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  • Commentary posted July 30, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. The Trouble with Banning Trans Fats

    Like many Americans, you probably think it’s up to you to determine how healthy your diet is. Well, the Food and Drug Administration has a different idea. You see, the FDA is gunning for the trans fats in your diet. Last year, the agency tentatively decided to revoke the status of partially hydrogenated oils as “Generally Recognized as Safe.” A recent FDA update notes…

  • Commentary posted March 21, 2014 by Edmund F. Haislmaier HHS Wants to Sink an Obamacare Lifeboat

    Sunday will mark the fourth anniversary of the launch of the SS Obamacare packed with 300 million Americans in steerage, about half of whom had to be forcibly dragged aboard. Nearly six months ago — October 1, 2013, to be precise — the great ship steamed into the Sea of Reality and promptly began banging into icebergs. Subsequent collisions have damaged the ship and…

  • Issue Brief posted February 28, 2014 by Daren Bakst Is the FDA Getting Out of Control?

    Acting on its own volition, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is using the regulatory process to gain unprecedented control of food policy and remove dietary choices from Americans. Similar to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the FDA is pushing extreme policies to regulate in areas that have never been federally regulated. Recent examples highlight this…

  • Commentary posted December 17, 2013 by Evan Bernick Hobby Lobby's Secular Case

    The plight of Hobby Lobby, the arts-and-crafts business whose owners are being forced to compromise their faith, instantly draws the sympathy of religious conservatives. But why should anyone else care? Recall first that the Department of Health and Human Services issued under the Affordable Care Act a “preventive services” mandate requiring employers to provide, through…

  • Lecture posted February 25, 2013 by Edmund F. Haislmaier The Complexities of Providing Health Insurance

    Discussions of the ethics of health care financing typically focus on issues of equity and social justice. Yet such discussions are more often about means than ends. Contrary to the impression given by occasionally heated political rhetoric, there, in fact, exists a broad consensus across the political spectrum that modern societies have an obligation to ensure that all…

  • Issue Brief posted January 10, 2013 by Lindsey Burke, David B. Muhlhausen, Ph.D. Head Start Impact Evaluation Report Finally Released

    In 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) completed data collection for its third-grade follow-up study of Head Start, a federal preschool program designed to improve the kindergarten readiness of low-income children. Four years later, just before Christmas, the agency finally published the results of the congressionally mandated evaluation. The report’s…

  • Issue Brief posted December 12, 2012 by Nina Owcharenko, Edmund F. Haislmaier Medicaid Expansion and State Health Exchanges: A Risky Proposition for the States

    Recent decisions by the Obama Administration concerning the health care exchanges and Medicaid expansion underscore what a risky proposition the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is for the states. Congress presumed in PPACA (Obamacare) that the states would agree to build and run exchanges and could be forced to expand Medicaid. The Supreme Court,…

  • Center for Policy Innovation Research Summary posted October 15, 2012 by Diane Calmus The Affordable Care Act’s Rulemaking Process: What the Research Shows

    Abstract: The rush to issue regulations for implementing the most popular parts of the President’s health insurance bill resulted in eight “economically significant” regulations of remarkably poor quality, according to Jerry Ellig of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and Christopher Conover of Duke University. They detailed major deficiencies in the…

  • Issue Brief posted September 20, 2012 by Robert Rector An Overview of Obama’s End Run on Welfare Reform

    In July of this year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) granted itself authority to “waive compliance” with all of the work provisions in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. HHS has declared that the work requirements written in the law are no longer legally binding on state governments and that they can and will be replaced by…

  • Issue Brief posted June 21, 2012 by James C. Capretta Obamacare’s Failings Go Well Beyond the Individual Mandate and Medicaid

    Obamacare is under review by the Supreme Court because of its constitutionally suspect provisions, namely the “individual mandate” and the coercive Medicaid provisions. Certainly, the Court would do the country an immense favor by striking down the entire law so the decks were cleared for a sensible, market-based reform plan. But in the event that the Court does not…

