Commentary

Agriculture

Jump-Starting The Economy

If the presidential candidates are serious about bolstering the economy, they should address one of the major drags on it–widespread abuse of the tort system. The role of the tort system in compensating victims for their injuries is certainly valuable. But meritless plaintiffs and their opportunistic personal-injury attorneys clog the ...
Commentary

Environmentally, We’re Number One

Canada Free Press, April 10, 2008 As we approach the birthday of Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union…opps, I meant Earth Day…it’s so easy to confuse the two because they occur, quite by coincidence I’m sure, on the same day. Anyway April 22 will bring forth an avalanche of ...
Commentary

Testimony submitted to the California Assembly Education Committee – AB-2739

Vicki E. Murray, Ph.D. and senior fellow in Education Studies, gave invited testimony on AB 2739, the Student Proficiency Transfers bill, at a meeting of the California Assembly Education Committee on April 10, 2008. AB 2739 would allow students who individually score below grade-level proficiency on the California Standards Test ...
California

California Legislature About to Jack Up Rates on Individual Health Insurance

The California Assembly health committee has just voted thumbs-up to two bills that will increase the cost of individually purchased health insurance in the Golden State. Probably the least harmful is AB 2459, which prevents a health plan from rescinding an individual health policy six months after enrolling an individual, ...
Climate Change

Earth Day doomsayers need to get their facts right

Kansas City Hispanic News (Kansas City, MO), April 30, 2008* Holmen Courier (West Salem, WI), April 24, 2008 Mundo L.A. (Van Nuys, CA), April 24, 2008 With all the reminders to recycle, shrink our carbon footprint, and reduce our consumption of goods, just about everyone feels guilty on Earth Day. ...
Commentary

The Uninsured Are Not Causing the ER “Crisis”

When it comes to arguments for “universal” health care in America, the hardest myth to kill seems to be the one that goes like this: “Uninsured people do not have access to primary care physicians. Therefore, they wait until their symptoms are severe, then go to the ER, and don’t ...
Commentary

2008 Environmental Index Debunks Myth that U.S. Lags Europe in Environmental Performance

San Francisco – The Pacific Research Institute (PRI) and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) today released the 2008 Index of Leading Environmental Indicators, an annual report highlighting the significant environmental developments and milestones in the United States and worldwide. The 2008 edition debunks the widely held perception that the U.S. ...
Commentary

Is Dr. Robert Jarvik Public Health Enemy Number 1?

There was quite an uproar when the politicians who decide what information Americans may or may not see attacked Pfizer for using a certain physician in its ad campaign for Lipitor, the popular anti-cholesterol pill. Remarkably, the spokesperson, Dr. Robert Jarvik, was the inventor of the first artificial heart. Apparently, ...
Business & Economics

Forbes: Starr County Among ‘Worst Places in America to Get Sued’

A Monday report in Forbes magazine listed Starr County as one of the “Worst Places to Get Sued in America”. The magazine tracked the top 50 most outrageous verdicts and “bizarre” run-away juries and emerged with a map that revealed a pattern of certain types of lawsuits being concentrated in ...
Commentary

Cost-Plus Medi-Cal Pricing in California’s Nursing Homes: What Were They Thinking?

Or, it might be more accurate to say, a deterioration in care, but I think there are other variables at work here that the research might not have analysed. The research in question is a 100-page study of the consequences of AB-1629, a 2004 California law that changed how Medi-Cal ...
Agriculture

Jump-Starting The Economy

If the presidential candidates are serious about bolstering the economy, they should address one of the major drags on it–widespread abuse of the tort system. The role of the tort system in compensating victims for their injuries is certainly valuable. But meritless plaintiffs and their opportunistic personal-injury attorneys clog the ...
Commentary

Environmentally, We’re Number One

Canada Free Press, April 10, 2008 As we approach the birthday of Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union…opps, I meant Earth Day…it’s so easy to confuse the two because they occur, quite by coincidence I’m sure, on the same day. Anyway April 22 will bring forth an avalanche of ...
Commentary

Testimony submitted to the California Assembly Education Committee – AB-2739

Vicki E. Murray, Ph.D. and senior fellow in Education Studies, gave invited testimony on AB 2739, the Student Proficiency Transfers bill, at a meeting of the California Assembly Education Committee on April 10, 2008. AB 2739 would allow students who individually score below grade-level proficiency on the California Standards Test ...
California

California Legislature About to Jack Up Rates on Individual Health Insurance

The California Assembly health committee has just voted thumbs-up to two bills that will increase the cost of individually purchased health insurance in the Golden State. Probably the least harmful is AB 2459, which prevents a health plan from rescinding an individual health policy six months after enrolling an individual, ...
Climate Change

Earth Day doomsayers need to get their facts right

Kansas City Hispanic News (Kansas City, MO), April 30, 2008* Holmen Courier (West Salem, WI), April 24, 2008 Mundo L.A. (Van Nuys, CA), April 24, 2008 With all the reminders to recycle, shrink our carbon footprint, and reduce our consumption of goods, just about everyone feels guilty on Earth Day. ...
Commentary

The Uninsured Are Not Causing the ER “Crisis”

When it comes to arguments for “universal” health care in America, the hardest myth to kill seems to be the one that goes like this: “Uninsured people do not have access to primary care physicians. Therefore, they wait until their symptoms are severe, then go to the ER, and don’t ...
Commentary

2008 Environmental Index Debunks Myth that U.S. Lags Europe in Environmental Performance

San Francisco – The Pacific Research Institute (PRI) and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) today released the 2008 Index of Leading Environmental Indicators, an annual report highlighting the significant environmental developments and milestones in the United States and worldwide. The 2008 edition debunks the widely held perception that the U.S. ...
Commentary

Is Dr. Robert Jarvik Public Health Enemy Number 1?

There was quite an uproar when the politicians who decide what information Americans may or may not see attacked Pfizer for using a certain physician in its ad campaign for Lipitor, the popular anti-cholesterol pill. Remarkably, the spokesperson, Dr. Robert Jarvik, was the inventor of the first artificial heart. Apparently, ...
Business & Economics

Forbes: Starr County Among ‘Worst Places in America to Get Sued’

A Monday report in Forbes magazine listed Starr County as one of the “Worst Places to Get Sued in America”. The magazine tracked the top 50 most outrageous verdicts and “bizarre” run-away juries and emerged with a map that revealed a pattern of certain types of lawsuits being concentrated in ...
Commentary

Cost-Plus Medi-Cal Pricing in California’s Nursing Homes: What Were They Thinking?

Or, it might be more accurate to say, a deterioration in care, but I think there are other variables at work here that the research might not have analysed. The research in question is a 100-page study of the consequences of AB-1629, a 2004 California law that changed how Medi-Cal ...
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