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By and / 10.31.2019

Americans are drowning in debt, both privately and collectively. Last summer, the national debt topped $22 trillion. On the private side, total U.S. household debt hit $13.6 trillion in 2019 – driven by higher student loan, credit card, mortgage, and auto loan debt. 

By / 9.29.2019

This post begins our series on “The Next Ten Million Jobs.”  Based on our analysis of the latest BLS employment projections, the U.S. economy will produce roughly 10 million jobs between now and 2030. The question is what kind of jobs will they be; how can Americans prepare for emerging new occupations; and what can […]

By / 8.21.2019

A new report from the Congressional Budget Office projects federal budget deficits between 2019 and 2029 to be $872 billion higher than was projected just three months ago. As a result, Donald Trump will be forced to campaign for re-election next year with his government running a trillion-dollar deficit. Democrats should hold the “king of debt” accountable […]

By / 8.2.2019

While the left and center-left have been debating the wisdom of abolishing private insurance, another critical policy issue has not gotten much attention: The Medicare-for-all bill currently in question would create a single-payer health care system based on fee-for-service, disregarding the financial and outcome-based successes of Accountable Care Organizations, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid […]

By / 8.1.2019

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Cigarette smoking by Americans declined steadily from the mid-1960s to around 2005, when this progress began to slow. From 2013 to 2017, however, cigarette smoking rates fell sharply, during a period in which the use of electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes increased sharply. This study examines the connection between these two developments and the […]

By / 7.25.2019

In the first half of 2019, the consumer price index for prescription drugs fell by 0.8% compared to the first half of 2018.  That’s the first year-over-year decline in prescription drug prices since the mid-1970s, according to BLS data. Looking at five-year inflation rates,  the consumer price index for prescription drugs rose at a 2.7% […]

The Progressive Policy Institute’s Health Care 2020 panel relayed the overwhelming opinion that the American health care system is broken and in desperate need of reform.  Americans need health care reform to achieve timely access to effective, affordable, and quality medical care. The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) hosted a panel discussion on Wednesday, July 24th […]

By / 6.7.2019

Here’s a question that progressives should be asking themselves: How can we encourage the development of innovative and effective treatments like Zolgensma? Just approved by the FDA, Zolgensma is a powerful new treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), which is the leading genetic cause of death in infants and toddlers. Roughly one out of every […]

By / 5.7.2019

Last week the Trump administration announced that it would give health care workers greater leeway to refuse, on religious grounds, to provide services that enable birth control use, abortion, sterilization, or assisted suicide. Specifically, the rule bars employers from requiring their employees to participate in delivering health care services they believe their religion proscribes. Such […]

By / 4.30.2019

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should be complimented for following a data-based approach to innovation and clearing the sale of heat sticks. These are new electrically heated tobacco systems that slowly heat tobacco, rather than burning it, with much fewer harmful chemical byproducts. The agency took almost two years to rigorously analyze the health […]