Friday Facts: April 23, 2021

It’s Friday! Get the facts:

Friday’s Freshest: In the latest Georgia Policy commentary, Senior Fellow Ron Bachman proposes that a potential roadmap for health reform can be found right in your garage:

“Auto insurance has paved the way for health reform to follow. Nobody has suggested auto insurance is liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat. Auto insurance is bipartisan and non-partisan, universally available and mandatory in all but two states (Virginia and New Hampshire).

“The basic principles everybody accepts and welcomes in auto insurance, then, are choice, rewards and incentives, personal responsibility, competition and universal access. Non-partisan health reform can follow the lead of auto insurance, with personalized health insurance as one such approach that is based on these same principles.”

Read Bachman’s full commentary here.

On Our Desks

  • Investigative Journalism: Many agree that parents make the best decisions about their child’s education when they have reliable data. But the mountains of information available can obscure important facts.An investigative journalist with the Georgia Public Policy Foundation attempts to summit the range of available data in our latest investigative journalism series.

(You can find parts one and two of our series here and here, too!)

Around the State

Housing Affordability

Healthcare

  • Pfizer for Pfree: Thousands took advantage of Pfizer vaccines available without an appointment at Mercedes-Benz Stadium this week.
  • Vaccinate to Matriculate? Some Georgia colleges will require vaccinations to enroll for fall semester. Others are doing just the opposite.
  • COVID-19 update: The Georgia Department of Public Health reported the number of cases since the pandemic began totaled xxx,xxx as of Thursday afternoon, up from 865,827 last week. Deaths were at xx,xxx; last week the death toll was 17,130. The department updates the information daily at 3 p.m. Vaccinations are now available for anyone over age 16 in Georgia, but Georgia has paused the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine “until further notice.” Visit the website here.
  • Medical Mondays: The second dose of both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are no joke. Also not a joke: a viral Tik-Tok video can help alleviate your post-vaccine symptoms.

Energy and Environment

Quotes of Note

  • “If you are sure you understand everything that is going on, you are hopelessly confused.” – Walter Mondale, January 1928- April 2021
  • “Orbiting Earth in the spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is. People, let us preserve and increase this beauty, not destroy it!” – Yuri Gagarin, who became the first person in space 60 years ago this week
  • “The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else.” – John Maynard Keynes

Memory Lane

The annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, launched in 2011, brings policy leaders from across the state and around the nation to Georgians. It’s not the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s first foray into landmark policy events, as this article from 1992 shows. The Foundation was established in 1991 and celebrates its 30th anniversary this year!

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