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National Center for Policy Analysis

  • Dallas, TX
  • http://www.ncpa.org

Mission Statement

The NCPA's mission is to develop and promote private, free-market alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector.

Main Programs

  1. Center for Health Studies
  2. Retirement Reform
  3. Tax Analysis Center
  4. Debate Central
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

NCPA serves the United States with headquarters located in Dallas, Texas and a satellite office in Washington D.C.

ruling year

1982

President and CEO since 2015

Self-reported

Allen B. West

Keywords

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public policy research youth debate think tank

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Also Known As

NCPA

EIN

75-1804932

 Number

2823133843

Physical Address

14180 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 350

Dallas, 75254

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (W05)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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NCPA's ideas have benefited millions of Americans.  Accomplishments include:

·         Because of the NCPA idea of Health Savings Accounts, 30 million families are managing some of their own health care dollars.
·         Because of the NCPA idea of Roth IRAs, $310 billion in savings has been taxed once and will never be taxed again.
·         Because of another NCPA idea, 78 million baby boomers will be able to work beyond age 65 without losing Social Security benefits.
·         Because of an NCPA/Brookings Institution plan, half of all future 401k enrollees will be automatically enrolled in a diversified portfolio enjoying higher and safer returns.
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Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Center for Health Studies

The NCPA is the nation’s premier think tank for developing private-sector solutions to the nation’s health policy problems. The NCPA has made a huge impact in the way the nation thinks about health care and about the benefits of a consumer-driven health care (CDHC) system. Health costs continue to rise and Medicare debt is growing at a staggering pace. The NCPA sees the solution as giving consumers and physicians more power to participate in decisions about their care, more options and greater control over their medical dollars.

The NCPA is working on a series of ideas to contain health care costs, improve health care quality, and increase access to health care. Some of the NCPA’s major health care policy goals include:

Make Insurance Affordable.  More equitable tax treatment would lower costs for individuals and families.  A step in the right direction would be to give Americans the choice of a generous tax credit or the ability to deduct the value of their health insurance up to a certain amount.

Make Health Insurance Portable.  Employers should be encouraged to provide employees with insurance that travels with them from job to job and in and out of the labor market.  Also, individuals should have the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines.  When insurers compete for consumers, prices will fall and quality will improve.

Meet the Needs of the Chronically Ill.  Most individuals with chronic diseases want to be in charge of their own care.  Having the ability to obtain and manage more health dollars in Health Savings Accounts is a start.  Federal policy should encourage health plans to specialize in managing chronic diseases instead of demanding that every plan be all things for all people. 

Allow Doctors and Patients to Control Costs.  Doctors and patients are currently trapped by government-imposed payment rates.  As long as total cost to the government does not rise and quality of care does not suffer, doctors should have the freedom to repackage and re-price their services and payment should take into account the quality of care that is delivered.  Once physicians are liberated under Medicare, private insurers will follow.

Don’t Cut Medicare.  There is no question that Medicare is on an unsustainable course; the government has promised far more than it can deliver but this program will not be solved by cutting Medicare in order to create new unfunded liabilities for young people.

Protect Early Retirees.  Many baby boomers will likely retire before they become eligible for Medicare.  A viable bridge to Medicare can be built by allowing employers to obtain individually owned insurance for their retirees at group rates; allowing them to deposit some or all of the premium amount of post-retirement insurance into a retiree’s Health Savings Account; and giving employers and younger employees the ability to save tax-free for post-retirement health.

Inform Customers.  Patients need to have clear, reliable data about cost and quality before they make decisions about their care, but it is virtually impossible to obtain.  Sources like Medicare claims data can help consumers answer important questions about their care.  It is paid for by the taxpayer, it can answer these questions, and it should be made public.

Eliminate Junk Lawsuits.  Reforms should include liability protection for using health information technology or following clinical standards of care; caps on non-economic damages; loser pays laws; or even new alternative dispute resolution where patients get compensated for unexpected, adverse medical outcomes without lawyers, courtrooms, judges and juries.

Stop Health Care Fraud.  Medicare and Medicaid should prevent fraud by using responsible approaches such as enhanced coordination of benefits, third-party liability verification, and electronic payment.

Make Medical Breakthroughs Accessible to Patients.  Breakthrough drugs, innovative devices and new therapies to treat rare, complex diseases as well as chronic conditions should be sped to the market by cutting red tape before and during review by the Food and Drug Administration and by deploying information technology to monitor the quality of drugs and devices once they reach the marketplace.

The NCPA will continue to focus on outlets to educate the public, the media and policymakers about free-market solutions for health care reform including: partnering with other like-minded organizations, congressional desk-side visits, opportunities for congressional testimony, a widespread media effort and building content on The John Goodman Heath Care Blog, as well as continuing to build relationships with other high-profile blogs.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$940,525.00

Program 2

Retirement Reform

Retirement reform remains one of the most critical issues facing the United States today. The current state of Social Security is precarious if spending continues at current levels. By 2015 Social Security will spend more in benefits than it collects in taxes; by 2037 Social Security will have spent all the assets credited to the trust fund and the program will only be able to afford three-quarters of the promised benefits.

For more than a decade, the NCPA has used the sophisticated research and modeling of NCPA Senior Fellow Thomas Saving (a former Trustee of Social Security and Medicare) and his colleagues to propose NCPA suggested reforms as well as evaluate the reform proposals of others.

