A Win for Patients

What to know: With hospital price transparency comes real competition for the consumer’s dollar—and that’s a win for the patient, as one family’s story shows.

The TPPF take: The Texas House has passed a bill that strengthens price transparency rules.

“The American Hospital Association claims that ‘disclosure of privately negotiated rates does nothing to help patients understand what they will actually pay for treatment and will create widespread confusion for them,’” says TPPF’s David Balat. “But what causes confusion is price discrepancies like $11 versus $1,000 for the same blood test. Texans support hospital price transparency—strongly.”

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‘Reimagine’ Losing Your Car

What to know: An Atlanta “defund the police” politician had his car stolen by kids in broad daylight.

The TPPF take: Defunding the police only makes a city less safe—as this politician has learned.

“The goal of the defunding movement was never about public safety,” says TPPF’s Randy Petersen. “Rather, the goal has always been punishing the police and even abolishing law enforcement. Who exactly stands to gain the most from this agenda? Soaring crime rates give us that answer, and the ones who suffer are the most vulnerable among us in high-crime neighborhoods.”

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Aiming Even Higher Now

What to know: TPPF is joining with other groups to encourage the adoption of a Responsible American Budget, a bold proposal for the federal government that would help limit the out-of-control spending that has been the norm in Washington.

The TPPF take: This effort expands on our successful Conservative Texas Budget project.

“Based on the fiscal problems facing the U.S., the federal government needs an annual budget benchmark,” says TPPF’s Vance Ginn. “We offer such a benchmark in the form of the Responsible American Budget (RAB). The RAB provides a maximum threshold to freeze real (inflation-adjusted) per capita spending, which is simply a limit based on population growth plus inflation.”

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