Category: Issues

By Kyle Wingfield Almost two years have passed since Republican efforts to reform the U.S. health insurance market were pronounced dead. Perhaps they were merely on life support. In July 2017, Sen. John McCain surprised many observers by voting against the GOP’s “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act. His rejection left the bill with just 49 votes, the closest Republicans have come to repealing the law they had by then spent almost eight years deriding as “Obamacare.” There was one more short-lived effort to repeal and replace the law, but since then Republicans have lost their majority in the U.S. House – and their nerve. “Shell-shocked” is how D.C. denizens still describe congressional Republicans who spent years promising to… View Article

Healthcare Works When the Price is Right

By John C. Goodman Of all the things we might do to improve our healthcare system, the one reform that is more important than any other is almost never discussed: If we want the system to work well, we must make it profitable to take care of sick people. Profitable to whom? Profitable to everyone whose services are needed. To doctors. To hospitals. And most important of all, to the “third party payers”: insurance companies, employers and government agencies – the entities that initially control all the money. The idea is not new. Almost 250 years ago, Adam Smith observed that the reason the free market works so well is that each of us has a financial self-interest in meeting… View Article
By Dave Emanuel The highest-paid elected official in Georgia’s most populous county is Fulton Tax Commissioner, Arthur Ferdinand. According to a report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ferdinand earned approximately $390,000 in 2016, “a total that included $210,281 in $1 fees for collecting taxes in Johns Creek, Sandy Springs and Atlanta.” Ferdinand’s gig has the stamp of approval from the Fulton County Commission, which has repeatedly authorized him to personally collect a $1 fee for each city land parcel for which he collects property taxes. The arrangement is bizarre, but what is even more ludicrous is that Ferdinand uses county resources to collect those property taxes. When given authority to collect taxes for the recently incorporated city of South Fulton, his… View Article

Pause and Reflect on Our Hard-Won Freedom

By Johnny Isakson On June 6, 1944, with American and Allied paratroopers positioned behind enemy lines, Allied forces waded through waist-deep waters amid hailing enemy gunfire from above to storm the beaches of Normandy, France, in an invasion called Operation Overlord. It was a joint naval, air and land assault marking the start of Allied forces’ campaign to liberate Nazi-occupied Europe. More than 6,000 Americans gave their lives that day, but their sacrifice and heroism marked the beginning of the end of World War II. The 75th anniversary of D-Day is June 6. Now is an especially important time to reflect on the sacrifices made by the greatest generation during World War II. The defeat of fascism in Europe and… View Article
By Benita M. Dodd Every year, the Washington, D.C.-based Competitive Enterprise Institute releases “Ten Thousand Commandments,” an analysis of the numerous federal rules and regulations that govern Americans’ lives. This year, CEI’s first chapter is titled, “9,999 Commandments? Six Ways Rule Flows Have Been Reduced or Streamlined.” It examines President Trump’s executive order to reduce regulation and control regulatory costs; specifically, that two regulations be eliminated for every “significant” regulation issued. In spite of the effort to reduce red tape, “The overarching reality is that the government is far larger than ever, and Trump’s executive branch reorganization initiative undertaken alongside regulatory streamlining resulted in the elimination of no regulatory agencies,” CEI declares. Even with Trump’s directive, CEI notes,… View Article
On May 28, 2018, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation published a study examining the potential benefits for Georgia of 1332 healthcare waivers under the Affordable Care Act. This study, Healthcare Innovations in Georgia: Two Recommendations, was conducted by Anderson Economic Group (AEG) in conjunction with Wilson Partners. The Foundation published the report in the interests of furthering public discussion. It proposes one way Georgia might use a 1332 waiver to lower the cost of healthcare, empower more Georgians to purchase private insurance, restore the primacy of the doctor-patient relationship, and ultimately blaze a trail for other states to follow. The study can be accessed here. The AEG report recommends Georgia adopt two policy innovations: A reinsurance program that would… View Article
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 28, 2019 Contact: Benita Dodd, Georgia Public Policy Foundation benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org | (404) 256-4050  Foundation Releases Study on Healthcare Waivers for Georgia Researchers Find 1332 Waivers Improve Access, Affordability Atlanta – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has long advocated for market-oriented solutions to Georgia’s healthcare challenges. As one way of accomplishing this goal, the Foundation supports the use of a Section 1332 State Innovation Waiver under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Georgia General Assembly has authorized Gov. Brian Kemp to use this tool to pursue more flexibility in how Georgia administers certain aspects of the ACA. The Foundation has been provided with a report by Anderson Economic Group (AEG), in conjunction with Wilson Partners,… View Article

Managed Lanes, The Untolled Story

By Ron Sifen As schools wind down and summer travel begins, commuters are thrilled to see weekday traffic improve on metro Atlanta streets and interstates. What many north metro motorists have begun to notice over the past year, however, is the overall, incremental improvement in their weekday commutes. How is that happening? According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, since the opening of the reversible express toll lanes alongside I-75 and I- 575 north of I-285, enough commuters are choosing to pay the tolls that it’s making an enormous difference to traffic flow in the general-purpose lanes. The improvement is reflected in the data. The department compared the average traffic performance from January to February 2018 – before the toll… View Article
By Benita M. Dodd National Charter Schools Week, held May 12-18, is a worthwhile celebration: More than a quarter-century ago, the nation’s first charter school opened in Minnesota; more than 20 years ago, Georgia’s first start-up charter school was authorized. So how is it that so many Georgians remain unaware or, worse, are antipathetic, when it comes to this education option for nearly 75,000 Georgia students? Some parents are even unaware even that charter schools are, in fact, public schools, a failing that has led choice advocates to employ the term “public charter schools.” And when overburdened news reporters are spoon-fed by anti-choice advocates, this often perpetuates the myths that charter schools: steal the cream of the crop from… View Article

Name one other organization in the state that does what the Foundation does. You can’t.

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