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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 88: President Biden’s Health Care Proposals

As President Biden's health care agenda makes its way through Congress, there is a tremendous amount of uncertainty—both about the impact of the proposals and their costs. In this episode of the AAF Exchange, AAF Director of Health Care Policy Christopher Holt and health care expert Steve Parente join us to discuss their analysis of the president’s health care proposals.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 87: The Debt Limit, Infrastructure Bill, and Reconciliation

Washington D.C. is in a “hurry up and wait” mode where it’s facing critical deadlines and massive policy changes—but not much is actually happening. AAF’s Director of Fiscal Policy Gordon Gray joins us to talk about Washington’s big policy fights—the debt limit, and the reconciliation and infrastructure bills—as well as his predictions for September’s monthly jobs numbers.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 86: Avoiding Debt Default, Keeping the Government Open, and Reconciliation

The clock is ticking on two critical deadlines—namely, the debt limit and end of the fiscal year. AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin joins us to discuss these showdowns, as well as the latest on the reconciliation package and the state of the economy.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 85: Infrastructure, Reconciliation & The Almost-Post Pandemic Economy

AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin joins us to discuss the latest on the infrastructure bill, the reconciliation package, and the state of the economy.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 84: Competition Policy, a Budget Deal, and Inflation Fears

President Biden signed a sweeping executive order on competition, Americans are facing inflation, and Congress is wheeling and dealing to get an infrastructure package passed before the August recess. AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin joins us to discuss the latest news.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 83: Student Loan Forgiveness

President Biden's administration is currently examining whether he can offer a blanket $10,000 in student loan forgiveness to every borrower. AAF Data and Policy Analyst Tom Lee joins us to discuss this proposal and its potential implications.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 82: Three Areas of Bigger Government

The Biden Administration is transparently seeking to change and expand the role of the federal government. AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin joins us to discuss three policy areas of prominent growth.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 81: The Biden Administration’s Regulatory Activity

Many assumed they would see a wave of regulations from the new Biden Administration—but has that been the case? AAF Director of Regulatory Policy Dan Bosch and AAF Senior Regulatory Policy Analyst Dan Goldbeck joins us to discuss everything from the Unified Agenda to climate policy.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 80: The Administration’s Climate & Supply-Chain Policies

There’s been big news on a variety of fronts recently, but this week we're focusing on two key areas—the Biden Administration's climate and supply-chain policies. AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin joins us to discuss the most notable aspects of each.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 79: A Global Minimum Corporate Tax Rate

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen announced that the G7 countries reached an agreement to back a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15 percent. AAF's Director of Fiscal Policy Gordon Gray joins us to discuss the ins and outs of this proposal.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 78: President Biden’s 2022 Budget

President Biden attempted a quiet release of his fiscal year '22 budget, but it still made a huge amount of news. AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin joins us to discuss the most notable aspects of the Biden budget.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 77: The Colonial Pipeline & U.S. Pipeline Security

The nation's pipeline security made news following a cyberattack that forced a brief shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, and a gas shortage in the Southeast. On this episode of the AAF Exchange, AAF's Director of Energy Policy Ewelina Czapla joins us to discuss her latest insight on the issue.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 76: Why Are Americans Not Going Back To Work?

The April jobs report showed that only 266,000 jobs were added last month, but the Department of Labor estimates that U.S. businesses have a record 8.1 million job openings. What's going on? AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin joins us to discuss.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 75: TRIPSing over IP Protections for COVID-19 Vaccines

The Biden Administration made the controversial decision to support waiving certain IP protections for COVID-19 related drugs and products. AAF Analyst Tom Lee and Director of Health Care Policy Christopher Holt join us to discuss their latest insight into this shift.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 74: Federal Spending With President Biden

Just four months in, President Biden has already proposed about $6 trillion in new spending and a bevy of new taxes. From the American Rescue Plan to the American Jobs Plan, AAF's President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses the possible impact of the president's biggest spending and tax proposals.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 73: The Impact and Future of the Paycheck Protection Program

In response to the pandemic, the federal government channeled trillions of dollars in financial assistance to the economy, most prominently through the Paycheck Protection Program. AAF's Director of Financial Services Policy Thomas Wade joins us to discuss the impact, mechanics, and future of this program.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 72: Would The American Jobs Plan Be Pro-Growth?

