Featured Events

March 5

King v. Burwell: Obamacare at the Supreme Court Again

This spring, the Affordable Care Act will make its third trip to the Supreme Court. But King v. Burwell is different from its predecessors. Instead of challenging the law’s constitutionality (NFIB v. Sebelius), or the way certain regulations burden particular types of plaintiffs (Hobby Lobby), this case questions how the president has enforced the law. King focuses on the subsidies that allow people to pay only a portion of their premiums, one of the key ACA pillars. But Congress only authorized subsidies for people who buy insurance “through an Exchange established by the State” — not in the 37 states where the federal government established exchanges because states refused to do so. The government claims that the phrase “through an Exchange established by the State” includes federally established exchanges and, alternatively, that the statute is vague enough to allow the executive branch to decide whether (or not) to offer subsidies in federal exchanges. Please join us for a discussion of this important case — and what a ruling either way will mean to patients and health care policy — the day after the Supreme Court hears oral argument.

February 10

How Should Ridesharing Be Regulated?

How Should Ridesharing Be Regulated?

The rise of ridesharing in the U.S. and abroad has been accompanied by complaints and concerns related to the regulation of rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft. Reports of rideshare drivers assaulting passengers as well as worries about insurance coverage and vehicle inspections have all prompted discussion about the safety of ridesharing. In addition, market incumbents have complained that rideshare companies are unfairly flouting existing regulation. Please join us for a discussion on ridesharing and what regulatory framework should govern this new and controversial industry.

February 6

The Libertarian State of the Union

The Libertarian State of the Union

In his sixth State of the Union address, President Obama laid out plans for his final two years in office. What does the president’s agenda mean for liberty? Or for economic growth? With Republican majorities in the House and Senate, what can policymakers do to address pressing issues while still working to reduce the size and scope of government?

Please join us as Cato policy experts discuss the current state of the union with respect to international trade, intelligence surveillance, tax policy, and financial regulation.

Past Events

February 25

Renewing the Search for a Monetary Constitution: Reforming Government’s Role in the Monetary System

Renewing the Search for a Monetary Constitution: Reforming Government’s Role in the Monetary System

The Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives presents a special “live” edition of Russ Roberts’s EconTalk on Renewing the Search for a Monetary Constitution. Featuring the coeditor Lawrence H. White, Professor of Economics, George Mason University; interviewed by Russ Roberts, Host, EconTalk, and Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; with an introduction by George Selgin, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Financial and Monetary Alternatives, Cato Institute.

February 17

The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System

Featuring the author David Skarbek, Lecturer, Department of Political Economy, King’s College London; with comments by Philip E. Keefer, Principal Economic Advisor, Institutions for Development, Inter-American Development Bank; and Adam Bates, Policy Analyst, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute; moderated by Dalibor Rohac, Policy Analyst, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.