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Health Care in a Free Society: Rebutting the Myths of National Health Insurance

John C. Goodman
January 27, 2005

The realities of national health insurance documented in this paper--waiting lines, rationing, lack of cutting-edge medical technology, restricted access to the latest precription drugs

Robin Hood in Reverse: The Case Against Economic Development Takings

Ilya Somin
February 22, 2005

In this Policy Analysis, the author notes for CATO that the Fifth Amendment and most state constitutions prohibit government from condemning private property except for a “public use.” Traditionall

Implementing Welfare Reform: A State Report Card

Jenifer Zeigler
October 19, 2004

In this Policy analysis, Zeigler contends that in 1996 the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act was signed into law, and the nation waited to see if welfare reform would

Rethinking Electricity Restructuring

Peter Van Doren and Jerry Taylor
November 30, 2004

In this Policy Analysis, the authors write that throughout most of the 20th century the electricity sector in the United States was characterized by balkanized regional and state supply systems wit

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Housing Finance: Why True Privatization Is Good Public Policy

Lawrence J. White
October 7, 2004

In this Policy Analysis, Lawrence White writes that the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) are the two dominant entities

Peer-to-Peer Networking and Digital Rights Management: How Market Tools Can Solve Copyright Problems

Michael A. Einhorn and Bill Rosenblatt
February 17, 2005

In this CATO Policy Analysis, the authors write that the term “peer to peer” (P2P) refers generally to software that enables a computer to locate a content file on another networked device and copy

Who Killed Telecom? Why The Official Story Is Wrong

Lawrence Gasman
February 7, 2005

In this Policy Analysis, Gasman states that in the mid-1990s as it seemed that lawmakers were about to abandon much of the regulatory apparatus that had hampered the telecommunications industry sin

Five Myths of Socialized Medicine

John Goodman
January 1, 2005

In this essay in CATO's Letter, John Goodman writes that in the United States there are about 14 million people—more than a third of the uninsured—who are, in principle, eligible to get free m

When Ignorance Isn't Bliss: How Political Ignorance Threatens Democracy

Ilya Somin
September 22, 2004

In this Policy Analysis, the author writes at CATO that democracy demands an informed electorate. Voters who lack adequate knowledge about politics will find it difficult to control public policy.

Health Care Regulation: A $169 Billion Hidden Tax

Christopher J. Conover
October 4, 2004

In this Policy Analysis, Chris Conover writes that the burden of regulation on the U.S. economy is sizable, with the latest figures suggesting this cost may approach $1 trillion in 2004.

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