Would President Biden’s $2.25 trillion American Jobs Plan truly be pro-growth? AAF's President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses his new research assessing the president's promises on infrastructure, taxes, and growth, as well as the latest iteration of the Green New Deal.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 71: Tax Policy & The American Jobs Plan

AAF's Director of Fiscal Policy Gordon Gray busts the top myths about the tax increases in President Biden’s $2.25 trillion American Jobs Plan in this episode of the AAF Exchange.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 70: President Biden’s American Jobs Plan

AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin dives into what we know about President Biden’s $2.5 trillion American Jobs Plan and its potential impact.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 69: The PRO Act pt.2

President Biden just included the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act in his American Jobs Plan. AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin and special guest labor attorney Michael Lotito join us to discuss how this legislation may impact labor and employment laws in the United States.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 68: The PRO Act

AAF Director of Labor Market Policy Isabel Soto joins us to discuss the main provisions in the Protecting the Right to Organize, or PRO, Act, and their likely impacts if they become law.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 67: Food Insecurity In The United States

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been stories and images of long lines at food banks. AAF Director of Human Welfare Policy Tara O’Neill Hayes joins us to discuss her research on the current state of food insecurity and some counterintuitive conclusions.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 66: The $1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan

AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin dives into the long-term impacts of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package and examines other congressional proposals in this episode of the AAF Exchange.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 65: The Future of the ACA

AAF Director of Health Care Policy Christopher Holt dives into the current proposals surrounding the ACA as well as its trajectory as a law.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 64: President Biden’s American Rescue Plan

AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin dives into the economic implications of the American Rescue Plan and considers the minimum wage and taxpayer subsidies to corporations.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 63: Should Antitrust Standards Be Changed?

AAF’s Director of Technology and Innovation Policy Jennifer Huddleston joins us to discuss Senator Klobuchar's antitrust bill and what it could mean for antitrust enforcement, tech companies, and consumers.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 62: Under-the-Radar Policy Issues

From antitrust legislation to regulatory, energy, and health policy, AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses a host of important policy issues that are being overshadowed this week.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 61: Regulation Under a New Administration

Did the Trump Administration's final regulatory tally meet expectations? What does the regulatory future look like under the Biden Administration? AAF Director of Regulatory Policy Dan Bosch joins us to discusses recent reg news and what to expect.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 60: The Biden Administration’s First Month

In this episode of the AAF Exchange, AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses President Biden’s flurry of executive orders and the latest iteration of a COVID-19 stimulus package.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 59: What to Expect in 2021

From the current state of the economy to vaccine distribution to policy legacy, AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin joins us for the first episode of 2021 by answering some of our most pressing, economic questions.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 58: Into 2021

After reviewing the ongoing negotiations over a pandemic support package and briefly surveying the economic impact of the pandemic, AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin peers into 2021 and assesses the policy debates ahead.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 57: Economic Policy and the Incoming Biden Administration

From President-elect Biden’s nominations to COVID-19 relief package negotiations, AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses the current state of play in this episode of The AAF Exchange.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 56: The Current Fiscal Landscape and Onward

AAF Director of Fiscal Policy Gordon Gray discusses the end-of-year budget showdown, the impact of the elections on negotiations, and the potential for addressing the core drivers of the debt in this episode of the AAF Exchange.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 55: A Biden Administration

AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses the 2020 presidential election, what Congress has to get done during the lame-duck session, and what we should expect to see from a Biden Administration.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 54: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.29)

AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses lessons from the 2009 stimulus package, Joe Biden’s tax hikes and green economy proposals, and the continued impact of COVID-19 on the economy in this episode of the AAF Exchange.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 53: The State of Health Coverage in 2020

In this episode of the AAF Exchange, AAF Director of Health Care Policy Christopher Holt discusses the potential outcomes for the Affordable Care Act in California v Texas, the loss of health coverage amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and how some Americans are reluctant to take a vaccine for COVID-19.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 52: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.28)

AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses growing concerns about a second wave of coronavirus infections, the latest on business closings and cutbacks, and the possibility of another aid package in this episode of the AAF Exchange.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 51: The Latest on Regulations

AAF's Director of Regulatory Policy Dan Bosch discusses the Trump Administration's FY2020 regulatory budget, the biggest rules over the last year, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected regulatory activity in this episode of The AAF Exchange.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 50: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.27)

AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses the first presidential debate, the views of President Trump and Vice President Biden on health care coverage, and continuing negotiation over federal aid amid the COVID-19 pandemic in this episode of the AAF Exchange.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 49: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.26)

AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses how the vacancy left by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsberg may affect Congress's work, the impact of COVID-19 on insurance coverage, and expectations for a COVID-19 vaccine in this episode of the AAF Exchange.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 48: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.25)

Is another aid package dead? Where do we go from here? AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses the latest in coronavirus and economic news.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 47: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.24)

What's in the GOP’s "skinny" COVID-19 relief package? AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin walks us through the package as well as AAF's latest research on the federal unemployment supplement and the August jobs report.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 46: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.23)

New reports are coming out about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin walks us through these results as well as issues concerning school closings and surprise medical bills.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 45: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.22)

From the Republican Convention to the potential for a double-dip recession, AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses the latest in economic and policy news. 

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 44: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.21)

The coronavirus is still terrorizing the United States, the economy is still only partially open, and Congress still hasn't come to an agreement on the latest relief package. AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin walks us through the latest economic news as well as the debate surrounding the USPS.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 43: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.20)

From the status of unemployment benefits to the likely impact of a payroll tax deferral, AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin walks us through the latest economic news—including Russia’s claim to have a COVID-19 vaccine.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 42: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.19)

It's been almost a week since the federal unemployment supplement expired. Where are we with the negotiations? What are the main sticking points? Will Congress get a deal? AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses these concerns and more in this episode of the AAF Exchange.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 41: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.18)

This week, the biggest issue in Washington is the "what" and "when" of the next coronavirus aid package. In this episode of The AAF Exchange, President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses the legislative package’s major components.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 40: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.17)

What has the U.S. done right in response to COVID-19? Where could the U.S. have improved its response? AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses this and the negotiations over the next legislative package in this episode of The AAF Exchange.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 39: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.16)

Where do negotiations for unemployment supplements stand, and what will Congress include in its next response package to COVID-19? AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses these questions in this episode of The AAF Exchange.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 38: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.15)

AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses the economic impact of the latest surge of COVID-19, and what government leaders can do to help manage this new stage of the crisis.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 37: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.14)

How can policymakers help safely reopen the economy? Should the tax filing deadline be pushed back again? AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin shares his thoughts as states begin to reopen.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 36: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.13)

The news around COVID-19 this week has been mixed. AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin shares his thoughts on recent economic news as well as what one should look out for as states begin to reopen.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 35: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.12)

Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases in some states, AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin considers the impact on states' ability to re-open their economies and on consumers' willingness to re-engage.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 34: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.11)

AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses his recent testimonies before Congress, how to target aid to those most in need, additional economic indicators to watch for, and the big picture concerning the federal budget.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 33: Labor Market Intervention & Unemployment Insurance

AAF Labor Market Policy Data Analyst Isabel Soto discusses federal and state labor market interventions in response to COVID-19, including the unemployment insurance supplement in the CARES Act and its implications for our economic recovery.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 32: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.10)

AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses the surging stock market, the role of consumer confidence in our economic recovery, and Title 4 of the CARES Act.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 31: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.9)

AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses the phase four package and how the federal response conversation has recently shifted in the latest episode.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 30: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.8)

What's in the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, and how could it impact the economic recovery? AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin explains in the latest episode.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 29: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.7)

With unemployment at an all time high, will we see worse numbers in Quarter 2? AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses the path toward economic recovery amid the COVID-19 crisis.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 28: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.6)

From re-opening the economy to the Defense Protection Act, AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses the latest developments in the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 27: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.5)

Oil prices, business loans, and health insurance — AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses the latest developments in the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 26: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.4)

AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses the latest developments in the federal government's response to the COVID-19 crisis as well as the topic of “reopening” the economy.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 25: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.3)

AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses the latest developments in the federal government's response to the COVID-19 crisis and looks ahead to what could come next.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 24: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.2)

AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses how—and when—the CARES Act will deliver economic aid.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 23: The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis (Pt.1)

AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis and how effective the federal government’s response will be in stabilizing the economy.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 22: The Long-Term Care Crisis

AAF’s Director of Human Welfare Policy Tara O'Neill Hayes discusses the looming crisis of long-term care and the factors driving it.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 21: Trump’s FY21 Budget

AAF’s Director of Fiscal Policy Gordon Gray discusses President Trump’s budget for fiscal year 2021 and the overall budget process.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 20: The 2020 Regulatory Budget

AAF’s Director of Regulatory Policy Dan Bosch discusses the Trump Administration’s regulatory budget and its highlights.

