Regulation

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    Certificate-of-Need Law Impedes Lower-Cost Cataract Surgery

    It’s a common outpatient procedure for seniors, yet North Carolina’s Certificate-of-Need law caps the number of ambulatory surgery centers that offer the service and keeps ophthalmologists from performing the surgery in their offices. JLF’s Katherine Restrepo analyzes the impact here.
    Donna Martinez, May 26, 2017
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    JLF’s Katherine Restrepo Responds To Blue Cross Health Insurance Rate Increase

    If you buy your health insurance through Obamacare with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, get ready to shell out even more for your coverage. On Thursday, the health insurer announced it has requested a 2018 rate hike for Obamacare policies that will average 22.9 percent. JLF’s health care…
    Donna Martinez, May 26, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on expert opinion that large solar farms could hurt North Carolina’s agriculture economy. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal highlights the need for alternatives to occupational licensing in North Carolina.
    Mitch Kokai, May 25, 2017
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    Health agency has led the regulatory push

    Elizabeth Harrington reports for the Washington Free Beacon that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has played the leading role in pushing for new federal regulations in recent years. The Department of Health and Human Services issued more than three times as many major regulations than…
    Mitch Kokai, May 24, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way explains at Carolina Journal Online why a judge’s ruling on the State Health Plan could cost taxpayers $100 million. John Hood’s Daily Journal presents the theory that a pay raise for legislators could lead to lower taxpayer costs from government regulation.
    Mitch Kokai, May 24, 2017
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    You’re Invited: Tracing the History of Craft Spirits in North Carolina

    Bring your lunch and join us Monday at noon for a fascinating look at the craft spirit industry in North Carolina. John Trump – the author of “Still & Barrel” – will trace the history of manufacturing moonshine whiskey, gin, vodka, and rum. He’ll also talk about the almost 50 distilleries…
    Donna Martinez, May 21, 2017
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    Look no further than film incentives, solar subsidies, and the recent vote on craft freedom

    From Ludwig von Mises’ Human Action, 1949, pp. 865-866. (To understand this passage in terms of the Orwellian language that dominates modern politics in North Carolina and elsewhere substitute the word stakeholders for Mises’ use of the phrase “pressure groups.”) The public looks askance upon the lobbyists and blames…
    Roy Cordato, May 19, 2017
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    Net neutrality panned

    Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon reports on a new analysis of negative impacts from the Obama administration’s “net neutrality” rules. Keeping Obama administration-era net neutrality rules would result in higher Internet prices for consumers and less innovation, according to a new report. The Competitive Enterprise Institute…
    Mitch Kokai, May 18, 2017