Author Archives: Galen Institute

Obamacare: The Gazillion-Dollar Startup Machine

Seth Sternberg was visiting his 65-year-old mother in Connecticut when he got the idea for his home-health-aide business, Honor. She’d picked him up at the airport, and he noticed that she was driving really slowly. He asked why. “And she was like, ‘Well, driving’s just harder than it used to be,’ ” he recalls. This […]

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Prescription drug price controls pose lethal problems

The Democratic primaries may be contentious, but both candidates agree on one point: government fiat must rein in prescription drug prices. Hillary Clinton proposes caps on drug prices and a mandate that pharmaceutical companies spend a preset percentage of revenues on research and development. She’d confiscate any excess to subsidize public biomedical research institutions like […]

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California’s Illegal Medicaid Tax

California politicians and interest groups have been working overtime to figure out a way to fix an illegal Medicaid provider tax—the subject of my recent Mercatus Center study. These taxes are problematic because they are generally accompanied with the guarantee of increased Medicaid payments to the providers paying the tax—payments largely financed with federal matching funds. […]

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