There are too many dreadful provisions in the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion monstrosity to count, but one is rising to the surface as especially destructive: Its prescription drug price control schemes. University of Chicago economist Tomas J. Philipson explained the details and the impact of the pending legislation in a Wall Street Journal op-ed yesterday. He … [Read more...] about Incalculable losses
Congressional committees are working feverishly on the largest single spending bill in the nation’s history—a mind-boggling $3.5 trillion blowout that would dramatically expand the welfare state and make Americans beholden to the federal government for decades to come, “a cradle-to-grave entitlement agenda…that would transform America.” The chief architect is … [Read more...] about More expansive than Obamacare
CDC Should Revise Its Guidance Mandating Masks at School By Doug Badger August 31, 2021 The Daily Signal The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends “universal indoor masking of all students age 2 and older.” But there’s just one problem: The leading study on which the CDC bases this recommendation found that the COVID-19 infection rate in … [Read more...] about Rethink The Child Mask Mandate — Doug Badger for Daily Signal
In the heat of August, Congress often is anxious to get out of town and passes legislation that would shock the American people if they knew the details. As a public service, here is a short summary of what the Senate just passed and teed up for action by the House—all with the support of President Biden who is anxious to sign the measures into law. First, the Senate approved a $1.9 trillion … [Read more...] about Transforming America
Media attention about the Delta surge is hugely misguided and actually poses a threat to public health by diverting attention from the real problem. Headlines focus on requirements that schoolchildren and two year olds wear masks and forcing beleaguered restaurant owners to check vaccine cards. Instead, reporters and policymakers should be focusing on the most vulnerable citizens who … [Read more...] about Focus on the Problem, Please
President Biden yesterday warned governors to “get out of the way of the people that are trying to do the right thing” by imposing new mask mandates, requiring vaccine passports, and other COVID restrictions. Biden called out Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, pointedly noting their states account for one-third of all new cases. DeSantis pushed back, saying … [Read more...] about “Vax Shaming”
The more-contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus led the CDC to issue a directive yesterday that both vaccinated and unvaccinated people should wear masks indoors in higher-contagion areas. It’s not going over well. The first reaction was on Capitol Hill where the Capitol Police posted a statement saying visitors and staff members must mask up. “Any person who … [Read more...] about What? Not again!
Was America’s federalist system of government an asset or liability during the COVID-19 pandemic? Doug Badger and Bob Moffit conclude, based upon ample evidence, that it was a benefit that “fostered policy innovation, enabled state officials to avoid misguided measures,” and resulted in better economic outcomes. In their new Heritage paper, “Health Care Reform COVID-19 … [Read more...] about Unmasking Washington’s Role In COVID