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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
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 (1924 - 2020)
Temperature data in dispute can reverse conclusions about human influence on climate.
July 18, 2017
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 Matthew Glans, Heartland Staff
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
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.
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.
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.
September 6, 2016
By John Dale Dunn
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has been conducting experiments banned by international and domestic law exposing people to air pollution the EPA claims to be toxic or lethal.
August 17, 2016
In June 2016 the Assembly of State Legislatures (ASL) issued its “Rules for an Article V Convention for Proposing Amendment(s).” The document is a recommended set of rules for a future amendments convention under Article V of the U.S. Constitution.
August 1, 2016
By Peter Ferrara
Nearly nine years ago, in December 2007, the United States fell into a recession from which most Americans think it has yet to recover.
May 5, 2016
By Tim Benson, Lennie Jarratt
The Heartland Policy Brief examines why teachers are threatening to strike, the history of teacher strikes in Illinois, and the performance and financial challenges faced by students, their parents, and the taxpayers of Illinois.
March 25, 2016
By Joseph Bast, Joy Pullmann
The coerced adoption of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by 46 states across the United States, often without public input, has generated tremendous controversy, concern, and efforts to repeal the standards.
November 17, 2015
By John Nothdurft, Matthew Glans, Joseph Bast, Lennie Jarratt, H. Sterling Burnett, Isaac Orr
This booklet explores solutions to the top public policy issues facing the states in 2016 and beyond in the areas of budget and tax, education, energy and environment, health care, and constitutional reform.
November 16, 2015
By David Guldenschuh
This Heartland Policy Brief is a comprehensive overview of the most consequential social movement occurring in the United States today: the Article V movement.
August 1, 2015
By James Taylor
It's not unusual for the environmental Left to make false assertions to attract media attention and raise money. But a recent mailer from the Environmental Defense Fund “may have set a new low,” writes Heartland Institute Senior Fellow James M.
May 26, 2015
By James Taylor, Taylor Smith
Exelon claims three of its Illinois nuclear power plants are uneconomical and has asked the Illinois legislature to allow it to force ratepayers to pay more to keep them operating. The authors of a new Heartland Policy Brief say that would be a mistake.
February 17, 2015
By Richard J. Trzupek
In October 2014, Environmental Health published a study purporting to show fracking operations for oil and gas production cause dangerous air quality issues.
February 10, 2015
By Steven Titch
Patent abuse is harming the U.S. economy. It interferes with market competition, stymies entrepreneurs and innovators, and ultimately costs consumers in higher prices and decreased availability of products and features.
February 5, 2015
By Taylor Smith
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January 14, 2015
The history of futures contracts reveals their important economic role and impressive social benefits. The Crimean War of the 1850s and the U.S.
December 1, 2014
By Peter Ferrara
Promising “Voters will wildly and widely applaud replacing Obamacare with patient power,” Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Peter Ferrara describes in a new Policy Brief the steps needed to do just that.
October 6, 2014
By Peter Ferrara
Medicaid is a massive federal-state entitlement program desperately in need of reform. Its mission is to provide health care to the poorest of the nation’s poor ...
October 1, 2014
Revised Statement: Replacing Common Core: Choices and TradoffsIntroduction The set of standards and assessments for K-12 education called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) has already fallen short of expectations.
September 19, 2014
By Russell Cook
For about two decades we’ve been told the science behind human-caused global warming is settled, and to ignore skeptic scientists because they’ve been paid by industry to manufacture doubt about the issue.
May 5, 2014
By Peter Ferrara
The remarkable success of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 – better known simply as “welfare reform” – is well known. Poverty among female-headed households fell by one-third, meaning nearly 4.
March 21, 2014
By Thomas B. Hayward, Edward S. Briggs, Donald K. Forbes
Global warming alarmism threatens U.S. national power and national security, say Admiral Thomas B. Hayward, Vice Admiral Edward S. Briggs, and Captain Donald K. Forbes.
February 12, 2014
By Peter Ferrara
Of all the entitlement programs in the U.S. requiring reform, Medicare – the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older – presents the most difficult problem of all.
November 28, 2013
By Joseph Bast
In a November 2013 Heartland Institute Policy Brief, Heartland President Joseph Bast examines an American Meteorological Survey of its members which found only 39.5% of those who responded say they believe man-made global warming is dangerous.