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    Surprising news on opioids

    Could opioids actually have a positive effect on work? In a new working paper, “U.S. Employment and Opioids: Is There a Connection?” respected health economist Janet Currie and others find, “[A]lthough they are addictive and dangerous, opioids may allow some women to work who would otherwise leave the labor…
    Joseph Coletti, March 26, 2018
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    The wrong response to an ailing Obamacare

    Doug Badger, Marie Fishpaw, and Michael Needham warn at National Review Online that congressional Republicans seem poised to take the wrong action in addressing the flawed Affordable Care Act. Since late last year, GOP leaders have been planning to pump tens of billions of dollars’ worth of new…
    Mitch Kokai, February 6, 2018
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    More details on the uninsured

    Ali Meyer of the Washington Free Beacon dives into the latest numbers surrounding health insurance in America. After four years of Affordable Care Act implementation, the percentage of adults with no health care insurance has hit 12.2 percent in the last quarter of 2017, according to data from…
    Mitch Kokai, January 18, 2018
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    Obamacare minus Obama

    Robert King and Kimberly Leonard of the Washington Examiner ponder the future of Obamacare. The first open enrollment for Obamacare starts Nov. 1 without its architect and chief advocate in the White House, raising questions about how it will fare under a new administration that views repeal…
    Mitch Kokai, October 31, 2017
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    Obamacare and Rising Costs

    JLF’s Katherine Restrepo offers perspective on Obamacare subsidies to Spectrum News. WATCH.
    Donna Martinez, October 19, 2017
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    Will President Trump Use Executive Orders to Infuse Competition Into Health Care?

    The latest congressional effort to replace Obamacare with a market-oriented option has failed. So what will President Trump do next? Could he use executive orders? On NC Capital Tonight, Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation senior vice president, weighed in on that option. Watch here.
    Donna Martinez, September 28, 2017
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    “Force people to buy insurance or pay a penalty, and it shouldn’t surprise you when more people end up buying insurance.”

    In his story about the rate of uninsured in the U.S. and in North Carolina, Richard Craver of the Winston-Salem Journal asked JLF’s Mitch Kokai for his thoughts on health insurance and the Affordable Care Act. Craver reports slightly more than 1 million North Carolinians lack health insurance.
    Donna Martinez, September 13, 2017
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    R.I.P. Blue Cross Grandfathered Plans

    They were good while they lasted. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina announced last week that it would end all of its grandfathered health insurance plans December 31. All of the 50,000 people who still have one of these plans will need to enroll in an ObamaCare plan for January 1,…
    Joseph Coletti, August 21, 2017