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Health Care
April 12, 2021
The American Health Care Plan
The purpose of this paper is to provide Americans with a pro-liberty, conservative proposal to fix the U.S. health insurance system, lower health care costs, and create universal or near-universal access to health care services.
Government & Politics
November 17, 2020
Policy Brief: Socialist Watch 2020: An Analysis of Candidates Endorsed by Far-Left Organizations
The list included below in this Policy Brief shows the election victories and losses for socialist and far-left progressive candidates running for office during the 2020 general election.
Climate Change
November 16, 2020
Policy Brief: No, Climate Change Is Not 'Straining Budgets' in Colorado Towns
The claim that climate change is causing strains on local government budgets as a result of increasing drought, wildfires, and avalanches is thoroughly debunked by objective scientific facts, as this Policy Brief clearly shows.
More News
October 23, 2020
Policy Brief: Managing Ethylene Oxide: An Air Quality Professional's Perspective
Ethylene oxide is produced at petrochemical facilities, but is also regularly found in natural, biological systems, such as the human body. It is also commonly found in ambient air throughout industrial, residential, and rural areas.
May 13, 2020
Policy Brief: How to Fix America's Crumbling Infrastructure: Lessons from Australia
Policymakers and analysts generally agree that much work and many reforms are needed to repair, improve, and enhance infrastructure in America. But how, exactly, should these goals be achieved?
April 10, 2020
Policy Brief: How the Green New Deal's Renewable Energy Mining Would Harm Humans and the Environment
As this paper shows, expanding mining on the scale needed to meet the renewable energy requirements contained in the Green New Deal and other proposed renewable energy mandates would cause unimaginable harm to the environment, wildlife, and humans.

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Policy Briefs
October 16, 2013
By Craig Idso, Robert M. Carter (1942-2016), S. Fred Singer (1924 - 2020), Willie Soon
The Summary for Policymakers released in September by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is filled with concessions that its past predictions were too extreme and misleading and unscientific language, according to a team of
August 1, 2013
By Steven Titch
Cybercrime and cyberattacks are genuine threats, with reports of data breaches, hacks, or thefts appearing regularly in the news.
June 14, 2013
By Peter Ferrara
This essay is the third of a series of Heartland Policy Briefs by the author on entitlement reform. The baby boom generation already has begun to retire on Social Security and Medicare.
March 11, 2013
By Peter Ferrara
This essay is the second of a series of Heartland Policy Briefs by the author on entitlement reform.Today’s stagnant economy is both unnecessary and, well, un-American. The U.S. economy sustained a real rate of annual economic growth of 3.
March 8, 2013
By Joseph Bast
This Policy Brief summarizes past research and presents new analysis showing how a proposal called the Taxpayer Savings Grant Program (TSGP) would enable the state of Texas to comply with its constitutional mandate to “establish and make suitable
January 22, 2013
By Joy Pullmann
Common Core State Standards for K-12 schools were adopted without debate by every state but Alaska, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia in 2010, part of the price of getting federal dollars under the Obama administration’s “Race to the Top” program.
January 4, 2013
By Jay Lehr
A new report written by one of the nation’s leading authorities on groundwater hydrology and nuclear energy says uranium mining in Virginia can take place safely and with minimal environmental impact.
December 13, 2012
By Peter Ferrara
This essay is the first of a series of Heartland Policy Briefs that addresses entitlement reform. In this document he writes that, Soon after World War II, U.S.
December 11, 2012
By Maureen Martin (1947 - 2013)
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s Act 10 is working.
November 28, 2012
By Randal O'Toole
Plans to build streetcar lines in San Antonio are based on several critical fallacies, including claims that streetcars are superior to buses in their ability to attract riders and that streetcars promote economic development.
November 21, 2012
By James Taylor, Taylor Smith
A new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), titled Too Late for Two Degrees?
November 1, 2012
By Joseph Bast, Joy Pullmann
Sometimes, it seems as though the debate over school reform takes place in an alternate universe where time passes but nothing really changes.
October 18, 2012
By Jill C. Thrift, Ph.D.
On November 6, San Antonio voters will decide whether to increase their sales tax by 1/8th cent to generate $280 million over a period of eight years. Revenue from the tax increase would fund a new city educational corporation.
October 2, 2012
By Jeff Judson
On November 6, voters in San Antonio, Texas will vote on whether the city should own and operate a network of early childhood education centers. The initiative is controversial, and rightly so.
September 21, 2012
By Peter Ferrara
By selecting House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his running mate, Republican candidate Mitt Romney reframed the 2012 presidential election as a contest between Ryan’s 2013 proposed budget, which was adopted by the entire Republican
August 8, 2012
By Dan Pilla
In this Heartland policy brief, Dan Pilla asserts that unless there is a substantial change in leadership in Washington in the next election, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will go into effect as planned. The U.S.
