Georgia Public Policy Foundation explores targeted healthcare solutions that are patient-centered, provide security for the sickest individuals, treat individuals and companies fairly under the tax code, promote personal responsibility, embrace transparency in the market, and avoid costly top-down mandates that discourage flexibility and limit options for Georgians seeking access to affordable, quality care.

2017 Legislative Policy Forum: Transforming Education, Health Care

Practical proposals, accessible experts and Georgia-focused ideas.

Commonsense Recommendations for SPLOST Reform in Georgia

By Ron Sifen and Benita M. Dodd

Georgia’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) is an optional 1 percent county sales tax used to fund local capital projects for a county and participating municipalities. Thirty-two years after lawmakers passed the…

Certificate of Need: A Blunt Instrument for a Fiscal Problem

The problem and the solution are funding, not regulation.

States Must Seize Opportunity for Health Care Reform

By Kelly McCutchen

With the failure of the federal government to address this nation’s health care crisis, the job now falls to the states. Fortunately for the states, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides them broad authority to restructure federal…

AJC Publishes Foundation Op-ed on Health Care Reform

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Sunday edition of August 6, 2017, published an op-ed by Georgia Public Policy Foundation President Kelly McCutchen on state-based solutions to health care. The op-ed is reprinted in full below; access it online on the newspaper’s…

Reading is Fundamental to American Liberty

By Gerard Robinson

“Reading is fundamental” was a popular slogan when I was an elementary student in Los Angeles during the 1970s. Today, parents, teachers and tutors stress the importance of literacy to public, private, home and virtual school students. Reading…

Kicking the Deadly Opioid Abuse Habit

By Megan May

Drug overdoses, mainly opioid-affiliated, have surged in the United States in recent years. According to recent health data, deaths from drug overdose will soon surpass the number of deaths due to motor vehicle accidents each year in Georgia.…

Senate Health Care Bill Begins to Address Unfairness to Georgia

By Kelly McCutchen

As Congress returns next week from its Independence Day recess, health care will be front and center. Amid the noise from special interest groups drowning out substantive debate, one proposal that could enormously benefit Georgia has gone unnoticed.

The…

Report Highlights How Road Pricing Helps Manage Congestion

Road space is scarce and valuable, Why not use prices to allocate it like we do for almost everything else?

Who are Georgia’s Uninsured?

By Kelly McCutchen

The chart below breaks down Georgia’s 1.38 million uninsured residents based on Census Bureau data for 2016.

The vertical axis represents income as a percent of the federal poverty level, which is about $12,000 for a single person. The…

AJC Quotes Foundation’s Kelly McCutchen on State Health Plan Eligibility Audit

Audit could save Georgia up to $56 million.

On Muni Broadband, Buyer Beware

A year after the Savannah City Council approved a $62,500 contract asking consultants to explore potential demand for a municipal broadband network, the firm finally has released its findings and recommendations.

Can We All Just Get Along?

What connection do air conditioning, airlines and education have with today’s overheated political climate?

Five Ways the Senate Can Improve Health Care Reform

As the August recess fast approaches, taxes, infrastructure and other important federal policy deliberations await the fate of health care reform in the U.S. Senate.

Eyes In the Sky Over Sandy Springs?

The use of drones has exploded over the last several years, with the (mostly) flying robots so ubiquitous that it is easy to forget that even as recently 10 years ago, no consumer-grade versions of the devices were even available.…

Making a “Clean Break” from Civil Asset Forfeiture in Georgia

The topic of civil asset forfeiture, the practice of law enforcement seizing and holding property even if the owner is never charged with or convicted of a crime, has made the news recently both in Georgia and nationally.

The Georgia Public…

Global Brightening and Hazy Predictions

By Harold Brown

Global warming, simplified: Burning fossil fuels generates carbon dioxide into the air, trapping energy radiated from the globe. The earth is made warmer because this energy is prevented from escaping into outer space.

But then there are air pollutants…

Health Care Reform: What’s the Best Way to Lower Premiums?

By Kelly McCutchen

Rising health care costs are squeezing middle-class families, as this chart published by the Wall Street Journal based on Brookings Institution analysis clearly shows.

These families could care less about AHCA vs ACA, they just want some relief.

The good news…

Return Insurance Regulation to the States

Let's reawaken the constitutional idea of federalism.

Legislature 2017 Misses Many Opportunities

Last-minute rush leaves behind important ideas. Again.