What if the solution to Washington… wasn’t in Washington? The 50 states could be America’s secret weapon against an ever-expanding federal government. States can amend the constitution to demand fiscal responsibility in Washington, can request that federal regulation comply with local ordinances, and can form interstate compacts to better protect constitutional rights. The Goldwater Institute is providing a roadmap for states to reassert their power under the Tenth Amendment.
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The Plan to Fund Medicaid Expansion Rests on Shaky GroundPosted on March 29, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Christina Corieri
There are many reasons for Arizona to reject the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, but one reason which has not gotten the attention it deserves is the increasing possibility that the provider tax being proposed to fund the expansion may be reduced or phased out, leaving Arizona with a bill we cannot afford.
Ten Reasons to Decline Medicaid Expansion in ArizonaPosted on March 22, 2013 | Type: Article | Author: Christina Corieri
Oral Arguments or a Way Station to the Supreme Court?Posted on March 10, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias
The Montana Firearms Freedom Act came under fire before the Ninth Circuit this past Monday. Appellants Gary Marbut, the Montana Shooting Sports Association, and their attorney Quentin Rhoades advanced the unusual strategy of declaring they should lose under current Supreme Court precedent. Victory for them would consist of nothing short of overturning the decades-old case law underpinning the federal firearms regulatory regime that conflicts with the Montana Firearms Freedom Act’s declaration that firearms may be freely manufactured and sold within the state primarily from components that originate from the state. They wanted to force a loss in the Ninth Circuit so that they would be able to petition the Supreme Court for certiorari to reconsider and overturn its expansive post-New Deal Commerce Clause precedent, including Gonzales vs. Raich and the infamous Wickard vs. Filburn.
Why Does Health Care Cost So Much?Posted on February 28, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach
A recent article in Time magazine by Steven Brill documents the enormously high prices we pay in this country for health care, including the markups and significant profits of “nonprofit” hospitals. For example, M.D. Anderson marked up an anti-cancer drug some 400 percent. Stamford Hospital billed an individual $8,000 for a test that Medicare would have reimbursed at $600. Blood tests are often marked up by more than 1,000 percent over verifiable costs. Brill’s article is 28 pages long and includes dozens of examples.
Compact for America Strikes the Right Balance on War FinancingPosted on February 12, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias
While not perfect, state legislatures are closer to the American people and less likely to be driven by a narrow agenda to abuse the power to incur debt—or to instigate unjustifiable wars. For this reason, HB2328 rightly puts state legislatures in the position of determining the legitimacy of any request to lift the federal debt limit.