CEI Today: State pensions ranking, Obamacare lawsuit, and Dodd-Frank at 4

Thursday, July 10, 2014
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CEI Ranks States' Pension Debt and Analyzes the Consequences

Today, many states face budget crunches due to massive pension debts that have accumulated over the past two decades, often in the billions of dollars. The Competitive Enterprise Institute released the first installment of CEI’s new three-part series, The High Cost of Big Labor, which looks at the economic impact of labor policies on U.S. states. > Read more

> Interview Aloysius Hogan


Court Ruling Imminent in Challenge to Obamacare Exchange and Federal Overreach

According to the explicit language in the Affordable Care Act, tax credits for purchasing federally-regulated health insurance on the “Obamacare” exchanges are only supposed to be available "through an Exchange established by the State." But the IRS decided to dole out the tax credits in those states anyway by arguing the federally-created exchange can somehow be “an Exchange established by the State.” Don’t laugh; two liberal trial court judges bought the argument in cases like Halbig v. Sebelius, which is now on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and King v. Sebelius, which is on appeal to the Fourth Circuit. Decisions by those appeals courts are expected any day now. > Read more

> Interview Hans Bader


National Review: Dodd-Frank Is Like Obamacare - it raises premiums by treating insurance companies as banks.

As Dodd-Frank approaches its fourth anniversary, Obama is singing its praises. Yet even to lawmakers from Obama’s own party, this “financial reform” legislation is looking more and more like a destabilizing force — much like the so-called reform of health insurance.
> Read more

> Interview John Berlau

Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes


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