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Health Care
April 30, 2019
A Modern System for Approving the Cures of the Future
This Policy Brief argues an FTCM approach, by collecting real-world data on the effects of new drugs, would provide more patients with access to potentially life-saving drugs, and it would do so faster and more efficiently than the current FDA system.
Health Care
March 8, 2019
How Extending the AIDS Drug Access Model to Other Diseases Would Save Lives
This Policy Brief will outline the need to speed up treatments and cures for these and other diseases, which is as critical now as the need to facilitate the development and delivery of medications for AIDS/HIV sufferers was three decades ago.
Energy
March 5, 2019
Global Warming Energy Restrictions Threaten U.S. National Security
A review of all risk factors reveals that imposing carbon dioxide restrictions on the U.S. economy would diminish, rather than enhance, American military preparedness.
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Health Care
January 3, 2019
The State Lawmaker’s Case for Legalizing Dental Therapy
This Policy Brief keeps the liberty question front-and-center in the dental therapy debate.
Energy
December 28, 2018
Fallacies of So-Called 'Sustainable' Investments
This paper shows that fiduciaries have a moral obligation—and, in some cases, a legal obligation—to avoid sustainable investment practices.
Taxes
December 23, 2018
Mercatus Center: Amazon HQ2 Is the Only Competition Where the Losers Are Winners
'[C]ities and states are throwing their money away when they court Amazon’s favor through subsidies.''

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Policy Briefs
April 30, 2019
By Edward Hudgins
This Policy Brief argues an FTCM approach, by collecting real-world data on the effects of new drugs, would provide more patients with access to potentially life-saving drugs, and it would do so faster and more efficiently than the current FDA system.
March 8, 2019
By Edward Hudgins
This Policy Brief will outline the need to speed up treatments and cures for these and other diseases, which is as critical now as the need to facilitate the development and delivery of medications for AIDS/HIV sufferers was three decades ago.
March 5, 2019
By James Taylor
A review of all risk factors reveals that imposing carbon dioxide restrictions on the U.S. economy would diminish, rather than enhance, American military preparedness.
January 3, 2019
By Michael Hamilton, Charlie Katebi
This Policy Brief keeps the liberty question front-and-center in the dental therapy debate.
December 28, 2018
By Martin Hutchinson
This paper shows that fiduciaries have a moral obligation—and, in some cases, a legal obligation—to avoid sustainable investment practices.
December 23, 2018
By Michael Farren and Anne Philpot
'[C]ities and states are throwing their money away when they court Amazon’s favor through subsidies.''
December 5, 2018
By Michelle Minton
E-cigarettes are vastly safer than smoking, help smokers quit, and are a net positive for public health. Despite this, public perception of e-cigarette safety has declined, while demands for stricter regulation have intensified.
December 5, 2018
Decades of research by health economists, regulatory economists, and antitrust lawyers shows CON laws fail to achieve their expressed goals, limit supply, and undermine competition.
November 1, 2018
By Guy Bentley
Any policy that harms the exclusive makers of reduced-risk products such as e-cigarettes more than the makers of traditional cigarettes is not in the interests of public health.
October 12, 2018
By Tim Benson, Linnea Lueken
This Policy Brief outlines the basic elements of the fracking process and then refutes the four most widespread fracking myths, providing lawmakers and the public with the research and data they need to make informed decisions about hydraulic fracturing.
October 4, 2018
By James Taylor
The Climate Solutions Caucus (CSC) works hand-in-hand with the leftist Citizens' Climate Lobby. Any scheme to replace affordable conventional energy with expensive wind and solar power would severely punish consumers and the U.S. economy.
September 19, 2018
By Charlie Katebi
In this Policy Brief, Heartland's Charlie Katebi and Lindsay Atkinson from the Idaho Freedom Foundation discuss how Milliman and other consulting firms routinely underestimate the cost of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.
June 20, 2018
By Edward Hudgins
The twenty-first century might well see medical innovations that could rid humanity of crippling and deadly illnesses, extending the healthy lifetimes of all by decades.
June 11, 2018
By Charlie Katebi
In this Policy Brief, Charlie Katebi argues taxpayer spending on health care for Pennsylvania state employees has skyrocketed as a result of wasteful incentives and a lack of price transparency in the state’s health care system.
May 30, 2018
By Joseph Bast, Peter Ferrara
Humankind's historic and ongoing use of fossil fuels has resulted in huge benefits for people, wildlife, and ecosystems. Five of those benefits are documented here.
April 25, 2018
By Tim Benson, Vicki Alger
Students should not have to wait years at a time or become victims of violent crime before their parents are allowed to transfer them to safer schools.
