MEDICAID DEATH RATE HIGHER

Here’s a starling fact. The death rate for surgery patients covered by Medicaid is higher than for surgery patients who have no insurance. From the American Spectator-”Five years ago, Avik Roy wrote about a study that should terrify any Medicaid patient needing surgery. “A landmark study conducted at the University of Virginia … found that surgical patients on Medicaid are … Read More

MAYOR: GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRACY HAS POWER TO KEEP HOSPITAL CLOSED

Carolina Journal quotes Bellhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal explaining how the Certificate of Need law denies healthcare in his community. “The truth is the CON process is broken. I know the big hospitals have said that rural areas need CON to keep rural county hospitals open. You know the story of what happened in Belhaven. Our hospital was struggling. A community-organized … Read More

680 REASONS TO OPPOSE COOPER’S ENERGY PLAN

There are 680 reasons why Roy Cooper is wrong to support the Obama EPA’s carbon plan. Because the average household will pay $680 in higher utility bills under the Obama Administration’s takeover of the electric power industry. Cooper endorses President Obama’s takeover and the cost increase on consumers. As the Wall Street Journal explains, ”a recent study by Energy Ventures … Read More

HOOD: SENATE PLOTS THE RIGHT COURSE

Here’s Carolina Journal’s John Hood’s budget take: “According to the Tax Foundation, the Senate’s tax changes would improve North Carolina’s business-tax climate to 14th in the nation, up from 16th. Its savings deposits would dramatically improve state government’s balance sheet. Its spending discipline is commendable.” (Carolina Journal)

MCCRORY’S PRIORITIES REFLECTED IN BUDGET

Governor McCrory proposed a fiscally responsible budget that keeps spending in line with the growth of population and inflation. While the House blew past the spending limit -hiking spending 21/2 times faster than the Taxpayer Protection Act -the Senate has kept spending under control, matching Governor McCrory’s $21.5 billion request. While the Governor wants to modernize state compensation to meet … Read More

TOM CAMPBELL’S LESSON IN REGULATORY REFORM

In the last few years, conservative reformers have worked to cut government regulation. Many people don’t really understand what they mean by regulatory reform. NC Spin host Tom Campbell gave a clear example about wasteful government regulations that added hundreds of dollars to the cost of remodeling his home. Here is the key part of Mr. Campbell’s article. “After 31 … Read More

AG GAG CONCOCTION

In the article about the Ag Gag veto, we read Labor unions are in the group opposing The Property Owners Protection Bill. That reminded us of the Food Lion hit job back in 1992. Back then, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union was out to punish Food Lion because its employees had refused to join the union. So the … Read More

BUSTING MEDICAL MONOPOLY CAN LOWER HEALTHCARE COSTS

An article in Slate reports the average bill for an American hospital stay is $18,000 compared to $6000 in the rest of the developed world. Of course, there could be numerous reasons for the discrepancy, everything care rationing overseas we don’t use here fortunately at least not yet to lifestyle differences. But any patient who ever perused his or her … Read More

MANAGED CARE MEDICAID KEY TO BUDGET

A whole bunch of spending ideas are floating through the State House. Spending for Hollywood movie producers. And Community College scholarships. And tax breaks on old buildings. Spending on incentives. And low income housing. And deductions for seniors. Don’t forget everybody wants more for teachers and state employees. The Governor wants more for courts, textbooks, repairs and a rainy day … Read More