Health Care

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    Regulation and choice

    Sometimes public policy is designed for the benefit of a few at the expense of all others. A recent California bill is a perfect example of just that:  Shares of SmileDirectClub SDC -12.85% Inc. fell…
    Jordan Roberts, October 15, 2019
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    The impact of medical licensure laws

    Medical licensing is in place to help prevent patients from being treated by someone with no training or by someone who has had ethical violations in the past. However, in many circumstances, states have gone too far in the amount of medical licensing medical professionals must obtain to…
    Jordan Roberts, October 14, 2019
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    Health care waste numbers

    A new study published in the JAMA reveals the extent of waste in the American health care system. The researchers estimated waste totals for six different categories by looking at reports from January 2019 to May 2019. Here are some estimates calculated by the researchers: …
    Jordan Roberts, October 8, 2019
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    How Do We Lower Health Care Costs? Jordan Roberts Speaks To America’s Future Foundation

    Lowering the high costs of health care is a daunting challenge, but as JLF’s Jordan Roberts wrote in this piece published by the Fayetteville Observer recently, there are five steps North Carolina lawmakers can take to put downward pressure on prices. At the top of the list is to…
    Donna Martinez, September 5, 2019
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    Mental health and youth’s screen time

    Mental health has become a much larger part of the discussion of overall health. This topic interests me for several reasons. One, I believe that neglecting mental health in the conversation of overall health leaves out a huge component of the whole equation. Two, there seems to be…
    Jordan Roberts, August 28, 2019
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    Medicaid expansion and improper eligibility

    Former special assistant to President Trump at the National Economic Council, Brian Blase, and University of Kentucky economics professor, Aaron Yelowitz, wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about the experience of some states who have expanded Medicaid…
    Jordan Roberts, August 15, 2019
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    NCGA should create more health coverage options for small business

    Back in mid-March, the North Carolina Senate passed SB 86, the Small Business Health Care Act. This bill would create the opportunity for easy formation of large group health plans among employer members of an association which can include small businesses and sole…
    Jordan Roberts, August 7, 2019
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    Canadians experience long wait time for care

    In the June edition of Carolina Journal, I wrote a column titled “American Should Be Skeptical of Single-Payer Promises.” Different flavors of Medicare for all or public options have been a focal point of the 2020 Democratic primary. Many…
    Jordan Roberts, August 6, 2019