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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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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Be wary of the growth fairy

    Kevin Williamson offers that advice at National Review Online. Real economic growth in the United States has stunk on ice since the financial crisis: 1.6 percent in 2016, 2.6 percent in 2015, 2.4 percent in 2014, 1.7 percent in 2013, 2.2 percent in 2012, 1.6 percent in 2011,…
    Mitch Kokai, May 26, 2017
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    Loving America in spite of its flaws

    Jim Geraghty of National Review Online explores patriotism in our flawed society. How should we feel about our country when it has failed to live up to our values? That’s the question that lies at the heart of many of our political debates. … … At times, gloomy…
    Mitch Kokai, May 26, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina voters will face no photo ID requirement, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to address an Appeals Court ruling that struck down the state’s 2013 election law. Rick Henderson analyzes the significance of the Supreme Court’s decision for the next edition of…
    Mitch Kokai, May 26, 2017