James Broughel Discusses State and Federal Regulations Related to COVID-19

Monday, April 20, 2020 - Some state and federal regulations could slow down the response to COVID-19. Find out which need to go.

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James Broughel is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and an adjunct professor of law at the Antonin Scalia Law School. He specializes in state and federal regulatory procedures, cost-benefit analysis, and economic growth. Today, he applies that expertise to the current COVID-19 pandemic, as he challenges the regulations that have been put in place for testing and suggests reforms that could bring effective tests to the public faster.

Dr. Broughel points out a huge problem with federal regulation: While agencies typically do extensive analysis before new regulations are implemented, they rarely do the same for regulations already on the books. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Dr. Broughel argues that it is critical that existing regulations continue to be scrutinized to better reflect current needs and to expand the ability of healthcare professionals to innovate and serve patients.

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