The Current State of Telehealth from the FCC’s perspective – with Commissioner Brandon Carr

The COVID-19 pandemic really prompted a revolution for telehealth services. At the beginning of 2020, only 0.1% of all medical visits in the US each week were conducted via telemedicine. Fast forward to February this year, the overall telehealth use for office visits and outpatient care was 38 times higher than in 2020. Since the […]

Labor Law Reform Should Boost Job Opportunity and Worker Choice, Not Damage It – with Patrice Onwuka

Proposed labor reforms like the PRO Act seek to radically transform parts of the economy and reshape the American workplace. But they do so by boosting unions’ power at the expense of workers and job creators. In this episode, Patrice Onwuka, the director of the Center for Economic Opportunity at the Independent Women’s Forum, and […]

Restricting Mergers and Acquisitions: An Outlook on the Start-up Ecosystem and Innovation

Many lawmakers seem eager to rein in the power of big tech and there seems to be a wide-spread agreement across the political aisle that something needs to be done. Among the proposed remedies is to restrict mergers and acquisitions. In this episode, Jeff Farrah, General Counsel at the National Venture Capital Association, is sharing […]

How Startups and Innovation Benefit from Preserving Employment Freedom for Independent Workers – with John Chisholm

The modern workforce is changing. Technology is making it easier for people of all education, skills, and income levels to be part of the sharing economy as independent contractors. Yet, several regulatory and legislative initiatives expose the long-term viability of this working arrangement and the benefits it provides. In this episode, John Chisholm, entrepreneur, CEO, […]

A “Future Proof” Approach to Broadband Infrastructure: An Analysis – A Podcast with Doug Brake

While there has been progress to close the digital divide, it is clear that more needs to be done. To address this, some members of Congress and the current administration are advocating for building “future proof” broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas so that we reach 100 percent high-speed broadband coverage, which could suggest […]

Podcast on Drug Pricing Reform: Good Ideas and Bad Ideas — with Dr. Robert Popovian

Description:  Rising drug prices continue to be a top concern for Americans. In response, members of Congress are floating multiple recycled ideas that revolve around price controls. In this episode, Dr. Robert Popovian, the Founder of the strategic consulting firm Conquest Advisors, Senior Health Policy Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and previously the Vice […]

The Dangers of Politicizing Antitrust – with Joshua Wright

The desire of both conservatives and liberals to use antitrust to resolve a slew of political issues with big tech displays a profound misunderstanding of what antitrust regulation is, its role in protecting consumer welfare, and guaranteeing a competitive market. This podcast episode explores these issues with Joshua Wright, law professor at George Mason University, […]

POLICY-ISH TALK: The PRO Act Explained – with Liya Palagashvili

What is the PRO Act? How would it affect independent workers? What are the alternative policies and social safety nets that would make sense and benefit the growing independent workforce? On this episode, Liya Palagashvili, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, joins Kris to share her perspective on these important […]

New Podcast Episode: Antitrust, the Consumer Welfare Standard, and Big Tech

The Consumer Welfare Standard (CWS) has been the bedrock of U.S. antitrust law for the past several decades. Today, there seems to be a bipartisan consensus that Washington should act to rein in big tech’s perceived power. In supporting antitrust actions against big tech, policymakers on both the left and right are trying to delegitimize […]

Press Release: ACI Launches New Podcast Series

The American Consumer Institute (ACI) is excited to announce the launch of our new podcast series Policy-ish Talk hosted by Kris Pusok, ACI’s policy and research director.  Each episode of the Policy-ish Talk will treat you to an in-depth conversation with policy experts, industry leaders, and top academics to explore today’s toughest social, economic, and […]