On February 10, 2016, the U.S Chamber of Commerce released its fourth annual IP index, Infinite Possibilities, which reviews and rates intellectual property (IP) rights and protections around the world. In 2012, when the chamber released its first IP index, 11 countries were ranked from best to worst on IP protection.  The U.S. had the […]

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In 1996, Bill Clinton resided in the White House; science produced the first cloned mammal, a sheep named Dolly; folks were dancing the Macarena; and the Simpsons became the longest running prime-time animated series. Unfortunately, not all twenty year flashbacks are as much fun because in 1996, cell phones were the size of a brick […]

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On Thursday, February 4, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing entitled, “Developments in the Prescription Drug Market.”  The entire reason for the hearing was to address the enormous price increases Turing Pharmaceuticals and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International placed on their drugs. Witnesses included Dr. Janet Woodcock, director at the Center for […]

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The pro-solar energy activists have been on full alert since the Nevada State Legislature passed a solar bill last May that failed to raise the net metering cap for rooftop solar customers. Instead, the Legislature gave the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) the regulatory power to levy new fees on net metering customers after […]

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There has not been much news coverage on a January 25, 2016 Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) report: “Budget and Economic Outlook: 2016 to 2026.” The likely reason is the news about the Affordable Care Act is not good.  However, some health policy experts are not shy about telling us what is going on. Brian Blase of […]

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On Friday, January 22, 2016, the Wyoming Joint Appropriations Committee struck out Governor Matt Mead’s budget proposal to expand Medicaid as provided for under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare.  This is good news for those who care about providing quality healthcare to low-income people, protecting taxpayers, and balancing Wyoming’s budget, now […]

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Overshadowed by the excitement of President Obama’s final State of the Union, the Senate considered a procedural motion on S. 2232, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015, on January 12, 2016.  This bill, sponsored by Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), would allow for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to perform a comprehensive audit on the […]

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On January 12, 2016, President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address.  During his address, President Obama cited some of his accomplishments while in office:  the millions of people with healthcare, the increase in jobs and decrease in unemployment, and the great investments in renewable energy across the country.  What President Obama did […]

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Modern Healthcare reported this week that Humana expects to lose 300,000 customers by the end of the year and that it may exit the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges if the market does not turn around for them.  Humana is the fifth largest health insurer in the nation and is the second investor-owned health insurer […]

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On January 29, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) redefined what constitutes minimum standards for broadband access, raising the bar from the original standard of 4 Megabytes per second (Mbps) for download speeds, and 1 Mbps for upload speeds, to 25 Mbps download speeds and 3 Mbps upload speeds. Under the new standard, existing Digital […]

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