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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
How the Supreme Court Doomed the Affordable Care Act to Failure
By NCPA @ 7:46 PM :: 4669 Views :: National News, Health Care

The Supreme Court's surprise ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has left many observers wondering about the implications of the ruling on the law itself....

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
How Consumer-Directed Plans Affect the Cost and Use of Health Care
By NCPA @ 3:37 PM :: 2948 Views :: Health Care

If enrollment in consumer-directed plans increased to 50 percent, there would be an annual savings of $57 billion....

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The Multiple Distortions of Wind Subsidies
By NCPA @ 3:33 PM :: 2907 Views :: Energy

Wind subsidies cost $52.48 per one million watt hours generated....nuclear power costs $3.10. Hydropower only costs 84 cents and natural gas costs only 63 cents.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013
The Failure of Wind Power
By NCPA @ 1:12 PM :: 4837 Views :: Energy, National News

Original warranties on turbines have expired and extended warranty options are not available....

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Hospital Systems Branch Out as Insurers
By NCPA @ 2:38 PM :: 4187 Views :: National News, Health Care

A growing number of hospital systems are moving to start their own insurance plans, aiming to broaden their roles and prepare for the changes coming under the federal health care overhaul, says the Wall Street Journal....

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Monday, December 17, 2012
Federal Worker Happiness Drops
By NCPA @ 1:23 PM :: 4431 Views :: National News, Labor

Rankings were determined by responses from about 700,000 federal workers from various agencies in the government....

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Monday, December 17, 2012
Medicaid Incentives for Patients, Not Hospitals
By NCPA @ 1:16 PM :: 3064 Views :: Health Care

Experiment with cash or cash-like incentives to encourage people to adopt healthy behaviors in the form conditional cash transfers....

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Friday, December 14, 2012
Green Schools That Aren’t Very Green
By NCPA @ 1:25 AM :: 4904 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, National News

... Washington Middle School in Olympia, Wash., [was] projected to use 28% less energy. The school consumed 19% more energy ....

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Thursday, December 13, 2012
Gushing about America's Energy Future
By NCPA @ 9:48 AM :: 3856 Views :: Energy, National News

...the United States would gain significant geopolitical advantages. For example, it would lower the influence of the Middle East. In addition, the United States would be in a position to challenge Russia's influence in Europe....

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Surprise: New Insurance Fee in Health Overhaul Law
By NCPA @ 11:54 AM :: 4871 Views :: National News, Health Care, Taxes

Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It's a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions....

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Monday, December 10, 2012
Health Care Law's Insurance Tax Will Raise Premium Costs
By NCPA @ 1:16 PM :: 5066 Views :: National News, Health Care, Taxes

Insurance premiums could increase by thousands of dollars because of a new tax in President Obama's health care law....

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Friday, December 7, 2012
Renewable Fuel Standard Costs Chain Restaurants Billions Annually
By NCPA @ 2:43 PM :: 4510 Views :: Energy, Small Business

PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates the impact of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on the chain restaurant industry....

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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Is Opposition to Genetic Engineering Moral?
By NCPA @ 1:16 PM :: 5114 Views :: GMOs

... this wave of scientific progress faces opposition from anti-science and anti-technology groups. Consider these examples that have been hampered by activism ....

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Saturday, December 1, 2012
18 Years Later Kyoto Protocol Dies With a Whimper
By NCPA @ 1:57 PM :: 4490 Views :: Environment, World News

...the United Nation’s is holding its annual “We’ve got to save the planet this year or it’s too late and we’re all doomed — no really, this time we mean it,” Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in Doha, Qatar this year.... 

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Monday, November 19, 2012
U.S. Redraws World Oil Map
By NCPA @ 3:08 PM :: 7239 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The shale-oil boom can help the United States surpass Saudi Arabia as the largest oil supplier by 2020, according to the International Energy Agency....

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Monday, November 19, 2012
The Emerging Market for Medical Care
By NCPA @ 2:58 PM :: 4528 Views :: National News, Ethics

Two relatively new services are facilitating a market for medical services — with price and quality competition, as well as transparency....

