Significantly increased production of natural gas in the United States has dramatically changed the country’s energy landscape—both lowering domestic natural gas prices and providing substantial economic benefits. At the same time, debate has surrounded the environmental impacts of natural gas as compared with other fossil fuels.
The United States spends more on health care per capita than any other nation in the world, and yet its citizens are not the world’s healthiest. The vast majority of U.S. health care spending—an estimated 84 percent—is associated with chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
Immigrants play a significant role on both the supply and demand sides of the housing sector, which is a major component of the U.S. economy. On the demand side, immigrants are an increasingly important source of new household formation in the United States, thereby increasing the demand for new housing units.
The recent financial crisis made clear that insufficient attention was paid to sources of systemic risk that can threaten the stability of the financial system and, with it, the real economy. Moreover, the crisis showed that it is critical for government officials to have and be able to use the tools necessary to prevent and mitigate systemic threats.
The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Energy Project held a series of four moderated discussions over the course of 2013 and 2014. The discussions focused on recent and emerging trends in global oil and natural gas production, and on how they impact energy markets, energy diplomacy, and economic growth.
Access to federal health care data plays a critical role in supporting new delivery system and payment models that deliver better outcomes. It also serves the needs of consumers who want more information to support decision-making, and health care leaders who are taking important steps to improve the population’s health.
In early 2014, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Health Project began discussions with a diverse set of health care experts and stakeholders on issues related to physician payment reform and transitioning to alternative systems of payment and delivery.