Avik Roy is an American journalist, policy advisor, social entrepreneur, editor, investment analyst, and president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity.
The latest on the unprecedented government reaction to the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic hosted by Larry O'Connor.   AVIK ROYPresident of the Foundation for Research on Equal OpportunityAvik Roy joins the podcast to discuss his latest article at Forbes analyzing the data pertaining to covid-19 deaths at long term care facilities and nursing homes. Roy's analysis suggests that the shutdown protocols were severely misguided and need to be re-oriented immediately to open the economy and protect the elderly in the most vulnerable locations. KEN CUCCINELLIDeputy Secretary of Homeland Security Cuccinelli joins Larry O'Connor to discuss Governor Andrew Cuomo's order to prohibit law enforcement from sharing any driver data and license data with federal immigration authorities. CULLY STIMSONSenior Legal Fellow and Manager of the National Security Law Program at The Heritage Foundation Cully Stimson analyzes the latest debate over the renewal of FISA laws.
How do we reopen American society in a way that keeps people safe but also puts them back to work and school? One of the most realistic and workable plans comes from a team of policy analysts led by Avik Roy, the president of the Austin, Texas-based Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity. Even without widespread testing, a vaccine, or a cure, they argue that we should reopen schools and allow healthy, younger employees to go back to work because COVID-19 kills mostly older people who can be protected without shutting everything down. Roy tells Nick Gillespie that the "massive expansion of government creates a further drag on the economy" that is mostly invisible to D.C. bureaucrats and commentators. "The more we lock down the economy, the more we harm those individuals who are most vulnerable, who don't have the cash cushions or the white-collar jobs that allow them to keep going," he says, even as he remains hopeful that many regulations that have been suspended during the pandemic will never return. Audio production by Ian Keyser. Photo credit: Bastiaan Slabbers/ZUMA/Newscom
For the 14th episode, we take a deep dive into Obamacare, with nationally recognized expert Avik Roy, the President of the Foundation for Research in Equal Opportunity (FREOPP). We discussed the policy choices facing the Republicans, including the overall number of Americans covered, tax subsidies, means testing, Medicaid expansion, portability, and the potential for a 50 state marketplace. We also considered the politics of the issue and delved into legislative procedure to look forward. Finally, we talked about why he started his own think tank and what he wishes to accomplish with it.
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we're joined by Avik Roy, Opinion Editor at Forbes magazine and the founder and president of a new think tank, The Foundation for Research on Economic Opportunity. He's been an insightful critic of the health care reform process in the US since Congress began debating what would become Obamacare in 2009. Through his new organization, he's published a plan to reform the American health care system in a way that maximizes coverage in the population while significantly reducing the cost of health care for both consumers and the government. It's called "Transcending Obamacare." See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Dec 14th, 1972
Wallis, Texas, United States of America
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3 hours, 35 minutes
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