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Steve Forbes: ‘It’s Time to Get Rid of the Biggest CON Job in Healthcare’

Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes, recently released a video calling for citizens and local groups to “demand their legislators get rid of" Certificate of Need (CON) laws. Currently, 35 states and Washington, D.C. still have CON laws on the books.

Forbes outlines the flawed CON approval process that requires special government permission for private health care providers to build new hospitals or expand the services they offer. Additionally, Forbes explains how CON laws disrupt competition in the healthcare market and limit access to care while increasing costs for consumers.

In Tennessee, where CFIF has been actively advocating full repeal of the state's remaining CON laws, such laws continue to stifle the free market, limit access to health care choices…[more]

March 28, 2023 • 02:54 PM

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'Twas the Week Before Christmas* Print
By CFIF Staff
Thursday, December 17 2009

'Twas the week before Christmas, when Congress met,

So eager they were, to pile on the debt;

They knew it was wrong, deep down in their core,

But golly gee whiz, they must spend, spend some more;

With constituents distracted by holiday cheer,

Why, this was their chance, to spend more this year;

So the politicians huddled, they plotted, they planned,

$1 trillion, $2 trillion, how much could they scam?

And that’s when it happened, Reid and Pelosi stood up,

“What’s another $2 trillion, the voters are chumps!”

They raised the debt ceiling with nary a care,

And once that was done, they didn’t stop there;

More rapid than eagles, agendas were set,

They whistled and shouted, “No, we’re not done yet!”

“On health care, on taxes, on Carbon Cap-and-Trade,

“We’ll say it’s the rich, but everyone pays!”

“And for those who oppose us,” Reid and Pelosi insist,

“One call to the White House, you’re on the enemies list!”

And so they proceeded with their devilish plans,

Big government to all, constituents be damned.


* With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore.

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"Societies advance through the creation, expression, and evaluation of alternative ideas. Therefore, for almost a millennium, we have had universities where ideas and discoveries are born and different perspectives are debated in 'marketplaces of ideas' or 'learning communities.' Yet there has been a decline in rational, reasonable discourse on issues of the day on modern campuses. This has been demonstrated…[more]
— Richard Vedder, Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus at Ohio University and Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute
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