ACI Report Warns Against Reforming the Tech Landscape

Washington D.C., February 4, 2022 — Today, the American Consumer Institute (ACI) released the first report in a series that explores the policy implications of lawmakers embracing techlash and reforming America’s antitrust laws in a way that alters how big tech firms operate. The report, coauthored by Krisztina Pusok and Edward Longe, outlines the substantial […]

The Teen Vaping Smokescreen

Over the past few years, lawmakers from city halls to the U.S. Congress have pushed for more stringent regulations on electronic cigarettes and vaping products because they are falling into the hands of minors and have caused a vaping epidemic. For example, when testifying before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Subcommittee on Economic […]

Indiana House Continues to Push Anti-Consumer Price-Fixing Bill

The Following is a Statement from Steve Pociask, President and CEO for the American Consumer Institute: “I am appalled and disappointed that Indiana House members continue to push HB 1109 — an antimarket and anti-consumer bill. HB 1109 prevents beverage companies from market segmentation by requiring all retail stores be offered the same wholesale price, regardless of volume, […]

Letter to Indiana Legislators Explain Why a Proposed House Bill is Anti-Consumer

Members of the Indiana House Committee on Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development: As a non-partisan educational and research institute with the mission to promote consumer welfare, the American Consumer Institute (ACI) shares your goals of promoting competition in a free market. However, we are very concerned that passing HB 1109 (Wholesale Pricing of Nonalcoholic […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: Antitrust Proposals Could Leave Consumers Vulnerable

Throughout 2020 and 2021, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have proposed numerous new antitrust measures to alter how big tech companies operate. While these measures may be politically popular given the growing public hostility towards big tech companies, proponents of these new laws have failed to consider the substantial benefits and cybersecurity protections these companies offer to […]

Current Pell Grant Provisions Will Not Build Back Better for Low-Income and Non-Traditional Students

ACI has learned that the current iteration of the Build Back Better plan politicizes Pell Grants, a long an effective means for allowing low-income Americans access to a quality education. Under the proposed changes, nearly one million students who use their Pell Grants to attend proprietary and career colleges would be excluded from the access […]