The NCPA believes that the Social Security problems our nation’s policymakers face can be solved. The plan would include restraining the growth of future benefits for highest earners and automatically enrolling all workers in a voluntary private account outside of Social Security. Specific components of the NCPA’s proposed reforms include:

• Social Security Reform Goals. Congress should require Social Security to live within its means and should allow Social Security Personal Retirement Accounts.• Private Retirement Account Goals. Congress should expand 401(k) reforms, expand Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and create universal Roth Accounts.• Private Pension Goals. Congress should promote fully funded pensions, the elimination of back-loading, the adoption of immediate vesting, fully portable pensions, the elimination of government pension insurance and the adoption of full disclosure.• State and Local Employee Retirement Benefits. Congress should require state and local governments to accurately and publicly account for retiree benefit obligations, fully fund state and local pension plans, shift to defined contribution plans and shift to consumer-directed health care.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$2,128,091.00

Program 3

Tax Analysis Center

The NCPA’s Distinguished Fellowship in Fiscal Policy, Economic Growth and Monetary policy is an integral component of the NCPA’s ability to reach a larger audience about issues related to economics.  The Distinguished Fellow serves as the primary spokesperson for the promotion of a stronger economy through pro-growth reforms in the areas of taxing and spending, free trade and international economic policy. The Fellowship began in 2007 and is held by Dr. Robert McTeer.

Dr. McTeer leads the NCPA’s analysis of monetary and economic policy. His thoughts on economic policy are regularly posted on his widely read blog, located at http://taxesandbudget-blog.ncpa.org/(http://taxesandbudget-blog.ncpa.org/) .  Dr. McTeer remains watchful of the market, frequently providing commentary and analysis through prominent news media such as CNBC and The Wall Street Journal as well as to Congress through Capitol Hill testimony.

Along with Dr. McTeer’s efforts, the NCPA is committed to researching and identifying free market fiscal, monetary and economic policy solutions to public policy problems.  Researchers and policy analysts at the NCPA regularly comment on a host of tax and economic policy issues including such topics as:

• Supply Side Economics• Budget Deficits• Capital Gains Taxes• Economic Growth Effects• Economic Stimulus – 2009• Estate Taxes• Excise Taxes and Taxing the Poor• Flat Tax• Income Mobility• Income Taxes and AMT• Monetary Policy• Sales Tax• Tariffs and Quotas• Taxes on Dividends

Category

None

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

$259,979.00

Program 4

Debate Central

In 1996, the NCPA launched Debate Central (www.debate-central.org(http://www.debate-central.org) ) to provide students from disadvantaged and low-income school districts with cost-free access to the best debate material available.

Debate training equips students for future success.  Former debaters are disproportionately represented among leaders in the media, business, law, academics and government.  Policy debate is the most academically rigorous of all interscholastic speech activities.  Students develop core academic skills: literacy, critical thinking, research, communication, organization and support of arguments.

Unfortunately, many debate students compete on an uneven playing field.  While wealthy debate programs can afford to send their students to summer conferences and tournaments as well as inform them with material purchased on expensive, pay-for-use websites that poorer debate programs cannot afford.  As a result, their debaters must compete with less training, experience and information.  We believe that it is particularly important that underprivileged and geographically isolated debaters have access to the training and tools necessary to perform at their best. 

By providing high school debate students and coaches with free-to-access topic overviews, evidence files, arguments, and online forums, Debate Central equips disadvantaged debaters with information, experience and training in the hope that these resources will help level the playing field for disadvantaged youth. 

Debaters and debate organizations often produce arguments that call for larger government programs, promoting policies which reflect the belief that the federal government alone can solve public policy problems.  While Debate Central presents these traditional viewpoints, it also goes one step further, providing affirmative and negative cases based on free-market principles.  We believe it is critical for students to be prepared to argue both sides equally well.

Debate Central has grown exponentially over the years, allowing the NCPA to formulate relationships with the National Forensics League (NFL), the University Interscholastic League (UIL) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).  These relationships have allowed the NCPA to market Debate Central.  For example, the NCPA advertises Debate Central in the NFL Magazine, Rostrum, and on their website.  Debate Central is the only website in Texas offering online resources for UIL Debate, which is a distinct style emphasizing communication and logic.  The NFHS has listed Debate Central on their website for use by high school students across the nation.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$109,782.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

NCPA serves the United States with headquarters located in Dallas, Texas and a satellite office in Washington D.C.

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

The NCPA raises its total budget every year and accepts no government funding.

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National Center For Policy Analysis
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
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President and CEO

Allen B. West

STATEMENT FROM THE President and CEO

"The mission of the NCPA is to develop and promote free market private sector policy solutions to government centered policy problems in order to advance the strength of the entrepreneurial sector in solving public policy problems.
The ensuing vision of the NCPA is to significantly impact the national policy discussion primarily in the three areas of security – economic, energy, and national.
In the area of economic security the NCPA will continue its work and focus on tax, regulatory, monetary, entitlement, pension, and healthcare policies. We believe that our work in the policy area of education is also part of our Nation’s economic security in that a better education lends itself to greater opportunities resulting in the reduction of government welfare programs and the dependency society. The free market/free enterprise system is the best means by which real economic growth and opportunity thrives – and is the foundation of the American dream.
The second area of energy security relates to our economic growth as we promote policies that advance American energy independence. NCPA is located in Texas which is on the frontline of the oil and natural gas industries that have spurred on our struggling economy. It is imperative that the NCPA continues to examine the policies that will enable the indomitable American entrepreneurial spirit to secure our ability to produce, consume, and export energy resources. We also must be able to analyze our energy expansion while also being able to counter the top down government driven environmental policies that constrain our energy sector growth.
Lastly, the NCPA will begin to assess national security policy that honors the primary responsibility of the federal government – “to provide for the common defense.” Our objective is not to create foreign policy but rather examine and present policies that enable the United States to meet these threats in a fiscally responsible manner."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Steve Ivy

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan