Inside Sources: Waiving TRIPS Won’t Boost Global Vaccinations

The Administration is considering waiving the intellectual property rights of the COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers, the same drug companies that risked billions to rush and test vaccines to the reach consumers. The argument for waiving these rights is that it will, supposedly, enable more consumers around the globe to get immunized. This commentary shows that waiving […]

TOWNHALL: Waiving TRIPS Will Not Solve Global Access to COVID-19 Vaccine

While the objective of waiving the provisions of the TRIPS agreement is admirable, it should be readily apparent to policymakers in Washington and the WTO that loosening intellectual property protections will not expedite vaccine manufacturing or distribution in economically developing countries. These countries do not possess the facilities to manufacture and distribute vaccines themselves. To […]

Misguided Proposal in Indianapolis Would Undercut Food Delivery Services

The Following is a Statement From ACI Director, Krisztina Pusok, Regarding Misguided Proposed Legislation That Would Undercut Food Delivery Services: “We are very concerned with the repercussions that the proposed Indianapolis General Ordinance could have on consumers and restaurants in Indianapolis. The proposal, which temporarily caps the fees third-party platforms can charge restaurants for deliveries to 15%, […]

New Stimulus Package Makes Americans a Second Priority

The American Rescue Plan (ARP), a $1.9 trillion stimulus package backed by President Biden and recently passed in the House of Representatives, goes beyond its primary intention of providing direct economic relief for American workers. Besides Covid-19 relief measures, the bill contains a bundle of other programs lumped in the package that have little to […]

Town Hall: Hero Pay Hurts the Workers it is Supposed to Help

By artificially mandating wages for grocery store employees, city officials are not doing workers any favors. The pandemic has already added extra operational costs to businesses that must be paid to keep customers safe. New minimum wage requirements increase labor prices substantially for grocery chains, and companies have been forced to make big adjustments due to their […]

Real Clear Health: Make the COVID-19 Telehealth Reforms Permanent

Despite the overwhelming popularity of telehealth among patients and providers, and its overwhelming growth over the past decade, most of the reforms to telehealth are only temporary, with barriers to access once again erected once individual states declare the public health emergency over. To combat this, and ensure patients can continue to access telemedicine, states […]

Congress: Taking Aim at Vaping Will Not Solve the COVID Problem

On December 27, 2020, and after threatening a veto, President Donald Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) into law.  Despite the headline element of the bill being direct payments of $600, the spending package also contained a bill entitled the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act (POSEC). This bill, hidden on […]

COVID-19: Mitigating Worker and Consumer Risk

As the country slowly regains its economic footing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, consumers, employees, and their employers are working to develop the ‘new normal’ for essential and re-opened businesses. As part of this process, labor groups, such as the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, are pushing to make temporary pay increases […]

Real Clear Policy: Congress Needs to Empower Gig Economy Workers

For many millions of Americans who work in the gig economy, connecting to customers through platforms like Uber and Airbnb, the COVID pandemic has brought severe financial hardship and uncertainty. On top of that, employment laws — which deter gig companies from providing hazard pay, cleaning supplies, or other benefits to their contractors — aren’t helping.  Congress […]