Posts Tagged ‘policy’

Massachusetts Health Care Reform: a glimpse into America’s future

(Wall Street Journal) Massachusetts law makers imposed new laws on insurance companies in 2006, including terms such as the inability to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions. This caused systematic abuse resulting operating losses for three of the four non-profit insurance providers in the...
April 23rd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

CBO Director: U.S. fiscal policy is ‘unsustainable’

(UPI) U.S. fiscal policy “is unsustainable” and cannot be solved with minor changes, the head of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office told reporters in Washington. Read the article <here>
April 23rd, 2010 | Fiscal Policy | Read More

Opinion: Work sharing could work for us

(Los Angeles Times) Currently, firms mostly respond to weak demand by laying off workers. Under a work-sharing program, firms are encouraged by government policy to spread a small amount of the pain across many workers. Read the article <here>
April 23rd, 2010 | Economics, Policy | Read More

Canada ranks high in low business costs

(The Globe and Mail) Canada’s relatively low corporate taxes make the country one of the best places to do business. Read the article <here>
April 23rd, 2010 | Economics | Read More

Arizona Governor cuts Medicaid, SCHIP

(ABC 15 News) Governor Jan Brewer said the federal healthcare reform bill sitting in Congress would financially devastate Arizona, arguing that a bill drafted by Congress would not be a good fit for every state. Arizona has already cut its Medicaid and SCHIP programs in an effort to control its costs,...
April 23rd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

Idaho first state to pass legislation prohibiting federal health care reform

(Washington Post) Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter was the first to sign a piece of legislation into law which would prohibit the federal government from requiring citizens to buy health insurance. Similar legislation is pending in 37 other states including Alaska. Read the article <here>
April 23rd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

EPA administrator distances herself from IPCC

(Pajamas Media) When EPA administrator Lisa Jackson decided that the EPA would consider the air we exhale (CO2) a pollutant, she cited from the IPCC AR4 report. But now that the climategate story is out in the open, she appears to have circled the wagons. Read the article <here>
April 23rd, 2010 | Policy | Read More

NH town rejects federal stimulus funding because of federal wage rules

(Seacoast Online) As stimulating as it might have sounded at the time, the city recently declined $2.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for its new water treatment plant because federal wage regulations would have forced the city to pay more for the project. Read the article <here>
April 23rd, 2010 | Policy, Recent News | Read More

MN suesover campaign finance laws

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce sues in federal court to void state campaign finance laws (Business Week) The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is asking a federal judge to void state campaign finance laws that restrict corporate activity in elections. The business group sued Tuesday in U.S. District Court,...
April 23rd, 2010 | Policy | Read More

Opinion: Warming’s Uncertain Science

(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) Before trillions more of our dollars are wasted in a vain effort to control the weather 100 years from now, our leaders should be much more certain that human activities are actually causing climate harm than is warranted by the uncertain science that has been spun out as...
April 23rd, 2010 | Policy | Read More

Budget request uncovers mismanagement of Alaska Medicaid

(Fairbanks Daily News-miner) The state suspended, for one year ending in mid-2009, a school-focused Medicaid reimbursement program after muddy financial reporting raised red flags with federal agencies. The Department of Health and Social Services has asked for a legislative OK to balance its books by...
April 23rd, 2010 | Accountability, Health Care, Policy | Read More

The “Con” of American hospitals

(FOX Business) John Stossel gives an example of why the United States does not have a free market in health care. Read the article <here>
April 23rd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

States seek to ban health insurance mandate

(FOXNews) Lawmakers in about half the states are forging ahead with constitutional amendments to ban government health insurance mandates. The proposals would assert a state-based right for people to pay medical bills from their own pocketbooks and prohibit penalties against those who refuse to carry...
April 23rd, 2010 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

The cost of government regulation

(AP) The world’s cheapest car is being readied for sale in the U.S., but by the time India’s Tata Nano is retrofitted to meet emissions and safety standards, it won’t be that cheap. Originally sold for $2500, the Tata Nano is expected to cost $8000 in the United States. Read the article...
April 22nd, 2010 | Policy | Read More

Mayo Clinic to soon deny Medicare patients

(Bloomberg) The Mayo Clinic, praised by President Barack Obama as a national model for efficient health care, will stop accepting Medicare patients as of tomorrow at one of its primary-care clinics in Arizona, saying the U.S. government pays too little. Read the article <here>
April 22nd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

Illinois reforms its pension system

The reforms recently signed into law by Gov. Quinn include: – Retirement age is raised from 60 to 67 years old; – the earnings cap is decreased from $240- thousand dollars to almost $107-thousand dollars; – double dipping, when someone receives a public pension while drawing salary...
April 22nd, 2010 | Policy | Read More