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  • How BCRA 2.0 would impact enrollee costs, according to your age and income

    20 July 2017, by Loren Adler, Paul Ginsburg
    On July 12, we examined how the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA) discussion draft would affect people’s total spending on covered health care services, with the goal of providing a full picture of health care costs for consumers purchasing coverage in the individual market under the (...)
  • Charts of the week: Non-working men, for-profit education, generic drugs

    20 July 2017, by Fred Dews — Post
    Click on the links or on the charts to go to the full research. 23% of non-working prime-age men live in cities While much of the rhetoric in recent elections have focused on rural job loss and unemployment, a report from Alan Berube in the Metropolitan Policy Program shows that cities contain (...)
  • On the inaugural U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue

    20 July 2017, by David Dollar — China
    David Dollar, a senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center, explains the differences between the modern U.S. and Chinese economies and outlines why the Trump administration should exercise caution when blaming trade imbalance on China. (...)
  • The Paris model for city problem-solving

    20 July 2017, by Bruce Katz
    The aftermath to the Trump administration’s recent withdrawal from the Paris agreement revealed some tantalizing possibilities of the new domestic and global order. President Trump's decision to withdraw from Paris was met with newfound confidence from cities, university presidents, business (...)
  • NATO at a crossroads: Next steps for the trans-Atlantic alliance

    20 July 2017 — Europe
    Russia’s conflict with Ukraine stems in part from the Kremlin’s concern that Kyiv is drawing too close to institutions such as the European Union and NATO. Throughout his campaign, President Donald Trump called into question the usefulness of today’s NATO and spoke of building a better (...)
  • Figures of the week: Tourism and structural transformation in Africa

    20 July 2017, by Mariama Sow — Developing Economies
    The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) earlier this month released its Economic Development in Africa Report 2017: Tourism for Transformative and Inclusive Growth. The report analyzes Africa’s tourism sector at the continental, regional, and national levels, and finds (...)
  • Requirement to maintain a “single risk pool” would not contain effects of Cruz’s proposal

    20 July 2017, by Matthew Fiedler — Health Care Policy
    Last Thursday, Senate Republicans unveiled an updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), including a proposal from Senator Ted Cruz that would relax a range of regulations on individual market insurance plans introduced in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While Cruz’s proposal (...)
  • Building better preschools—but for which kids?

    20 July 2017, by Bruce Fuller — Early Childhood Education
    Few policy ideas rival the popularity of spreading preschool about the land. George H. W. Bush created a national child care program in 1990, granting federal support to working-class families not served by Head Start. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hopes to extend free pre-K to all 3- and (...)
  • To keep the FBI headquarters project on track, make an exception to the scoring rules

    20 July 2017, by Dorothy Robyn — The Federal Budget
    Last week, the General Services Administration (GSA) made front-page news when it cancelled its four-and-a-half year plan to exchange the crumbling J. Edgar Hoover Building for a new FBI headquarters in suburban Washington, DC. While regrettable, this decision need not take the process of (...)
  • Modernizing government’s approach to transportation and land use data: Challenges and opportunities

    20 July 2017, by Adie Tomer, Ranjitha Shivaram — Infrastructure
    In the fields of transportation and land use planning, the public sector has long taken the leading role in the collection, analysis, and dissemination of data. Often, public data sets drawn from traveler diaries, surveys, and supply-side transportation maps were the only way to understand how (...)

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