NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis
NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis
Barry is a Senior Economist with the National Center for Policy Analysis, one of the most influential think tanks in America today.

The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization, established in 1983. The NCPA's goal is to develop and promote private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector. Topics include reforms in health care, taxes, Social Security, welfare, criminal justice, education and environmental regulation.

NCPA Motto - Making Ideas Change the World - reflects the belief that ideas have enormous power to change the course of human events. The NCPA seeks to unleash the power of ideas for positive change by identifying, encouraging, and aggressively marketing the best scholarly research.

Daily Policy Digest

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Daily Policy Digest

Are Prescription Drug Prices Becoming as Meaningless as Hospital Charges?
26 Apr 2016 07:00:58 CDT -

A few years ago, patients benefitted from low, transparent prices for generic drugs dispensed by pharmacies. The $4 prescription is still a mainstay of retail pharmacy. Unfortunately, prescription pricing is becoming less transparent as government expands its reach.

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Will the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Crumble?
26 Apr 2016 07:00:57 CDT -

A couple of recent court cases are challenging the unaccountable authority of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created under Dodd-Frank.  As noted in an NCPA publication released last fall, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is "Constitutionally dubious." The Bureau operates within the Federal Reserve System with a Director, currently former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, who cannot be fired by the President except for cause. Furthermore, the CFPB is not subject to annual appropriations from Congress, meaning limited Congressional oversight.  It seems that the only way to rein in its potential overreaches is through the courts.

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Health Reform through Tax Credits
26 Apr 2016 07:00:56 CDT -

The Republican Obamacare replacement plan will likely include refundable tax credits. In its purest form, this means each person with employer-sponsored benefits, an individual health plan, or dependent on a welfare program like Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) will start with a clean slate and a fixed sum of taxpayer-funded money to choose health care of his choice.

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Standardized Test Discontent Spreads Across the Nation
26 Apr 2016 07:00:55 CDT -

As the nation moves into the peak weeks of the 2016 standardized exam season, the backlash against standardized tests is escalating sharply. Some parents claim the tests are setting up their children to fail while others believe those behind Common Core and the tests are being enriched.

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Don't Expect to Hear from Fans of Yellen, SEC or Congress at NCPA Event
25 Apr 2016 07:00:54 CDT -

A growing number of economic thinkers and market watchers see another American financial meltdown building just beneath the bull-headed stock market and a too-loose Fed monetary policy. A half-dozen bankers, economists and whistleblowers will sound that alarm at a National Center for Policy Analysis conference this week, writes Cheryl Hall in the Dallas Morning News. Register here to attend.

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The Military, Nation-Building and Counterterrorism in Africa
25 Apr 2016 07:00:53 CDT -

The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) must take a more measured approach to the military's financial commitment to the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership, and rethink the rules of engagement within this broadly defined nation-building program, writes NCPA Senior Fellow David Grantham.

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Health Policy Digest

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Consumer Driven Health Care

Health Care Reform Tax Will Hurt Franchisees
04 Oct 2011 12:43:58 GMT - When the employer mandates go into effect in 2014, many franchised businesses will be motivated to reduce the number of locations and move workers from full-time to part-time status...


Saving Jobs from Health Reform's Harmful Regulations
04 Oct 2011 12:43:58 GMT - If the rate of health care cost growth had not exceeded general inflation, a typical family would have had $545 more per month in spendable income instead of $95 -- a difference of $5,400 per year...


Does Health Insurance and Seeing the Doctor Keep You Out of the Hospital?
04 Oct 2011 12:43:58 GMT - Gaining health insurance and using more primary care services leads to more hospitalizations as a result of physicians' discretionary decisions regarding aggressive and intensive treatment...


The Case for Competition in Medicare
04 Oct 2011 12:43:58 GMT - A well-functioning marketplace would set in motion the forces needed to transform American medical care into a model of efficient patient-centered care...


Potential Effect of Health Care Reform on Emergency Department Utilization Not Clear
04 Oct 2011 12:43:58 GMT - In 2010, 71 percent of emergency physicians said that they expected emergency department visits to increase due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act...


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