Business & Economics

The Agenda

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Alexander Privitera

AICGS Senior Fellow Alexander Privitera looks at the IMF/World Bank spring meetings, which will continue to keep the spotlight on Europe. Despite some recent improvements, the message for Europeans is unchanged: more homework needs to be done and the time to complete it dwindling.

Contingency Planning in Europe

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Krzysztof Bledkowski, Senior Economist and Council Director at the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation and frequent AICGS participant, takes a look at the possible contingency planning that companies operating in Europe could take as the euro zone crisis continues to take hold throughout the continent. Please click here to view Scenario… Read more >

Health Care Reform in Germany: 2011 Reform

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Overview While the United States Congress passed health care reform in 2010, the German government worked on a less comprehensive reform of its own system. The U.S. reform, enacted by Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, emphasized expanding coverage and making health care less expensive for those disadvantaged in the market. In… Read more >

Health Care Reform in the United States: The Affordable Care Act

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Overview On 23 March 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. The result of months of political conflict and compromise, this law entails a comprehensive reform of the U.S. health care system meant to expand coverage for those with and without insurance and curb the… Read more >

Health Care Reform in the U.S. Presidential Election

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed in March 2010, is considered by supporters as one of the president’s culminating achievements to date. The Act has stimulated considerable controversy, garnering extensive criticism from conservatives and suffering in opinion polls. As a result, health care reform has taken a… Read more >

The Affordable Care Act in the Supreme Court

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Background Since its passing in 2010, opponents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have launched legal challenges on the health care reform on the basis of its constitutionality. Both state governments and private parties have attacked the law through the court system, until the case reached  the Supreme Court.  The… Read more >

The Politics of Central Banking

Alexander Privitera

According to AICGS Senior Fellow Alexander Privitera, both the Federal Reserve (FED) and the European Central Bank (ECB) are increasingly becoming political bodies, forced by growing public scrutiny to build their own constituencies.

Facing New Realities: Europe’s Future Role in the IMF

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maeser

Paul Maeser, an APSA Congressional Fellow for the German Marshall Fund of the United States, examines the changing role of European nations within the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a result of the debt crisis surrounding the euro.

Issues in the German and U.S. Health Care Systems

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The United States faces severe challenges in access to health care, cost effectiveness, equity, and to a lesser extent in coordinating care. Meanwhile, the German system is confronted by problems in coordinating care and controlling costs. United States Coordinating Care U.S. health care providers are heavily divided by state and local regulations,… Read more >

Germany’s Softening Stance

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Alexander Privitera

Despite a week dominated by negative headlines about the Chinese economy and rising gas prices, interest rates for sovereign bonds from Spain and Italy remain quite low. Is the worst of the crisis really over or are investors just lulled by the massive intervention from the ECB?