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Abstract Despite civil asset forfeiture’s noble intentions, the many stories of innocent victims and law enforcement abuses prove that the pendulum has swung too far in favor of law enforcement. In reforming forfeiture laws, however, we must be careful not to swing the pendulum too far in the opposite direction. The process should be made fairer and more transparent, the profit incentive of forfeiture should be abolished or severely constrained, and there should be greater oversight. Civil asset forfeiture should be returned to its original purpose: penalizing those who seek to profit from their illegal activities. If such funds were deposited into the general treasury, nothing would preclude law enforcement authorities from going to Congress or their state legislatures and… View Article

Checking Up On Health: June 4, 2013

By Benita M. Dodd An involved patient is a physician’s dream. But how do you engage patients, given the looming physician shortages and growing numbers of insured under ObamaCare? Enter Americans’ constant companion: the smartphone, with all its apps. A friendly, conversational Virtual Health Assistant can guide patients through medication management, motivate them to stick with their wellness routines and more, right on the smartphone. Victor Morrison blogs in NextiIT that a Virtual Health Assistant deployed via a smartphone, tablet or PC is in position to be a constant life companion and personal coach, and the “natural language” platforms are improving to the extent that Virtual Health Assistants are able to have conversations with humans across service channels… View Article

Checking Up On Health: May 21, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Coverage doesn’t mean care: Jonathan Ingram, Illinois Policy Institute Senior Fellow, recalls in his blog that in 2010, medical researchers at the University of California analyzed a decade of emergency room visit data provided by the National Center for Health Statistics. ” They found that Medicaid patients were seven times as likely as privately insured patients to use emergency rooms for preventable conditions. In fact, Medicaid patients were nearly three times as likely as the uninsured to use emergency rooms for preventable conditions. During that decade, the odds of using emergency rooms for preventable conditions went down by 10 to 15 percent for both privately insured and uninsured patients,… View Article

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has hit another homerun with its Guide to the Issues. This is must reading for anyone interested in public policy in Georgia, and it is an outstanding road map for conservative, common sense solutions to our challengers of today and tomorrow.

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