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Obamacare: Fewer doctors, more demand

By Michael D. Tanner Obamacare, as its advocates increasingly point out, has succeeded in expanding the number of Americans with insurance. Even though this achievement came at enormous cost, still leaves millions of Americans uninsured, and dumped millions more into Medicaid, this is still one of the few “successes” that the health-care law can claim. […]

Tanner: Less welfare, more charity

By Michael D. Tanner In 1985, wealthy New York businessman George McDonald was moved by the plight of the city’s homeless population; he was particularly struck by the story of a woman who had frozen to death on the streets after being ejected from Grand Central Station. Initially, he responded by providing the homeless with […]

Tanner: Dangerously demagoguing entitlements

By Michael D. Tanner Question: How can you tell it’s a difficult campaign season for Democrats? Answer: They are already running ads accusing Republicans of wanting to destroy Social Security and Medicare. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is financing an Iowa ad saying that GOP nominee Joni Ernst has “proposed privatizing Social Security [and] gambling […]

Tanner: D.C. Forgets about the debt

By Michael D. Tanner Although it is expected to top $17.6 trillion by Aug. 1, the national debt has dropped out of the headlines recently. Out of sight may indeed mean out of mind, especially in Washington, but that hardly means the problem has gone away — as a new report from the Congressional Budget […]

Tanner: Is Obamacare working?

By Michael D. Tanner Two recent surveys have shown a significant reduction in the number of Americans without health insurance since the start of Obamacare in October 2013. According to the Commonwealth Fund, the uninsured rate fell from 20 to 15 percent, while Gallup found a decline from 18 to 13.4 percent. Both surveys indicate […]

Tanner: Get bosses out of health insurance altogether

By Michael D. Tanner The Supreme Court’s decision last week in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby has pushed all the buttons that could be expected when sex and religion intersect. Many on the right are celebrating because they value religious expression and feel rather less excited about sex, especially of the non-procreative variety. And much of […]

Tanner: Why the tea party is wrong about immigration reform

By Michael D. Tanner The Tea Party has performed many an invaluable service in American politics: First, by raising the alarm about the dangers of our growing national debt and out-of-control spending, and later by challenging the crony capitalists and big-government conservatives who have too long controlled the Republican Party. But recently, many Tea Partyers […]

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