Is There a Doctor in the House?

What to know: A KFF poll found that voters’ most common health care priority, by far, is lowering out-of-pocket costs.

The TPPF take: America needs more doctors to curb nonsensical healthcare pricing.

“Fixing access in our healthcare system requires a holistic approach which cannot afford to be confined to just expanding coverage,” says TPPF’s Tanner Aliff. “There is seldom a silver bullet in reforming public policy, but focusing on ending physician shortages is an action that stands to simultaneously improve physical healthcare access and reduce healthcare price.”

For more on the physician shortage, click here.

Floating Cities

What to know: A recent New York Times op-ed ponders the question that is surely on everyone’s mind: “Are floating cities the solution to rising seas?”

The TPPF take: Climate alarmists can find optimism in America’s successful efforts to protect our environment and increase human flourishing through affordable and reliable energy.

“Climate data models used by the EPA itself show that even the most ambitious anti-fossil fuel campaigns would change global temperatures by a few hundredths of a degree, at most,” says Life:Powered Senior Fellow Jason Isaac. “We should let the free market continue to drive both prosperity and environmental quality — two worthy goals that America has already proven go hand in hand.”

For more on eco-anxiety, click here.

Operational Control

What to know: The federal government is challenging Texas’ ownership of Fronton Island on the Rio Grande river after the state secured it from Mexican cartels.

The TPPF take: Texas deserves a “thank you,” at least, for taking back a cartel-run border outpost.

“Lenient policies on border security have empowered transnational criminal organizations to seize control of the border and increase their profits on illegal drug and human trafficking,” says TPPF’s Selene Rodriguez. “If we don’t have operational security over the border, we cannot know everyone that is coming into the U.S. and what their intentions are.”

For more on the border, click here.