Dallas-based think tank, NCPA, closes its doors after 34 years

Contact: Reagan Stewart at 214-891-3340 or reagan_stewart@sbcglobal.net

DALLAS, TX — The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), a 501c3 public policy research organization, announced this week that its Board of Directors has voted to dissolve the organization effective immediately. The thirty-four year old free market think tank has made significant contributions to free-market public policy research and implementation, including Health Savings Accounts, Roth IRAs, automatic enrollment in 401ks, and ongoing work in the areas of taxes, healthcare, entitlements, economic development, energy and national security.

The decision to leave the world of think tanks comes after the organization has faced significant financial challenges over the last three years. The incident is not isolated, according to a June 29 Article in Exempt Magazine. The article mentions a recent survey from The Bridgespan Group, which examined the financial health of nearly 300 grantees and cites, “More than half of surveyed nonprofits have frequent or chronic budget deficits; 40 percent have fewer than three months of operating reserves; and, 10 percent showed no reserves.”

NCPA wants to honor the people who have served this organization and fulfilled its mission in recent years despite significant challenges. NCPA has been blessed with a tremendously talented group of policy experts, communications managers, development professionals and administrative staff who continued to persevere for the sake of empowering Americans and advancing liberty through free market public policy. The spirit of free enterprise, free markets and free people will continue as these individuals move on to the next stage in their careers.

The organization is also grateful for the individual donors, foundations, companies, research fellows and volunteers who have contributed significantly and loyally with their time, energy and resources throughout the organization’s thirty-four year history.

NCPA plans to sell its proprietary analytical models, intellectual property, research archives and other assets. For additional information or to express interest in acquiring assets, contact Reagan Stewart at 214-891-3340 or reagan_stewart@sbcglobal.net


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  1. Barry Carol says:

    I’m very sorry to hear this. I’ve enjoyed commenting here and I’ve learned a lot about healthcare and health insurance over the last several years. I’ll miss all that. Best of luck to all at the NCPA in your future endeavors.

    • Devon Herrick says:

      Barry thank you for all your comments. I’ve learned a lot from you and many others.

  2. Z Woof says:

    This is a good idea. The corruption at the NCPA knew no bounds. Looney Rooney of Golden Rule bought off NCPA people with non-taxed cash and allakhazam NCPA PHDs are writing that Golden Rule enrolled America’s 1st tax-free MSA. Nothing could be further from the truth. FORTIS, the world’s 18 largest company doing 6 billion NET annually was 1st to market just 8 short weeks after HIPPA was signed by President Clinton. I was in Dallas in October, 1996 pitching 7-Eleven on tax-free MSAs for 28,000 franchisees. The head guy, Tom Kanoyer, said, “We have to wait until another company has a plan so we can do our due diligence.”

    Then I go to Paris and Ben Cutler gives me the award for enrolling the 1st tax-free MSA in the Old Paris Opera. Ben Cutler went on to co-found and Co-Chair America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) America’s largest trade association. I wait and I wait and finally after 3 long months slowpoke losers Golden Rule finally came out with their MSA product in December of 1996.

    I immediately go to the Dependent Termination clause and it’s junk, like I expected. I circle the clause and FAX it to Dallas 7-Eleven HQ with the message – “The last thing 7-Eleven wants to recommend is health insurance to the Franchisees that terminates at 19-year-old regardless of medical history and put all of the children in danger.”

    I got the 7-Eleven account and Mike Foster was the 1st to enroll before he had a heart attack and quit smoking so his premiums dropped by 40%.

    Maybe Reagan Stewart can find the hidden article from the NCPA that explains the dangers of employer-based health insurance because I was never able to find it.

    • Devon Herrick says:

      Ron we’ve advocated for personal & portable health insurance for many years. We’ve always said tax law should equalize the treatment of individual and employer insurance. However, if you want to shift the NCPA’s focus from tax equality and write an article about the dangers of employer-sponsored health insurance, the assets are for sale. You too can buy the outfit and own your own think tank! 🙂

  3. Bart I says:

    I’m sorry to read this as well. It’s been a great place to learn and to hone ideas of my own. I guess I’ll need to find someone else to annoy. 🙂

    • Devon Herrick says:

      Thanks for participating. I’ve enjoyed the experience. Don’t go too far away. I expect the blog asset will be bought and will continue on at some point in the future.

      • Allan says:

        Devon, out of curiosity, what exactly is this blog’s asset? The name has an asset, but the blog?

        Good luck to you.

        • Devon Herrick says:

          The NCPA Health Policy blog was originally a pet project of our founder, with a lot of his time and NCPA resources poured into the content. The 10 years worth of archived articles may (or may not) be worth something to somebody who wants to populate or establish a blog quickly.

          • Allan says:

            I don’t think 10 year old articles, much of which has been written in the founders books, have much dollar value despite the intellectual value. In fact other books such as Greg’s Mythbusters have incorporated some of what they have written.

            It’s a pity that such a blog will go for the voices here have followed a principled pathway.

            Good luck to you.

  4. Paul Nelson says:

    Almost no one knows about the Design Principles for managing a common pool resource. I at least encountered someone there who recognized the concept, and its potential applicability to the finance of our nations health spending.

    I find it demoralizing that increasingly the Blogs do no want to deviate from the current Paradigm governing our nation’s healthcare. And, increasingly they are closed to commentary.

    • Bart I says:

      Any favored alternative blogs, in case Ron decides not to follow up on Devon’s suggestion?

      • Devon Herrick says:

        If you all want to banter about you can follow me on Twitter!


  5. Lee Benham says:

    Wow. I go off the grid for an 8 day vacation and the blog shuts down! What the Hell?

    • Devon Herrick says:

      Off the grid sounds good right about now. Mid-July in Texas is not for the faint of heart (although this summer has been mild). I hope you experienced mountains (my favorite escape in July/August) with some cool air. Thanks for all your thoughtful comments to the blog throughout the years.

      • Lee Benham says:

        Southern Utah . Campsite was 8300 feet. 40 degree mornings followed by mid 80’s afternoons with at least a 1/2 hour of cool Ing rain each day. Cut throats and rainbows were biting every day. 👍