Category Archives: Health care

Cato’s Tanner explains corporate welfare has bipartisan backers

Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute reminds us in his latest National Review Online column that both major parties have been guilty of supporting corporate welfare. The most recent example of Democratic corporate welfare involves the legislation that has dominated much of the political debate during Barack Obama’s administration. The conventional wisdom says that corporateContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on a lawyer’s concerns that the NAACP might be promoting efforts to violate North Carolina’s election law. Katherine Restrepo’s Daily Journal explores the growing popularity of direct primary care.

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

Without taxpayer subsidies, Obamacare will face a ‘death spiral’?

Sarah Hurtubise of the Daily Caller explores an interesting new report from the Obama administration. The Obama administration has funded a new study by top consulting firm RAND Health that startlingly finds that if taxpayer subsidies are eliminated, Obamacare exchanges will fall into a “death spiral.” The study comes in the wake of a numberContinue Reading

Nursing degrees: Get ‘em while they’re hot

Becoming a nurse is probably a great idea. You can do it with minimal credentials (associate degree or less), it’s a fast-growing field, and in 2012 the median registered nurse made upwards of $65,000. It’s such a great idea that it would be a shame for special interests and policymakers to ruin it for everyone.Continue 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

Ebola response problems involve more than messaging

Scott Gottlieb and Tevi Troy explain for Wall Street Journal readers why the problems associated with the government response to the Ebola threat involve much more than poor messaging. Much public skepticism about the government’s response to Ebola stems from the dogmatic pronouncements of Obama administration officials. In a video message early last month onContinue Reading

Lobotomy and the post-World War II incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder

Long before post-traumatic stress disorder gained its name, society dealt with soldiers who returned from combat with “battle fatigue,” “shell shock,” or other mental problems. One of the more disturbing responses to those problems was the frontal lobotomy surgery. Dr. Philip Miller practiced internal medicine and cardiology for 34 years with Wake Internal Medicine ConsultantsContinue Reading