Regulation (page 296)

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    Louisville economist diagnoses ills associated with government health care mandates

    Governments mandate that health insurance plans cover certain procedures, treatments, or medications in order to guarantee that people have access to the health care they need, right? Regardless of the intentions, those mandates generate a number of harmful negative consequences. University of Louisville economist Stephan Gohmann made that argument during…
    Mitch Kokai, September 28, 2012
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    EPA sued over human experiments at UNC

    In a blog titled “EPA Sued Over Heinous Experiments on Humans,” Paul Chesser of the National Legal & Policy Center spells out a troubling practice at UNC Chapel Hill that he describes as “something out of World War II-era Germany.” Steven Milloy, who filed the lawsuit, is founder and publisher…
    Dan E. Way, September 25, 2012
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    Nonsensical licensing laws attract more attention

    Readers of this morning’s News & Observer editorial page will encounter a national opinion piece questioning the need for so many occupational licenses. The average cosmetologist in the United States trains for 372 days before earning a license. The average emergency medical technician spends 33 days…
    Mitch Kokai, September 20, 2012
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online about Durham’s debate over using public facilities for partisan events. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal offers the latest evidence that North Carolina’s certificate-of-need law for medical facilities and equipment makes no sense.
    Mitch Kokai, September 20, 2012
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    Forbes columnist thinks we need a smaller Fed

    David Malpass documents in the latest issue of Forbes the role the Federal Reserve has played in stifling the nation’s economic recovery. By setting interest rates at zero and holding down selected longer-term bond yields the Fed is explicitly rechanneling the…
    Mitch Kokai, September 17, 2012
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    Forbes cites an example of market efficiency

    The latest issue of Forbes magazine includes Steve Forbes‘ comparison of security measures in two large California airports. A vivid example of the stark difference between Big Government and free markets can be seen in–of all places–the Transportation Security Administration. International Airport…
    Mitch Kokai, September 17, 2012
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    Duke to use peer pressure to meet artificial mandate

    The News & Observer tells us this morning that Duke Energy has secured regulatory approval this week to use a form of peer pressure in its attempts to reduce its customers’ energy use. This is the latest effort to boost energy efficiency in conjunction with a…
    Mitch Kokai, September 13, 2012
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Carolina Journal Online reports on new research from Michael Lowrey touting “flex growth” policies as a smarter alternative for North Carolina governments than so-called “smart growth.” Lowrey’s Daily Journal probes local governments’ misguided attempts to chase after the creative class.
    Mitch Kokai, September 13, 2012