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The daily commentary section provides insights on complex issues in a brief and digestible format. Here you can find analysis of changing economic conditions and original perspectives on how the economy is affecting policy debates.

Legalize Marijuana, Then Just Say No

e21 | 10/21/2014

The trend towards legalization is growing. What could be a better place than our nation’s capital to bring the debate over legalizing and taxing marijuana to center stage?

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Will Apple Redefine How We Shop?

Diana Furchtgott-Roth | 10/21/2014

Americans are concerned about safety and privacy, and, with the hacking of celebrity photos on iCloud, Apple needs to regain some public trust. One breach on ApplePay, like the Target breach, could cause Americans to delay the entire system. But if security holds, Apple could be the company that changes how people pay.

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Research

e21 spotlights and directly supports new research that's necessary to develop innovative economic policy solutions for the 21st century. This section highlights in-depth research papers from a range of academics, economists and thinkers across the political spectrum, fostering creative nonpartisan policy solutions to pressing economic concerns.

http://www.economics21.org/files/pdf/Nothing%20Unpatriotic%20About%20Doughnuts%20to%20Dollars.pdf

Nothing Unpatriotic About Doughnuts to Dollars

Diana Furchtgott-Roth | Tax Analysts | September 15, 2014

Obama can threaten corporations ad infinitum, but he can only stop inversions by encouraging Congress to reform the code so that U.S. multinationals have the same tax and investment advantages as foreign ones. By inverting, corporations are only acting in their best interests and in the interests of their shareholders, and they should be praised for doing that.

http://www.economics21.org/files/pdfs/JEC.NaturalGasExports062414.pdf

The Benefits of Natural Gas Exports

Diana Furchtgott-Roth | June 24, 2014

Honorable Members of Congress, you could immediately assist Ukraine and other countries by amending the Natural Gas Act to ensure that the Energy Department approves LNG export applications within a short period of time. 

You could also pass legislation allowing LNG to be exported to all World Trade Organization members, irrespective of whether they have free trade agreements with the United States. You could go still further, and cease to require approval for LNG exports.

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Why Your Plan Was Cancelled: Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act

There's a bizarre reason why millions of Americans saw their health plans cancelled in 2013 and, as explained in a new video featuring Robert Graboyes of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, millions more will lose their plans in years to come. 

Insurance coverage for Americans will remain in permanent turmoil because the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that all plans fit within cookie-cutter designs called "metallic tiers." (The tiers—bronze, silver, gold, and platinum—refer to the percentage of medical expenses a particular plan pays.) The video also explains that families may have to switch plans repeatedly because, as circumstances change, a plan that fits within a tier one year may not fit in any tier in a later year.

Please see Dr. Graboyes’ op-ed on this issue (Under Obamacare, Americans Will Continue to Lose Coverage) http://www.usnews.com/opinion/economic-intelligence/2014/09/22/under-obamacare-americans-will-continue-to-lose-coverage

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