CEI Today: Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, EPA's lost messages, BPA researcher bias, credit card interchange fees, and more

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
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OBAMACARE ARCHITECT JONATHAN GRUBER - SAM KAZMAN

Where in the World is Jonathan Gruber?

 

The government’s opposition to Supreme Court review of [a major legal challenge to Obamacare, King v. Burwell], filed last Friday made the expected no-need-to-rush arguments about why the Court should wait until the D.C. Circuit finished its en banc review of Halbig v. Burwell. But what stands out is what the brief did not do. It did not mention MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, one of Obamacare’s chief architects, at all. Gruber has been cited in every single previous government brief in King, and in the government’s major filings in Halbig. But in this latest document Gruber is gone. > Read more


> Interview Sam Kazman
 

EPA'S LOST TEXTS - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

The Blaze: EPA Says It Can’t Recover Thousands of Texts Wanted in Freedom of Information Lawsuit


“The destruction of records is a criminal offense, a felony, with up to three years, which is why EPA is saying strange things like there is no evidence any records have been destroyed in the cyber-bonfire,” said Chris Horner, attorney and senior fellow for CEI. > Read more

> Interview Christopher Horner


RESEARCHER BIAS ON BPA? - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

BPA Research Funding Linked to Researcher Bias?
 

The number of studies that have appeared in the news during recent years on the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is staggering. Few substances undergo such scrutiny. So why BPA? Congress has poured millions of dollars ($170 million since 2000) into BPA research for what amounts to little more than a witch hunt.> Read more


> Interview Angela Logomasini
 

CREDIT CARD INTERCHANGE FEES - JOHN BERLAU

Interchange Fee Caps Benefit Large Retailers at Consumer Expense

 

Surprise! Price controls lead to unintended consequences—including transfers of wealth to parties who lobbied for those controls.

That’s the actual – and unsurprising – result of the an amendment to the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, sponsored by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) that caps fees charged by banks for payment cards, mainly debit and credit cards. > Read more


> Interview John Berlau

 

 

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