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Everything from the morality of eating cookies to the solvency of Medicare.
Fixing the Child Care Penalty Alan D. Viard 07/12/2014
The current tax code denies families appropriate tax relief for work-related child care expenses. A new Senate bill would help correct this problem.
The Genetics Revolution Challenge and How to Incentivize Biomedical Research Arnold Kling 06/30/2014
The genetics revolution poses challenges to the way that the FDA and patent system influence medical research. Prize-grants could be better suited to providing incentives for the sort of research becoming valuable.
New FDA E-cigarette Regulations: Killing an Industry, Killing Smokers Gilbert Ross, M.D. 05/14/2014
If the FDA's proposed regulations go into force, the likely outcome is a severe reduction in consumer choice, and thus fewer smokers quitting and more dying needlessly.
Sebelius Gets Tough on Medicaid Enrollment Joseph Antos 05/01/2014
In threatening to cut payments to states that are not enrolling people into Medicaid quickly enough, the administration has found a tool to punish states that have been uncooperative in implementing the president’s healthcare reform.
Why the Patient CARE Act Proposal Isn’t Ready to Replace Obamacare Thomas P. Miller 03/20/2014
Capitol Hill Republicans’ latest plan to replace the Affordable Care Act falls short of what is needed to reverse the downward drift of our over-regulated, over-subsidized, and over-politicized health care system.
Newspeak's Comeback and the Invincible Sincerity of America's Liberal Elite Lee Harris 12/04/2013
The president was not lying when he promised that people could keep their existing health insurance. He was using Newspeak, a language which allows reigning liberals to convince themselves that they aren't restricting others' liberties.
Smoking Kills, and So Might E-Cigarette Regulation Gilbert Ross, M.D. 11/20/2013
Smoking is a leading cause of death, and cessation treatments are largely ineffective, yet regulation threatens a promising new technology that might help smokers quit.
Fantasy Despot Syndrome and Healthcare.gov Arnold Kling 11/06/2013
Entrepreneurs have to implement through consent and prove their ideas in the marketplace. In contrast, the administration lacks the patience and pluck the free market demands and wants instead to introduce reform via dictate.
RX for R&D: Repealing the Medical Device Tax Michael M. Rosen 11/05/2013
The ill-considered medical device excise tax used to fund Obamacare should be repealed. The tax will reduce spending on research and development and cost tens of thousands of jobs.
Obamacare's Next Bout: More Legal Challenges Thomas P. Miller 10/21/2013
Obamacare is off to a bad start — and potentially greater threats to its health care exchanges are looming.
 
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