Can We Slow Down the Runaway Health Care Train?

Health care costs are consuming 18% of GDP and growing at a pace faster than the overall economy. If that continues, health costs could crowd out other high priority programs in education, defense, research, and public safety. Each of us has a stake in assuring that health care funds are spent where they do the […]

Regulations Drive Up Cost of Child Care, Hurting Poor Families Most

In most states, putting a toddler in daycare is more expensive than sending a student to a state university. According to the latest research, the average annual cost of child care in the United States is approaching $10,000, or about 40 percent of the federal poverty line for a family of four. For the families […]

Forbes: Are EV Subsidies Environmentally-Friendly or Welfare for the Rich?

Battery electric vehicles have grown in popularity over the last decade, primarily due to their perceived environmental benefits and tax incentives that steer car buyers away from gas-fueled vehicles. However, empirical evidence suggestions that the array of benefits are far overstated, which means that incentives designed to encourage electric vehicle ownership are having adverse consequences […]

ACI Launches Microsite: Urges FAA to Stay the Course with Air Traffic Controller Program

Today, the American Consumer Institute (ACI) launched the microsite “Fight Flight Delays” to draw attention to a proposal by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to scrap its current air traffic controller training program – the Air Traffic Controller Optimum Training Solution (ATCOTS) – and replace it with a new, untested program. This is an unnecessary […]

Are Regulations Crafted through Cost/Benefit Analysis or through Regulators’ Biases?

We are surrounded by regulations.  They can be reassuring and protective as readily as they can grate and expropriate.  Our experience with regulations depends on our social and political stance and on the balance of burden versus benefit inherent in the regulation. Elected representatives seldom have the expertise needed to specify a technical matter such […]

It’s the Jobs, Stupid – Daley Speaks Out

Creating Jobs is the Real Challenge We are mired in a slow growth economy and hobbled by political inflexibility while 22 million American consumers look for a job.  Demand is slack and the Administration sprinkles regulatory “agent-orange” across markets where the private sector would normally invest in equipment and jobs.  Large and small firms are […]

Should you Dine in or Dine out? The Price of Convenience

Restaurants are a significant part of the economy.  Americans have a love affair with restaurants persisting even through our recent economic slump.   In 2010 there were 11 million food preparation and serving employees, paid a median wage of $9.02/hr.   In 2009, we spent an average of $2,619 per household for “food away from home” (largely […]

New Medicare Program Will Lead to More Costs Than Benefits for Some Homebound Patients

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is implementing a bidding program that it hopes will lead to lower-priced devices and drive down Medicare costs for the homecare patients.  However, auction bidding experts have overwhelmingly found that the current program will lead to below-cost pricing, which would adversely affect supply.  The resulting decrease in […]

Government Failure – FCC Should Stop Imposing Costly Set Top Box Regulations

If consumers understood the complex regulations their cable box has endured at the hands of the Federal Communications Commission, they’d be shocked at the price tag associated with these burdensome regulations.  As part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the FCC was tasked with creating a policy for cable hardware technology that would open the […]