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Time for a New Start on Health Care Reform

% of US Household Income Spent on Health Insurance (from our new book, greatexperiment.org) 

Regardless of the Court's decision, it is time for a New Start on Health Care Reform. As the graphic above shows (from our book, The Great Experiment: The States, the Feds, and Your Healthcare), Americans spend a staggering portion of their household income on health care, and something needs to be done.

But, as we've been arguing all along, the ACA was bad policy. Here's Jim Stergios' statement: “The fact that this decision was made in essence by a single justice highlights the need for real solutions that can gain broad consensus across the country. The Court’s decision today will set off further state and federal conflicts that will likely end up in the courts once again. This is a lose-lose for everyone.” Read the rest of our press release.

In the run-up to and the aftermath of the Supreme Court's decision, Pioneer has been providing commentary in print and on the airwaves. Watch Josh Archambault on Fox Business with Stuart Varney on the politics of ObamaCare. Josh also talked with nationally syndicated radio host Larry Elder last night. Here's an Associated Press story featuring Jim Stergios' reaction. Here's Josh's op-ed in Forbes on why the federal mandate deserved to be rejected. Read Josh's analysis in the Boston Herald on some of the big decisions Massachusetts will need to make.

As we all try to make heads or tails of the Supreme Court’s ruling, one thing this highlights is the urgency of improving American citizens’ understanding of their government and Founding principles. Read Jamie Gass and Charles Chieppo's op-eds here, here, and here for more on the evolving power of the Judiciary, and why we need to prioritize preparing our children to understand the Court's proper role.

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Our Process-lite Legislature

"If we have gotten to the point where we don’t see value in the hearing process, floor debate is strictly limited, roll call votes are rare and much of a legislative session’s work can be done in just a few weeks, why we do we need so many legislators? And why is it a full-time job?” Steve Poftak asks these questions and offers a few common-sense reforms. Read his op-ed in:  

Fall River Herald News:  http://www.heraldnews.com/opin…

MetroWest Daily: http://www.metrowestdailynews….  

New Bedford Standard Times: http://www.southcoasttoday.com…  

Josh Archambault says that on health care, Mass. is ignoring important options that put consumers in charge & control costs: BusinessWest: http://businesswest.com/2012/0…

Pioneer takes the case against the Common Core to Indiana: Jamie Gass recently visited the Hoosier state, where there is a growing grassroots effort to withdraw from what some citizens are calling, "the unconstitutional federal education takeover." Read this recent article:  http://www.southbendtribune.co… http://www.indystar.com/articl…

In the piece, Indiana Schools Chief Tony Bennett accuses "people from outside our state" of fueling the opposition – we like Tony Bennett, he was a keynote at a 2011 education forum we held, but perhaps he needs a reminder that it was people from outside the state – like Gates, Achieve, CCSSO, and through Race to the Top, Arne Duncan – who imposed Common Core in the first place… 

Speaking of Common Core – its biggest backer, the Gates Foundation, is going way over the top in its work on measuring teachers. Here’s education expert (and recent Pioneer event keynote speaker) Jay Greene on their latest project, which he calls a 'bucket of crazy": “Galvanic Skin Response” bracelets to gauge student engagement: http://jaypgreene.com/2012/06/…  

Save the Date: On Tuesday, July 31st, join us for a policy breakfast on the Lawrence Reforms and School Choice, featuring Jeff Riley, Lawrence Superintendent, and a panel of education practitioners and experts. Details to follow. The event marks what would have been the 100th birthday of renowned economist and school choice advocate, Milton Friedman.   

Become a New Leader Today! Pioneer is pleased to announce the Pioneer New Leaders program, a network of individuals in their 20s, 30s, and 40s committed to ensuring that Massachusetts has world-class schools and health care, effective and limited government, and a business climate conducive to innovation and prosperity.   Contact Erin at pioneerinstitute.org for more details.  

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Pioneer Institute is pleased to announce the winner of the 21st annual Better Government Competition (BGC): “Coordinating Medicare and Medicaid to Improve Care,” a proposal to integrate acute and long-term care benefits for those eligible for both programs into a single, comprehensive system managed by the states. The winning entry was submitted by Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute, and Robert Helms, Ph.D., of the American Enterprise Institute. Read the full press release to learn more about the distinguished panel of judges and the runners-up here

We congratulate the winners and all who took the time to submit such excellent proposals.

Josh Archambault talks about some of the shortcomings of the Massachusetts Health Connector in today’s New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06…

Josh’s op-ed last week on Health Care Cost Containment drew responses from some distinguished readers:

Pro: http://www.bostonglobe.com/opi…

Con: http://www.bostonglobe.com/opi…

Read Jim Stergios in yesterday’s Boston Globe on the $11M tax break Boston just gave State Street: “Big companies will come to expect these incentives even when their options for moving elsewhere are limited”:

http://articles.boston.com/201…

With Common Core national education standards and Race to the Top, the Obama administration and its willing accomplices such as Governor Patrick, are saddling us with “the costliest and least productive boondoggle since the LBJ-era Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965,” says Worcester Telegram & Gazette columnist Robert Nemeth. Read it here: http://www.telegram.com/articl…

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Pioneer’s Josh Archambault has been fighting the good fight against the health care payment reform legislation that the House just passed. Here’s a video clip from the very substantive series he released in the run-up to Beacon Hill’s deliberations.

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And for Josh’s series of blogs, click here: http://www.pioneerinstitute.or…

Today’s blog, The Myth of Cost Control Legislation, is a great re-cap of why passing this bill was such a mistake: “Changing 18% of our state economy with little debate, no hard questions, in a few hours, no problem? Was this how we did it for health reform 1.0?”

Read Josh’s op-ed in today’s Boston Globe: “Without patient-centered health plans, Mass. is using the same tired script”

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opi…

And read coverage of the bill and his analysis in the Associated Press: http://www.realclearpolitics.c…

WBUR: http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2…

Boston.com’s White Coat Notes: http://www.boston.com/Boston/w…

Pioneer spends a lot of time promoting school choice – but does the public agree with us? We wanted to find out, so we worked with national pollster David Paleologos to produce a public opinion survey on whether likely Massachusetts voters support more school choice. Find out for yourself:  http://pioneerinstitute.org/pd…

And the press release here: http://pioneerinstitute.org/pd…

For a case study on why we need more school choice, check out Jim Stergios’ blog on Boston’s Madison Park voc-tech high school, where students are absent for a month on average and have GPAs no higher than 2.0.  

http://boston.com/community/bl…

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