ACA versus Miracle Healthcare Treatments

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If doctors and patients take advantage of the steady stream of miracle treatments that restore function or save lives, the tab will be hideous. Can Medicare, Medicaid and The Affordable Care Act (ACA) accommodate these costly treatments, or will government decide on some “sacrifices” to be made? Some organ transplants such as; heart ($658,000), lung, […]

Students as Political Pawns

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In the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), American 15-year olds did not improve their scores. Since 2000, the US science and reading scores have ranked average among the other 64 PISA nations, but the math scores were much lower.  Some cynically spin this to mean that since the US has higher economic success […]

High Expectations for Mobile Wallet

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Consumers have a love-hate relationship with credit cards. We love not having to walk around with a brick of dollars to cover purchases we often didn’t know we needed.  But we hate having to make a minimum payment or clear the balance on the credit card billing statement.  In the background there’s concern that the […]

What’s Behind Declining Labor Force Participation?

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Since employment declined dramatically in 2008, there has been acute interest in the so-called labor force “participation rate.” When employment began climbing out of the Great Recession trough in 2010, that progress seemed to be sabotaged by troubling decreases in the rate. Many questioned aloud why American workers were leaving the labor force. A cluster […]

The Enemy of My Enemy is My Cyber-Lessee

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Cyber skills can provide countries with aggressive capabilities disproportionately greater than their population or GDP. The US tries to cloak its cyber prowess in silence, somewhat like China and Russia.  Smaller actors such as South Korea and Iran either want others to know or they ineptly cover their tracks. Some nations such as Israel and […]

Socialized Costs of Misadventures — ACI in Real Clear Policy

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This piece, written by Alan Daley, discusses another drain on our taxes, but one that we typically don’t consider — the public costs expended in saving people who have put themselves in dangerous and hostile situations, or what he refers to as the “socialized costs of misadventures.”  To read and print the price, visit Real Clear Policy.

Consumers Pay for FCC Arrogance

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In an auction of underused TV spectrum coming next spring, the FCC was tasked by Congress to repurpose TV channels into wireless broadband so that consumers’ voracious demand can be satisfied while prices are kept at affordable levels. The FCC’s auction is supposed to accomplish five things at once: first, encourage mobile wireless service operators […]

Easy to Build But Prone to Serious Losses

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With enough IT engineering talent, equipment, and access to an Internet network access point or other interconnection agreements, any community can build a government broadband network.  With a coherent and stable set of goals, and with the right quality and amount of management and technical staff, anyone can operate a community broadband network.  But that’s […]

The Calm behind Fracked-Well Flaring Optics

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Flaring at fracking sites makes for great TV pictures but flames don’t speak and don’t come with explanatory tags.  For a fiction writer, it’s even better than a blank slate.  TV news anchors are served up with a screen of agile flames in brilliant colors.  The viewer is treated to an engaging performance that screams […]