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    Warning for NC: Medicaid Expansion Offers Empty Promises

    Today’s Real Clear Policy included an article warning North Carolina against being seduced by the siren song of empty promises sung by Medicaid expansion supporters: As far back as 2014, Arkansas Senator Bryan King (R) warned other states not to expand after watching his state’s “…
    Brian Balfour, May 27, 2021
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    Texas Fights Biden over Medicaid

    Caitlin McFall reports for about the Lone Star State’s dispute with the Biden administration over health care policy. The Biden administration was slapped with a lawsuit on Friday after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton launched a suit countering changes to the state’s federally funded portion of Medicaid…
    Mitch Kokai, May 17, 2021
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    Locke experts: Cooper’s latest budget plan spends too much, takes aim at parents’ educational choices

    Gov. Roy Cooper’s latest two-year budget plan would spend far too much money, setting North Carolina’s state government on an unsustainable future path. The governor also continues his pointless push to expand Medicaid, touts an unnecessary bond package, and targets popular parental school choice programs for cutbacks. These are some…
    Mitch Kokai, March 24, 2021
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    Editorial cartoon exposes simple-minded support for Medicaid expansion

    WRAL editorial cartoonist Dennis Draughon published the above cartoon this week in an attempt to show how ignorant opponents of Medicaid expansion must be. The cartoon features Gov. Cooper showing all the supposed benefits of Medicaid expansion, and a stubborn Phil Berger nevertheless insisting it makes…
    Brian Balfour, March 19, 2021
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    WRAL editorial ignores vital details about Medicaid expansion

    WRAL earlier this week published an editorial titled “Take the money, it’s ours. Expand Medicaid.” The article misses the mark in many ways, starting with the article title itself. The money to pay for Medicaid expansion is not “ours.” It doesn’t even exist. The federal government is already…
    Brian Balfour, March 11, 2021
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    Targeting states to expand Medicaid

    The COVID bribe would increase the federal match for non-expansion recipients by 5% the next two years in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid, plus Missouri and Oklahoma. That’s not taking the 90%FMAP for the roughly 500,000-person expansion population to 95%, but taking the pandemic-enhanced 73.85% to 78.85% (67.75% and 72.75%…
    Joseph Coletti, February 26, 2021
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio’s last episode

    After almost 18 years on N.C. airwaves, Carolina Journal Radio airs its final program this weekend. Andy Jackson explains how state lawmakers can take steps to prevent state agencies from bypassing N.C. laws through collusive lawsuit settlements. Jordan Roberts offers alternatives to the governor’s preferred policy…
    Mitch Kokai, January 29, 2021
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    Senate Leader Phil Berger Announces Committee Appointments

    A Jan. 7 news release from Sen. Leader Phil Berger’s office announces committee assignments. The General Assembly reconvenes Wednesday, Jan. 13. Be sure to join the John Locke Foundation’s government affairs team on Monday, Jan. 11, for a conversation about Locke’s legislative Agenda for a Better Carolina. …
    Donna Martinez, January 7, 2021