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  • Issue Brief posted January 10, 2013 by Lindsey Burke, David B. Muhlhausen, Ph.D. Head Start Impact Evaluation Report Finally Released

    In 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) completed data collection for its third-grade follow-up study of Head Start, a federal preschool program designed to improve the kindergarten readiness of low-income children. Four years later, just before Christmas, the agency finally published the results of the congressionally mandated evaluation. The report’s…

  • Issue Brief posted April 18, 2012 by Ryan Messmore, D.Phil. Obamacare, Religious Liberty, and Civil Society: What the Debate Is Really About

    The recent Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate under Obamacare, requiring nearly all insurance plans to cover abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization, has sparked heated debate across the country. Although proponents of Obamacare have attempted to frame the debate differently, one question remains fundamentally at issue: Can the federal government…

  • Center for Policy Innovation Discussion Paper posted December 19, 2011 by E. Fuller Torrey, M.D. How to Bring Sanity to Our Mental Health System

    Abstract: Fifty years ago, America began a grand experiment by transferring to the federal government the fiscal responsibility for individuals with mental illnesses. During that half-century, it has become increasingly clear that the experiment has been a costly failure, both in terms of human lives and in terms of dollars. The outcome was, in fact, clear as early as…

  • WebMemo posted January 18, 2011 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Obamacare and the Individual Mandate: Violating Personal Liberty and Federalism

    With enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),[1] Congress is imposing a mandate on citizens, effective January 1, 2014, to purchase a federally approved level of health insurance.[2] Summary Under Section 1501, individuals will be assessed a monetary penalty if they do not purchase a health insurance plan that meets the…

  • Issue Brief posted September 20, 2012 by Robert Rector An Overview of Obama’s End Run on Welfare Reform

    In July of this year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) granted itself authority to “waive compliance” with all of the work provisions in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. HHS has declared that the work requirements written in the law are no longer legally binding on state governments and that they can and will be replaced by…

  • Backgrounder posted May 15, 2008 by Sven R. Larson Federal Funds and State Fiscal Independence

    As President Ronald Reagan reminded the Ameri­can people in his 1981 inaugural address, the U.S. Constitution separates government powers so that the voters can hold government officials accountable. Gov­ernment power is separated both horizontally among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches and vertically among the federal, state, and local levels. …

  • Center for Policy Innovation Research Summary posted October 15, 2012 by Diane Calmus The Affordable Care Act’s Rulemaking Process: What the Research Shows

    Abstract: The rush to issue regulations for implementing the most popular parts of the President’s health insurance bill resulted in eight “economically significant” regulations of remarkably poor quality, according to Jerry Ellig of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and Christopher Conover of Duke University. They detailed major deficiencies in the…

  • WebMemo posted November 9, 2010 by Nina Owcharenko Repealing Obamacare and Getting Health Care Right

    Americans want health care reform—but not the reforms put in place under the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PPACA). The new law moves America’s health care system in the wrong direction, transferring vast powers to Washington bureaucrats who will control the dollars and decisions that should be in the hands of individual patients and their families. It…

  • Lecture posted February 25, 2013 by Edmund F. Haislmaier The Complexities of Providing Health Insurance

    Discussions of the ethics of health care financing typically focus on issues of equity and social justice. Yet such discussions are more often about means than ends. Contrary to the impression given by occasionally heated political rhetoric, there, in fact, exists a broad consensus across the political spectrum that modern societies have an obligation to ensure that all…

  • Backgrounder posted July 9, 2007 by John S. O'Shea, M.D. The Crisis in Hospital Emergency Departments: Overcoming the Burden of Federal Regulation

    There is a deepening crisis in America's hospital emergency rooms. More and more patients are show­ing up for care without the ability to pay for it. The burden on taxpayers and private insurance policy holders is increasing, and doctors and nurses are often overworked while operating in an environment of complex and confusing overregulation, increased liti­gation, and…

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  • Issue Brief posted February 28, 2014 by Daren Bakst Is the FDA Getting Out of Control?

