Trends in Primary Care Utilization
Many elected officials and government bureaucrats opine that the United States does not have enough primary care doctors. The argument is that primary care providers can detect disease early. By having a greater number of these providers, patients can receive treatments before their illnesses become severe, which would then potentially require more complex interventions and expense.
The reality is that no one knows how many primary care doctors and nurses the country needs. Likewise, no one knows how many medical specialists are needed. Patients acting independently with the advice of their personal physician, in somewhat of a free market, will seek the care they feel they need – regardless of the supply of providers the government has set.Read the entire blog
Despite the pandemic, government sees wireless phone taxes as an easy way to collect more money
A recently published study by Scott Mackey and Ulrik Boesen at the Tax Foundation, details how competition has driven the cost of wireless phone plans down over the last decade but government taxes on those same plans has increased significantly.Read the entire blog
Washington school districts are rejecting the flawed 1619 Project history curriculum
A survey of Washington’s largest school districts finds that none of them plan to adopt the 1619 Project curriculum, a flawed U.S. history lesson plan promoted by The New York Times. The survey of school administrators included the question, “Does your District intend to adopt the 1619 Project curriculum to teach its students?" Not a single administrator answered in the affirmative.
The survey included the 15 largest school districts in Washington state, ranging from Seattle Public Schools with 54,000 students, to the Bethel School District with 20,000 students (enrollment data are for the 2018-19 school year).
These districts are tasked with educating nearly 395,000 students, or about 35 percent of the Washington’s 1.1 million schoolchildren. They include the school districts of Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Kent, Lake Washington, Evergreen (Clark), Puyallup, Northshore, Vancouver, Federal Way, Edmonds, Issaquah, Bellevue, Everett, and Bethel.Read the entire blog