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  • Image previewApril 16Medicare Overpays as Hospital Prices Rise

    Changes in the healthcare system are affecting the systems that support access. Mark Pauley is consulted in this analysis by the Wall Street Journal.

  • Image previewApril 16What Now? Replacing Medicare’s Failed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR)

    Congress is working on a deal to eliminate the sustainable growth rate (SGR) that determines Medicare spending increases. What might this historic change mean for doctors, patients and the healthcare system?

  • Image previewApril 14New Rules for Offshore and Natural Gas Drilling

    The Department of Interior Proposed New Rules for Offshore and Natural Gas Drilling; Producer Prices Rose 0.2% in March for the First Increase Since October; Retail Sales Weaker Than Expected. 

  • Image previewApril 8Ending Regulatory Overlap

    Cary Coglianese, a law professor and director of the Penn Program on Regulation at the University of Pennsylvania, wrote an op-ed about Obama’s approach to end overlapping regulation within the efforts of approving the federal budget. “Congress could pass a domestic version of that same idea, a “harmonization statute.” Such a law would let federal agencies work out their areas of regulatory overlap on their own,” he states. (Source: LA Times)

  • Image previewApril 6Monetary Policy Primer

    Here at Wonk Tank, we’ve already run through a primer on fiscal policy – the taxing and spending decisions governments make. Fiscal policy is an important piece of what governments do, but it’s not the only thing. Monetary policy is arguably just as important to the economy, and indeed likely has a more direct effect on tangible policy benchmarks like the unemployment rate. This is Wonk Tank’s monetary policy primer.

  • Image previewApril 1The Future of U.S. Energy: Business and Policy Perspectives

    On March 31st, the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative, in conjunction with the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, hosted an event entitled “The Future of U.S. Energy: Business and Policy Perspectives.” This very lively discussion featured David Crane, President and CEO of NRG Energy, and Benjamin Nussdorf, Senior Regulatory Advisor for the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, speaking on topics ranging from the current state of the energy sector, the trajectory of the power industry, and the role of private companies and government regulators at all levels in combatting climate change.


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