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The AHCA passed the House today, and in the debate leading up to the vote the left-leaning Center for American Progress (CAP) released a blog post this week that estimated that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) underfunded high-risk pools by $200 billion over 10 years. The media and opponents of the AHCA have latched onto the blog. There’s just one...[ read more ]

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On April 26, Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) introduced the New HOPE Act, which would allow governors to use existing federal funds for technical education “to identify and eliminate excessive occupational licensure.” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has introduced similar legislation in the Senate. This bill follows the licensing reforms that Rep. Walberg unsuccessfully pushed last year. But with the growing realization...[ read more ]

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He can take further steps to reduce new regs, repeal old ones, and increase transparency. Every new president, dating back to Jimmy Carter, has promised to cut regulations. Even President Obama’s executive orders on improving the regulatory process and cutting red tape sounded impressive when they were issued. That was before six of the seven all-time-high years for pages of...[ read more ]

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As momentum for occupational licensing reform grows so do the depths to which opponents are willing to sink to maintain special treatment. Today’s occupational licensing laws protect established licensees, by making it more difficult for competitors to enter their industries. In fact, 30 percent of workers must seek government’s permission to work. A current fight in Arizona over exempting low-income applicants...[ read more ]

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The title of a new Mackinac Center report by Jarrett Skorup, "This Isn't Working: How Michigan's Licensing Laws Hurt Workers and Consumers," shows the various problems posed by today's level of occupational licensing. While the report focuses on Michigan, it provides a roadmap for other states to follow as they work to restore sanity to their occupational licensing laws. However,...[ read more ]

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On April 6, the House of Representatives added an amendment from Rep. Gary Palmer (AL) and Rep. David Schweikert (AZ) to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) before their recess. The amendment was drawn, in part, from the proposal in our previous Health Affairs Blog post. The proposal sparked a flood of media coverage, but many stories left much to...[ read more ]

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The public supports work requirements overwhelmingly, and they’re effective. ‘We will get our people off of welfare and back to work,” President Trump said in his inaugural address. He continued that theme the next month at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference. “It’s time for all Americans to get off of welfare and get back to work,” he told the...[ read more ]

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The Federal Trade Commission recently announced the rollout of an Economic Liberty Task Force. This major policy initiative’s first focus is on occupational licensing. Given the growing consensus that occupational licensing makes it more difficult for Americans to find work — especially those with low-incomes — this move by the FTC has the potential to increase economic opportunity . In...[ read more ]

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“The federal government makes a mess out of everything it touches… [But] government can work when it respects its limited role, and listens to the people.” This quote comes from Arizona governor Doug Ducey’s 2017 State of the State address. Over the two years since Governor Ducey took office, the Arizona Management System has developed into a guiding instrument for...[ read more ]

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One of the biggest sticking points as Congress moves to repeal ObamaCare is how to handle the issue of individuals with pre-existing conditions. Some Republicans have even pledged to vote against any repeal and replace effort that fails to address this problem. Yet there must be a better way than the current top-down, heavy-handed approach that has led to skyrocketing...[ read more ]