Tag: Federal Health Care Reform

Checking Up On Health: November 18, 2014

Health Care News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD I had this visual of net “neutrality” today. It’s such a nice word, isn’t it? It smacks of “fairness” and digital “justice;” of no favorites on the Internet. All things being equal and Internet capacity being infinite, that’s a great idea. But the capacity is limited and providers sometimes need to make choices. It’s complicated, but think of it as the difference between routing an e-mail and flawlessly streaming your Netflix video. Would you be willing to pay a little more for your online streaming? Or be willing to see a tiny delay in the relay of your e-mail to keep your price low? The visual of net… View Article

Friday Facts: November 14, 2014

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Government has three primary functions. It should provide for military defense of the nation. It should enforce contracts between individuals. It should protect citizens from crimes against themselves or their property. When government – in pursuit of good intentions tries to rearrange the economy, legislate morality, or help special interests, the cost come in inefficiency, lack of motivation, and loss of freedom. Government should be a referee, not an active player.” – Milton Friedman “The problem with government regulation of the Internet is that by the time the government studies how it works and what is needed, technology has moved on.” – Jeffrey Dorfman Technology Foundation out and about: Benita Dodd, vice president of the… View Article

Checking Up On Health: November 11, 2014

Health Care News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD You’re stupid. Don’t sweat all this complicated gubmint stuff.  This week’s big health care story is the revelation of a 2013 video clip by Jonathan Gruber, an architect of the Affordable Care Act. It has stirred up a hornets’ nest. Gruber, addressing an academic conference, said that the passage of ObamaCare hinged on two things: the stupidity of American voters and ObamaCare proponents’ obfuscation. First, as a lesson to you all, let me recall the poet Omar Khayyam: “The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit, Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all thy Tears wash… View Article

Friday Facts: November 7, 2014

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “I want the people of America to be able to work less for the government – and more for themselves. I want them to have the rewards of their own industry. This is the chief meaning of freedom. Until we can reestablish a condition under which the earnings of the people can be kept by the people, we are bound to suffer a very severe and distinct curtailment of our liberty.” – President Calvin Coolidge, August 11, 1924 “[E]very single day, I’m looking for how can we do what we need to do better. Whether that is delivering basic services the government provides to the American people, whether that is our capacity to… View Article

What Economics Can Teach Us about Ebola

By John C. Goodman John C. Goodman There are two fundamentally different ways of thinking about complex social systems: the economic approach and the engineering approach. The thinking about Ebola at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reflects the engineering approach. The behavior of everyone else reflects the economic approach. Social engineers see society as disorganized, unplanned and inefficient. The solution? Let experts take over. Social engineers inevitably believe that a plan can work even though everyone who is expected to carry it out has a self-interest in defeating it. Implicitly they assume that incentives don’t matter. Or if they do matter, they don’t matter very much. Economics is the science of incentives. Almost everything interesting that economists… View Article

Checking Up On Health: October 28, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd If you missed the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on September 19, you missed a great discussion on health care and alternatives to Medicaid expansion for Georgia’s uninsured. Watch streaming video of the event online at www.georgiapolicy.org/?p=14456. I know you’re worried the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is botching its handling of Ebola, but never fear! The CDC has Halloween covered for you! In fact, the agency even paid someone to write advice for each letter in SAFE HALLOWEEN. As in, “Hold a flashlight” for “H'” and, “Look both ways,” for “L.” The CDC has Halloween tips for you at www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/. Have you ever heard the term “veterinary View Article

Friday Facts: October 17, 2014

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, 1816 “[O]zone levels are getting so low that a rapidly growing share of even urban areas’ ozone concentration now comes from either naturally occurring ozone or from ozone that has been transported from other states or countries. We have reached the point at which significant further reductions simply cannot be accomplished in any cost-effective manner. Absent recognition of this fact from the EPA, it is time for Congress to modernize the Clean Air Act.” – National Association of Manufacturers “This Ebola situation frightens… View Article

Friday Facts: October 10, 2013

It’s Friday!  Kudos Rogers Wade, Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and former president of the Foundation, was presented with the University of Georgia Blue Key Service Award on October 3 in Athens. Eric Wearne, Senior Fellow at the Foundation and an assistant professor at the Gwinnett College School of Education, was honored as one of UGA’s 2014 40 Under 40 at a September 18 banquet at the Georgia Aquarium. Quotes of Note “When wealthy liberals attempt to demonstrate their own charita­ble bona fides by insisting that taxes should be raised, conservatives seethe. It is easy to be generous with other people’s money, and the idea that support for higher taxes is a mark of good… View Article

Checking Up On Health: October 7, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD I’m back after a month’s hiatus! If you missed the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on September 19, you missed a great discussion on health care and alternatives to Medicaid expansion for Georgia’s uninsured. The video will be online soon, and I’ll share it here. Global community spreads disease: The enemy is Ebola, not people, Dr. Thomas Frieden, the head of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reminded Americans several times in his update broadcast Tuesday afternoon about the deadly virus that has killed and sickened thousands in Africa. Now it’s made its appearance in both Europe and the United States. Unfortunately, the enemy resides in the… View Article

Friday Facts: October 3, 2014

 It’s Friday! Where should Georgia go next on issues? If you missed the 2014 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, find video of sessions and speakers here on our YouTube channel. See new event photos on our newest Facebook page dedicated to the Forum: facebook.com/GAlegforum.Read the issues handout we gave attendees here; read the tax PowerPoint presentation by economist Liz Malm of the Tax Foundation here. Quotes of Note “Forcing antiquated transportation regulations onto modern technologies simply doesn’t make sense.” – Taylor Bennett, Uber spokesman “Conservative leaders owe it to their followers and the vulnerable to articulate a positive social justice agenda for the right. It must be tangible, practical and effective. And it must start with… View Article

The best way to make a lasting impact on public policy is to change public opinion. When you change the beliefs of the people; the politicians and political parties change with them.

Senator Herman E. Talmadge more quotes