by Joel White and Doug Badger | When the levees broke under Hurricane Katrina, the Army Corps of Engineers was roasted for spending billions and still failing to protect Americans. So where's the outrage over the latest epic governmental fail — this one by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? The federal agency with primary responsibility for handling infectious diseases, the … [Read more...] about Why is the CDC fighting today’s coronavirus with yesterday’s technology?
by Brian Blase and Doug Badger - Health Affairs | Although a Trump administration rule expanding Americans’ ability to benefit from short-term limited-duration insurance plans (short-term plans) was recently upheld by the District of Columbia appeals court, these plans are unpopular with many members of Congress. As such, there is a threat that the millions of people with these plans may no longer … [Read more...] about The Value Of Short-Term Health Plans: Rebutting The Energy And Commerce Democratic Staff Report
July 28, 2020, The Daily Signal | Doug Badger | Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus task force head, claimed this week that “we have right now … three New Yorks,” with sharp increases in COVID-19 infections in recent weeks in Florida, Texas, and California. Incorrect. Doug Badger takes a deep dive into Florida’s numbers and finds that, despite rising cases and … [Read more...] about When It Comes to COVID-19 Deaths, Florida Is No ‘New York’
By Doug Badger, The Daily Signal, 07/15/20 | Florida reported almost as many COVID cases among its residents in the first two weeks of July as it did over the previous three and a half months. The newly infected population has trended younger, which is an encouraging sign. Those aged 15 to 54 account for more than two-thirds of all infections. That has helped reduce the percentage of … [Read more...] about In 3 Charts, What to Know About Florida’s COVID-19 Surge
Why Congress must say no to the $600 unemployment bonus extensionBy Brian Blase, Casey Mulligan and Doug BadgerNew York Post, July 11, 2020 | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded again today that Congress extend the federal unemployment bonus beyond its July 31 expiration. Former White House economists Brian Blase, Casey Mulligan, and Doug Badger explained … [Read more...] about Madam Speaker, Listen To The Experts—Op-Ed In NY Post
By Brian Blase, Casey Mulligan and Doug Badger | Three former White House economic advisers warn in a paper released today by the Galen Institute that Congress would delay the recovery if it extends the $600 weekly increase in unemployment insurance (UI) benefits scheduled to expire July 31. In their paper, “Getting America Back to Work and Hastening the Recovery,” they estimate that … [Read more...] about Getting America Back to Work and Hastening the Recovery
Negotiations to end surprise billing have been at an impasse for nearly a year. Discussions between the White House and congressional leaders over another coronavirus bill offer an opportunity to finally end this practice that defrauds millions of patients every year. The lobbying battle lines are well defined. On one side stand the private equity firms that have bought medical staffing agencies … [Read more...] about It’s time to ban balance billing
Government imposition of widespread lockdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have produced profound economic dislocations. Congress has sought to mitigate this economic damage by enacting a series of bills that have raised federal spending, deficits, and debt to extraordinary levels. Current deficits and debt are instructive, but insufficient, measures of a government’s financial … [Read more...] about Potential Long-Term Economic Consequences of the Federal Response to the COVID-19 Lockdowns