The Common Thread

What to know: President Joe Biden is still avoiding questions about the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan—or anything else, for that matter.

The TPPF take: The common thread to the Afghanistan crisis, the border crisis and others? Too many in Washington seem uninterested in defending America.

“The bad news is the crisis in America’s federal government,” says TPPF’s Kevin Roberts. “The good news is we have plenty of working and responsible governments in our states. In that light, the way forward isn’t to wait for Washington D.C. to be fixed, or to hope that President Biden develops the personal maturity to admit error. Our hope is in turning to the states, and demanding they step up where the federal government has stood down.”

For more on Afghanistan and the border, click here.

Even the New York Times Gets It

What to know: The New York Times has looked into hospital price transparency, and found clear evidence of why hospitals oppose it—hospitals “are charging patients wildly different amounts for the same basic services,” the NYT reports.

The TPPF take: The NYT report shows that hospital price transparency isn’t a partisan issue.

“Most Americans want hospitals to show their prices,” says TPPF’s David Balat. “According to a recent Harvard-Harris poll, nearly 90% are in favor of an initiative by the government to mandate disclosure of negotiated prices by hospitals, insurers, and other medical professionals.”

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Property Rights

What to know: The U.S. Supreme Court has lifted an injunction on the CDC’s evictions moratorium.

The TPPF take: Though a win for property owners, the Supremes did not address the constitutional question—whether the CDC has such enormous power in the first place.

“TPPF’s Terkel lawsuit on appeal at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals squarely challenges the federal government’s power to do this under the Commerce Clause, which the trial court held the government could not,” says TPPF’s Robert Henneke. “TPPF’s case continues to resolve this important question of limits to the federal government’s power so that this disastrous eviction moratorium policy never happens again.”

For more on the evictions moratorium, click here.