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Rand Paul’s Health Care Plan, Part 4

February 21, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

The fourth part in our series on health care reform focuses on Individual Health Pools, in which people can band together to buy insurance, lower costs, and become independent from their employers.

Why Grover Cleveland Is My Favorite President (And Should Be Yours Too)

February 20, 2017 by Logan Albright

If you’re like me (I know you’re not, but humor me), you’ve got some very definite views on which of the 44 men who have served as President of the United States did the best job. Wait, 44 men? Isn’t Donald Trump the 45th president? He is, and that discrepancy is highly relevant to what follows, because my favorite president is Grover Cleveland, the man responsible for the numbering confusion.

Grover Cleveland was both the 22nd and 24th president of the U.S., having been defeated after his first term by the upstart Benjamin Harrison, but roaring back to glory four years later in one of the greatest comebacks in political history. …

Want Genuine Health Care Reform? Embrace Innovation.

February 17, 2017 by Josh Withrow

As health care reform rises up as a national priority once more, here’s a question too few people are asking: Where’s the innovation?

I don’t mean in terms of cures or the science of medicine; that is undeniably advancing. But what about the actual way that health care is purchased and delivered? What about how hospitals are administered and how tests are scheduled and how doctors keep up with their patients? The technology has changed, but the overall experience of going to a doctor or a hospital hasn’t changed drastically in a generation or two, except that your wait time is probably longer and your visit is probably more expensive. …

Ideas Are More Powerful than Violence

February 14, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

The home of Mahatma Gandhi in India reminds us that the power of non-violent resistance makes truly effective protests.

Rand Paul’s Health Care Plan, Part 3

February 14, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

The third part of our look inside Rand Paul’s plan to reform health care, increase consumer choice, and lower prices deals with Health Savings Accounts.

5 Reasons to Abolish the Department of Education

February 11, 2017 by Logan Albright

At the very moment of Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as secretary of Education, Rep. Thomas Massie pointedly introduced a bill calling for the elimination of the Department of Education.

This has been a long-held goal of conservative Republicans, and now that they control all three branches of government, there may never be a better opportunity to finally end the thing. One of the few policy areas in which President Trump has been consistent is his support for school choice and scorn for federal education policy.

Speaking on Fox News Sunday in 2015, Trump said, “I may cut the Department of Education,” and in his book “Crippled America,” released the same year, he wrote “A lot of people believe the Department of Education should just be eliminated. …

Trump’s Threat to Destroy a State Senator Should Scare All of Us

February 8, 2017 by Logan Albright

“Do you want to give his name? We’ll destroy his career.” These were the words of Donald Trump, addressing a Texas sheriff during a listening session this week. The sheriff was peeved that a certain state senator was pursuing efforts to reform a controversial law enforcement practice. Trump helpfully offered to bring the hammer of the Oval Office down on this elected official. Only he got the gender wrong. State Senator Konni Burton has been leading the charge to reform civil asset forfeiture in Texas.

There are two important points here. The first is the policy itself. Civil asset forfeiture is a practice that allows law enforcement to seize property if they suspect it of being involved in a crime. …

Congressional Tech Forecast: Clouds with a Chance of Freedom

February 7, 2017 by Josh Withrow

After years of trying, Congress may finally be set to update the laws surrounding the privacy of emails to the 21st Century. For the second consecutive Congress, the House has passed the Email Privacy Act by an overwhelming bi-partisan majority. After constant and inexplicable delays, perhaps this can be the year that basic due process protections for our online emails and files can make it into law.

The Email Privacy Act addresses a basic flaw in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA). Ironically, ECPA was designed, as its name indicates, to strengthen legal due process with respect to electronic data and communications. The goal, of course, was to bring legal protections up to date with modern technology at the time. …