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In The Tank (ep147) – Political Divide Getting Wider, Association Health Plans, and Income Tax Rate Caps

July 6, 2018

Donny Kendal, Jim Lakely and Charlie Katebi present episode #147 of the In The Tank Podcast. Today’s podcast features work from The Pacific Research Institute, the Cato Institute, and the Civitas Institute.

Donny Kendal, Jim Lakely and Charlie Katebi present episode #147 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from The Pacific Research Institute, the Cato Institute, and the Civitas Institute.

Donny starts of the show with a discussion about how the political wings of the country are getting further apart. In general, throughout our political experience, when a party comes into power, the other party is dragged toward the center. Today instead, it seems more and more that the parties are running further apart.

Donny then asks Jim about the recent resignation of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Jim lays out the accomplishments of Pruitt and gives insight into what we can expect moving forward.

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The trio then talk about Association Health Plans (AHP). Charlie Katebi explains what benefits to expect from the new AHP rules and how it may help lower the costs of health care plans. Katebi also responses to criticisms of AHPs from Cato scholar Micheal Cannon.
Supplemental items:
Heartland Daily Podcast with Senator Rand Paul
Pacific Research Institute - Trump's AHP Rule Makes Health Care Affordable Again
Cato Institute - Trump's AHPs Rule: A Generally Lousy Idea that Would Reduce Premiums for Some and Make ObamaCare's Cost More Transparent.

The last topic discussed is that of "income tax rate caps." North Carolina, in November, will vote on whether the state should lower the cap on income tax rates in the state. The group talks about this type of limitation and if it could or should be applied on a federal level.
Supplemental item:
Civitas Institute - Why the Lower Tax Cap Amendment is Good for North Carolina

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Donny Kendal is a graphic designer for The Heartland Institute and the host of Heartland's "In the Tank" podcast.
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Jim Lakely is the director of communications and the primary media contact at The Heartland Institute.
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Charlie Katebi is state government relations manager with the Heartland Institute
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