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Caltrans Wins Golden Fleece Award for Its $10 Billion Highway Robbery

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has won Independent Institute’s second California Golden Fleece Award, given out quarterly to state or local agencies or government projects that rip off taxpayers or break the public trust. With primary responsibility for highway maintenance projects in California, the irresponsible Caltrans has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars and…
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Single-Payer Setback: Canadian Doctors without Contract for Two Years and Counting

Physicians in Canada’s largest province, Ontario, have rejected a contract negotiated between the Ontario Medical Association and the provincial health ministry. The more than two-year-old dispute shows no sign of ending. Every Canadian is covered by a provincial government health plan. Doctors therefore have only one plan with which they must contract. Individual doctors,…
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What the Prague Spring Teaches Us Today About Liberty

Prague, Czech Republic is well recognized for its historical architecture and role as the cradle of civilization in Western Europe, but it’s role in reinventing itself as a peaceful, market-oriented democracy in the wake of Communism’s fall deserves to be a centerpiece of contemporary discussions about freedom and how easily it can be lost. For…
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Obamacare Authorities Actually Think Health Costs Fell

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has just made the remarkable claim that medical costs paid by health insurers operating in Obamacare’s exchanges declined in 2015 from 2014: Per-enrollee costs in the ACA individual market were essentially unchanged between 2014 and 2015. Specifically, after making comparability adjustments described below, per-member-per month (PMPM)…
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U.S. State Department Endorses Uber

An interesting detail emerged in the coverage of the armed robbery of U.S. swimming star Ryan Lochte and three of his teammates in Rio over the weekend: The USOC [U.S. Olympic Committee] advised athletes not to use taxis, but to take USOC vehicles, media buses or Uber … Uber is approved by the State…
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The “Right to Shop” for Health Care

Anyone who has undergone a medical procedure knows it is very difficult to figure out how much an insured patient will pay out-of-pocket. It is often not clarified until months after the procedure, when a flurry of incomprehensible paperwork from insurers, doctors, labs, et cetera, has landed in the patient’s mailbox. (Personal aside: A…
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A Civil Society Agenda for Campus Sexual Assault

As studies refine our understanding of college sexual assault, more and more observers recognize that sexual assault and rape are serious problems on many campuses even if the scope isn’t large enough to be called an epidemic. In an academic year, a recent a recent analysis completed for the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics…
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The Dead-Weight Cost of Obamacare’s Loopy Tax Credit

Obamacare crushes jobs because of its loopy distribution of tax credits. As discussed previously, the (premium-reducing) tax credits for Obamacare coverage phase out in such a way that beneficiaries face very high marginal income tax rate hikes at household incomes up to 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. However, even those who increase…
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The Carbon Tax: Welfare Triangle, or Welfare Obelisk?

Two recent position papers from the conservative Niskanen Center and the libertarian Cato Institute take diametrically opposite positions on the desirability of a Carbon Tax. Jerry Taylor, president of the Niskanen Center, argues in his 2015 “The Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax” that, “conservatives should embrace a carbon tax … in return for…
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Privacy Rights, Cronyism, and Jason Bourne

Hollywood’s rediscovery of freedom is cropping up in interesting places more and more. I’ve discussed themes emphasizing individual responsibility and skepticism about government in films such as Captain America: Civil War, the Divergent trilogy, and other media, but these ideas might have real staying power if what I just saw in Jason Bourne, the Matt Damon vehicle…
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