The Institute for Policy Innovation

21 Percent Is Just Fine

It’s somewhat disappointing to learn that, in the final tax reform bill coming out of the conference committee, the corporate rate has been raised from 20 percent to 21 percent, apparently in order to pay for a slight decrease in the top marginal rate for …

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We May All Be Exempt from Obamacare's Mandate–Sooner or Later

Ten years ago some of us were discussing the need to create access to “affordable” health insurance. I raised the point that if we were going to use that term, and we used it a lot, we probably needed to define what an affordable policy …

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Tom Price: Nobody Will Be Worse Off Financially Under AHCA

By Dan Diamond TOM PRICE: ‘NOBODY WILL BE WORSE OFF FINANCIALLY’ UNDER AHCA — The HHS secretary said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he thinks coverage will expand and financial burdens will decrease under the American Health Care Act, the Republican bill to repeal and …

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EPA Fracking Report Abandons Science, Critics Charge

The Environmental Protection Agency has been accused of using a new report on fracking to bow to environmental politics and misrepresent scientific conclusions. Political pressure from environmental groups likely trumped science in the agency’s latest report examining fracking and its risks to drinking water, according …

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Corporate Rate Cut Must Take Effect in 2018, not 2019

Both the House and Senate’s tax reform bills cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent down to 20 percent, which is a major success and should have substantial effects on economic growth and retention of U.S. corporations. For a while it appeared that the …

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The Problem with Republican Plans to Sell Insurance Across State Lines

Donald Trump and other Republicans have repeatedly talked about how great it is going to be when insurance companies can finally “sell across state lines.”  The Affordable Care Act already allows for this and insurers aren’t interested. But the GOP wants to remove mandates  In the GOP’s …

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Kids Get Health Coverage While Taxpayers Get the Shaft

It’s called the “crowd-out effect,” and it refers to a situation where the government starts paying for something that many people were paying for themselves, even if reluctantly.  That’s what happened with children’s health coverage over the past 20 years, as millions of moderate-income parents …

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Healthcare Groups: Revised GOP Healthcare Bill 'Even Worse'

By Joanne Finnegan If they didn’t like a previous Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), leading groups that represent doctors, nurses and hospitals say a revised GOP healthcare bill is “even worse.” Leaders of those groups are urging Congress not to pass …

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Alarming Medicare Part B Overhaul Plan Reduces Drug Choice, Access

DALLAS – The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which provides Congress with advice on improving Medicare, is recommending a dramatic, deleterious overhaul to the Medicare Part B prescription drug program that would prioritize the government’s budgets over patients’ needs. In a new publication, “Budgets First, …

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Budgets First, Patients Last

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