April 13, 2018
By Jay Lehr, Kenneth Haapala, Patrick Moore, Patrick Frank
Although completed too late to submit to the judge, this document stands on its own as a good primer on climate change.
November 20, 2017
By Carl L. Brodt and Alan Bonsteel
All students have unique skills, face unique challenges, and have unique needs. For many students, such needs are not met in standard government school classrooms and settings. These students are often described generally as "at-risk."
October 31, 2017
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State lawmakers weighing whether to apply for a federal amendments convention are often asked, "How do you know an amendments convention is a convention of the states?"
October 12, 2017
By Roger Bezdek
Flooding problems in the Chesapeake Bay region— Maryland and Virginia in particular—are due not to climate-change-induced sea-level rise, but to land subsidence.
October 10, 2017
By James H. Rust, Edward Hudgins
"From the Ashes" could have undone some of the damage caused by Gore’s movies and other recent movies that mislead rather than inform viewers. It is a shame that its producers had a different agenda.
September 20, 2017
By Matthew Glans
States can implement real health care solutions today.
September 18, 2017
By Dennis E. Hedke
Fear of rising sea levels is not a justification for reducing carbon dioxide emissions or adopting policies that would have that effect.
September 11, 2017
By S. Fred Singer
Temperature data in dispute can reverse conclusions about human influence on climate.
July 18, 2017
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As the debt of the United States government continues to mount, efforts to add a balanced budget amendment (BBA) to the U.S. Constitution are gaining steam. But drafting such an amendment is not as easy as it sounds.
June 20, 2017
By Tim Benson
Although the idea has been around since the 1990s, education savings accounts (ESAs) are attracting increasing interest among school choice advocates and legislators who want every child to have a quality education.
March 9, 2017
By Peter Ferrara, Lewis Uhler
This paper -- the tenth and final in the Roadmap series -- describes efforts to define the optimal size of government, and policies that can get us there.
February 22, 2017
By Peter Ferrara, Lewis Uhler
This paper -- the ninth in the Roadmap series -- describes the importance of U.S. military readiness and three priorities for the new administration.
February 20, 2017
By Dr. Brad Rodu, Matthew Glans, Lindsey Stroud
Policymakers should be mindful of the extensive research that supports tobacco harm reduction and understand that bans, excessive regulations, or high taxes on e-cigarettes could encourage smokers to stay with more-harmful traditional cigarettes.
January 25, 2017
By Peter Ferrara, Lewis Uhler
This Roadmap paper describes how personal savings and investment accounts could entirely eliminate the unfunded liabilities of Social Security – and eventually Medicare.
January 13, 2017
By Michael Hamilton, Bette Grande, John Davidson
A joint publication of The Heartland Institute and Texas Public Policy Foundation, this Policy Brief makes a case for the licensing of dental therapists in North Dakota to improve access to basic and preventative oral care.
January 12, 2017
By Peter Ferrara, Lewis Uhler
This Roadmap paper describes how choice and competition in education can improve student achievement and boost economic growth.
December 21, 2016
By Peter Ferrara, Lewis Uhler
The reforms outlined here would win the War on Poverty, end the poverty trap, and free the nation’s poor to become productive citizens and raise children prepared for better lives than their parents had.
December 14, 2016
By Peter Ferrara, Lewis Uhler
This paper -- the fifth in the Roadmap series -- describes the key role energy deregulation will play in launching an economic boom in the United States.
December 14, 2016
By Peter Ferrara, Ralph Benko
This paper -- the fourth in the Roadmap series -- lays out how the gold standard made America great … and why it is essential to making America great again.
December 8, 2016
By Dan Pilla
Dan Pilla – the author of 14 books and one of the nation’s leading experts on taxpayer rights and the Internal Revenue Service – unpacks the tax reform plan unveiled on the campaign trail by President-elect Donald Trump.
December 5, 2016
By Peter Ferrara, Lewis Uhler
The Roadmap for the 21st Century Project is a collaboration of free-market experts nationwide reflecting their views on the major public policy choices facing the nation, particularly those affecting economic growth and prosperity.
December 5, 2016
By Peter Ferrara, Lewis Uhler
In other words, the economic policies adopted during the Obama years produced a sustained slower rate of economic growth that fundamentally transformed America into a nation on the path to becoming a third world country.
December 5, 2016
By Peter Ferrara, Lewis Uhler
This Obamacare replacement plan would make good on the failed promises of Obamacare, assuring health care for all – with no employer mandate, no individual mandate, and trillions of dollars in reduced taxes, regulatory burdens, and federal spending.
September 23, 2016
By Barry Poulson, John Merrifield
The authors propose a new fiscal rule for the United States, a deficit/debt brake, that would impose a stringent limit on government expenditures in the United States.