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The Trump Administration’s Stealth Reformation of the ACA and Its Application to the Next Maine Governor (Adam Cote)

In a May 2017 op-ed to the Portland Press Herald I outlined a bipartisan path to healthcare reform: expand coverage to the 29 million uninsured while deregulating the non-group health insurance market, letting "the government fund it, and the free market run it." This recommendation was based on the principle that the proper role of ...

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2018: The Year of Trade – Part 2

2018 continues to shape up as the "year of trade," with the Trump Administration set to open the year with aggressive action against China and other free trade free riders. Per usual, the mere questioning of America's trade agreements elicits screams of American global economic and free trade retrenchment, but with the most jobs/growth/business-friendly administration's ...

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KellyAnne Conway on the 2018 Midterms

Midterm elections are almost always bad for the party in power, with I believe 30 House seats lost on average. 2018 is likely to be no different, particularly with a large anti-Trump undertow. However, unlike the 2010 Tea Party massacre in the wake of extreme federal overreach by the Obama Administration, the current form of ...

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President Trump and the “Forgotten Man”

A couple of days ago President Trump said via Twitter that his "insider polls are strong." I said to my family that I would bet that expert pollster and senior adviser to the POTUS, KellyAnne Conway, knows precisely how Trump's seemingly odious policies are playing across "Blue Wall" and battleground states. (I have now long ...

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The Wall Street Journal: Mr. Trump’s Trade War

This week's "Saturday Essay" by Douglas Irwin of The WSJ captures well the thrust of President Trump's trade policy: "The president is right to emphasize reciprocity. His mistake is to focus on the balance of trade with individual countries rather than on the rules of market access." In my on-going trade policy self-study, this is one of ...

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Martin Wolf on Income Inequality

Folks really, really need to be aware of highly intelligent partisan actors wielding data. Case in point is Ben Shapiro, as outlined yesterday - they are very dangerous. Today I want to highlight Martin Wolf of the Financial Times, and his pet hobby: trumpeting the seemingly deleterious effects of income inequality. The title of his recent ...

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The New York Times: Trump’s “Singular Focus”

There was a fascinating article in The New York Times yesterday that made a very clear distinction between the Trump Administration's economic policy worldview and that of both major political parties. It is precisely the distinction I made to family members all the way back in December 2015. The money quote: "In recent decades, the two ...

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