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In The Tank (ep188) – Terrible Earth Day Predictions, Socialism, and Free to Choose Medicine

In the first segment, the trio talk about Earth Day. They talk about an article from the Property & Environment Research Center titled "This Earth Day, Try Conservation Optimism." The author makes the case that we are making great strides in fight of environmental conservation and that we should thank economic growth and freedom. Additionally, on the topic of Earth Day, the three take a look at an article from the American Enterprise Institute titled "18 Spectacularly Wrong Predictions Made Around the Time of First Earth Day in 1970, Expect More This Year." How do people take these alarmists seriously when their track record is...

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In The Tank Ep 182 Doubling Down on Failure, $60 Trillion Medicare for All, Doctor Shortages

Hello! In this edition of the In the Tank podcast, Donny, Isaac, and Justin discuss American Experiment's newly-released report Doubling Down on Failure, How a 50 Percent Renewable Energy Mandate Would Cost $80.2 Billion. The gang also talks about Medicare for All, and Justin gives a fascinating explanation of why there is a doctor shortage in the United States. https://soundcloud.com/user-694711047/in-the-tank-ep182-doubling-down-on-renewable-failure-60t-medicare-4-all-doctor-shortages...

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Reason: New Poll: Medicare for All Is Popular Until You Explain How It Works

Minnesota lawmakers are making noise about enacting their own version of Medicare For All. They may want to read this article from Reason, before they do. "A new poll shows that a clear majority of Americans support Medicare for All—until they are told what it is and how it would work. The survey was conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which regularly asks Americans about health policy issues as part of its Health Tracking Poll series. It finds that 56 percent of the country supports a "national health plan, sometimes called Medicare for All" and an even larger percentage—71 percent—supports the idea when told that it...

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Doctor/State Lawmaker’s Rx for Health Care Riles Up Left

The Star Tribune's opinion page column usually keeps a low profile during the holiday break. But a December 28 column containing a checklist of ideas for reforming Minnesota's health care delivery system by state Sen. Scott Jensen (R-Chaska) provoked dozens of unseasonably feisty  comments by progressives. A couple of examples: Probably guys like this should not be part of working on the remaking of health care in America; exclude the drug guys and the  hospital guys and device guys and the lawyer guys and the lobbyist guys and the professional political guys that have to squeeze any solution through the screen of...

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Trump Administration Undermines Obamacare

With the Democrats in control of the House, nothing useful will come out of Congress in the next two years. That means that progress in domestic policy will have to come via regulation and executive action. Happily, the Trump administration is very strong on this front. An underreported story is the administration's regulatory reform of Obamacare. Here, the administration is implementing ideas that were developed in think tanks including Center of the American Experiment. In late October, the administration issued a guidance on Obamacare waivers and a proposed regulation that would expand insurance options available to employers and their employees. Together,...

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“Get the Feds Out of My Life!  But Dang It, Hands Off My Medicare!”

Stanford University’s John E. Cogan has been writing brilliantly for decades about how federal entitlement spending has a nasty habit of growing a lot bigger and a lot faster than advocates originally predict.  He continued this theme the other day (Wall Street Journal, September 5) in arguing against a proposal by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to finance a federal family leave program by requiring recipients to forgo their first three to six months of Social Security checks years down the road Cogan acknowledged that the proposal is well-intentioned and meant to be a “small, carefully targeted benefit” which would not add...

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Rep. Erik Paulsen’s bid to end Obamacare Medical Device Tax is expected to be signed into law this year

The 2.3 percent tax, which became effective in 2013, already took in $5 billion in three years, before getting suspended. The concern is that the tax will hurt small companies and suppress innovation and startups, with the attendant loss of jobs and economic growth. It is expected to be repealed by the end of 2018. DFL Senators who voted for Obamacare are in favor of repeal....

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Conservative Healthcare Expert Avik Roy Argues for Universal Coverage at U of M

Last Thursday, Avik Roy, activist and co-founder of Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, came to the University of Minnesota to discuss the state of healthcare in the United States. He started by talking about the current problems with our healthcare system and transitioned to his proposal for how we can save money while giving more people high quality healthcare. He also clarified how universal coverage is different than single payer and would in fact rely on free market principles. You can read his full report right here. His presentation was followed by a discussion with a bipartisan panel of...

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Finally Cleaning House at the Vets Administration

Our veterans deserve better than the too often scandalous health care offered by the Veterans Administration. It's an issue both Democrats and Republicans agree on. Former Army paratrooper John McGlothin notes in the Washington Examiner the mission to reform the agency is long overdue. For decades, veterans have traded stories of VA incompetence like they were military-exclusive baseball cards. We were told to wait for months for medical appointments, and resolving other problems was nearly impossible. The VA billing office was infamous for almost never picking up the phone, even after veterans spent hours on hold. Yet calling was your only option, as...

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