Patient Safety is the Important Issue

By Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald

As medical malpractice reform is debated in the General Assembly, it is critical to keep in focus that the way we handle medical mistakes must ultimately protect patients and improve their care.

The current system is not doing…

Puerto Rico’s Steady Decline to ‘Puerto Pobre’ Began Long Before Maria

Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, but he physical, economic and social destruction caused by Maria followed economic and demographic problems that began long before the hurricane hit.

Fault Feds, not Atlanta, for Lanier’s Woes

By Chick Krautler

Today, Lake Lanier is more than 13 feet below its full pool and nearly 10 feet lower than it was this time last year. The state climatologist sees the next few weeks as critical in determining the extent…

Congress Works to Dismantle and Defund ObamaCare

Facing a presidential veto pen blocking repeal of ObamaCare, the House is working to defund, dismantle, and delay implementation of the unpopular health overhaul law to avert at least some of its damage in the near term. The Fiscal Cliff deal chipped away at ObamaCare, eliminating one of its programs completely and cutting funding for another. Galen Institute President Grace-Marie Turner discusses the growing resistance to the federal health care reform law both inside and beyond Washington.

What Georgia Should Do About Certificate of Need

By Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald

Good medical coverage is affected by three components: cost, quality and availability. The true purpose of government in assuring that Georgians have good medical care is to oversee quality through the licensing process and guarantee…

Harry Potter Author J.K. Rowling Exemplifies Best of Capitalism

It is a popular theme these days to bash capitalism and idea creators as if their abilities to improve their own status somehow harms someone else. This article by University of Georgia economist Jeffrey Dorfman explains why those who bash capitalism and idea creators fail to make their case, with a nod to "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling.

Jeffrey Dorfman: Ten Economic Truths Liberals Need to Learn

Today's political climate is highly partisan. Debates are full of personal attacks, harsh words and complete disagreements. With that in mind, here are ten economic facts that liberals need to learn. By University of Georgia applied economics professor Jeffrey Dorfman.

Auto dealership regulations unfair to competition and consumers

By Morgan Smith

Trudging from dealership to dealership to kick the tires on the new car you’re thinking about buying is nothing new for Georgians. Even in the facilitating age of the Internet, the Georgian whose heart is set on that…

Give Prisoners a Second Chance

By Gerard Robinson and Elizabeth English

On October 12, 29 prisoners and 45 Baltimore-area experts in criminal justice congregated in the Jessup Correctional Institution library. Most were members of the University of Baltimore community or other academics. All were eager to…

Teachers Unions, Faulty Economics and School Choice

Opponents of school choice are not worried about children

Privatization of Hartsfield International Airport

By Lowell Evjen

Hartsfield International Airport is considered by many to be Atlanta’s most prized public possession and the economic engine that propelled her to prominence as the capital city of the “New South”. Atlanta’s need for funding to…

The Humanity of Herbert Hoover: A Character of Caring

"In all the history of human suffering I know of … no accomplishment which in terms of magnitude and generosity can be compared to the relief that you have actually accomplished.”

HOT Lanes Moving Right Along For Georgia

By Benita M. Dodd

Help is finally on the way for frustrated travelers once resigned to the absence of wide-open roads in metro Atlanta as policy-makers conquer the anti-automobile agenda and focus on reality-based transportation solutions.

Two promising signs came just this…

Georgia can lead the nation in transforming health and health care

By Newt Gingrich

The nation’s health-care crisis has infected every state including Georgia, where acute symptoms have appeared. Nine percent of Georgians have spent an entire year uninsured, according to the Georgia Department of Community Health’s Georgia Healthcare Coverage Project, while 1.3…

Georgia Transportation Investment: A Question of How, Not If

By Baruch Feigenbaum

On July 31, 2012, voters in 12 regions in Georgia, including a 10-county Atlanta region, will decide in a referendum whether to enact a 1 percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST) for transportation. To help Georgians…

Checking Up On Health: March 29, 2016

When legislators play doctor, protectionism in the General Assembly and other health news.

Checking Up On Health: December 18

Is your health plan "grandfathered" or does it fall under ObamaCare? Do you have "good" genes or mutants?

Not-So-Happy Birthday for ObamaCare

By Ronald S. Bachman

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) commonly referred to as ObamaCare was signed into law on March 23, 2010. One year later, the law remains unpopular with the public and a core fiscal concern for…

Labor Day: A Celebration that Needs Work

By Benita M. Dodd

It’s become a holiday for great sales, the last trip to the lake, the last neighborhood pool weekend and a few parades. It’s the unofficial end of summer. The history of Labor Day, marked since 1884 on…

Heartland Institute Urges Georgia to Address CON Reform

Georgia is one of 35 states that institute certificate of need (CON) laws. First passed in the 1960s to deter increasing health care costs, CON laws were supposed to limit duplication and promote health care consolidation. In essence, CON programs require health care providers to receive state approval to increase facilities and services.