Category Archives: Health care

Rasmussen isn’t buying Obamacare spin

Pollster Scott Rasmussen explains for Real Clear Politics readers why he’s not ready to share President Obama’s enthusiasm about updated enrollment numbers tied to the federal Affordable Care Act. President Barack Obama announced triumphantly that 8 million people selected a private insurance plan through the health care exchanges created by legislation known as Obamacare orContinue Reading

TIME’s Klein pans ‘Mediscare’ ads from Democrats

No one would accuse TIME columnist Joe Klein of harboring any love for Republicans. That’s why it’s interesting to read Klein taking Democrats to task for reviving the strategy of scaring people about their Medicare. Meet Linda … who joins Harry and Louise, and dozens of other average Americans–some real, some conjured–in the long, sordidContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Obamacare supporters claimed victory once official health insurance exchange enrollment numbers topped 7 million nationwide. Katherine Restrepo analyzes what those numbers really mean during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Sarah Curry discusses North Carolina’s unfunded liability for health and pension plans that benefit retired government workers. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest describes the workContinue Reading

Latest McKinsey Report: less than 1/3 enrollees previously uninsured.

    Since the rollout of Obamacare’s exchanges in October 2013, McKinsey and Co. has surveyed a national sample of individuals eligible for an Obamacare qualified health plan within the individual health insurance market. The slide above illustrates just one snapshot of the study’s main mission: to understand eligible consumer behavior when selecting/purchasing  individual healthContinue Reading

NC Medicaid reform: ACOs dead this year

North Carolina’s Medicaid reform proposal in which Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) would bear some financial risk for assigned Medicaid populations will not be adopted by the Legislature this year. Just now in the News and Observer: Rep. Nelson Dollar, a member of an advisory committee on Medicaid changes, liked the idea of creating Accountable CareContinue Reading

The New ICD-10: Code Overkill?

For those that think Obamacare is a fist-clenching, jaw-tightening, eye-rolling daily dosage of headline news, an even bigger non-Obamacare headache has yet to fall in the hands of medical providers. Physicians are in for a real treat come October 2015, as they will be required to comply with an upgraded coding system – formally knownContinue Reading

Want single-payer health care? Look at Vermont first

Megan McArdle examines in a Bloomberg View column Vermont’s ambitious response to the federal Affordable Care Act. Of the plans that states have hatched for the Affordable Care Act, none has been bolder than that of Vermont, which wants to implement a single-payer health-care system, along the lines of what you might find in BritainContinue Reading

Businessweek mentions one Medicaid problem

Those who have cautioned North Carolina against expanding its troubled Medicaid program will read with interest an article from the latest Bloomberg Businessweek. [T]he Congressional Budget Office estimates that about 8 million people will join the government health insurance program for the poor in 2014. By the end of February, more than 3 million hadContinue Reading