Marc Thiessen

Alex Azar, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), has made price transparency for medical services one of his top priorities. It's an important goal because meaningful price information is essential for a functioning marketplace. Price transparency does not exist today because medical care isn't bought and sold in a typical market. Because hospitals and physicians get so little of their revenue directly from consumers, they have no need to compete on price, and thus no need to make meaningful prices publicly available. Patients paid directly for only 11 percent of the services provided to them in 2016. Most of [...]
Fri, May 25, 2018
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One of the substantial challenges in curtailing North Korea's nuclear program is preventing Chinese companies from doing business with their pals in Pyongyang. Usually, Chinese companies in North Korea operate through networks of shell companies to avoid falling afoul of US and international sanctions. And most of these companies are small in scope and can easily rebrand themselves if caught. Enter Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment (ZTE), not a small, expendable subsidiary, but instead a large PRC state-owned enterprise (SOE) with over 74,000 employees. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with China's President Xi Jinping, in Dalian, China in this undated photo [...]
Fri, May 25, 2018
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This week on Banter, Yossi Klein Halevi joined the show to discuss his new book, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, which explores the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through Israeli eyes. In a series of letters, he outlines the difficult choices that both Israelis and Palestinians must face if there is ever to be a chance of lasting peace in the region. Halevi is an American-born journalist and senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. His other books include At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land and [...]
Thu, May 24, 2018
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In any “trade war,” the most important thing to remember is the limit of the martial metaphor. When a foreign company sells Americans something they choose to buy, it is not an act of aggression. Trade negotiations aren't a zero-sum game in which one country wins and the other has to lose. The point is being forgotten right now, and not just by protectionists. Practically everyone is saying that President Donald Trump is losing, surrendering, caving or capitulating to China. But “losing” may be a victory for the American economy, given some of the alternative outcomes. Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands [...]
Thu, May 24, 2018
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Democracy has steadily expanded throughout the Middle East and Africa for the past thirty years. Or has it? The answer depends on how one defines democracy. Elections have undoubtedly spread around the world for the last thirty years. Whether this has led to an expansion of democracy, though, is another question. Political scientists Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas point out a paradox in the opening line of their book “How to Rig an Election“: “There are more elections than ever before, and yet the world is becoming less democratic.” But again, how does one define democracy? Scholars' definitions of democracy typically fall [...]
Thu, May 24, 2018
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AEI's Frederick Hess discusses how his recent study found that mainstream media was more favorable to education proposals by the Democrat-led government in 2009, than the Republican-led government in 2017. [...]
Thu, May 24, 2018
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North Korea, the world's nuclear-armed auto dealership from hell, is turning up the high-pressure sales tactics. After months of charm that had secured Kim Jong Un a summit with President Trump in Singapore next month, Mr. Kim has now pivoted without warning. Pyongyang canceled meetings with South Korea, complaining of military exercises with the U.S., which Washington promptly called off at Seoul's request. North Korea is also threatening to scrap the Singapore parley unless denuclearization is taken off the agenda. There's no need for Kremlinology here. These are standard North Korean shakedown techniques, honed to perfection by three generations of regime [...]
Wed, May 23, 2018
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U.S.-Venezuela relations – already at a low point – worsened Tuesday when President Nicolas Maduro ordered the top two U.S. diplomats to leave Venezuela following his fraudulent re-election Sunday. Maduro expelled U.S. Charge D'affaires Todd Robinson and his deputy, Brian Naranjo, after accusing them of trying to sabotage the presidential election and conspiring against his government. The U.S. officials were given 48 hours to leave Venezuela. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert called the charges against the two American diplomats “false allegations.” Maduro's socialist regime forfeited any remaining shred of legitimacy by staging the farcical election in open defiance of an opposition boycott [...]
Wed, May 23, 2018
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Download the PDF Chairman Arrington, Ranking Member O'Rourke, and distinguished members of this subcommittee: Thank you for the opportunity to appear here today, as you consider tangible measures to uplift our nation's veterans in their transition from war to work and successful civilian lives. It is an honor. Veterans are the unacknowledged permanent ambassadors of national service. How we publicly portray veterans directly relates to how society conceptualizes military service, including what happens to an individual during that service. In an all-volunteer force, reputation is key to the attractiveness of joining a profession that can end in death or permanent disability. To encourage young [...]
Wed, May 23, 2018
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In a new AEI Economic Perspectives paper, Jason DeBacker and Roy Kasher of the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina explore how the new tax law has changed the tax treatment of investment. In general, both effective marginal and average tax rates have come down, though debt-financed investment is now treated less favorably than it was under the old regime. Average rates are important here, among other reasons, because of how they affect locational decisions; a big selling point of the rate reductions is precisely to draw firms and investment toward the United States. Read all [...]
Wed, May 23, 2018
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