Health care (page 2)

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    State Health Plan Debate Reaches NC Supreme Court

    More than 200,000 retired state government workers and their dependents could face changes to their state health plans. The North Carolina Supreme Court heard a case Monday regarding whether the state can charge a premium for certain retired state workers for their enrollment in the state health plan. This…
    Paige Terryberry, October 5, 2021
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    Are Too Many White People Studying Racial Disparities in Health Care?

    Andrew Stiles of the Washington Free Beacon documents another sign of today’s overly racialized political climate. Is studying racial disparities in health care just another example of white supremacy run amok? A recently published investigative report suggests the answer is yes. “‘Health equity tourists’: How white scholars are…
    Mitch Kokai, October 1, 2021
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    The Affordable Care Act as Poorly Drafted Law

    Tom Miller writes in National Affairs about one seldom-discussed flaw in the Affordable Care Act. It is natural to think of the enactment of a piece of legislation into law as the end of the process by which it takes form. But in our times, the president’s signature…
    Mitch Kokai, September 27, 2021
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    Government Drives Up Consumer Costs

    Government is a necessary institution, and I would argue that, when it is fulfilling its constitutionally designated role, it has the capacity for much good. I realize some of my most libertarian friends rally around a battle cry of “Taxation is theft” as they raise their well-worn copy of The Law (a…
    Brooke Medina, September 20, 2021
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    Nearly half for other reasons? How misleading are Covid hospitalization numbers?

    New research finds that barely over half (52%) of Covid patients in the VA during the post-vaccination period were hospitalized for the management of Covid-19 disease. The rest (48%) were in the hospital for some other reason and incidentally found to be infected with SARS-CoV-2.
    Jon Sanders, September 20, 2021
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    ‘Free’ Health Care Carries High Price

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online ponders “free” health care. Middle- to upper-middle-income Britons do pay higher national income taxes than do their American counterparts, but when state and local taxes are taken into consideration, the math looks different, with middle-income households in New York State, for example,…
    Mitch Kokai, September 15, 2021
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    Vaccination Battles Threaten the Hippocratic Oath

    Patrick Hauf writes for the Washington Free Beacon about a COVID-related dispute within the medical community. A growing number of doctors have threatened to withhold treatment from the unvaccinated, sparking backlash from doctors and bioethicists who say such sentiments violate the Hippocratic Oath. Those critics are even more…
    Mitch Kokai, September 14, 2021
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    National Recognition in Forbes for N.C. CON Reforms

    Patrick Gleason of Americans for Tax Reform highlights in a Forbes column North Carolina’s successful effort to loosen certificate-of-need restrictions. As Texas demonstrated this past summer, the national media loves to cover state legislation related to election law and abortion. What doesn’t get as much press, though it…
    Mitch Kokai, September 9, 2021