Category: The Forum

Friday Facts: Making the News

In the Friday Facts of  April 18, the Foundation shared the news that Georgia ranks second only to Utah among the 50 states in the percentage of income given to charities. The Savannah Morning News turned that Friday Fact into a great editorial! IF IT’S better to give than to receive — charity is, after all, one of the three theological virtues — then Georgians should pat themselves on the back. Modestly, of course. That’s because the Fraser Institute, a respected public policy research group in Canada, has ranked Georgia second only to Utah among the 50 states in the percentage of income given to charities. Those familiar with the tradition of giving to the less fortunate in this area… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT April 30, 2014 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Register Now for ‘Concierge Care for the Little Guy,’ May 7 Event Atlanta – A reminder: Monday is the deadline to register for “Concierge Care for the Little Guy,” the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s May 7 Leadership Breakfast at the Cobb Galleria Centre. How do we provide access to health care for the uninsured? How do we put patients in control? How do we promote price transparency?Dr. Lee Gross*, co-founder of Epiphany Health, a Direct Primary Care company, will explain how, with the concept of Direct Primary Care, individuals can afford coverage and care. This event, which begins at 8 a.m., is open… View Article

Checking Up On Health: April 29, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD Have you heard of Direct Primary Care? It’s also known as “concierge care for the little guy.” Find out more about this health care option at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s May 7 Leadership Breakfast at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Register to attend “Concierge Care for the Little Guy,” keynoted by Dr. Lee S.Gross,** co-founder and Senior Vice President of Epiphany Health. Epiphany is a health care program created primarily for individuals and families who either don’t qualify for health insurance, can’t afford traditional insurance or aren’t offered health benefits though their place of employment. **Dr. Gross is among the health care experts participating in… View Article
MIKE KLEINEditor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation By Mike Klein Matt Candler tinkers.  His current tinkering includes building an electric motorcycle.   So when Candler discusses public schools it should not be a surprise when he says traditional schools are so far outdated that reform should be bypassed for complete reinvention. “We are riding a horse and we are having arguments about whether we should change the color of the saddle or whether we should use a different type of leather for the harness,” says Candler, who has worked to help New Orleans reinvent public education after Hurricane Katrina.  “Every other country is building rockets and cars and things that move much faster.  This to me is an argument for not talking… View Article
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Sunday edition of April 27, 2014 published an op-ed by Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd on what Georgia should do next on the transportation front. Getting moving again on transportation fixes By Benita Dodd  Georgia’s economy is picking up, and with it the daily traffic congestion as growing numbers of commuters travel to jobs. Inertia followed the failure of the 2012 transportation sales tax (T-SPLOST) in nine of 12 regions, but it’s time to move forward on transportation. Georgia still needs funding. Congress’ stalemate and growing national infrastructure demands are shrinking the federal pot. At home, even if Georgia legislators possessed the political will to increase it, the state fuel tax remains a source of diminishing funds.… View Article

Steer Clear of Overregulating Autonomous Autos

BENITA DODD By Benita M. Dodd If anything drives transportation policy as a solution to congestion and mobility challenges in Georgia, it should be the recommendations in a new report from the Washington, D.C.-based Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) that focuses on “driverless” cars. The report, “Self-Driving Regulation,” described as one of the first comprehensive analyses of autonomous vehicle regulation, is written by CEI fellow Marc Scribner. Unfortunately, Georgia already is bringing up the rear on enabling legislation: Four states and the District of Columbia already have enacted laws recognizing the legality of these autonomous vehicles on the road; several others are considering legislation. It bears pointing out that autonomous vehicles are not quite “driverless;” rather, they are self-driving.… View Article

Friday Facts: April 25, 2014

It’s Friday!  Events  May 7: ‘Concierge Care for the Little Guy,” is the topic at the Foundation’s 8.a.m. Leadership Breakfast at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The keynote speaker is Dr. Lee Gross, co-founder of Epiphany Health, a Direct Primary Care company. He will explain how individuals can afford coverage and care. This event is open to the public and is $25 to attend. Register by Monday, May 5, 2014, online at http://bit.ly/1gRToJZ. Health Care Forum May 7: At its May 7-9 Forum at the Galleria Centre, the Institute for Healthcare Consumerism hosts the first face-to-face “Great Debate” between two of the nation’s most influential health care experts on the future of health reform in the United States View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT April 24, 2014 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Foundation’s May 7 Event: ‘Concierge Care for the Little Guy’ Atlanta – How do we provide access to health care for the uninsured? How do we put patients in control? How do we promote price transparency? Learn about, “Concierge Care for the Little Guy,” at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The keynote speaker is Dr. Lee Gross, co-founder of Epiphany Health, a Direct Primary Care company. He will explain how, with the concept of Direct Primary Care, individuals can afford coverage and care.This event is open to the public… View Article
MIKE KLEINEditor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation By Mike Klein This week a new report that contains almost six thousand lines of data tried to explain which Georgia schools and districts are the best and worst.  One improvement in the new formula gives increased emphasis to progress, that is, Jack and Jill marched up the hill even if they did not reach the pail of water. Trying and improving counts, too. But it is also fair to ask, does the new College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) treat alternative schools fairly?  Should alternative learning outside traditional models be evaluated the same or differently?  When a highly regarded alternative learning academy posts an abysmally low score, is that a reason to… View Article

Checking Up On Health: April 22, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled By Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD Happy Earth Day! Isn’t it a great place to be?! I visited my longtime physician for my (kind of) annual physical this week. This is the pout I shared on Facebook afterward:   Story time, children: My arm has been hurting for a while – I think it’s tendinitis – so I decided to schedule my annual physical and kill two birds with one stone.  After waiting an hour past my appointment time to see the doctor today, she comes in.  “Hold on. I need to check with the desk what kind of exam we’re doing.”  Comes back and does a cursory exam — reflexes, ears, throat, chest.  … View Article

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