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  • A key GOP senator in the health care reform debate

    Steven Dennis of Bloomberg Businessweek explains why a freshman Southern senator could play an important role in the weeks ahead. Bill Cassidy, the first-term Republican senator from Louisiana, thinks the House’s Obamacare repeal bill failed to consider the impact it will have on one crucial constituency: patients. A medical…
    Mitch Kokai, May 29, 2017, 277 words
  • Britons funded the terrorist attack in Manchester

    The U.K. Telegraph delivers devastating news about the attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. The Manchester suicide bomber used taxpayer-funded student loans and benefits to bankroll the terror plot, police believe. Salman Abedi is understood to have received thousands of pounds in state funding in the…
    Mitch Kokai, May 29, 2017, 187 words
  • Balanced budget? Don’t bank on it, says Barron’s ‘Economic Beat’ columnist

    It’s great to see a president focus on balancing the federal budget. But Gene Epstein of Barron’s pours some cold water on President Trump’s plan for accomplishing that goal. … President Donald Trump’s 10-year plan offers a rickety foundation for achieving American greatness. It includes some good proposals…
    Mitch Kokai, May 29, 2017, 320 words
  • 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, 39 words
  • 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, 70 words
  • Of thought leaders and public intellectuals

    Tevi Troy reviews for Commentary a new book about those people who fill our TV screens and editorial pages with commentary on politics and public policy. … [T]o the extent that we do have public intellectuals at all in our society, they are far more likely to be…
    Mitch Kokai, May 26, 2017, 233 words
  • About those peer-reviewed climate studies

    Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon exposes the flaccid nature of scientific rigor when it comes to research dealing with climate change. The academic paper that claimed penises cause climate change was reviewed and approved with no changes by two peer reviewers at a scientific journal. Cogent…
    Mitch Kokai, May 26, 2017, 171 words
  • UNC’s attempt to avoid transparency attracts national attention

    Eric Owens of the Daily Caller shines an unwanted spotlight on the state’s flagship public university. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has turned down a television station’s open records request by claiming that it is a law enforcement agency. UNC Chapel Hill officials made their…
    Mitch Kokai, May 26, 2017, 182 words
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