Banning Flavored Tobacco Products is Just Blowing Smoke

On September 20, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York announced that his state would be the first in the country to ban flavored electronic cigarettes. In a statement announcing the new rules, Governor Cuomo stated “It is undeniable that vaping companies are deliberately using flavors like bubblegum, Captain Crunch and cotton candy to get […]

ACI Supports Final DOL Revisions to Independent Contractor Status

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule which was issued today is a big win for consumers, small businesses, and the independent workers who value the flexibility independent contracting provides in selecting when and how to work. ACI applauds DOL’s efforts to establish clear and consistent standards that clarify the classification of employee or independent […]

To Tackle High Drug Prices, Tear Down the Rebate Wall

In a period of deep political polarization, politicians on both sides of the aisle agree that Americans are paying too much for pharmaceutical drugs. During the 2020 presidential election, both Joe Biden and Donald Trump made lowering drug prices a central pillar of their respective campaigns, suggesting in the next four years there could be […]

Oregon Legislation Would Cut back on Food Delivery Services During COVID

The following is a statement by Krisztina Pusok, Directory of Policy and Research at ACI, regarding Oregon Bill LC 10: “We are very concerned with the repercussions that the proposed LC 10 could have on consumers and restaurants in Oregon. The proposal, which caps the fees that third-party sites can charge restaurants for deliveries to […]

BLOCKING Act Would Delay Patient Access to Cheaper Prescription Drugs

The Following is a statement from Krisztina Pusok, Director of Policy and Research at ACI: “ACI strongly supports Congressional efforts seeking to lower prescription drug prices for patients, consumers, and taxpayers. Unfortunately, the “Bringing Low-cost Options and Competition while Keeping Incentives for New Generics (BLOCKING) Act,” would achieve the exact opposite of what it is […]

FTC and the States Square Off Against Facebook

Following a year of active antitrust suits that has seen the Department of Justice sue Google and Visa, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 48 states have turned their attention to Facebook, alleging the company “willfully maintained its monopoly power through its course of anticompetitive acquisitions” of WhatsApp and Instagram. Despite the FTC’s present objections, […]

The Economic Standard: OECD Tax Proposal Will Harm Environmental Protections

Last October, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released its Pillar One and Pillar Two Blueprint, a plan that would fundamentally change tax rules between nations. The OECD also gave, until December 14th, an opportunity for public comments. In the comments we submitted, we concluded that the international community should pause and comprehensively reevaluate its approach, because […]

ACI Files USPS Comments

Comments of American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research Regarding Docket No. RM2020-9, Submitted to the United States Postal Regulatory Commission December 15, 2020 The American Consumer Institute (“ACI”) hereby submits these comments to address issues surrounding potential modifications to the Postal Service’s costing methodologies. In ACI’s view, this exercise undertaken by the Commission to […]

Real Clear Health: America Needs Federal Telehealth Licensure Legislation

A federal law is needed to allow telehealth providers to see patients across state lines. That would long way to mitigate the consequences of physician shortages, and it will save consumers costs and provide another avenue for healthcare service delivery. Read this op-ed in Real Clear Health

Congress: Do not Include Intellectual Property Bills in the Omnibus Spending Bill

Copyright infringement is a violation of intellectual property that poses a significant burden on the economy, entrepreneurship, innovation, and consumers. While we commend Congressional efforts to curb abuses and protect intellectual property, we believe it is unacceptable to use the omnibus as an avenue to pass, without further opportunity for review and amendment, bills that […]