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The Roosevelt Institute is a student-run think tank at Cornell University that promotes progressive thought and engages students to generate policy ideas. Members write policy proposals for publication and complete policy advocacy and educational projects.


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Bleeding the SystemHow defensive medicine is costing the taxpayer big time

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Defensive medicine is a practice within the medical community that is costing taxpayers billions of dollars. The public should be made aware of the ramifications and origins of this practice as well as possible solutions. With nationalized healthcare, becoming more and more likely with every election, this issue is pertinent as to whether or not the nation will be able to afford it.

Regulating Drones for Positive Impacts

Drones have the potential for both good and evil, but so far we have only seen a small fraction of their capabilities. Whether drones have a net positive or negative impact is up to how we re

Drones have the potential for both good and evil, but so far we have only seen a small fraction of their capabilities. Whether drones have a net positive or negative impact is up to how we regulate them.

Empty Pockets from Expanding WasitlinesThe Economic Implications of Childhood Obesity

From 2000 to 2016, the proportion of overweight children and adolescents worldwide doubled, going from 1 in 10 to almost 1 in 5, according to a recently published UNICEF report. This increase in obesity causes significant problems for individuals and society beyond the obvious health concerns; in their future, these children will face lower levels of productivity, high mortality rates, and higher health-care costs to treat the comorbidities of obesity, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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