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Certificate of Need: Bureaucrats Blocking Your Health Care Options

This week, the John Locke Foundation sponsored a lecture by one of North Carolina’s top hospital lobbyists, a self-professed fan of the free market, albeit with one big exception. The purpose of his presentation was to rebut a previous speaker, a physician who strongly objects to the state’s Certificate of Need (CON) law. CON isContinue Reading

More Price Transparency, Please

Lack of health care price transparency is a huge problem. After attending a health care solutions fly-in in Washington, D.C., I learned that a surgery center in Oklahoma (which I will be touring in November!) displays on its website a menu of its procedures and their respective charges. Apparently, these charges do not fluctuate basedContinue Reading

A physician’s perspective on Obamacare

Dr. David A Stein, a pediatrician whose private practice is located in Burlington, NC, offers insight as to how Obamacare intends to increase access to health care, yet reality tells a different story: The ACA dramatically increased bureaucrats’ ability to dictate how we practice medicine. Beyond the law itself, it has led to a raft ofContinue Reading

Double Digit Premium Increases For North Carolina

From yesterday’s Daily Caller: Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina said in a conference call they’ll be upping the price of their individual Obamacare-compliant plans by 13.5 percent on average for 315,000 people, according to The Associated Press. Company officials emphasized that some customers will be eligible for taxpayer subsidies on the exchange. “ItContinue Reading

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Releases 2015 Rates

This morning, Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced that their individual market policyholders will face an average 13% rate increase when purchasing Obamacare compliant plans on the state’s federal health insurance exchange this fall. The dwindling grandfathered pool (plans that were sold before Obamacare was implemented on March 23, 2010) will see an average 13% rate increase asContinue Reading

Obamacare Forces Privately Insured Onto Medicaid

For states that have expanded Medicaid, some individuals who once had private coverage are now being forced onto Medicaid – a public health insurance program that fails to meet its intentions of providing accessible medical care to low-income patients. Jeffrey Singer, general surgeon and adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, explains in yesterday’s Wall StreetContinue Reading

Affordable Concierge Care

This week wraps up the first annual Healthcare Solutions Week – where public policy think tanks nationwide are raising awareness about how market-based principles can reduce health care costs while increasing quality and accessibility of care. A massive government overhaul of our healthcare delivery system continues to unfold, and the nation is embarking upon uncharted territory. ProvidersContinue Reading

Obamacare Burdens Physicians With More Paperwork

Healthcare Solutions Week  More regulations imposed under Obamacare mean that doctors are now spending less time with patients. Dr. Rosemary Stein, a private practitioner in Burlington, NC, gives some insight in yesterday’s Charlotte Observer: Today, we have less treatment time per day thanks to the burgeoning paperwork required by all the regulations – 13,000-plus pages at lastContinue Reading

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