U.S. Postal Service Kicks Off 2020 with More Fiscal Chaos While Dodging Meaningful Reforms

Every quarter the United States Postal Service releases their financial statement, and every quarter it reveals grim losses that climb well into the hundreds of millions. For the first quarter of fiscal year 2020, the USPS has managed to hemorrhage $748 million in losses, an ominous sign as they limp into the new decade. The […]

New Study: Taxes on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages — A Policy Failure

Since 2014, eight U.S. cities have implemented sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) taxes. Several other cities and states are contemplating similar measures. SSB taxes are intended to curb sugar consumption and improve public health, but policymakers too often ignore the unintended consequences these measures provoke. This ConsumerGram examines the effects of SSB taxes, including their disproportionate impact […]

The Economic Standard: How Tariffs Will Lead to Fewer Kids Playing Tabletop Games

The Trump administration recently announced that video game consoles will not be subject to the upcoming tariffs. While this might be good news for companies like Sony and Microsoft, the same benefit will not be extended to tabletop games. With increased prices on tabletop games, parents are indirectly encouraged to buy video games for their children, which […]

The Hill: Rx Middlemen Cost American Consumers Billions Each Year

It is no secret that the cost of prescription drugs is a major concern for Americans today. Around 79% of the public agree that the price of prescription medication is unreasonable. But while much attention is focused on the role of drug manufacturers, a new report details how almost half of consumer spending on brand-name […]

ACI Files Comments to U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission Proceeding

Comments of American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research Regarding Docket No. RM2017-3 Submitted to the United States Postal Regulatory Commission January 31, 2020   The American Consumer Institute (“ACI”) hereby submits these comments to address matters surrounding the recently revised notice of proposed rulemaking by the Postal Regulatory Commission (“the Commission”) aimed at modifying […]

Inside Sources: U.S. Vaping Policy Spills Over Internationally

there seems to be no end in sight for smokers to breathe easy. Even more unfortunate is how America’s policy on e-cigarettes has and will continue to influence other nations’ vaping policy. As the U.S. continues to grapple with this issue, we should be reminded that smoking is a global phenomenon and the decisions we […]

ConsumerGram: Price Controls by Another Name — How Drug “Affordability” Boards Harm Consumers

Momentum is building in many states to establish prescription drug “affordability” boards with the power to impose upper payment limits on drugs that are deemed unreasonably expensive. But as economic theory, as well as historical experience shows, such policies, like other forms of government price controls, produce shortages, economic inefficiencies, and, ironically, threaten patients’ access […]