CEI Today: Obamacare prompts Moveon.org confession, Big Labor payoff, plus happiness surveys, energy drinks and Net Neutrality in court

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
In the News Today

OBAMACARE & MOVEON.ORG - MYRON EBELL

Openmarket.org: MoveOn admits: “[I]f younger, healthier people don’t participate, then costs will skyrocket and Obamacare will fail.”

MoveOn.org yesterday sent me an appeal asking for $5 to help fund a $250,000 social media campaign supporting ObamaCare targeted to reach young adults. Here’s why they need my five bucks:

 

[R]ight-wing groups have launched a multi-million-dollar campaign to torpedo Obamacare before it even gets started. Their plan: Mislead young people about how the law works so they get scared and don’t enroll. The problem is that it really could work because if younger, healthier people don’t participate, then costs will skyrocket and Obamacare will fail. [Emphasis in original]

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> Interview Myron Ebell

 

 

BIG LABOR - TREY KOVACS

Workplacechoice.org: Big Labor Public Outrage Pays Dividends


In what should not be much of a surprise, the Obama administration is looking to quell labor leaders complaints over Obamacare by offering them taxpayer money.
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> Interview Trey Kovacs


HAPPINESS SURVEYS - BLAKE TAYLOR & IAIN MURRAY

Are “Happiness” Surveys a Farce?

Central planners have latched onto a new approach for pushing paternalistic policies – the happiness index. A new report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute takes a closer look at some of the problems with using happiness indices for political purposes.  > Read more


> Interview Iain Murray

ATTACK ON ENERGY DRINKS - MICHELLE MINTON

The Hill: DC abuzz about energy drinks


America’s politicians and media love a good public panic. And right now they’re having a field day touting the supposed dangers associated with energy drinks.

It’s true that energy drinks can be dangerous if over-consumed, but that’s true of any product. But campaigns against energy drinks pose a far greater danger: taking away individuals’ right to make their own dietary choices.
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> Interview Michelle Minton

 

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Ronald H. Coase
Founding Scholar in Law & Economics, 1910-2013

 

Ronald H. Coase helped create the field of law and economics, through groundbreaking scholarship that earned him the 1991 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics and through his far-reaching influence as a journal editor. > Read more


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Consequences of Net Neutrality

In 2010, the FCC issued regulations to implement net neutrality. The resulting legal challenge is about to hit the D.C. Circuit Court. Vice President for Policy Wayne Crews explains why net neutrality policies would hamper innovation and reduce competition in high-tech infrastructure. > Listen to the podcast

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