Tag: Benita Dodd

By Benita M. Dodd One of the major missions in establishing the Georgia Public Policy Foundation in 1991 was to provide a “resource bank” for elected officials, policy-makers and citizens interested in implementing commonsense policy in a limited-government environment to facilitate a thriving state economy. Understanding the limited research staff that lawmakers can access regarding Georgia-focused issues, the third annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on Friday, September 21, brings experts and analysts from across the nation to Atlanta.  At this nonpartisan event, co-sponsored by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute, attendees will hear views on moving the state past “the recent unpleasantness” that has roiled the economy. This year, as in the past two years,… View Article

Checking Up On Health

Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Benita M. DoddVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation “Can markets work in health care?” is the headline of a Forbes magazine article reminding us of a 1974 study that demonstrated how ownership promotes accountability and personal responsibility. RAND researchers randomly assigned more than 7,000 individuals into various types of health insurance policies: ones with completely free care (no cost sharing), ones with a modest deductible (e.g., $200) and 25 percent cost-sharing, and ones with the equivalent of high-deductible policies. All the cost-sharing policies had a maximum upper limit on out-of-pocket spending, meaning once a family spent 10 percent of income on health care, the policy paid 100 percent of the year’s remaining… View Article

Friday Facts: August 17, 2012

August 17, 2012 It’s Friday! Visit the Foundation’s new Web site at www.georgiapolicy.org then e-mail us at info@georgiapolicy.org to tell us what you think of it! Quotes of note “If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.” – James Madison Events August 25: Join me a week from Saturday (August 25) at the E3 Summit in Kennesaw hosted by Americans For Prosperity Georgia. The conference will focus on the “3 E’s” driving Georgia’s future – economic freedom, educational choice and energy freedom. I will be on a panel discussing education reform, but the real stars include… View Article

Checking Up On Health

Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Benita M. Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation 3D printing to build body parts:  Science fiction becomes reality at the Wake Forest Institute for regenerative medicine. Its lab has created the world’s first engineered urethra. First, researchers take a very small piece of tissue from a patient’s bladder. Then, they grow the cells outside the body and put the tailor-made urethra right back in the patient. Doctors were able to give five boys in Mexico who suffered pelvic injuries new urethras.  Researchers also are using a printer to create lab-grown ears. So far, it’s worked in animals. A CT scan of the existing ear generates a pattern that scientists… View Article

Banking on Land Banks is Banking on Trouble

By Benita M. Dodd The new Georgia Land Bank Act expands local governments’ abilities to create a land bank, an organization with sweeping authority to acquire and dispose of vacant, abandoned or delinquent properties. But communities that race to embrace this unfortunate move will see it come back to haunt, not help, them. It sounds like a good idea at first: Get rid of the vacant properties and abandoned homes that attract crime and impact surrounding property values. The housing crisis has hit Georgia extraordinarily hard and many property owners find themselves unemployed and unable to meet tax and mortgage obligations. Citing “an overriding public need to confront the problems,” the law empowers local governments to join forces or act… View Article

Friday Facts

      It’s Friday!   Quotes of note – “A government with the policy to rob Peter to pay Paul can be assured of the support of Paul.” – George Bernard Shaw – “Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” – Mark Twain – “A general State education is a mere contrivance for molding people to be exactly like one another; and as the mold in which it casts them is that which pleases the dominant power in the government … in proportion as it is efficient and… View Article

Checking Up On Health Care

Benita M. DoddVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs July 31, 2012 Compiled by Benita M. DoddWhere have all the doctors gone? What if you added to the ranks of insured individuals but didn’t have the medical staff to care for them? Americans may be about to find out. Roughly one-third of the country’s physician workforce plans to retire or leave their practice in the next 10 years, according to Georgia-based Jackson Healthcare’s Physician Practice Trends Survey 2012. The top two factors for leaving were economic factors and federal health care reform. The general physicians most likely to leave medicine within 10 years include general surgeons, family practitioners, emergency medicine physicians and obstetricians/gynecologists. Specialists most… View Article

Checking Up on Health

By Benita Dodd Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs: July 24, 2012 – What’s in YOUR wallet? Health care expert Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, is a frequent contributor to Forbes magazine and is scheduled to participate in the Foundation’s Georgia Legislative Policy Briefing on Friday, September 21, in Atlanta. Turner’s column in Forbes this week warns that the “tax” that you’ll pay for not buying government-approved health insurance is a lot more than you think. The individual mandate section of the federal health law (ObamaCare) outlines the structure of the “taxes” that must be paid by those who don’t get coverage, starting at $95 a year the first year for individuals. Many… View Article

Checking Up On Health

By Benita Dodd Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs: July 17, 2012 – What’s in a name? Another regulatory slugfest: The Generic Pharmaceutical Association is urging the Federal Drug Administration to apply the same nomenclature standards to biosimilar drugs as is used for generic drugs. In an earlier letter, BIO and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America said a biosimilar should not share the name of a biologic product because they are not identical. According to the Kidney Cancer Association, “Biosimilars are sometimes mistakenly called ‘generic’ versions of the original biologic drugs. However, unlike generics, which are virtually identical copies of traditional drugs, biosimilars are not the same as the original biologic medicine.” … View Article

Checking Up on Health

By Benita M. Dodd June 5, 2012 Benita M. Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation – Doomed to failure: Health insurance exchanges required in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) won’t work, won’t increase access to affordable health care, and won’t improve health outcomes or increase value, according to a new Galen Institute study. The paper by Rita E. Numerof, Ph.D., entitled, “What’s Wrong with Health Insurance Exchanges,” explains the problems states will face if they go down the path of creating PPACA health insurance exchanges. The exchange requirements will result in the creation of administrative behemoths that will limit individual choice and drive up costs, just the opposite of their intent. Numerof describes in detail why… View Article

Thank you for the great work that the Public Policy Foundation is doing across our state setting a wonderful example. I first ran for the Senate in 1994, and the Foundation was that resource I called upon to be a great help to me as we were articulating positions and formulating public policy initiatives. We appreciate very much your leadership and all that you stand for.

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