Issue Brief posted February 28, 2014
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…
Lecture posted February 25, 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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…
Issue Brief posted April 18, 2012
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
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…
White Paper posted November 1, 2011
Appropriations Tracker: FY 2012
The FY 2013 version of the Appropriations Tracker is available here.
Download a PDF version with hyperlinks to House and Senate Appropriations Committee documents: Appropriations Tracker: FY 2012
Designed to inform American policymakers and citizens, the Appropriations Tracker: FY 2012 monitors the progress of appropriations bills as they move through the…
WebMemo posted October 13, 2011
Two Cheers for Proposed Labor, Health, Education Appropriations
House appropriators deserve two cheers for their recently released bill funding the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies for fiscal year (FY) 2012. Disappointingly, the legislation only slightly reduces federal spending. Nevertheless, its policy riders take important steps in the right direction.
WebMemo posted August 2, 2011
HHS’s New Health Guidelines Trample on Conscience
The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) new preventive services guidelines are a disaster for freedom of conscience and a fresh illustration of the political hammerlock “reproductive rights” organizations have on the Obama Administration.
Forcing private insurance plans to pay for morally controversial offerings such as contraception, sterilization, and…