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Friday, November 16, 2012
The Growing Budget Cost of Insurance Subsidies in the Affordable Care Act
By NCPA @ 12:09 PM :: 5613 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The subsidies for insurance through the newly established state-based exchanges also increased....

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Medicaid Patients Have Worse Access and Outcomes than Privately Insured
By NCPA @ 7:40 PM :: 4106 Views :: National News, Ethics

One way the Obama administration chose to deal with the pressing health care crisis was a massive expansion of Medicaid....

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The Fiscal Cliff: A Primer
By NCPA @ 7:37 PM :: 4152 Views :: National News, Ethics

Obama must quickly come to an agreement with lawmakers on the "fiscal cliff," a combination of spending cuts and tax increases that pose a threat to the fragile economic recovery....

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Electric Vehicle Economics Don't Pencil Out
By NCPA @ 7:26 PM :: 3770 Views :: National News, Ethics

Electric vehicles are doing poorly in the car market because automakers are unable to lower their prices....

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Monday, November 5, 2012
Bogus Study Perpetuates Wage Gap Myths
By NCPA @ 3:09 PM :: 3847 Views :: National News, Ethics

...further examination finds that women make 93 cents -- not 82 cents -- on a man's dollar, after accounting for all college majors and occupation....

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Friday, November 2, 2012
Decades of Employment Growth in America's Public Schools
By NCPA @ 12:49 PM :: 4044 Views :: National News, Ethics

...teachers' numbers increased 252 percent while staffing and administration experienced a growth of 702 percent....

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Friday, November 2, 2012
WSJ: Biofuels Kill 192,000 Persons Every Year
By NCPA @ 12:43 PM :: 1979 Views

...biofuel mandates are responsible for at least 192,000 premature deaths every year because of hunger....

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Thursday, November 1, 2012
Crony Capitalism: By-Product of Big Government
By NCPA @ 5:20 PM :: 3908 Views :: National News, Ethics

Crony capitalism describes an economic system in which the profitability of firms in a market economy is dependent on political connections....

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Five Ways the Student Loan Bubble Mirrors the Housing Crisis
By NCPA @ 2:45 PM :: 4208 Views :: National News, Ethics

There are some striking similarities between the private student loan market and subprime mortgage industry....

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The Real Stimulus: Low-Cost Natural Gas
By NCPA @ 3:01 AM :: 4962 Views :: National News, Ethics

The United States is experiencing a revolution in oil and gas....

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Monday, October 29, 2012
Defense Cuts: "Fiscal Cliff" Already Hampering U.S. Economy
By NCPA @ 3:51 PM :: 4063 Views :: National News, Ethics

Particularly hard hit is the defense industry, which employs millions of Americans. The Pentagon is set to lose nearly $55 billion....

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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Whose School Buildings Are They, Anyway?
By NCPA @ 4:45 PM :: 4637 Views :: National News, Ethics

...public schools are still the only game in town when it comes to financing, developing and deploying public school buildings....

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Friday, October 19, 2012
Bipartisanship: Senate Energy Committee to Move on Natural Gas?
By NCPA @ 12:02 AM :: 4850 Views :: National News, Ethics

The Committee may actually get to work on bills that have been in deep frost for 15 years or so–especially the long-awaited U.S. Energy Policy bill....

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Thursday, October 18, 2012
Challenging the Foundations of the Green Establishment
By NCPA @ 2:56 PM :: 3863 Views :: National News, Ethics

...many policies sought by the environmental establishment do nothing more than cost taxpayers billions with nothing to show for it....

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Saturday, October 13, 2012
WSJ: Should Cities Ban Plastic Bags?
By NCPA @ 10:20 PM :: 6230 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

There's no evidence that banning plastic bags helps the environment -- and plenty of evidence that it may actually hurt....

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Algae Energy: Dead in the Water?
By NCPA @ 2:53 PM :: 3909 Views :: National News, Ethics

Many biofuel manufacturers have heavily funded Democratic campaigns, and some even work inside the Obama administration....

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Monday, October 1, 2012
Is College a Lousy Investment?
By NCPA @ 2:59 PM :: 4881 Views :: National News, Ethics

...recent studies show that students are not learning much that would be valuable to them in the job market. Many students go to school thinking all they need is the credential of a degree....

