Health Care

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    New bills would eliminate CON laws in NC

    Legislation introduced this week would decrease healthcare costs and increase access to medical care for North Carolinians, by eliminating our backwards and restrictive Certificate of Need (CON) laws. House Bill 410, sponsored by Republicans Kidwell, Hanig, Goodwin and Sasser; along with an identical Senate Bill,…
    Brian Balfour, March 25, 2021
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    Talking without a government license?

    It’s the classic tale of government overstepping its bounds, making itself a burden to the very people it purports to help. A professional counselor in Virginia has been told by District of Columbia bureaucrats that she can’t offer online teletherapy to people who live right next door to her…
    Donna Martinez, March 11, 2021
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    Vaccine ingenuity on display

    From the Associated Press comes the story of ingenuity and quick thinking in Oregon. Oregon health workers who got stuck in a snowstorm on their way back from a COVID-19 vaccination event went car to car injecting stranded drivers before several of the doses expired.
    Donna Martinez, January 29, 2021
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    1 way to help our friends with mental health or substance abuse issues

    So many families are dealing with it. Someone close to you is troubled to the point that you’re worried about their future. Or your heart aches as you watch a friend spin out of control because of drug addiction. These problems are so widespread that it can appear hopeless. But…
    Donna Martinez, January 27, 2021
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    Biden Administration Should Keep These 2 Trump Health Care Executive Orders

    No matter who the president is, or which political party has control of Congress, access to affordable health insurance and the medical care that goes along with it has been top of mind for years. President Trump made progress by issuing executive orders, as John Locke Foundation government affairs associate…
    Donna Martinez, January 8, 2021
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    Thoughts on Governor Cooper’s NC Council on Health Care Coverage meeting

    This morning was the first meeting of the North Carolina Council for Health Care Coverage, set up by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. The council is comprised of North Carolina legislators from both sides of the aisle, researchers from North Carolina educational institutions, and private sector stakeholders. Here is how…
    Jordan Roberts, December 4, 2020
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    Candidate Question: What can be done to bring down healthcare costs and help all NC citizens receive coverage?

    In order to bring down health care costs in NC, the state legislature needs to focus on both supply-side and demand-side health care reforms. Here is a list of possible supply-side reforms: Create a system for recognizing out-of-state health care licenses. Codify an inclusive definition of telehealth practices and…
    Jordan Roberts, October 29, 2020
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    Candidate Question: Is a national health insurance plan for all Americans a good idea? Why or why not?

    We do not support a national health insurance plan. A single-payer health care system would shift one-fifth of GDP into government spending. The federal government would have a monopoly on the administration of health care. Strict controls on the supply and spending in health care could lead to rationing of…
    Jordan Roberts, October 29, 2020