Public Policy

  • Pittsburgh Renaissance: Opportunity For A Third

    In 1963, the mortgage rate was at about 6 percent and your banker knew you, your family, probably even your grandmother. What reminded me of 1963 and the interest rate at the time is a blog post by John G. Craig Jr., former editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In it, Craig referenced “Portrait of a Region,” a four-volume […]

  • On the Public Health Insurance Marketplaces: September 2013

    Much happened in the month leading up to the October 1st launch of public exchanges. Here is an overview of some of the notable events and announcements made by the states around the launch of their health insurance exchanges in the month of September: Outreach efforts continued as states running their own exchanges and states […]

  • On The Public Health Insurance Marketplaces: Developments Weeks of 8/19 and 8/26

    Less than two weeks remain until state health insurance exchanges under the ACA being accepting enrollments. As states prepare to either implement their own exchanges or let the federal government set up shop on their behalf, some states are expressing concerns that they will not be ready in time, while others are confident. Advertising and […]

  • How States’ Decisions to Expand — or Not Expand — Medicaid Could Hurt Health Care Reform

    A recent article in the Washington Post highlighted states that have opted not to expand Medicaid eligibility to previously ineligible populations under the ACA. While these states will have an increase in the number of uninsured people who have coverage starting in 2014, the numbers will not be nearly as high as they would be if they […]

  • On The Public Health Insurance Marketplaces: Developments Weeks of 8/5 and 8/12

    As states across the country prepare for the opening of state- or federally-run health insurance exchanges on October 1st, most are gearing up with education and advertising campaigns to inform consumers of their options. To further aid consumers, the Department of Health and Human Services recently granted $67 million to nonprofits and other groups and […]

  • Why Compliance Experts Are the New Key to Mega-Deals

    Last week, Hertz (HTZ) won final approval for its Dollar Thrifty deal from the Federal Trade Commission. China-based, Shuanghui International Holdings is trying to gobble up Smithfield Foods (SFD), though the proposed deal is being examined by the U.S. Senate Agricultural Committee. The merger of Office Depot (ODP) and OfficeMax (OMX) was recently approved by shareholders. Involved in all these deals […]

  • Fracking Debate Demonstrates Renewed Energy Lawyer Demand

    The Northeast has joined Texas as a hotbed for energy lawyers, driven by our nation’s insatiable demand for energy and the lack of a coherent national energy policy. In addition, the industry is moving from a time-worn regulated monopoly model to free-market competition – complicated by climate change concerns on the one hand and the […]

  • Obama’s Two-Year J.D. Concept Requires Balance

    During his town hall-style meeting at Binghamton University on Aug. 23, President Barack Obama said, “This is probably controversial to say, but what the heck … I believe that law schools would probably be wise to think about being two years instead of three years.” The president’s remarks were in the context of a nationwide […]

  • After Bernanke And Cook, Long-Term Job Growth Takes A Leap Of Faith

    On May 22, Ben Bernanke testified before Congress, and said, “What we are looking for is increased confidence that the labor market is improving and that that improvement is sustainable.” The day before, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO answered questions on his company’s ability to maneuver in avoiding paying taxes by not repatriating money earned outside the U.S. Bernanke’s statement […]

  • Consider Strategies That Mirror Personal Objectives

    So, you are in business in incredible Steelers Country. I am, too. We live and die with the Penguins, and have high hopes for the Pirates. We have incredible civic pride in having world-class educational institutions in Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh and Robert Morris University. We are a hardworking community and have built nest eggs in […]