Taxes Impact 5G Services and Consumers

While much has been written about President Biden’s Build Back Better (BBB) agenda and its large investment in physical and social infrastructure, several tax provisions have received far less attention, but have the potential to have sweeping consequences. These provisions diverge sharply from the spirit of BBB, which is framed as an investment in our […]

New ACI Report Highlights the Dangers of Overregulating E-Cigarette and Vaping Products

Washington D.C., January 14, 2022 — Today, the American Consumer Institute (ACI) released a report, co-authored by Steve Pociask and Liam Sigaud entitled “How Regulations Endanger the Public Health: A Review of the Evidence on E-Cigarette Risks and Benefits, and Policy Missteps.” With some lawmakers looking to impose restrictions, bans, and excessive taxes on these […]

The Hill: Senate Antitrust Bill Has Serious Ramifications for Consumers and Small Businesses

Lawmakers in Washington are about to take a major step toward modifying America’s antitrust laws and departing from the consumer welfare standard that has guided antitrust thought since the 1970s. While the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA) still has legislative barriers to clear, its mark-up today is an essential step toward it arriving on President Biden‘s […]

The Economic Standard: GOP and Democrat Antitrust Focus Unwittingly Helps China

There is a widespread belief that social media platforms like Google, Amazon, and Meta Platforms are too big. Unfortunately, this misguided belief is not only publicly popular but also becoming mainstream among officials in the Biden Administration, Congress, and federal regulators at the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice. This erroneous and flawed […]

ACI Letter to U.S. Senate: Proposed Antitrust Legislation Will Harm Consumers and Small Businesses

Dear Senators, As longtime advocates for policies that increase consumer choice, boost competition, and protect consumers, the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI), a 501(c)(3) non-partisan research and educational institute, has analyzed and highlighted numerous times the negative effects the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (S. 2992) would have on consumer and […]

ACI Statement on the Markup of American Innovation and Choice Online Act (S. 2992) — “Have a hearing!”

Scheduling the bill for a markup without a committee hearing that could place concerns under scrutiny is extremely concerning given the numerous ramifications the bill could project.  Without evidence to support their claims, supporters of the bill might suggest that it would not negatively affect the services and products consumers currently enjoy, but unfortunately, the […]

Congress Should Investigate FTC’s Zombie Votes

A coalition letter made up of expert policy groups was sent to the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and Inspector General of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) calling for an investigation of FTC’s practice of counting “zombie votes.” On October 1st and 8th of 2021, departed FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra voted on official commission business […]

The New Year Sees an End to Surprise Medical Bills

As Americans welcomed 2022, they had extra reason to celebrate as the No Surprises Act (NSA) became effective at one minute past midnight on January 1st, 2022. While the enactment of the NSA saw substantially less fanfare than the ball drop in Times Square, the new law represents a real win for American patients who […]

Drug Price Controls on Drugs Will Cost Patients

President Biden’s and Congressional Democrats’ Build Back Better Act attempts to lower prescription drug prices. The act includes new measures that seek to dramatically limit the costs of prescription drugs in the United States by giving government agencies immense control over setting prices. Also included are measures that would require insurance providers to pay a […]

The Economic Standard: British Antitrust Reforms are Bad Example for U.S.

With antitrust reform front and center of American politics, it’s easy to ignore the global effort to rein in big tech companies. However, much like the United States, the United Kingdom has taken steps to reform its antitrust laws and enforcement agencies in a manner that codifies ‘big is bad’ and ignores the myriad of […]