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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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Myths of Immigration, Ben Powell on Stossel
Recorded: Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Are immigrants taking our jobs and living off the taxes we pay? Are they criminals? Television personality John Stossel (Host of Stossel on Fox Business Network) interviewed Benjamin Powell, Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, Director of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, and Editor of the book, The Economics of Immigration.

Experts: Benjamin W. Powell
Type: Television
Issues: Business, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Crime, Criminal Justice/ Prisons, Culture/ Society, Drugs (Illicit), Government Power, Immigration, Labor and Employment, Politics, Social Security, Taxes, Welfare

       
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Republican Candidates on Obamacare, comments by John C. Goodman
Recorded: Saturday, October 3, 2015

In this "Special Report with Bret Baier" for Fox News, Independent Institute Senior Fellow John C. Goodman analyzes the Republican candidates' discourse on repealing the Obamacare program and discusses how are they going to do it.

Experts: John C. Goodman
Type: Television
Issues: Health Care, Public Health/ Consumer Protection

       
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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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Public Pension Crisis—Lawrence McQuillan interviewed on KQED radio’s Forum
Recorded: Monday, July 6, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming is interviewed by Michael Krasny on KQED radio’s Forum program. McQuillan tells of his plan to resolve the pension crisis in California and other states by switching from the current system to a 401(k) style of retirement plan, as most private sector companies use. This way, McQuillan argues, the public employee retirement system would be portable and transparent while remaining solvent.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Banking and Finance, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Government Power, Labor and Employment, Taxes

       
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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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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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Reforming Public Pensions in the US—An Interview with Lawrence McQuillan
Recorded: Sunday, June 21, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on KCNR radio’s “We the People” show in Redding, CA to discuss the underfunded public pension crisis in the United States. McQuillan talks about not only California’s pension crisis, but other cities and states across the nation. Despite the politicians who make promises based on unrealistic projections, McQuillan has a plan to reform pension systems that polls show, voters approve of. The plan avoids bankruptcy for cities and states and keeps promises made to retirees.

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

       
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