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A Health Insurance Speech Mandate

A Health Insurance Speech Mandate

Under ObamaCare, health insurers must in some cases send rebates to insured individuals. Under new regulations, the Wall Street Journal reports, they also have to emphasize to recipients that this money comes to them as a result of "the Affordable Care Act--the health reform law."

Competitors with State Power Try to Block Innovative Health Business

Competitors with State Power Try to Block Innovative Health Business

After Steve Cooksey was diagnosed with diabetes, he adopted a paleo diet and a caveman-inspired exercise regimen. He shed 78 pounds, stabilized his blood sugar, and was able to get off drugs and insulin. But after he started a business and a blog to help others follow the same path, his state government accused him of practicing dietetics/nutrition without a license -- a crime under North Carolina law.

Congressman Bullies TV Stations

Congressman Bullies TV Stations

A Congressman's effort to get an anti-Obamacare ad off the air reminds us what can happen when businesses depend on licenses instead of the individual right of property.

Internet Privacy and Corporate Free Speech

Internet Privacy and Corporate Free Speech

When I think of great defenders of big business and the profit motive, Mother Jones is not exactly the first name that comes to mind. Last month, for example, the magazine posted a favorable review of a book denouncing the food industry for not feeding people. Yet one Mother Jones writer last weekend managed to recognize that in the case of the Internet—what do you know—big businesses generally make their profits by serving their customers:

Johnson & Johnson to Pay $1.5B+ for Marketing Drug

Johnson & Johnson to Pay $1.5B+ for Marketing Drug

Johnson & Johnson -- the company that helped you shampoo with "no more tears," fight acne, and heal pretty much every wound t

Permission to Tweet Freely, Sir?

Permission to Tweet Freely, Sir?

Regulators have restricted so much finance-related speech that people in the industry now have to lobby for the freedom to use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn like the rest of us. Or almost like the rest of us.

Speech regulation can make social networks dangerous for executives in other fields, too. Reed Hastings came under threat for boasting that Netflix had streamed a billion hours of video in one month.

Prosecutor Accused of Retaliating for Speech

Prosecutor Accused of Retaliating for Speech

A businessman was accused of "structuring" cash deposits of his income from farmers market sales, and now the federal prosecutor who took his money is accused of retaliating against the businessman for protesting to the press:

The Buckyballs Case and the Spirit of Freedom

The Buckyballs Case and the Spirit of Freedom

When the Consumer Product Safety Commission went after its product, Craig Zucker’s company protested. Buckyballs may have injured people who ate them, but they weren’t meant to be eaten. “Join the Buckin’ Fight,” it said, and “save our balls.” Now Zucker himself is facing an administrative lawsuit.

Why Should We Care Whom the President Criticizes?

Why Should We Care Whom the President Criticizes?

How scared would you be if I said on this blog that you were a bad person? How about if I blogged, not for The Atlas Society, but for President Obama's reelection campaign?

Much more in the latter than in the former, I imagine, and with good reason: there's not much The Atlas Society could or would do based on my comment -- certainly not by comparison of what's within the power of a U.S. president.