American Consumer Institute Statement on H.R. 1644, “Save the Internet Act”

The following statement can be attributed to Steve Pociask, President of the American Consumer Institute, regarding today’s the House of Representative’s vote to increase regulations on internet services: “The passing of the “Save the Internet Act” in the House of Representatives today is not the innovative policy change the internet needs but rather a step […]

ACI Letter to Montana Senators: Proposed Legislation Would Make Consumers Pay More For Less

Montana’s House Bill 617 is a case of government over-regulation.  It interferes with private contracts, will raise costs for Montana automobile purchasers, and it puts consumers private data in jeopardy – all with no evident benefit to Montana citizens. Consumers deserve better. The letter is available here.   

Increasing the Passenger Facility Charge Would Be Costly to American Travelers

Airports have recently intensified their lobbying efforts to raise the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) – possibly doubling the charge. A new report finds that increasing the PFC would suppress economic activity, reduce consumer benefits by billions of dollars, and cost thousands of jobs. On top of these harmful effects, increasing the PFC is unnecessary. PFC […]

Coalition Sends a Letter to Congress Stressing Principles for protecting IP

The Founding Fathers understood that by protecting the proprietary rights of artists, authors, entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors, they were promoting the greater public welfare. The continued protection of these fundamental rights is essential to American innovation and competitiveness.  Read these coalition guidelines to understand why.

Latest ConsumerGram: Lowering Drug Prices in Maryland Means Bringing Transparency to PBMs

Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) administer prescription drug plans for sponsors (e.g., employers and insurers), negotiate drug prices with manufacturers, and negotiate reimbursement terms with pharmacies. This ConsumerGram analyzes the structure, conduct and performance of the industry and finds that the lack of transparency in costs and prices leads to anticompetitive risks. The result can mean […]

Coalition Letter In Support of Defunding Rail Project

A group of national organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation in support of efforts to pull $0.93 billion in federal grants from a California high-speed rail project.  Citing waste, the lack of oversight, delays, and noncompliance with the terms of the funding, the coalition letter also called for the return of […]