July 12, 2012
By Eli Lehrer
For insurers, the most salient fact about tobacco use can be summarized simply: overwhelming scientificevidence indicates that all widely used forms of tobacco harm human health.
May 22, 2012
By Maureen Martin (1947 - 2013)
Wisconsin Act 10, Gov. Scott Walker’s landmark budget and unionization reform bill, has allowed school districts across the state to balance budgets without teacher layoffs, according to a new report from The Heartland Institute.
March 16, 2012
By Jerome Arnett Jr., MD
On December 12, 2009, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), a subdivision of the California Environmental Protection Agency, published its final rule to reduce diesel exhaust emissions in the state, the “Goods Movement Emission Reduction Plan”
March 12, 2012
By John Nothdurft
IntroductionThe economic recession that began in 2007 exposed and aggravated a government fiscal crisis that had been brewing for many years at the national, state, and municipal levels of the U.S.
February 27, 2012
By Joseph Bast
The Heartland Institute, a free-market think tank whose researchers have questioned government subsidies to sports stadiums since the mid 1980s, has released a new Policy Brief proposing fan ownership of teams as a solution to “sports stadium madness.
February 1, 2012
Texas’s franchise tax—better known as the “margins tax”—does not work as advertised. The tax has not achieved any of the goals its creators set out for it.
November 29, 2011
The Heartland Institute is a research and educational organization devoted to discovering, developing, and promoting free-market solutions to social and economic problems.
November 17, 2011
In February 2008, Pennsylvania resident Corey Middleton called the police and his insurance company to report a serious problem. Someone, he said, had stolen his car from a street parking space in Philadelphia.
October 31, 2011
The Ohio legislature is considering H.B. 39, a bill to regulate the operation and accreditation of proprietary colleges and postsecondary institutions in the state of Ohio, introduced on January 20, 2011 by state Rep. Clayton R. Luckie (D-Dayton).
October 18, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
INTRODUCTIONConceived in 2009 by liberal activists in Los Angeles as a way to work around school boards hostile to reform, California’s landmark parent empowerment law, also known as the Parent Trigger, was passed quickly by the state legislature in
July 25, 2011
By Eli Lehrer
Tobacco use poses well-known health risks. Smokers, on average, die earlier than nonsmokers. Estimates of lost life expectancy range from two or three years to 14 years; most researchers agree on six to eight years.
July 7, 2011
By Joseph Bast
Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast writes a 2011 paper examining the common sound bites surrounding the idea that there is a scientific "consensus" surrounding the idea that humans are the primary cause of catastrophic climate change.
July 1, 2011
By S. Fred Singer (1924 - 2020)
Addressing the disparity between climate models and observations: Testing the hypothesis of anthropogenic global warming (AGW)
June 7, 2011
By Joseph Bast
CLICK BELOW FOR FULL-TEXT PDFThe Indiana School Scholarship Act (ISSA), signed into law by Gov.
June 7, 2011
By Joseph Bast
Texas Representative Sid Miller introduced HB 33, the Taxpayers’ Savings Grant (TSG) program, at the start of the legislature’s 2011 Special Session. The Texas Legislative Budget Board (LBB) released its fiscal note on the bill on June 6.
June 1, 2011
By Scott Richardson and Eli Lehrer
In the aftermath of a hurricane landfall, there often isn’t enough data or experience relating to the losses to make known for certain whether a given loss resulted from wind or water.
April 20, 2011
By Benjamin Domenech
State policymakers face a complex task as they decide whether to implement President Barack Obama’s health care law.
April 1, 2011
By Joseph Bast
The Taxpayers’ Savings Grant Program (TSGP) is a very concise piece of legislation, apparently intended to address the state’s looming biannual budget deficit by reducing enrollment and associated costs in he state’s public K-12 schools at a time of
April 1, 2011
By Joseph Bast, Herbert J. Walberg
Teacher unions often lead the opposition to legislation that would expand the ability of parents to choose the schools – whether public or private – their children attend.
March 9, 2011
By Eli Lehrer
This report reviews four major problems with Texas’s insurance environment and proposes four categories of action that elected leaders should take in order to remedy them.
February 4, 2011
By Eli Lehrer
The 2011 session of the Florida Legislature will convene in the midst of state budget worries, a lingering real estate crisis, and a still-sluggish national economy.
January 20, 2011
What is reinsurance? Why is it important in Florida? Reinsurance is insurance for insurance companies. Almost all insurance companies reinsure at least some of their risk. The reasons for purchasing reinsurance vary.
October 8, 2010
By Alan B. Smith and Eli Lehrer
The use of alternative automobile parts – aftermarket parts made by firms other than automobile companies or recycled parts taken from damaged vehicles or vehicles that have reached the end of their useful lives – offers benefits to consumers
September 25, 2010
By Joseph Bast
In a September 2010 Heartland Institute Policy Brief, Heartland President Joseph Bast examines an international survey of climate scientists conducted by German scientists Dennis Bray and Hans von Storch, and finds scientific opinion to be deeply divided.