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.

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Daily Policy Digest

Billions of Dollars Later, Veterans Health Administration Still Failing
26 May 2016 07:00:58 CDT -

Reacting to scandal, Congress bailed out the Veterans Health Administration, camouflaged as a method
of allowing veterans more choice of healthcare providers, outside the government bureaucracy. The "reform" has failed, writes NCPA senior fellow John R. Graham.

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Will You Ever Understand Your Hospital Bill?
26 May 2016 07:00:57 CDT -

It is hard to exaggerate how painful the medical billing process is for patients. A new crop of entrepreneurs and the federal government, is trying to solve this problem. However, the government still prevents prices being formed by normal market processes, writes NCPA senior fellow John R. Graham.

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Obama's Very Bad Overtime Rule
26 May 2016 07:00:56 CDT -

New overtime rules will not do much to benefit the middle class, as the administration claims.  The new rules may simply create more low-paying jobs (at the expense of middle-class salaries) and prevent employers from overworking employees, writes NCPA research associate Danielle Zaychik.

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How to Raise Wages
25 May 2016 07:00:55 CDT -

As wage growth staggers along at a low 2 percent, the cost of employment is steadily increasing, according to a new report by National Center for Policy Analysis senior fellow Pam Villarreal.

Villarreal outlines four ways to kick-start wage growth and slow the rise of employment costs:

  • Reform corporate taxes. Replacing the corporate tax entirely with a wage or consumption tax would boost wages by up to 12 percent.  It would also boost gross domestic product immediately by 6 percent.
  • Increase wage and benefit flexibility. Rather than relying on costly labor mandates, the government should consider policies that increase workplace flexibility. 
  • Offer flexible health plans. Forcing young workers to purchase "bells and whistles" health care policies are sapping them of the benefits of any wage increases.
  • Lessen regulatory burdens. According to the Small Business Administration, regulatory costs are nearly $11,000 per employee for firms with less than 20 employees.  This means more money going to compliance, less going to investment in capital and workers.

One thing that definitely won't fix slow wage growth? Raising the minimum wage. Instead, workers should focus on acquiring skills that qualify them for higher-paying jobs.

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Do We Have to Work for Nuns to Avoid Obamacare's Mandates?
24 May 2016 07:00:54 CDT -

The Little Sisters of the Poor have been winning their litigation against Obamacare's mandate to cover artificial contraception, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham. What about the rest of us, for whom Obamacare has increased premiums?

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Workers Increasingly Prefer Pay to "Benefits"
24 May 2016 07:00:53 CDT -

New research indicates workers are tiring of receiving an increasing share of their income as health benefits. Instead, they would increasingly prefer to choose their own health benefits.

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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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