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  • Special Report posted June 11, 2009 by The Heritage Foundation A Guide to State Health Care Reform

    Over the past half-century, the federal government and other institutions have increasingly taken control of every American's health care. It is time to restore that control to individuals and families, both as patients and as consumers. This will require a uniquely American solution to our health care crisis--a solution that can and should arise from the…

  • WebMemo posted March 23, 2009 by The Heritage Foundation Can Congress Punish People? Why the Constitution Prohibits Bills of Attainder

    An excerpt from The Heritage Guide to the Constitution No Bill of Attainder ... shall be passed.[1] The Constitution prohibits both the federal government (in this clause) and the states (in Article I, Section 10, Clause 1) from passing either bills of attainder or ex post facto laws. The Framers considered freedom from bills of attainder and ex…

  • WebMemo posted December 8, 2008 by The Heritage Foundation Electromagnetic Pulse Attacks: The Heritage Foundation's Research

    An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the United States could wreak havoc on the nation's electronic systems--shutting down power grids, sources, and supply mechanisms, irreparably crippling the country. Such an attack could simultaneously inflict large-scale damage while critically limiting our recovery abilities. Yet, despite the tremendous threat EMPs pose to the…

  • White Paper posted April 2, 2008 by The Heritage Foundation Providing for the Common Defense: Why 4 percent?

    How can the U.S. afford to spend 4 percent of GDP on defense if there is an economic recession? Traditionally, America has spent more than 4 percent of its GDP on defense-in bad and good economic times. So there's no question about affordability. The question implies that defense is the best place to start cutting if economic woes force Congress to reduce…

  • WebMemo posted February 12, 2008 by The Heritage Foundation The Heritage Foundation's Research on REAL ID

    Last month, the Department of Homeland Security announced a plan to implement minimum standards for state-issued ID cards that are used for federal purposes. REAL ID is critical for keeping Americans safe, free, and prosperous. The following is a list of Heritage Foundation research on REAL ID. Standards Must Be Urgent Priority to Keep Nation Secure After 9/11 …

  • WebMemo posted February 12, 2008 by The Heritage Foundation The Heritage Foundation's Research on FISA

    The Senate is preparing to vote on legislation to renew the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the 1970s law that governs intelligence-gathering. The executive branch must have the powers it needs to protect Americans from acts of war by foreign enemies. The following is a list of Heritage Foundation research on FISA. Congress Must Stop Playing…

  • Special Report posted January 18, 2008 by The Heritage Foundation Health Care and Homeland Security: Crossroads of Emergency Response

    A Resource Guide and Report of the Health Care and Homeland Security Conference, July 17-18, 2007 Introduction Health care reform is again being seriously discussed. Rapidly rising costs, problems with access to care, and questions about quality of care have made this a major issue. At the same time, the post-9/11 and post-Hurricane Katrina world has focused…

  • WebMemo posted July 26, 2007 by The Heritage Foundation Cargo Screening: The Heritage Foundation's Research

    Inspecting every container that is shipped to the U.S. makes no sense. Doing so would cost billions of dollars and drown authorities in useless information. The "nuke-in-a-box" scenarios deployed to justify such drastic measures are highly implausible. Though scanning and sealing every container would not make Americans much safer, it would increase the cost of just…

  • WebMemo posted July 12, 2007 by The Heritage Foundation Visa Waiver Reform: The Heritage Foundation's Research

    The Visa Waiver Program today allows visa-free travel between the U.S. and 27 countries for up to 90 days. It has not been expanded since 9/11, however, out of concern that terrorists, criminals, and immigration violators might exploit the opportunity to enter the U.S. and remain unlawfully. But restricting casual travel with many countries that seek stronger ties to…

  • WebMemo posted February 21, 2007 by The Heritage Foundation Medicare Malady #04-07: Making a Mess of the Medicare Drug Coverage

    John O'Shea doesn't play a doctor on TV. He is one - a Harvard educated surgeon with first-hand experience in dealing with Medicare. His memo to the Senate about proposals to have the Medicare bureaucracy "negotiate" drug prices is must-reading for those who care about the quality of health care provided through the Great Society program. If you think everything…

  • WebMemo posted January 12, 2007 by The Heritage Foundation Medicare Malady #03-07: You Call This

    Whether you are hammering out a union contract, settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or getting your five year old to eat vegetables, everybody in the world negotiates. The new House leadership now wants the feds to negotiate drug prices for American seniors. Unfortunately, it won't work. Why? As Heritage Foundation health care experts Greg D'Angelo and…

  • WebMemo posted January 11, 2007 by The Heritage Foundation Medicare Malady #02-07: Government "Negotiation" = Higher Drug Prices

    The Congressional Budget Office yesterday threw cold water on House Democrats all ready to make the feds negotiate Medicare drug prices. Turns out, according to CBO, the government can't negotiate lower prices unless it restricts the number and types of drugs it covers-something seniors aren't at all anxious to see. The drug-price controllers got a second dousing…

  • WebMemo posted January 9, 2007 by The Heritage Foundation Medicare Malady #01-07: Drug Negotiations No Cure for Medicare's Ills

    The theory behind the House Leadership's bid to make the feds negotiate drug prices for Medicare patients is simple:  Use the leverage of the Great Society program's 42 million enrollees to drive down drug coverage costs.  Not a bad idea, at first glance. Forty-two million is a lot of people - about the population of Spain. But that's nothing compared to the size of…

  • WebMemo posted November 29, 2006 by The Heritage Foundation The Case Against the Draft: The Heritage Foundation's Research

    For over three decades, volunteers have filled the ranks of the U.S. military, and this all-volunteer force has served the nation well. Some lawmakers, however, want to reinstate the draft. Yet the arguments in favor of a draft are not well grounded logically, empirically, or even philosophically. The persistent and widespread myth that poor, less-educated…

  • WebMemo posted November 27, 2006 by The Heritage Foundation Container Security at U.S. Ports: The Heritage Foundation's Research

    Maritime trade is vital to the U.S. economy. According to the American Association of Port Authorities, $1.3 billion worth of U.S. goods move in and out of U.S. ports every day. Moreover, many ports are located close to U.S. urban centers and other critical infrastructures. Accordingly, ports provide attractive targets for terrorists, and lawmakers have considered a…