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The Costs of the Opioid Crisis: Forgotten America Podcast

The Costs of the Opioid Crisis: Forgotten America Podcast

Alex Brill recently joined Garrett Ballengee, founding executive director of the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy, on their podcast “Forgotten America.” In this fascinating interview, Brill discusses the economic impacts of the opioid crisis in America, noting that the epidemic is no longer just an Appalachian problem.

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Almost-Speaker McCarthy

Almost-Speaker McCarthy

Four years ago, many commentators lamented that Hillary Clinton fell short of winning the Electoral College by less than 80,000 votes. “You Could Fit All the Voters Who Cost Clinton the Election in a Mid-Sized Football Stadium,” read a headline in Vanity Fair. Now, it is not just Hillary Clinton that lost by a hair.

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Nursing Homes Prepare for Third COVID-19 Surge

Nursing Homes Prepare for Third COVID-19 Surge

“‘The nursing home COVID crisis in New York and New Jersey and Connecticut from the beginning of the pandemic, things are different and way better there. But as the pandemic is spreading throughout the country, we’re going to see it pop up in other nursing homes’ Brill said.”

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Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Red, Blue, and Swing States

Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Red, Blue, and Swing States

From both a public health and economic perspective, the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on our country. More than 210,000 people have died, more than 435,000 individuals have been hospitalized, and more than 10 million jobs have been lost nationally. The US economy was 10 percent smaller in June than it was last December and is not projected to fully recover until some point in 2021 at the earliest.

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A Deal for Coronavirus Fiscal Relief

A Deal for Coronavirus Fiscal Relief

We recently had the honor of testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee on the effects of inaction on coronavirus fiscal legislation. One of us was invited by the Republicans and the other by the Democrats. The basis of the hearing was the Heroes Act, a $3 trillion bill that passed the House in the spring on a party line vote with about $1 trillion in tax cuts and $2 trillion in new spending.

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Demand for FDA Action Amid Shuffle

Demand for FDA Action Amid Shuffle

“That’s an impossible bar to clear, writes Alex Brill, an economist with Matrix Global Advisors and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, in a new report sponsored by the PBM lobby Pharmaceutical Care Management Association.”

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