ACI Sends a Letter to Congress on Reducing Patient Drug Prices

Today, the American Consumer Institute (ACI) send a letter to the Senate and House Leadership highlighting keys ways for Congress to lower drug prices for patients. Among ACI’s suggestions were the streamlining of regulations that impede market entry for generic and biosimilar drugs. In addition to increasing price competition, the letter recommends requiring Pharmacy Benefit […]

Town Hall: Regulators Wrong on Big Tech Benefits

Simply assuming that bunding is bad is simply erroneous. This commentary shows that tech companies are bundling services and it is resulting in tens of billions of dollars of benefits to consumers. All the while, regulators want to end the bundling of online services and features, claiming (inaccurately) that this violates antitrust laws. Unless policymakers […]

Restricting Mergers and Acquisitions: An Outlook on the Start-up Ecosystem and Innovation

Many lawmakers seem eager to rein in the power of big tech and there seems to be a wide-spread agreement across the political aisle that something needs to be done. Among the proposed remedies is to restrict mergers and acquisitions. In this episode, Jeff Farrah, General Counsel at the National Venture Capital Association, is sharing […]

The FTC’s Case Against Facebook Explained

Background: Since its creation in 2004, Facebook has become the premier social media networking site with an estimated 200 million users in the United States. As it has grown, antitrust enforcers at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division have turned their attention to reigning in the company’s potential influence. In […]

Town Hall: Back to the Past for America’s Freight?

As the Administration eyes increasing regulations on the rail industry, it is important for policymakers to understand that prices declined and investments increased in the aftermath of freight rail deregulation that occurred decades ago. With the benefits of regulatory reform in mind and given the significant number of goods that are moved on freight trains […]

Per-Mile Fee Might Fix America’s Poor Roads

Tucked away on page 508 of the 2,702-page bipartisan infrastructure bill is a proposal that could radically restructure how Americans use and pay for the nation’s roads. This radical proposal takes the form of a study that would assess the feasibility of establishing a “national motor vehicle per-mile user fee” and would have road users […]

Another Antitrust Bill Misses the Mark

After a quiet couple of months, congressional trustbusters are set to make another attempt to reign in big tech and make it harder for them to provide the substantial consumer benefits consumers are used to. The Open App Markets Act (OAMA), recently introduced by Senators Blumenthal (D-CT) and Klobuchar (D-MN), would fundamentally alter how consumers […]

Outdated Immigration Policies Are Impeding Economic Growth

According to a recent Politico report, U.S businesses have expressed deep concern that outdated and broken immigration laws are “holding them back” from recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s Move America Forward (FWD), held a broadly similar assessment, contending that the U.S. needs to double immigration levels to remain globally competitive. Recognizing the importance of […]

The Economic Standard: Republicans Should Defend the Consumer Welfare Standard

Over the past month, five Republican lawmakers banded together to form the “Freedom from Big Tech” caucus in the House of Representatives. The stated aim of the caucus is to “rein in Big Tech” through “legislation, education, and awareness.” The caucus reflects a growing concern amongst Republicans of the influence of large tech companies on political discourse. Led by […]