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The Rules that Will Drive the FY 2020 Regulatory Budget

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 19: The “Phase One” Trade Deal

AAF’s Director of Immigration and Trade Policy Jacqueline Varas gives a rundown of the Trump Administration’s “Phase One” trade deal with China and how it will affect the U.S. economy.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 18: Wealth Tax Proposals

AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses his study on how the wealth tax proposals from presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren would impact the economy and workers’ income.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 17: Looking Forward to 2020

AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin closes the year with a discussion of 2019’s key economic and fiscal issues, and what to expect in 2020.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 16: Legal Immigration Reform

AAF’s Director of Immigration and Trade Policy Jacqueline Varas explains her proposal, co-authored with AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin, for building a legal immigration system that encourages economic growth.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 15: Medicare for All

AAF’s Director of Health Care Policy Christopher Holt discusses why Medicare for All is the center of many presidential campaigns and what could happen if it was enacted.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 14: To Fund or not to Fund

AAF’s Director of Fiscal Policy Gordon Gray discusses the debate over funding the government and the likelihood of a government shutdown.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 13: Reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

AAF’s Director of Financial Services Policy Thomas Wade discusses the role of the housing finance giants, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the Trump Administration's proposals to reform them.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 12: Trump’s Regulatory Reform

Listen in as AAF’s Director of Regulatory Policy Dan Bosch discusses the Trump Administration’s regulatory agenda, how it has fared this past fiscal year, and what the future of regulatory reform looks like.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 11: The Economic Impact of Legal Immigration

Are immigrants really hurting the U.S. economy? AAF Director of Immigration and Trade Policy Jacqueline Varas discusses the immigration system and how legal immigration impacts us.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 10: Rural Broadband

Director of Technology and Innovation Policy Will Rinehart walks listeners through recent campaign proposals for the expansion of broadband in rural areas.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 09: Drug Pricing Reform

Deputy Director of Health Care Policy Tara O'Neill Hayes walks listeners through the latest reform efforts in drug pricing.

Senate Finance Proposes Reforms to Medicare and Medicaid Drug Policy 

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 08: Marijuana Banking

AAF Director of Financial Services Policy Thomas Wade discusses marijuana’s complicated relationship with the American banking system.

Thomas’s Note: When I referred to ‘Class A’, I meant ‘Schedule 1’. Please excuse my British.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 07: Student Loan Forgiveness

AAF President (and former professor) Douglas Holtz-Eakin considers presidential candidates’ popular proposals for student debt forgiveness.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 06: The 3 Things Congress Must Do

Episode 6 of The AAF Exchange is out! AAF’s Director of Fiscal Policy Gordon Gray discusses the 3 things Congress must do before the end of the year, the long-term budget outlook, and what it's like to testify before Congress.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 05: The Trump Administration’s Regulatory Policy

Episode 5 of The AAF Exchange is out! In this week’s special double interview, AAF’s Director of Regulatory Policy Dan Bosch and Senior Regulatory Policy Analyst Dan Goldbeck discuss the Trump Administration’s regulatory policy.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 04: Drug Pricing in the U.S.

AAF’s Director of Health Care Policy Chris Holt discusses the issue of high drug prices as well as several proposed solutions for it.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 03: All Things Tariff and Trade

AAF’s Director of Immigration and Trade Policy Jackie Varas explains all things tariffs and trade on Episode 3 of The AAF Exchange. Don’t forget to check out “Eye on Trade," a one-stop shop for keeping up with President Trump’s trade actions and their impact on the U.S. economy.

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 02: All Things Data Privacy

2018 was a significant year for tech policy. One issue we heard a lot about was Internet privacy and how our data is being used. AAF's Director of Tech and Innovation Policy Will Rinehart joins The AAF Exchange to break down these issues.

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Approaches to Regulating Technology—From Privacy to A.I.

 

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The AAF Exchange — Ep. 01: The Green New Deal and the Origins of AAF

Our first episode features AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discussing the origins of AAF, our cost estimate of the Green New Deal, the glory of Twizzlers, and more.

Green New Deal study: https://www.americanactionforum.org/research/the-green-new-deal-scope-scale-and-implications/

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