Author Archive | Bob Harris

NO BAILOUTS IN MEDICAID REFORM

Under ObamaCare, the insurance companies are guaranteed a steady flow of customers mandated to buy insurance and subsidized by taxpayers to buy it. And if the insurance companies misprice the product and lose money, they get access to a government bailout fund. It’s a very good deal. Now let’s look at Medicaid reform as outlined […]

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MEDICAID EATS EDUCATION

Is growing Medicaid entitlement spending crowding out spending on education? Look at the numbers in the proposed House budget and make up your own mind. 2015 Base 2015 Appropriation 2016 Appropriation Increase Schools $8.106 billion $8.374 billion $8.456 billion $350 million 4.30% Medicaid $3.533 billion $3.770 billion $3.934 billion $401 million 11.40% Medicaid spending will […]

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BAD MATH AND THE RETURN OF THE DEMOCRATS

According to the News and Observer, the State House is considering a budget that increases General Fund spending $1.3 billion next year or 6.3%. Defending the 6.3% spending increase – the biggest since Chapel Hill Democrat Joe Hackney was Speaker of the House and Mike Easley was Governor – a Republican budget writer declared it […]

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THE HIGH COST OF TEACHER TENURE

The Wall Street Journal (5/14) recently reported numbers on the cost of low performing teachers on their students. Often protected by tenure laws that make it hard to remove poorly performing teachers, the difference between a teacher in the bottom five percent and an average one is $9000 in lifetime earnings lost for a student. […]

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CCNC: HIGH DOLLAR COORDINATION

Way, way back in the day, Redd Foxx played the irascible LA junk dealer, Fred Sanford. Periodically, son Lamant, sweating as he unloaded the truck, would exclaim “Pop, why aren’t you helping?” And Fred would say “Don’t bother me, I’m coordinating.” In North Carolina, we have the NCDHHS bureaucrats running Medicaid and then we have […]

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IOWA DEMOCRATS DOUBLE MANAGED CARE SAVINGS

Iowa Democrats and Republicans are fighting about Medicaid managed care savings estimates. And the Democrats believe reforming Medicaid with managed care will save over twice as much money as Republican Governor Terry Branstad says. Branstad, who proposed bringing managed care companies in to run Medicaid, predicted $51 million in savings. Iowa Senate Democrats say the […]

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MEDICARE ACOS INCREASE COSTS IN NORTH CAROLINA

People expecting ObamaCare’s Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model to solve North Carolina’s Medicaid overspending better reconsider. Wake Forest University’s study reports Medicare ACOs operating in North Carolina actually raise costs instead of lowering them. According to the data, ”So far, Medicare ACOs in North Carolina have not generated substantial savings. Instead, the eight North Carolina […]

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