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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Blair Horner: Comparing States

Earlier this summer, two states – Texas and Florida – ran radio commercials touting those states’ business climates in an effort to convince New York companies to move their operations.  The focus of the ads was that those states were more business friendly with lower taxes and less regulation.  Thus, the ads argued, Texas and Florida were the places to do business.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:43 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Blair Horner: Back-peddling On Obamacare

The debate over health care reform has been remarkable.  The Obama Administration offers a plan based on the program in Massachusetts, which was developed as the result of a bipartisan agreement.  The Congress approves it and the US Supreme Court rules it to be legal.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:53 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Blair Horner: Back To School And Getting Kids Healthy

It’s early August.  We’re past summer’s midpoint and the barrage of back-to-school ads have begun.  While those ads may offer parents a light at the end of the tunnel, thinking about schoolchildren also raises an important policy issue: the growing problem of childhood obesity.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Blair Horner: The First Economic Benefits Of Health Reform

Last week some of the economic benefits of the federal health care reform law became evident.  The Cuomo Administration released its estimates on the costs of health insurance for those who must pay for coverage – people who don’t get health insurance from the government or their employer.  Virtually all New Yorkers will have to have health coverage by January 1, 2014.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:41 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Blair Horner: Obama Administration Weakens Federal Health Care Reform

In a few short months, Americans who need health insurance will be able to obtain it.  They will either get it from the government – through programs like Medicare or Medicaid, from their employers, or purchase it themselves from health marketplaces, known as health benefit exchanges.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Blair Horner: The Nation Gets Graded On Its Patient Pain Control Polices

Early last month a report graded each of the 50 states’ policies on how well they controlled patients’ pain.  The report showed that much progress had been made over the last decade in implementing balanced policies that increase access to effective pain medications and establish a system to mitigate drug abuse.  However, much more needs to be done.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:47 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Blair Horner: NY Takes Step Toward Reducing Cigarette Smuggling

Higher prices have been shown to encourage smokers to quit or reduce their consumption of cigarettes.  Cigarette tax evasion makes cigarettes cheaper and reduces the public health benefits of New York’s excise tax, as well as depriving the state of much-needed revenue.  Were the tax collected on all cigarettes smoked in New York, tens of thousands of adults would quit rather than pay higher prices, and state revenues would dramatically increase.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:47 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Blair Horner: The Unfinished Legislative Agenda

Over the next few weeks, you’ll be hearing about the accomplishments of the 2013 legislative session, which ended last week.  And lawmakers did approve some legislation, but one key consumer issue was left unaddressed.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:30 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Blair Horner: A Big Gift For Big Tobacco?

This week is the scheduled end of the legislative session.  Often the end of session is a time when special interest legislation surfaces – it looks like this year is no exception.

Lawmakers are considering legislation that would give a gift to the tobacco industry.  Under the proposal, tobacco companies – and only tobacco companies, no other types of businesses – would not have to post a bond that is the equivalent of the judgment against them in court. 

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Blair Horner: The Battle Over Health Care Insurance Continues

 As the nation moves closer to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the debate continues.  The House of Representatives’ leadership will, once again, advance legislation to repeal the law.  Predictably, the effort will fail.

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