Archives: Dr. Roy Cordato

  • Trump tax plan should look familiar to North Carolinians

    If you are a North Carolina taxpayer and you think something looks familiar about President Trump’s tax reform plan, you are right. In the three big areas of tax policy where the state and federal code overlap —the income tax, the estate or death tax, and the corporate tax —…

  • AHCA’s central planning of health insurance: Pitting young against old

    Note: As this article is being written the outcome of the vote on the American Health Care Act is uncertain. Whether the bill passes the House today or not the issues discussed here must be addressed if health care and particularly health insurance is to truly become patient-centered and affordable…

  • When trade is free, there are only surpluses

    One of the great myths bought into by much of the general public, politicians, and media pundits is that trade deficits are bad for the economy. The idea dates back to the pre-Adam Smith (1776) days of mercantilism and is ultimately based on the notion that it is…

  • North Carolina soars in recent national tax rankings

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 716: North Carolina has seen dramatic improvement in recent years in national rankings of state tax policies. Roy Cordato, the John Locke Foundation’s vice president for research and resident scholar, scrutinizes the rankings and explains why North Carolina has fared so well recently.

  • Carolina Journal Radio No. 716: Obamacare repeal, replace options take shape

    Now that Barack Obama has left the White House, congressional Republicans can make a serious effort to repeal and replace his namesake health care law. Katherine Restrepo, the John Locke Foundation’s director of health care policy, analyzes key elements of the GOP health care reform proposals. Donald Trump’s presidential election…

  • JLF’s Roy Cordato explains N.C.’s conversion to a flat tax

    Dr. Roy Cordato, John Locke Foundation vice president for research and resident scholar, discusses North Carolina’s conversion from a progressive tax system to a flat tax. Cordato offered these comments during an interview with Donna Martinez for Carolina Journal Radio.

  • Repeal Obamacare Light: NC should abandon insurance mandates

    It is now widely recognized that Obamacare’s insurance mandates are one of the many parts of that legislation contributing to the increasing costs of health insurance. These mandates abandon the concept of consumer sovereignty by forcing people to purchase health insurance coverage they may not need or want.

  • Obamacare is to insurance enrollment as draft is to military enlistments

    Obamacare has failed. Almost all of its original promises have been broken. In 2009, President Obama promised his signature Affordable Care Act would lower health insurance costs, allow people to keep their insurance plans, and, most important to most people, keep their doctors. It, in fact, did none of this.

  • Carolina Journal Radio No. 711: Year-end edition reviews interesting 2016 topics

    As we welcome a new year, Carolina Journal Radio reviews some of the most interesting topics from 2016. If you’re searching for a common thread that unites most progressive public policy proposals, consider coercion. That’s the conclusion of John Locke Foundation Vice President for Research Roy Cordato. From the minimum…

  • Painting an accurate picture of the minimum wage debate

    During the period of apartheid in South Africa, all-white labor unions representing workers in the diamond mines were able to have put in place minimum wage laws for diamond mine workers. At the time lower-skilled black workers were competing with white workers and taking “their jobs.” The all-white unions were…