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Senior Fellow Benjamin Powell is Interviewed on American Medicine Today Radio on Drug Approvals and the FDA
Recorded: Saturday, December 12, 2015

What is the cost of the long approval process for potentially life-saving drugs by the FDA? The approval process can take up to 12 years and cost $1 billion. But there are other costs. Patients aren’t able to take drugs that aren’t approved and they might die or become more ill. Another cost is that a potential drug maker might not want to take the financial risk of taking a drug to market. Powell recommends testing drugs but possibly making drugs "FDA recommended", rather than "FDA approved." What’s needed is competition and markets to help patients and entrepreneurs, says Powell.

Experts: Benjamin W. Powell
Type: Radio
Issues: Government Power, Health Care, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Science

       
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Robert Higgs Interview on "Anemic Recovery, Regulation and Taxation" at Cato Institute
Recorded: Thursday, November 5, 2015

Robert Higgs discusses our most recent economic recovery and some thoughts on how Keynesians explain events in American economic history. Higgs is author of the book, Taking a Stand: Reflections on Life, Liberty, and the Economy (2015). Produced by Cato Institute Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Other Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Politics

       
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Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan is Interviewed on the Bob Harden Radio Show
Recorded: Monday, August 17, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming is interviewed on the Bob Harden Radio Show, in Naples, Florida. McQuillan describes his book’s recommendation that public employees should move to 401(k) type retirement plans in order to avoid bankrupting municipalities that may reduce pension payments to retirees, due to poor public money management decisions.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Banking and Finance, Bureaucracy and Government, Labor and Employment

       
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Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan Interviewed on the Tom Brown Show
Recorded: Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, is interviewed on the Tom Brown Radio Show on WEZS in New Hampshire. McQuillan tells of the unfunded pension crisis facing cities, counties and states across America. Services are being cut by municipalities in order to pay for the retirement benefits of public employees. Recently bankruptcy courts have cut payments to retirees in settlements. McQuillan has a better plan which involves switching pension plans into private enterprise style 401k retirement plans.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Fiscal Policy/Debt, Taxes, Welfare

       
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How to Repeal and Replace Obamacare
Recorded: Friday, July 10, 2015

Lewis Uhler, President of the National Tax Limitation Committee, moderates a panel with Independent Institute Senior Fellows John Goodman and Lawrence McQuillan and Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Peter Ferrara at the 2015 FreedomFest held in Las Vegas, NV.

Experts: Peter J. Ferrara, John C. Goodman, Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Other Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Free Market Economics, Government Waste/Pork, Health Care, Labor and Employment, Privatization, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Regulation and Deregulation

       
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Lawrence McQuillan Interviewed on WSVA on the Public Pension Crisis in California and the Entire United States
Recorded: Monday, June 29, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on WSVA in Virginia to talk about the public employee pension crisis facing municipalities across the US. When public pensions are underfunded, there is not enough money to pay promised benefits to retirees. Recent bankruptcy courts have ruled that these pension benefits can be cut in the event of a bankruptcy of a city, county or state. McQuillan has a plan that if enacted, could resolve the crisis within decades, while fulfilling promises made to public workers.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Fiscal Policy/Debt, Taxes

       
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David Theroux: C.S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism
Recorded: Friday, June 26, 2015

David Theroux, Founder and President of Independent Institute and the C.S. Lewis Society, presents at the 2015 Western Conservative Summit held in Denver, CO.

Experts: David J. Theroux
Type: Other Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Culture/ Society, Freedom, History (International), Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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The $4.7 Trillion Public Pension Crisis—An Interview with Lawrence McQuillan
Recorded: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on KLIF radio in Dallas to discuss public pension crisis in America. In cities, counties and states across America, the pension funds for public employees are underfunded. Money that should be in the bank to pay promised retirement benefits isn’t there and the taxpayers are losing because of it. Vital services for cities are being cut to pay retirement benefits that were promised by politicians. In California, the politicians who made those promises to increase pension benefits, are no longer in office. McQuillan outlines what must be done to prevent more public bankruptcies.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Taxes

       
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