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Friday, September 28, 2012
The Cost of Wind Energy Jobs
By NCPA @ 2:55 PM :: 4528 Views :: National News, Ethics

 ...taxpayers spend about 15 times more on wind energy jobs than jobs in oil-and-gas....

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Friday, September 28, 2012
States Seek a Middle Ground on Medicaid
By NCPA @ 2:51 PM :: 4058 Views :: National News, Ethics

...in an interesting interpretation of the Supreme Court's ruling on the law, states are looking into partially expanding their Medicaid programs to receive federal subsidies....

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Thursday, September 27, 2012
Student Loan Bubble Inflates College Costs
By NCPA @ 1:46 PM :: 5117 Views :: National News, Ethics

The accumulation of student loan debt has surpassed $1 trillion....

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Let Wind Power Tax Credit Expire
By NCPA @ 1:47 PM :: 4163 Views :: National News, Ethics

Wind producers can even sell power when demand is low and still collect a profit because the pretax subsidy is higher than the average price for electricity....

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
To be Organic or not to be Organic, Why ask the question?
By NCPA @ 1:21 PM :: 4944 Views :: National News, Ethics

... environmentalists want to use the label to imply that organic foods are safer ....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The Crisis of the Uninsured Is Far from Over
By NCPA @ 2:37 PM :: 4179 Views :: National News, Ethics

...Moreover, it is unlikely to be resolved by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act....

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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods Is a Losing Proposition
By NCPA @ 6:17 PM :: 5190 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

 The law does nothing more than deceive people into purchasing non-GE foods, which aren't different from GE foods....

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Thursday, September 13, 2012
NYT: With Medicaid, Long-Term Care of Elderly Looms as a Rising Cost
By NCPA @ 4:47 PM :: 3630 Views :: National News, Ethics

Long-term care, which includes nursing home and hospice services for seniors, makes up a significant portion of Medicaid spending around the country....

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Thursday, September 13, 2012
The Accounting Trick that Will Haunt Public Pensions
By NCPA @ 4:43 PM :: 3756 Views :: National News, Ethics

Moody's announced recently that it would no longer accept state and local governments' pension liability figures at face value....

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Monday, September 10, 2012
Putting the Punch in Parent Power
By NCPA @ 3:06 PM :: 3418 Views :: National News, Ethics

insights to effective advocacy, organization and mobilization....

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Brookings: Education, Job Openings and Unemployment in Honolulu
By NCPA @ 5:12 PM :: 5415 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

A new paper from the Brookings Institution aims to provide metro, state and national policy makers with a better sense of the specific problems facing metropolitan labor markets....

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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Corporatist Medicine: Same Doctor Visit, Double the Cost
By NCPA @ 1:38 PM :: 4431 Views :: National News, Ethics

Since the passage of President Obama's health care law, hospitals are increasing their size by acquiring private practices.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The Trillion-Dollar Conundrum: Health Information Technology
By NCPA @ 4:40 PM :: 4161 Views :: National News, Ethics

...according to the law's supporters, EMR adoption will yield cost savings. This conclusion, however, has not been definitively proven....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Federal Solar Subsidy $775 per mwh
By NCPA @ 4:28 PM :: 5504 Views :: National News, Ethics

Federal subsidies in fiscal year 2010 for solar-generated energy were $775.64 per megawatt hour and $56.29 per megawatt hour for wind....

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Thursday, August 23, 2012
NYT: The Case for Natural Gas Exports
By NCPA @ 1:21 PM :: 5444 Views :: National News, Ethics

...under federal law, the U.S. Energy Department has to deem the exports in the national interest before these companies are granted permission....

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Friday, August 17, 2012
Medicare Drama More Hype than Reality
By NCPA @ 12:53 AM :: 3989 Views :: National News, Ethics

Ryan v Obama on Medicare: Surprisingly, there's very little difference between the two plans.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Accountable Care Organizations: Panacea or Train Wreck?
By NCPA @ 4:19 PM :: 6037 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Similar to health maintenance organizations (HMOs), ACOs are designed to bring hospitals, physicians and insurers together to reduce health care costs ....

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