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Drug Companies’ Pricing Firewall Is Melting

A recent Kaiser Family Foundation Tracking Poll brings dire news for innovative drug companies: 83 percent of the survey’s respondents favor a policy “allowing the federal government to negotiate drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries.” That includes 93 percent of Democrats and 74 percent of Republicans. There is no point discussing the rationality of this…
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An Interstate Compact for Health Insurance

In a recent Forbes column, I noted the very positive news that House Speaker Paul Ryan has appointed six task forces, comprised of congressional committee chairmen, to develop a governing agenda. One of those tax forces has a mandate to develop (finally) the Republican alternative to Obamacare. Two of the members, Dr. Tom Price…
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Obama’s Supreme Court Appointment

Republicans have already said they will try to block any attempt by President Obama to have his nominee replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. The president has less than a year left in office, so blocking his nominee may be easy. But the Republicans may be playing right into the president’s hands. Who…
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Big Government Creates Political Polarization

We’ve heard it said that politics is more polarized today than in the past. If that’s true (and I’m not sure it is), big government is likely to blame. I recently noted that politics creates conflict. Bigger government creates more conflict. Smaller government tends to focus on activities that meet with widespread agreement. Most…
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The Benefits of Intellectual Property Protection

If there is one thing about which libertarians are never likely to agree, it is whether intellectual property – patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets – should receive the same legal protection as physical property. Without wading too deep into the philosophical debate, but showing my colors as an IP advocate, let me share…
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Politics Creates Conflict

One interesting thing to note about the political statements coming from candidates as the primaries approach is the adversarial nature of their rhetoric. They don’t hesitate to attack their primary opponents despite the fact that they broadly agree on most things. Yes, Republicans will take an occasional jab at Hillary, but mostly they are…
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Will Congress Fix Its Electronic Health Records Fiasco?

There is some hope that Congress will fix—at least partially—the largely bungled Electronic Health Records (EHRs) deployment on which it has spent $30 billion since 2009. Doctors are very frustrated by EHRs, which interfere with their practice of medicine. The current government program to have them installed nationwide should be abandoned. Tomorrow, the Senate…
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Trumping Washington Won’t Make America Great Again

Americans have begun voting in the process to select the 44th person to succeed George Washington as President. Unfortunately, missing from the process have been the principles that animated Washington as America’s “indispensable man,” in historian Forrest MacDonald’s words. The character that made him “first in war, first in peace, and first in the…
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Imprisoning the Messenger

Those behind the prosecution of the Planned Parenthood/StemExpress sting videographers might be surprised by the stunning parallels with an earlier case: that of pioneering investigative journalist William T. Stead, imprisoned for exposing the horrors of human trafficking of girls into forced prostitution more than 130 years ago. Stead was drawn into the anti-trafficking crusade…
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