Category: The Forum

Checking Up On Health: July 30, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Save the date: The Heartland Institute’s Emerging Issues Forum is coming to Atlanta on Thursday, August 15. This is Heartland’s annual daylong event for elected officials, policy analysts and government affairs professionals to confer and strategize about the top public policy issues of the day. Among the topics: Health Care, Education, Energy and Tax Reform. (I’ll be part of the panel on energy issues.)  The keynote speaker is Congressman Tom Price of Georgia. Find out more at But wait! There’s more! The Georgia Public Policy Foundation, which will be a sponsor at the event, is giving away four tickets, valued at $100 each, to the daylong session. For… View Article

Friday Facts: July 26, 2013

July 26, 2013 It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note  “It is difficult for men in high office to avoid the malady of self-delusion. They are always surrounded by worshipers. They are constantly, and for the most part sincerely, assured of their greatness. They live in an artificial atmosphere of adulation and exaltation which sooner or later impairs their judgment. They are in grave danger of becoming careless and arrogant.” – Calvin Coolidge “What brought the inmates to prison was crime. The question is what brought them to crime. Teachers are not to pry into inmates’ lives, but voluntary testimony after testimony at break time indicated that absent fathers were the chief cause of unchecked, youthful waywardness. Need of “feeling like a… View Article

Checking Up On Health: July 23, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Even Dems are abandoning ship: The landmark health-reform law passed in 2010 has never been very popular and always highly partisan, but a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that a group of once loyal Democrats has been steadily turning against ObamaCare: Democrats who are ideologically moderate or conservative. Just after the law was passed in 2010, 74 percent of moderate and conservative Democrats supported the federal law making changes to the health-care system. But just 46 percent express support in the new poll, down 11 points in the past year. Liberal Democrats, by contrast, have continued to support the law at very high levels – 78 percent… View Article

Friday Facts: July 19, 2013

 July 19, 2013  It’s Friday! Quotes of note  “Freedom is not synonymous with an easy life. … There are many difficult things about freedom: It does not give you safety, it creates moral dilemmas for you; it requires self-discipline; it imposes great responsibilities; but such is the nature of Man and in such consists his glory and salvation.” – Margaret Thatcher “The power which a multiple millionaire, who may be my neighbor and perhaps my employer, has over me is very much less than that which the smallest functionaire possesses who wields the coercive power of the state, and on whose discretion it depends whether and how I am to be allowed to live or to work.” – Friedrich von View Article
By Eric Wearne Latin Academy Charter School opened its doors for the first time in 2012 with 90 sixth graders, in the Anderson Park neighborhood of southwest Atlanta.  Work on the school started formally in 2010, and Latin’s board, administration, teachers, and families have been waiting to see how a school that had existed only on paper for so long would perform in the real world.  Now, the Georgia Department of Education has released school-level CRCT scores.  Our scores are strong: In reading, 97.8 percent of Latin Academy’s students met or exceeded standards this year, placing the Academy 6th out of 23 APS schools. In math, 79.1 percent of Academy students met or exceeded standards, placing them 8th out of… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT July 17, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or August 28 Event Focuses on ‘Georgia Transportation: The Next Frontier’ Atlanta – You are invited to join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at the Georgian Club for a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon keynoted by Foundation Senior Fellow Baruch Feigenbaum, “Georgia Transportation: The Next Frontier.” Feigenbaum, a metro Atlanta resident and Transportation Policy Analyst at the Reason Foundation, will unveil his new study, “Reducing Traffic Congestion and Increasing Mobility in Atlanta: 2013.” This event is open to the public and will cost $30 to attend. Register online by Monday, August 26, at  Feigenbaum has a diverse background… View Article

Checking Up On Health: July 16, 2013

  Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Much ado about nothing: A new paper identifies five overused medical treatments and offers proposals to prevent their overuse, which the report defines as use of a treatment that confers zero or negative benefits to a patient. The paper, by the Joint Commission and the American Medical Association-Convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, cites antibiotics for viral upper respiratory infections; over-transfusion of red blood cells; tympanostomy tubes for brief middle ear effusion (fluid); early-term, non-medically indicated elective delivery, and elective angioplasty.   The $69 million machine that goes “ping:” In health care, “self-referral” is when providers refer patients to facilities or services in which they or their family members have… View Article
This post from the NCPA web site show why we need more price transparency in health care. An Oklahoma City surgery center is offering a new kind of price transparency, posting guaranteed all-inclusive surgery prices online. The move is revolutionizing medical billing in Oklahoma and around the world, says News Channel 4 Oklahoma City. Dr. Keith Smith and Dr. Steven Lantierlaunched Surgery Center of Oklahoma 15 years ago, founded on the simple principle of price honesty. Surgery Center of Oklahoma started posting their prices online about four years ago. The prices are all-inclusive quotes and they are guaranteed. Surgery Center of Oklahoma does accept private insurance, but thecenter does not accept Medicaid or Medicare, thus avoiding government regulation and control.… View Article

Friday Facts: July 12, 2013

July 12, 2013  It’s Friday!  The Legacy of Hank McCamish On June 30 Georgia lost a great leader and a great man. Henry F. “Hank” McCamish Jr. was born and raised in Greenwood, SC, but after graduating from Georgia Tech in 1950 he never left Georgia.    A successful career as an entrepreneur allowed him to become a generous philanthropist. His leadership and gifts impacted countless charitable organizations and his guidance and mentorship influenced countless lives. Hank founded the Georgia Public Policy Foundation on October 29, 1991. He had two simple instructions: 1) Always tell the truth and make sure your facts are correct and 2) Focus on the issues and do not attack individuals. Humble throughout his life, nearly all… View Article

Checking Up On Health: July 9, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Presumed consentGenomeWeb reports that Wales has taken action to address the shortage of organs that are available to patients needing transplants by voting to shift to a system that assumes people are organ donors unless they, or their families, specify otherwise. Meanwhile, the journal Nature notes that while organ donation is a last option for many people who are facing death, new regenerative medicine technologies may in the future make donor lists less necessary. You didn’t need that kidney, did you? Maybe just a spoonful of sugar? Most voters continue to view President Obama’s national health care law unfavorably and believe more strongly than ever that free market… View Article

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