healthcare

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    Government Drives Up Consumer Costs

    Government is a necessary institution, and I would argue that, when it is fulfilling its constitutionally designated role, it has the capacity for much good. I realize some of my most libertarian friends rally around a battle cry of “Taxation is theft” as they raise their well-worn copy of The Law (a…
    Brooke Medina, September 20, 2021
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    Former McCrory Commerce Pick Advocates for Medicaid Expansion

    Sharon Decker, NC Department of Commerce secretary during the McCrory administration in 2013-14, authored this editorial recently published at WRAL.com. Decker attempts to make the case for North Carolina to expand Medicaid, focusing her argument on the potential economic benefits to the state. She begins her…
    Brian Balfour, July 13, 2021
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    Editorial cartoon exposes simple-minded support for Medicaid expansion

    WRAL editorial cartoonist Dennis Draughon published the above cartoon this week in an attempt to show how ignorant opponents of Medicaid expansion must be. The cartoon features Gov. Cooper showing all the supposed benefits of Medicaid expansion, and a stubborn Phil Berger nevertheless insisting it makes…
    Brian Balfour, March 19, 2021
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    WRAL editorial ignores vital details about Medicaid expansion

    WRAL earlier this week published an editorial titled “Take the money, it’s ours. Expand Medicaid.” The article misses the mark in many ways, starting with the article title itself. The money to pay for Medicaid expansion is not “ours.” It doesn’t even exist. The federal government is already…
    Brian Balfour, March 11, 2021
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    Trump’s second term healthcare agenda

    The health care vision of the two political parties in America could not be more different. Democrats and those on the left want to see government play a much larger role than it already does. Many on the left support a single-payer system in which the government is the sole…
    Jordan Roberts, July 24, 2020
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    Do Hospital Consolidations Lower Prices? (Spoiler Alert: No.)

    This week, JLF’s Jordan Roberts published a research brief on hospital consolidation. Recently, the American Hospital Association released a study on hospital consolidation. According to Roberts: The new study builds on a report from 2017 that showed that hospital consolidation decreased costs and increased quality for patients. The researchers used hard data…
    Brenee Goforth, September 11, 2019
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    Medicaid expansion in Louisiana

    Chris Jacobs of the Juniper Research Group penned a revealing Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal on the experience that Louisiana had following the expansion of their Medicaid program. Of course, Medicaid expansion is a policy…
    Jordan Roberts, June 10, 2019
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    Can Medicaid handle another recession?

    A new budget for fiscal years 2019 and 2020 is currently working its way through the North Carolina General Assembly (See here and here for more). Lots of discussions during budget negotiations have focused on long term sustainability…
    Jordan Roberts, June 4, 2019