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    Less regulation, more value

    In the past, I have written about a healthcare payment model commonly referred to as “patient-centered” or “value-based” care (see here, here, and here). The idea behind patient-centered care is that the provider…
    Jordan Roberts, October 4, 2018
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    CON laws have long been used to prevent “ruinous competition”

    Recently, I’ve been going through the available research on Certificate-of-Need (CON) laws and their effects. CON laws are most often associated with attempting to restrict the supply of health care in order to control costs by reducing the amount of duplicate and unused services. In order to be…
    Jordan Roberts, September 24, 2018
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    New York Town Seeks To Close The Door To New Restaurants

    It’s always fascinating when policymakers declare that you and I don’t “want” or “need” any more choices. Rather than allow marketplace competition to decide what we “want” or “need,” they think they know best. It’s happening in a New York town, which is considering banning new restaurants, as Baylen Linnekin…
    Donna Martinez, June 5, 2018
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    Banning Payments For Blood Plasma Donations? Canadian Provinces are Doing It.

    An interesting ethical and economic debate is playing out in Canada, where some provinces are banning — or seeking to ban — paid donations for blood plasma, as this piece at reason.com explores. Given this shortage, why are some Canadian ethicists, physicians, and legislators opposed to paying for plasma…
    Donna Martinez, January 25, 2018
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    Research: More Occupational Licensing = Less Interstate Migration

    Thanks to JLF board member Ted Hicks for pointing us Bloomberg, which summarizes a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research about the impact of forcing people to apply for and obtain a state license before they can earn a living in their chosen field and/or with…
    Donna Martinez, December 12, 2017
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    More Government Regulation For Bounce Houses?

    You’ve seen the bounce houses at birthday parties and amusement parks. While many see these as fun for the kids, some states view bounce houses as a safety hazard that should be regulated by the government. From Stateline: The estimated number of injuries on the attractions soared from…
    Donna Martinez, October 31, 2017
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    Carolina Journal: Lawmakers override Cooper’s veto of GenX, plastic bag ban bill

    Carolina Journal’s Dan Way reports on early action in the special legislative session. The General Assembly swiftly and easily voted Wednesday to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of House Bill 56. The package of environmental law amendments diminishes counties’ monopoly on solid waste disposal sites and overturns what…
    Donna Martinez, October 4, 2017
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    109,350 Restrictions Equalling Roughly 8.7 Million Words

    Carolina Journal’s Dan Way reports on new data about North Carolina’s regulatory code that has been analyzed and released by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. North Carolina has so many regulations it would take a dozen 40-hour weeks, reading 300 words per minute, to navigate the state…
    Donna Martinez, October 4, 2017