers Are So Often Caught by Surprise

California is always in the national news and too often for not-so-good reasons. A couple of recent events has left much of the rest of the country wondering how this ever-swaggering state is continually caught off guard. There’s really no mystery here. The answer is obvious. When it was announced …

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Canadian Leaders Finally Waking Up To The Horrors Of Single-Payer Health Care

In my last column, I wrote that Canada’s healthcare system was no model for the United States. Perhaps Canadian officials were listening. Earlier this month, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that Canada’s largest province would take a page from the U.S. playbook—and expand private care in order to provide some relief to the …

Business & Economics

Neither The Department Of Defense Nor NASA Should Be Setting U.S. Climate Policy

It should be self-evident that the Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) don’t have the authority to set the nation’s climate policy. Yet, this is precisely what these agencies are trying to do. The DOD, GSA, and NASA have issued a joint …

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State nowhere near meeting unrealistic energy goals, and that’s a good thing

California is barreling toward its 2030 greenhouse gas emissions target. Will it make it? The Legislative Analyst’s Office doesn’t seem to think so. By statute, emissions are to be at 40 percent of 1990 levels by 2030, then 85 percent below by 2045. The California Air Resources Board recently set …

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How one bad law drives hospital consolidation and high health care costs

Americans are getting squeezed by rising health care costs. The latest numbers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services show that patient out-of-pocket spending increased by 10.4% in 2021, a rate not seen for more than three decades. The cost of monthly health insurance premiums also leapt, by 6.5%. …

Business & Economics

Latest State Minimum Wage Hike Will Hurt Workers Far More Than It Helps

2023 might be the year that California businesses, especially small ones outside of the larger cities, wish they could skip. On top of a likely economic downturn, they have also been hit with higher employee costs, as another increase in the minimum wage arrived on Jan. 1. The state minimum …

Business & Economics

The Gender Pay Gap Isn’t Caused by Sexism. It’s the Result of Women’s Choices

Last week, U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh traveled to the annual gathering of elites in Davos, Switzerland, to call for American businesses to add women to their leadership teams in order to close the gender pay gap. Get more girlbosses into the C-suite, the thinking goes, and they’ll ensure women’s work …

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Don’t Fall for Biden’s Obamacare Boosterism

The open enrollment period for HealthCare.gov came to a close last week. And at the end of this month, open enrollment in many of the states that run their own marketplaces will close. As of Jan. 11, the most recent date for which the government has data, roughly 15.9 million people have purchased …

Commentary

States are turning to the public healthcare option. They shouldn’t

One month into the new Congress and it’s already clear that neither party will make much progress advancing their vision for healthcare reform. States are grabbing the baton. Colorado, Nevada, and Washington have all passed laws establishing a public health insurance option. Others, such as New Mexico and Minnesota, are …

Commentary

A Canadian Province Moving Away From Cruelty of Single-Payer

While Democrats in Washington extol the virtues of socialized medicine, Canada’s most populous province is beginning to move away from single-payer health care. Last month, Conservative Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced plans to increase its reliance on private healthcare providers. The move is a necessary response to the ongoing crisis in Canada’s …

California

Shocking! Why California Policymakers Are So Often Caught by Surprise

California is always in the national news and too often for not-so-good reasons. A couple of recent events has left much of the rest of the country wondering how this ever-swaggering state is continually caught off guard. There’s really no mystery here. The answer is obvious. When it was announced …

Commentary

Canadian Leaders Finally Waking Up To The Horrors Of Single-Payer Health Care

In my last column, I wrote that Canada’s healthcare system was no model for the United States. Perhaps Canadian officials were listening. Earlier this month, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that Canada’s largest province would take a page from the U.S. playbook—and expand private care in order to provide some relief to the …

Business & Economics

Neither The Department Of Defense Nor NASA Should Be Setting U.S. Climate Policy

It should be self-evident that the Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) don’t have the authority to set the nation’s climate policy. Yet, this is precisely what these agencies are trying to do. The DOD, GSA, and NASA have issued a joint …

Commentary

State nowhere near meeting unrealistic energy goals, and that’s a good thing

California is barreling toward its 2030 greenhouse gas emissions target. Will it make it? The Legislative Analyst’s Office doesn’t seem to think so. By statute, emissions are to be at 40 percent of 1990 levels by 2030, then 85 percent below by 2045. The California Air Resources Board recently set …

Commentary

How one bad law drives hospital consolidation and high health care costs

Americans are getting squeezed by rising health care costs. The latest numbers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services show that patient out-of-pocket spending increased by 10.4% in 2021, a rate not seen for more than three decades. The cost of monthly health insurance premiums also leapt, by 6.5%. …

Business & Economics

Latest State Minimum Wage Hike Will Hurt Workers Far More Than It Helps

2023 might be the year that California businesses, especially small ones outside of the larger cities, wish they could skip. On top of a likely economic downturn, they have also been hit with higher employee costs, as another increase in the minimum wage arrived on Jan. 1. The state minimum …

Business & Economics

The Gender Pay Gap Isn’t Caused by Sexism. It’s the Result of Women’s Choices

Last week, U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh traveled to the annual gathering of elites in Davos, Switzerland, to call for American businesses to add women to their leadership teams in order to close the gender pay gap. Get more girlbosses into the C-suite, the thinking goes, and they’ll ensure women’s work …

Commentary

Don’t Fall for Biden’s Obamacare Boosterism

The open enrollment period for HealthCare.gov came to a close last week. And at the end of this month, open enrollment in many of the states that run their own marketplaces will close. As of Jan. 11, the most recent date for which the government has data, roughly 15.9 million people have purchased …

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