Basics

Most of the issues facing our country are multi-faceted and extraordinarily complex. Insert politics into the equation, and the complexity increases exponentially. In order to understand these policy issues and the various perspectives around them, members of Congress, the public, industry and nonprofits must first have a basic knowledge that is rooted in fact. With our Basics series, Center Forward presents complicated issues in a non-partisan and easy-to-understand manner that provides decision makers with alternative viewpoints.


View the PDF version. Overview Every four years, we revisit debates about the Electoral College. While there is a lot of confusion about this “college,” it is central to our system of electing the President and Vice President of the…

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View the PDF version. Overview Another important theme in the 116th Congress is the future of technology and the United States involvement in technological advancements. In order to help our readers navigate the U.S. technological landscape, we are re-circulating the…

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View the PDF version. Overview In order to help our readers navigate an ever-changing healthcare landscape, we are re-circulating our health glossary. While by no means exhaustive, this Basic provides an overview of common terms and phrases used in health…

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View the PDF version. Overview Artificial intelligence (AI) can be broadly defined as systems that respond to stimulation consistent with the traditional responses of humans. These systems generally have three distinct qualities: intentionality, intelligence, and adaptability. The systems continuously compile…

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View the PDF version. Overview Private equity (PE) firms invest money and entrepreneurial expertise into companies poised for growth or underperforming or undervalued businesses that have potential for long-term growth. The PE industry has a large impact on the U.S….

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View the PDF version Overview Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, Congress has delayed, reinstated, and in some cases attempted to repeal altogether three main taxes written into the law: the health insurance tax (HIT),…

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View the PDF version. Overview In much of the recent coverage of the country’s fiscal situation, the terms “deficits” and “national debt” are used interchangeably by policymakers and the media, even though they mean very different things. What’s the Deficit?…

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View the PDF Version Overview The cannabis industry is rapidly growing across the United States. As of June 25, 2019, 33 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis medically, and 11 states have legalized it recreationally. In 2017,…

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View the PDF version Overview Medicaid provides quality healthcare to over 75 million people in the United States, covering one in five low-income Americans. While the federal government requires states to cover certain populations and services, states have flexibility in…

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View the PDF version. Overview The uncertainties and complexities of a looming Brexit bring potential complications for Ireland as a result of the close proximity and friendly trade relations with the United Kingdom. Despite the negative impacts of England leaving…

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View the PDF version. US Foreign Direct Investment Ireland is an attractive destination for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), particularly from the United States. According to Industrial Development Authority (IDA), currently there are over 160,000 people directly employed in over 760…

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View the PDF version. Introduction Conflict in Northern Ireland has resulted from differing political and religious beliefs for generations. The partition of Ireland in May of 1921 left Northern Ireland part of the United Kingdom. As a result, the country…

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