Transparency (page 2)

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    Local Doctor Sues the State over “Arcane” CON Laws

    This week, the Winston-Salem Journal published a piece on Dr. Gajendra Singh, a surgeon providing low-cost screenings and health care services. According to the story: [Singh is] suing the state over arcane rules that basically allow it to control the marketplace through a monopoly rather than patients/consumers and old-fashioned competition.
    Brenee Goforth, August 13, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Hospitals force Folwell to back off State Health Plan reforms

    This week, Julie Havlak reported on the latest update from N.C. Treasurer Dale Folwell on the State Health Plan. According to Havlak’s story published in Carolina Journal, Folwell has officially ended his efforts to pull large hospital conglomerates into his Clear Pricing Project: Under the new version of the State…
    Brenee Goforth, August 9, 2019
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    Alcohol for the public good

    A letter writer to the Hendersonville Times-News worries that private liquor sales would eliminate “profits for public advantage” and put personal profits ahead of the “control and prevention of underage drinking.” Alcoholic Beverage Control managers, however, seek personal profits just as much as a private business would. The current system…
    Joseph Coletti, August 7, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: School funds should follow child

    This week, Carolina Journal published an opinion piece by syndicated columnist John Hood on the funding of public schools. In his piece, Hood argues for a systematic change in the way North Carolina funds public education. Hood points to a new study jointly issued by the California-based Reason Foundation…
    Brenee Goforth, August 5, 2019
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    CJ Reports: War of words intensifies between hospitals, treasurer over SHP pricing

    About a week ago, State Treasurer Dale Folwell raised reimbursement rates for hospitals who sign on as network providers for the State Health Plan (SHP). Thursday morning, Carolina Journal’s Julie Havlak reported that many hospitals are still not willing to accept his offer. According to Havlak: The State Health…
    Brenee Goforth, August 2, 2019
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    Whistleblowers and good government

    U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley argues in a Washington Examiner column that good government depends on insiders willing to speak out about problems. The first whistleblower law was unanimously passed by the Continental Congress on July 30, 1778. It stated in part “that it is the duty of all…
    Mitch Kokai, July 31, 2019
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    The News and Observer Highlights Health Care Comments by JLF’s Becki Gray

    Earlier this week, The Raleigh News and Observer published a story on the House Medicaid compromise bill. House Bill 655, or “NC Health Care for Working Families,” is a proposed compromise to Gov. Cooper’s demands for Medicaid expansion; demands which he is using to hold up the state…
    Brenee Goforth, July 12, 2019
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    Wise Words from Justice Gorsuch

    Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in United States v. Davis, that a federal law authorizing heightened criminal penalties for using, carrying, or possessing a firearm in connection with a “crime of violence or drug trafficking crime” is unconstitutionally vague. Justice Gorsuch starts his opinion for the majority by reminding…
    Jon Guze, June 25, 2019