Category Archives: Health care

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

New Carolina Journal Online features

Leslee Kulba profiles for Carolina Journal Online a rematch in the N.C. House District 36 election. Roy Cordato’s Daily Journal probes the link between Obamacare and a “right” to health care.

An idea whose time will never come: price controls

Phil Kerpen of American Commitment shares with Daily Caller readers his concerns about the latest effort to institute price controls for Gilead’s hepatitis C treatments. [A]n industry group formed to lobby for prescription drug price controls has seized on the issue to opportunistically press Congress to impose price controls and force Gilead to sell atContinue 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

Hospitals advocate says certificate-of-need law protects against impact of other government regulation

Responding to a presentation earlier this month from an advocate for reform of North Carolina’s certificate-of-need law, a representative of the N.C. Hospitals Association defended CON today during a speech to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. Cody Hand, NCHA’s vice president and deputy general counsel, says CON offers protection against the negative impacts ofContinue Reading

Duke scholar documents Obamacare’s impact on health insurance costs

Chris Conover shares with Forbes readers important data detailing the Affordable Care Act’s impact on the affordability of health insurance. When the Society of Actuaries estimated spring 2013 that the ACA would result in increasing claims costs by an average of 32 percent nationally by 2017, such estimates could be dismissed as “projections” since atContinue 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