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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Gov. Roy Cooper has signed an executive order designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions in North Carolina. Donald van der Vaart analyzes the order for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Dan Way discusses the federal government’s new waiver permitting major changes in North Carolina’s Medicaid…
    Mitch Kokai, November 9, 2018
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    Better data and better ideas to improve economic mobility

    “Skill disparities, family dynamics, early childhood development and incarceration effects” are important factors in long-term income inequality left out of recent work that has garnered national headlines, write Nobel economist James Heckman and Archbridge Institute CEO Gonzalo Schwarz. They warn that incomplete assessments could lead to wrong prescriptions of…
    Joseph Coletti, October 10, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on North Carolina’s nearly six-year-long Medicaid reform efforts. John Hood’s Daily Journal says a recent poll suggests undecided swing voters are closer to Republicans than Democrats on several key issues.
    Mitch Kokai, September 26, 2018
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    The morality of work requirements

    “U.S. social policy is built on a foundation of values,” AEI’s Michael Strain writes at in getting to the heart of why reforming most government programs creates such heated debate.  Most discussion of work requirements, eligibility, and the costs and benefits of social programs begs the questions of personal…
    Joseph Coletti, August 10, 2018
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    Big Labor’s big money from Medicaid

    Hunter Lovell of the Washington Free Beacon details the extent to which unions have relied on funds siphoned from Medicaid. Democratic strongholds deducted nearly $150 million from Medicaid caregivers’ payments and handed them to labor unions in 2017, according to a report released by the Freedom Foundation. California,…
    Mitch Kokai, July 27, 2018
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    Medicaid expansion cuts health spending on poor children

    Alyssia Finley explains the perverse consequences of Medicaid expansion‘s higher federal payments for single working-age adults in Medicaid expansion compared to traditional recipients like children in low-income families and people with disabilities. What seems to have happened is this: Recall that for the pre-ObamaCare Medicaid populations—those disabled and sick…
    Joseph Coletti, July 26, 2018
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    Insurers meh on Medicaid fraud

    Do managed care organizations do enough to combat Medicaid fraud? The question means more than in the past for North Carolina, which is preparing to rely more on private insurers for Medicaid administration. The US Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General (OIG) found Medicaid managed care organizations…
    Joseph Coletti, July 16, 2018
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    New plan would block unions from siphoning Medicaid payments

    Tim Pearce of the Daily Caller explains a federal government proposal that targets shady labor union activity. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is blistering at a proposed regulation that would prevent the union from siphoning fees from American workers’ Medicaid payments. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid…
    Mitch Kokai, July 12, 2018