The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) is a nonprofit (501c3) educational and research institute with the mission to identify, analyze and project the interests of consumers in selected legislative and rulemaking proceedings in information technology, health care, insurance, energy and other matters. Recognizing that consumers’ interests can be variously defined and measured, […]
With today’s constant discussions surrounding climate change, everyone from politicians to companies are reaching for an easy win — catchy sound bites with short sighted solutions. The latest examples were recent announcements by Volvo and the government of France, both committing to the sole production and use of electric vehicles by 2019 and 2040, respectively. […]
ACI, along with coalition of national think tanks, signed a calling for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) arbitration rules to be overturned. The letter is available here.
ACI joins 65 nonprofit organizations in filing a comments with the FCC in connection with its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to restore Internet Freedom. Comments are available online.
In this proceeding, the Federal Communications Commission considers preserving a free and open Internet by reducing government regulatory controls, while restoring market-based policies to encourage investment, deployment and access, as well as to improve aggregate consumer welfare. The Commission has indicated its intent to focus on facts and reasoned analyses to determine whether retaining, eliminating […]
Dear Chairman Crapo and Ranking Member Brown: I am writing to urge the Committee to include the bipartisan Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act in any reauthorization bill. This bill, which passed the House 419-0 last year and recently passed out of the House Financial Services Committee unanimously is needed to clarify that consumers […]
This op-ed, published in the Miami Herald and written by Alan Daley, discusses a costly trend that is pushing up Florida’s homeowner premiums — “assignment of benefits” contractor fraud. The piece can be read and printed at the Miami Herald — http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article161321238.html.
The House and Senate are considering legislation to speed entry of generic competition into the market as a means to provide greater patient access and lower prescription costs for consumers. The Senate and the House coalition letter are available online. Simply put, what the CREATES Act represents is a market-based way that contributes to giving […]
Twelve groups — including the National Wildlife Federation, R-Street Institute, National Housing Conference and American Rivers — sent a letter to the Financial Services Committee urging support for various efforts to reform the National Flood Insurance Program, which is currently over $20 billion in debt. The letter is available online.
Today, a coalition of 45 nonprofit organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Senate urging the repeal of Obamacare taxes. The letter is available online.