“As health care and prescription drug costs continue to climb and the U.S. population ages, Medicare programs need all the competitive advantages and cost-conscious initiatives they can get. Permitting well-monitored step therapy prescriptions may be a small step, but it’s still a step in the right direction,” writes Rea S. Hederman Jr. in The Hill.
With the start of school comes the onslaught of sales and articles touting back-to-school savings and the popular sales tax holiday. “Back to School Tax Holiday Approaching” and “Ohio Sales Tax Holiday to Provide Families Relief During Back-to-School Shopping,” read the headlines—making it clear that taxes are a real burden on Ohio families.
Guaranteeing high quality health care at a cost that does not break the piggy bank is one of the great challenges confronting policymakers today. Everyone wants access to the best possible health care at the best possible prices. Obamacare was supposed to help. It did not. Now, an even more harmful idea is making the rounds among many politicians, Medicare for All.
Buckeye’s Robert Alt writes in The Columbus Dispatch, “Public-sector workers won the long-overdue right to be respected, irrespective of their individual decisions regarding union membership. And, in a nation founded upon the consent of the governed, the standard of consent adopted by the Supreme Court in Janus finally gives our hardworking public servants the voice and choice they have always deserved.”
The Buckeye Institute’s Robert Alt writes in The Hill saying, “More responsive unions funded by members who affirmatively consent and an abiding respect for First Amendment rights are principles that all Americans can applaud regardless of where they fall on the political spectrum. We are a nation founded upon the principle of the consent of the governed.”
On the very day he was inaugurated, President Trump issued his first executive order directing all federal agencies to cooperate with and “provide greater flexibility to States” as they looked for ways to stop the premium pains of Obamacare. So far, 500 days later, that order has yet to be followed, writes Buckeye's Rea S. Hederman Jr. in The Hill.
First Ohio legislators proposed increasing the handouts for the entertainment industry through the special interest motion picture tax credit. Now, they’re proposing giving away more money for large sporting events. Any guess as to who would be footing that bill? That’s right, you, Ohio taxpayers.
Actions by the federal government have taken health care out of the hands of state officials and centralized it in Washington. The result: families are paying ever higher health insurance premiums for coverage they often do not want or need. This means less money to pay other bills, college tuition, or even buy food.
In The Columbus Dispatch, Buckeye’s Quinn Beeson highlights the importance of occupational licensing reform to women who want to join the cosmetology profession. “In Ohio, an EMT who makes life and death decisions receives less training than a cosmetologist in whose hands you place your hair. This is ridiculous and illustrates why Ohio needs to expand opportunities for women and minorities and remove barriers to employment.”