Health care

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    US soda taxes do little outside Philadelphia

    John Cawley and David Frisvold have become the leading authorities on soda taxes. In their current working paper with David Jones, they compare results in Philadelphia, Oakland, San Francisco, and Seattle. Philadelphia’s tax “decreased purchases by 27.7 percent,” but the authors “do not find impacts of the taxes in the…
    Joseph Coletti, October 21, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online that a lawsuit and lack of funding are not blocking North Carolina’s moved toward Medicaid managed care. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why states tend to do a better job of governing than the federal government does.
    Mitch Kokai, October 21, 2019
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    Washington Examiner highlights key flaw in Democratic health care proposals

    Editors at the Washington Examiner contend that leading Democratic presidential contenders want to spend $7 trillion more on health care with no improvement in care. From the 2020 Democratic candidates’ discussion of healthcare in their Oct. 15 debate, one receives the impression that Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for…
    Mitch Kokai, October 18, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    National Democratic leaders want their candidate for the 2020 U.S. Senate race to avoid grass-roots campaigning and instead raise as much money as possible for negative ads against the Republican incumbent. That was the gist of a secret recording that emerged recently in the campaign. Rick Henderson analyzes the impact…
    Mitch Kokai, October 18, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Dependent Doctors Exaggerate Health Care Costs

    This week, reporter Julie Havlak wrote an article for Carolina Journal on the dwindling number of independent physicians, the causes of this decrease, and what it means for health care. Havlak explains that only two in five family physicians are independent, and that number is only decreasing. What…
    Brenee Goforth, October 17, 2019
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    JLF’ Mitch Kokai Quoted in Winston-Salem Journal Story on Medicaid Expansion

    This week, JLF’s Mitch Kokai was quoted in a Winston-Salem Journal story on Medicaid expansion. The reporter, Richard Craver, writes: A federal oversight agency cautioned last week that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may not be properly monitoring administrative expenses related to its work requirement exemption for…
    Brenee Goforth, October 16, 2019
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    A scary Sesame Street

    Kyle Smith of National Review Online questions a recent addition to a beloved children’s television program. Sesame Street is rightly beloved, but I’m not sure moving into the area of opioid addiction is a good idea. A new green Muppet, Karli, is a foster child whose mother is…
    Mitch Kokai, October 16, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online about N.C. doctors pushing for independence from larger health care systems. John Hood’s Daily Journal challenges tax myths and reminds readers that the U.S. tax system is progressive.
    Mitch Kokai, October 16, 2019