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Archive for November, 2013
California Energy Officials Repeat Lies to Expand Their Power

California is ranked second in a nationwide scorecard on energy efficiency released yesterday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a D.C.-based group that works to advance efficiency efforts. Massachusetts retains the top spot for the third year in a row. Andrew McAllister, a member of the California Energy Commission, attributed California’s second-place…
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A Woman May Die Because of Obamacare

For the past 20 years I have been trying to convince my colleagues in the health policy community that managed competition contains perverse economic incentives. These incentives do more than misallocate resources. They create ominous risks for the health and safety of patients with serious medical conditions. Consider the editorial in Monday’s Wall Street…
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The “Rs”: Understanding the Death Spiral in the Obamacare Exchanges

One month after the worst product launch in modern history (yes, worse than “New Coke”), the big question is: Will the federal government be able to rescue health insurers who will lose lots of money in the Obamacare exchanges? At the beginning of the Obamacare negotiations, insurers recognized that their actuaries would have trouble…
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David Eckert and the Reality of the American Police State

David Eckert failed to make a complete stop at a stop sign after shopping at a Wal-Mart in Deming, New Mexico. Police asked him to step out of his vehicle. They said he appeared to be clenching his buttocks, citing this as probable cause to search his anal cavity for drugs. While detaining him,…
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Markets versus Government: Real Alternatives versus Possibilities

One difference between choice in markets versus choice in government is that in markets, people choose among alternatives that already exist, whereas with government, people choose among alternatives that might exist in the future. When people cast their dollar votes, sellers in markets already have the products available, whereas when they vote at the…
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Stephen Halbrook’s Gun Control in the Third Reich

The gun control debate in the United States is often couched in somewhat parochial terms, with one side invoking, for example, the nation’s unique Second Amendment guarantees and the other citing America’s disturbing problems with gun violence. Yet for this issue (and many others), it’s often enlightening to look at the experiences of other…
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The Selling of Obamacare

It’s as though two completely separate conversations have been going on. From day one, the health policy community has correctly seen the Affordable Care Act as an attempt to completely change the health care system. This isn’t even controversial. It’s accepted by all as an undisputed fact. However, no one has ever said this…
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The “Deep State” in American Health Care

In a recent blog entry, the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan suggested the existence of a “deep state” within the national-security apparatus of the U.S. government. Usually, the “deep state” refers to a function of the Turkish Army, which was re-organized by Kemal Ataturk after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in the First…
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President Obama: “I’m really good at killing people.”

As President Obama worked with aides on his reelection campaign last year, to what accomplishments of his first term did he point? According to the new book “Double Down,” in which journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann chronicle the 2012 presidential election, President Barack Obama told his aides that he’s “really good at killing…
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Questions—and Answers—for Janet Yellen

The Senate hearings to confirm Janet Yellen as Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman are likely to be held next week, according to news reports. Here are some Questions that I hope the Senators will ask her, along with what I regard as the Wrong Answers and the Right Answers. I expect that her actual answers…
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