Murder rates have dropped despite gun ownership

Murder rates have dropped despite gun ownership

From ProRev There is a paradox when it comes to guns in America. In states like California, gun ownership has doubled in the last 15 years while murder rates dropped substantially in that time. Today, almost one in three US adults owns at least one gun, and owners are more likely to be white married men […]

Medicare Advantage Plans and “upcoding”

Medicare Advantage Plans and “upcoding”

From NCPA In the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) option most reimbursement is independent of recorded diagnoses. Under Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, which use a private insurer, payments are assessed by diagnosis of the enrollee. This incentivizes intense coding depending on the plans\’ ability to influence the providers that assign diagnosis codes. The diagnoses used to determine […]

Student sues college after gun rights sign needed ‘special permission’

Student sues college after gun rights sign needed ‘special permission’

By Mary Lou Byrd / Washington Free Beacon A student at a Texas college filed a lawsuit Wednesday claiming administrators shut down her free speech event that included a gun rights sign, telling her she needed “special permission” and that it was unclear if she could advocate for gun rights on campus. Nicole Sanders filed […]

Obamacare failed to provide individuals with access to affordable care

Obamacare failed to provide individuals with access to affordable care

From NCPA  One primary goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to expand access to affordable health care. In order to pay for the subsidies that have facilitated the expansion of health insurance coverage, many recipients of federal funds were forced to accept payment reductions. Hospitals were faced with cuts of $260 billion over […]

How much is your college really worth?

How much is your college really worth?

By George Leef / FEE Is it possible to calculate how much value a college adds? According to a new report by Jonathan Rothwell and Siddharth Kulkarni of the Brookings Institution, yes. “Drawing on a variety of government and private data sources, this report presents a provisional analysis of college value-added with respect to the […]

Economics of recycling in Houston

Economics of recycling in Houston

From NCPA Waste Management, a company started in Houston, Texas now serves more than 20 million customers around the United States and Canada, started its business with commodity prices at an all-time-high and made contracts with municipal governments based on a deal that required a commodity price floor of $65 a ton. However, when the […]

C.J. Miles: Social Security Matters

C.J. Miles: Social Security Matters

By C.J. Miles / AMAC’s Certified Social Security Advisor   QUESTION: I have been dating a younger man for a couple of years now (I’m 65 and he’s 59).  We’ve been talking about getting married.  Since I had a very small Social Security benefit on my own record, I’ve been collecting a spousal benefit off […]

Eugene City Council, Uber, clash over new ridesharing regulations

Eugene City Council, Uber, clash over new ridesharing regulations

By Tony Corvo / Heartland Institute Uber, a peer-to-peer transportation company connecting people seeking rides with drivers, is suspending operations in the city of Eugene, Oregon after the town’s city council placed new regulations on the ridesharing company’s operations. After Uber began operations in Eugene in 2014, elected officials passed new laws requiring Uber drivers […]

Optimism over the direction America’s headed keeps going down, down, down

Optimism over the direction America’s headed keeps going down, down, down

By Ben Bullard / Personal Liberty Digest Every month, we see a poll that reflects how Americans view their country’s future. And just about every month, the view gets dimmer and dimmer. Gallup just released its latest monthly poll on the topic, and it reveals a steady erosion in Americans’ optimism over the direction they […]

Federal court: Cops can’t slap cuffs on peaceful gun owners

Federal court: Cops can’t slap cuffs on peaceful gun owners

By Evan Bernick / FEE Every part of Shawn Northrup’s midsummer evening walk with his wife, daughter, grandson, and dog was legal — including the holstered handgun he openly carried on his hip. But that was not enough to keep Northrup from being disarmed, handcuffed, and threatened with arrest by a police officer. Fortunately, the […]