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John and Donny continue their weekly exploration of think tanks across the country in episode #62 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 Heartland Institute, the Galen Institute, the Illinois Policy Institute, and MacIver Institute.
Featured Work of the Week
Today’s featured work comes from multiple think tanks across the country. News recently broke about the skyrocketing premiums resulting from the failing Affordable Care Act. A Heartland Institute press release titled “Heartland Institute Experts React to Obamacare Rate Hikes,” offers insights from several health care policy experts.
The Galen Institute, a non-profit public policy organization which focuses on health care policy, published a report titled “Middle-Income Americans Take The Biggest hit With Obamacare.” This report tells how Obamacare is fatally flawed and shows the range of these premium increases – the largest being a 116% increase in Arizona. A Time Magazine article lists the increases by state.
The MacIver Institute‘s article titled “Federal Officials Announce 25 Percent Spike in Obamacare Premiums for 2017,” describes the situation and provides an explanation for the rising costs.
The last piece included in this segment comes from Heartland. An article, included in an upcoming issue of Health Care News titled “HHS Floats Move to Tap Lawsuit Fund to Bail Out Obamacare Insurers,” shows how the Department of Health and Human Services is quietly planning to use taxpayer money to bailout parts of the Affordable Care Act.
In the World of Think Tankery
In light of the Chicago Cubs making it to the World Series for the first time since 1945, Donny and John discuss this historic event. While its been 71 years since the Cubs have made it to the World Series, its been 108 years since they’ve won it all. Donny and John talk about what the world was like back in 1908. Not everyone is celebrating, however.
The Illinois Policy Institute published an article titled “Chicago Politicians Angry Over Losing World Series Ticket Perk,” that explains how Aldermen in the city of Chicago are angry they no longer enjoy the perk of obtaining Cubs tickets at face value.
For a bit of a Halloween treat, Donny and John talk about an article in Time about a survey determining the favorite candy of each state.