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Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Supreme Court’s Consideration of the Affordable Care Act: Legal Arguments, Policy Implications and Political Repercussions (audio)

Posted in Health Policy

By Cindy Gillespie There was no bigger story in Washington, DC this week than the Supreme Court’s consideration of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But what did the oral arguments really mean? What are the next steps for the justices? And what role will Congress play going forward? To help decipher the chatter, MLA Partner… Continue Reading

The Northern Tiger: What the U.S. Could Learn From Canada

Posted in Budget, Canada-U.S. Relations, Cross-border Investment, Energy Policy, Infrastructure, Transportation

By Colin Robertson Today, the Aspen Institute‘s program on Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century is releasing a timely new study focusing on how Canada has successfully addressed fiscal and competitiveness problems similar to those the U.S. is currently facing. With support from the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) and authored by Jeremy Leonard, the report describes how… Continue Reading

FTC Releases Final Privacy Report: It’s ‘Game On’ Since the EU and White House Weighed in Earlier This Year

Posted in Data Privacy

By Dan Caprio Today, the Federal Trade Commission released its long awaited final privacy report. Entitled, “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers,” the paper contains recommendations from the FTC that Congress “consider enacting general privacy legislation” consistent with the Obama Administration’s call for a consumer privacy… Continue Reading

Weekly Health Policy Update: HHS Exchanges Rules, IPAB Repeal, and MACPAC Report

Posted in Health Policy

By Cindy Gillespie Each week, our Health Policy team recaps recent health care developments in two reports, Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up and Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States. Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up. Click here for our weekly look at regulatory developments affecting health care at the federal and state level. In this week’s edition, the Department of… Continue Reading

Canada, the “Oil Curse,” and a Third Way on the Oil Sands?

Posted in Canada-U.S. Relations, Energy Policy

By Andrew Shaw Last week Alberta Premier Alison Redford referenced the “oil curse” in a speech at the Wilson Center. The “Oil Curse,” or “resource curse,” is a theory that energy-rich countries perform worse economically for a variety of reasons, including a lack of economic diversification, and mismanagement and corruption by government and energy companies…. Continue Reading

Attorneys General Spring Meeting: ‘State-Federal Partnership’ Theme Is the Message

Posted in Attorneys General

By Thurbert Baker The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) convened last week in Washington, DC for its annual Spring Meeting. As a former Attorney General and president of NAAG, I know my fellow AGs really enjoy these gatherings. The informal setting provides a great opportunity to exchange experiences and to learn from one another. Camaraderie,… Continue Reading

Weekly Health Policy Update: Exchange Funding, Text4Baby, and Actuarial Value Guidance

Posted in Health Policy

By Cindy Gillespie Each week, our Health Policy team recaps recent health care developments in two reports, Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up and Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States. Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up. Click here for our weekly look at regulatory developments affecting health care at the federal and state level. In this week’s edition, we focus… Continue Reading

Energy Breakfast Highlights Ideological Divide

Posted in 2012 Elections, Energy Policy

By Andrew Shaw As gasoline prices approach nearly $4/gallon, there is increased attention devoted to energy policy both on the Presidential trail and in Congress. President Obama is arguing that there are no easy answers to high gasoline prices, and he is calling for an “all of the above” strategy that includes increased domestic oil and… Continue Reading