    Acting on its own volition, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is using the regulatory process to gain unprecedented control of food policy and remove dietary choices from Americans. Similar to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the FDA is pushing extreme policies to regulate in areas that have never been federally regulated. Recent examples highlight this…

  • Issue Brief posted January 10, 2013 by Lindsey Burke, David B. Muhlhausen, Ph.D. Head Start Impact Evaluation Report Finally Released

    In 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) completed data collection for its third-grade follow-up study of Head Start, a federal preschool program designed to improve the kindergarten readiness of low-income children. Four years later, just before Christmas, the agency finally published the results of the congressionally mandated evaluation. The report’s…

  • Issue Brief posted December 12, 2012 by Nina Owcharenko, Edmund F. Haislmaier Medicaid Expansion and State Health Exchanges: A Risky Proposition for the States

    Recent decisions by the Obama Administration concerning the health care exchanges and Medicaid expansion underscore what a risky proposition the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is for the states. Congress presumed in PPACA (Obamacare) that the states would agree to build and run exchanges and could be forced to expand Medicaid. The Supreme Court,…

  • Center for Policy Innovation Research Summary posted October 15, 2012 by Diane Calmus The Affordable Care Act’s Rulemaking Process: What the Research Shows

    Abstract: The rush to issue regulations for implementing the most popular parts of the President’s health insurance bill resulted in eight “economically significant” regulations of remarkably poor quality, according to Jerry Ellig of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and Christopher Conover of Duke University. They detailed major deficiencies in the…

  • Issue Brief posted September 20, 2012 by Robert Rector An Overview of Obama’s End Run on Welfare Reform

    In July of this year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) granted itself authority to “waive compliance” with all of the work provisions in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. HHS has declared that the work requirements written in the law are no longer legally binding on state governments and that they can and will be replaced by…

  • Issue Brief posted June 21, 2012 by James C. Capretta Obamacare’s Failings Go Well Beyond the Individual Mandate and Medicaid

    Obamacare is under review by the Supreme Court because of its constitutionally suspect provisions, namely the “individual mandate” and the coercive Medicaid provisions. Certainly, the Court would do the country an immense favor by striking down the entire law so the decks were cleared for a sensible, market-based reform plan. But in the event that the Court does not…

  • Special Report posted June 19, 2012 by Thomas M. Messner, Edmund F. Haislmaier On Contraception Mandate, the Obama Administration’s Potential Proposed “Accommodation” Fails to Protect Religious and Moral Conscience

    On March 21, 2012, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (referred to herein, either individually or in any combination of these or certain other federal government sources, as the “Government” or the “Obama Administration”) published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) in the…

  • Legal Memorandum posted June 15, 2012 by John Malcolm Obama v. Religious Liberty: How Legal Challenges to the HHS Contraceptive Mandate Will Vindicate Every American’s Right to Freedom of Religion

    Abstract: James Madison once wrote that “Conscience is the most sacred of all property.” Yet this sacred property is now under assault from an increasingly avaricious federal government. The contraceptive mandate—a regulatory mandate issued pursuant to Obamacare—requires that religiously affiliated institutions provide contraceptives or abortifacients. Providing such…

  • Issue Brief posted April 18, 2012 by Ryan Messmore, D.Phil. Obamacare, Religious Liberty, and Civil Society: What the Debate Is Really About

    The recent Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate under Obamacare, requiring nearly all insurance plans to cover abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization, has sparked heated debate across the country. Although proponents of Obamacare have attempted to frame the debate differently, one question remains fundamentally at issue: Can the federal government…

  • Center for Policy Innovation Discussion Paper posted December 19, 2011 by E. Fuller Torrey, M.D. How to Bring Sanity to Our Mental Health System

    Abstract: Fifty years ago, America began a grand experiment by transferring to the federal government the fiscal responsibility for individuals with mental illnesses. During that half-century, it has become increasingly clear that the experiment has been a costly failure, both in terms of human lives and in terms of dollars. The outcome was, in fact, clear as early as…

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