Friday Facts: March 7, 2014

The new SAT appears to bear some strong similarities to the Common Core State Standards.

Friday Facts: November 8, 2013

How does Atlanta rank on congestion and water use? Not as poorly as you might think!

Friday Facts: June 28, 2013

Oil and natural gas were to run out in 1990 and 1992, respectively; today, reserves of both are larger than they were in 1970, although we consume dramatically more.

Checking Up On Health: March 26, 2013

Allergy-free apples, a better Botox and more drugs in the pipeline for the nation’s aging population.

Friday Facts: March 15, 2013

Lagging achievement and enrollment in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education in the United States is and will be one of the larger issues facing our domestic ability to fill manufacturing job opportunities.

Checking Up On Health

Americans too often lose sight of the longer-term debate about health care when they focus on arguments dictated by the framework of an election cycle and partisan political lines. Hence Heartland Institute’s “Ten Things Everyone Should Read About Health Care.”

Deal: Major Health Policy Decisions “In a Holding Pattern”

By Mike Klein Governor Nathan Deal expressed displeasure with the U.S. Supreme Court decision on federal health care reform during a Thursday afternoon news conference, describing it as “the largest tax increase in the history of the United States, at least $500 billion and perhaps significantly more.”  The Governor also admitted he was surprised by the decision because he thought the Court had given “pretty strong signals” that it had problems with the individual mandate. The Governor appeared alone when he spoke to reporters and a large crowd that assembled … Continue Reading →

More Coverage: U.S. Supreme Court Health Care Law Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court has voted 5-4 to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act federal health care reform law. This means the individual mandate survives. There are questions about how this decision will affect state Medicaid programs, including Georgia Medicaid. Today we will monitor the extensive reactions to this historic decision. This is the second of two files on the Foundation blog. Please see the earlier file for those reactions earlier today. Compiled by Mike Klein. Interview with Cindy Zeldin, Executive Director, Georgians for a Healthy Future: “It’s a … Continue Reading →

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Upholds Health Care Reform Law

The U.S. Supreme Court has voted 5-4 to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act federal health care reform law.  This means the individual mandate survives.  There are questions about how this decision will affect state Medicaid programs, including Georgia Medicaid.  Today we will monitor and present the extensive reactions to this historic decision.  We invite you to check back here as Georgia leaders react.   Comments compiled by Mike Klein. 3:35 pm — Statement from Robert Schapiro, Dean, Emory University School of Law: “Chief Justice (John Roberts) has … Continue Reading →

Heritage View: Immigration Decision was a Rebuke of Obama

(This article was published Monday, June 25 by the Heritage Foundation.  The author John Malcolm is a former member of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation Board of Governors and currently a Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation Center for Legal and Judicial Studies.) By John C. Malcolm Today’s Supreme Court decision upholding the major provision of Arizona’s S.B. 1070 immigration law is a strong rebuke of the Obama Administration. The Administration had argued that its own immigration enforcement priorities should be treated as controlling law—that is, above the determinations … Continue Reading →

Medicaid Dominated when Deal Advisors Took Questions

By Mike Klein Medicaid is a beast.  About one-in-five Georgians receives Medicaid health care.  That is 1.7 million people.  Fifty-nine percent of statewide births are Medicaid babies.  Another couple hundred thousand children are enrolled in PeachCare, the state children’s health insurance program.   Medicaid could grow by hundreds of thousands more if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds the federal health care reform law in its decision expected next month. Not at all surprisingly, Medicaid redesign questions were abundant when three of Governor Nathan Deal’s advisors met with Georgia Children’s Advocacy Network … Continue Reading →

Checking Up on Health

Health Policy Briefs: February 28, 2012 Compiled by Benita Dodd Registration is open and seats are filling quickly for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s next Leadership Breakfast, 8 a.m. Thursday, March 22, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. State Attorney General Sam Olens and health care expert Ronald E. Bachman will give the “Georgia Health Care Update,” just days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in the challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Georgia is one of 26 states and the National Federation … Continue Reading →