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Issue Analysis 77 - The Case for Eliminating Price Controls on Insurance
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Issue Analysis 77 - The Case for Eliminating Price Controls on Insurance

The following is the text of a speech given by CSE Foundation Counselor James C. Miller at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Chicago, Illinois, August 20, 1998.

09/03/1999
Tax Fact #36: The Facts Class Warriors Don’t Want You to Know, Part II
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Tax Fact #36: The Facts Class Warriors Don’t Want You to Know, Part II

Critics of Congress’s $800 billion tax relief plan – which would reduce the marriage penalty while cutting tax rates by one percentage point – are outraged that these measures will give a larger tax cut, at least in dollar terms, to upper-income families than middle-income families. This is like being shocked that the sun sets in the West.

08/26/1999
Tax Fact #35: The Facts Class Warriors Don’t Want You to Know, Part I
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Tax Fact #35: The Facts Class Warriors Don’t Want You to Know, Part I

True to form, opponents of Congress’s $800 billion tax relief plan are playing the "class warfare" card in a last ditch attempt to stir public sentiments against the plan. To prove their case, they point to figures showing that the tax cut package will deliver many times the tax relief to upper-income families than to lower-income families.

08/25/1999
Capitol Comment 249 - Hey Congress: Please Don’t Feed the Trial Lawyers! Dingell-Norwood Hurts Patients, Helps Lawyers
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Capitol Comment 249 - Hey Congress: Please Don’t Feed the Trial Lawyers! Dingell-Norwood Hurts Patients, Helps Lawyers

The "Bipartisan Consensus Managed Care Improvement Act" (H.R. 2723) is the federal government’s latest misguided attempt at controlling health care. While the bill’s list of sponsors demonstrates that it is bipartisan, if it becomes the consensus approach, Americans in managed care would see few, if any, improvements. It gives them little more than an expanded ability to sue. In reality, this approach will only take money out of consumers’ checkbooks and put it into the pockets of trial lawyers, making health insurance less affordable for all Americans.

08/25/1999
Dingell-Norwood Hurts Patients, Helps Trial Lawyers
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Dingell-Norwood Hurts Patients, Helps Trial Lawyers

The "Bipartisan Consensus Managed Care Improvement Act" (H.R. 2723) is the federal government’s latest misguided attempt at controlling health care. While the bill’s list of sponsors demonstrates that it is bipartisan, if it becomes the consensus approach, Americans in managed care would see few, if any, improvements. It gives them little more than an expanded ability to sue. In reality, this approach will only take money out of consumers’ checkbooks and put it into the pockets of trial lawyers, making health insurance less affordable for all Americans.

08/25/1999
Capitol Comment 247 - Are You Down with OPP and Internet "Unregulation?"
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Capitol Comment 247 - Are You Down with OPP and Internet "Unregulation?"

A new study released by the Office of Plans and Policy (OPP) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) celebrates the success of a policy of "unregulation" for the Internet.1 "Unregulation," as opposed to deregulation, is the total absence of regulation, not the removal of regulation. This study coincides with the FCC’s recent stance against state attempts to regulate Multiple Service Operators (MSOs), such as cable providers who offer advanced services like Internet access.

08/19/1999
Tax Fact #34: Memo to Bill Clinton, We Can’t Afford Your $1.1 Trillion in New Spending
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Tax Fact #34: Memo to Bill Clinton, We Can’t Afford Your $1.1 Trillion in New Spending

To understand why Bill Clinton believes that the government cannot afford to give taxpayers $792 billion in tax relief (out of $3 trillion in projected budget surpluses over the next ten years), its instructive to look back on the budget he submitted to Congress earlier this year. According to the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO’s) analysis of the President’s budget, Clinton wants to use the money Republicans have now earmarked for tax cuts – plus an additional $300 billion – to fund a $1.1 trillion expansion of government.

08/18/1999
Capitol Comment 248 - The Future Begins Now: Welcoming Regulators Into the Information Age
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Capitol Comment 248 - The Future Begins Now: Welcoming Regulators Into the Information Age

"Over the next five years, I believe the future of this medium will be determined more by policy choices than by technology choices." -America Online Chairman and CEO Steve Case, speaking on the future of the Internet at the National Press Club, October 26, 1998

08/18/1999
Microsoft Miswiring
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Microsoft Miswiring

The government's portrayal of the sharp corporate elbows in the Microsoft litigation has made for entertaining sound bites, but the coverage of the case has avoided two fundamental problems with the plaintiff's case. There is also the growing sense that the case against Microsoft is just another example of economic regulation run amok.

08/18/1999
Tax Fact #33: Will Debt Reduction Lead to Lower Interest Rates? Bill Clinton Needs to Check His Facts
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Tax Fact #33: Will Debt Reduction Lead to Lower Interest Rates? Bill Clinton Needs to Check His Facts

Bill Clinton has convinced many lawmakers that the $792 billion Republican tax cut plan would be bad for the economy because it would divert the budget surplus away from reducing the national debt which, he insists, is critical to keeping interest rates low. While this claim may seem intuitive to many Americans, the fact is Clinton is wrong. The record of the last 18 years plainly shows that there is no relationship between the size of the national debt – nor annual budget deficit for that matter – and interest rates.

08/17/1999

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