NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis
NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis
Barry is a Senior Economist with the National Center for Policy Analysis, one of the most influential think tanks in America today.

The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization, established in 1983. The NCPA's goal is to develop and promote private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector. Topics include reforms in health care, taxes, Social Security, welfare, criminal justice, education and environmental regulation.

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Daily Policy Digest

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Daily Policy Digest

The Texas Grid and U.S. National Security
03 May 2016 07:00:58 CDT -

Texas is the only state with a self-contained electric grid.  An EMP attack that renders the grid inoperable will have devastating consequences for the country's defense posture, according to NCPA Senior Fellow David Grantham. Utilities and the Texas government need to come together to protect the grid.

http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/bg182.pdf

For more on Government Issues:

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/?Article_Category=33

Gross Domestic Product: Health Services Over One Third of Growth
03 May 2016 07:00:57 CDT -

Last week's advance estimate of GDP for the first quarter (usually subject to significant future revision) showed very weak growth dominated by spending on health services. Health services spending of $19.5 billion (annualized) comprised over one third of GDP growth, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham.

http://healthblog.ncpa.org/flash-gdp-health-services-over-one-third-of-gdp-growth/

For more on Health Issues:

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/?Article_Category=16

Health Status Related to Income, Not Insurance
03 May 2016 07:00:56 CDT -

An extremely thorough analysis of changes in incomes and mortality in the United States, 2001 through 2014, demonstrates how important incomes are to health status, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham. Forty-year old men in households in the highest quartile of income (mean = $256,000 annually) had an average life expectancy just under 85 years in 2001. This increased by 0.20 years (a little over ten weeks) by 2014. For those in the lowest quartile ($17,000), life expectancy was about 76 years in 2001, and it only increased 0.08 years (a little over four weeks) by 2014. Obamacare is likely to accelerate this gap, because it significantly reduces incentives for people in low-income households to increase their incomes. 

http://healthblog.ncpa.org/health-status-is-associated-with-incomes-not-health-insurance/

For more on Health Issues:

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/?Article_Category=16

Health Construction Boomlet Continues
03 May 2016 07:00:55 CDT -

The boomlet in health construction, first noted in last month's Census Bureau release, continued in March. Health facilities construction starts grew 1.6 percent, while other construction grew only 0.3 percent. It is too early to say whether the boomlet in health facilities construction indicates a trending upturn. However, it suggests health systems are beginning to be optimistic about their abilities to continue to extract revenue from the system.

http://healthblog.ncpa.org/health-construction-boomlet-continues/

For more on Health Issues:

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/?Article_Category=16

Resist Central Planning Optimization
02 May 2016 07:00:54 CDT -

Empirical analysis often has limits that need to be recognized. Lessons from existing school systems, especially the 51 U.S. systems, can only inform central plan optimization, which has a very low upside, according to NCPA Senior Fellow John Merrifield.

http://educationblog.ncpa.org/central-plan-optimization-is-worthwhile-but-not-enough/

For more on Education Issues:

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/?Article_Category=27

The Health Care Gold Rush is Bankrupting America
02 May 2016 07:00:53 CDT -

There's a health care Gold Rush of sorts where drug makers and hospitals test the limits to see how high prices can rise. It doesn't have to be this way. Numerous pilot projects and experiments have found medical providers will respond with competition if given the appropriate incentives. But consumers must play their part. When consumers control more of their own health care dollars, medical providers will have no alternative but compete for those dollars on the basis of price, quality and other amenities. The sooner we start, the less painful it will be.

http://healthblog.ncpa.org/the-obamacare-health-care-gold-rush-is-bankrupting-america/

For more on Health Issues:

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/?Article_Category=16





Health Policy Digest

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Consumer Driven Health Care

Health Care Reform Tax Will Hurt Franchisees
04 Oct 2011 12:43:58 GMT - When the employer mandates go into effect in 2014, many franchised businesses will be motivated to reduce the number of locations and move workers from full-time to part-time status...

REAL CLEAR MARKETS

Saving Jobs from Health Reform's Harmful Regulations
04 Oct 2011 12:43:58 GMT - If the rate of health care cost growth had not exceeded general inflation, a typical family would have had $545 more per month in spendable income instead of $95 -- a difference of $5,400 per year...

GALEN INSTITUTE

Does Health Insurance and Seeing the Doctor Keep You Out of the Hospital?
04 Oct 2011 12:43:58 GMT - Gaining health insurance and using more primary care services leads to more hospitalizations as a result of physicians' discretionary decisions regarding aggressive and intensive treatment...

AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE

The Case for Competition in Medicare
04 Oct 2011 12:43:58 GMT - A well-functioning marketplace would set in motion the forces needed to transform American medical care into a model of efficient patient-centered care...

HERITAGE FOUNDATION

Potential Effect of Health Care Reform on Emergency Department Utilization Not Clear
04 Oct 2011 12:43:58 GMT - In 2010, 71 percent of emergency physicians said that they expected emergency department visits to increase due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act...

NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE





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