Impact Magazine – Summer 2020
Letter from the President
These are stressful times for our nation. Americans have faced shelter-in-place orders that lasted weeks. Millions have been furloughed or lost their jobs as businesses closed their doors, some for good. Unable to see family and friends, many turned to “Zoom” calls as a virtual substitute.
This edition of Impact focuses on ideas to help Americans get through the COVID-19 crisis, and market-based solutions to get the economy up and running again.
Working from home, PRI’s team has been hard at work researching and advancing policies to restore our nation’s economic vitality while addressing pressing challenges in the areas of health care, K-12 education, and worker freedom.
On Pages 4-7, you can learn more about our COVID-19 work, from insightful analysis on the government’s response to the pandemic to policy ideas for a free-market road to recovery.
Read my article on single-payer advocates like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez taking advantage of the COVID-19 crisis to push “Medicare for All,” which would hinder efforts to combat future pandemics if enacted in the U.S. (Pages 8-9).
Lance Izumi offers advice for parents who have suddenly had to educate their kids at home with schools closed across the nation (Pages 14-17).
Kerry Jackson writes about Sacramento “doubling down” on the enforcement of Assembly Bill 5’s restrictions on independent contractors, which is making it harder for the newly-unemployed to earn a living (Pages 22-24).
As we begin to turn the corner on COVID-19, policy debates are shifting away from coronavirus relief to other important issues, including the environment, income inequality, and education.
A new study by Dr. Wayne Winegarden shows that Californians could save more than $2,000 per year in energy costs—and the state would continue reducing emissions—if policymakers embraced free-market energy policies (Pages 18-19).
Get a preview of three important new books that PRI will be publishing this year on universal basic income, school choice, and California’s water future
(Pages 20 and 21).
It is my hope that you and your family are staying safe, and that life can slowly start returning to normal—even with social distancing rules in place for the near future.
On behalf of everyone at PRI, we are most grateful for your continued support of our work. This global pandemic shows just how important it is to advance free-market policies to get our economy back on track, and promote opportunity, prosperity, and a better quality-of-life for all Americans.
Sally C. Pipes
President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy