(The following oped was originally published in the News & Observer.) Many people know that Gov. Mike Easley’s 2001 mental health reform was a failure, but few people realize how bad the system is today. Over a decade after mental health reform, mentally ill people who go to an emergency room wait an average of […]
North Carolinians are growing more outraged as they find out what the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is really doing to their finances and their ability to control their health care. At the Civitas Institute, we have been compiling stories people have sent in about the new law. These stories do a better job of highlighting […]
This is part I of a three-part article on mental health and severe mental illnesses in North Carolina. Almost unheard of before 1966, mass shootings like the Newtown massacre have become more and more frequent in modern American life. Pundits and politicians alike have been unable to identify the root cause of these atrocities. In […]
Hidden agendas can be dangerous, particularly when the goal is to influence public opinion with political attacks in the guise of impartial journalism. Recently, a supposedly “independent, not-for-profit news organization” has stepped into the public arena. NC Health News promises to “provide crucial information about health care in North Carolina,” but few people realize that […]
Read responses from real people across North Carolina describing how the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is making health insurance far less affordable while often forcing them off their current plans.
Did your premiums go up? Has your out of pocket deductible doubled or tripled? Has your employer dropped your plan or cut back your hours? We want to hear from you about the real impact of ObamaCare.
This is the final installment of a four-part series outlining a blueprint for meaningful state budget reform for North Carolina. This article focuses on much-needed reform to the state’s Medicaid program that could offer enrollees more options while saving millions of taxpayer dollars. A Blueprint for Budget Reform Reforms Needed for North Carolina’s Ailing Pension […]
This is the third installment of a four-part series outlining a blueprint for meaningful state budget reform for North Carolina. This article focuses on the growing and unsustainable health insurance benefits provided to state government employees and retirees A Blueprint for Budget Reform Reforms Needed for North Carolina’s Ailing Pension System State Health Plan for […]
The North Carolina General Assembly has officially concluded its business for 2012, ending a biennium that brought much needed policy changes to our state. While a significant portion of the short session was focused on budget adjustments, in the realm of health care, several steps were taken in the right direction. Medicaid was one area […]
The big debate about whether Obamacare imposes a “penalty” or a “tax” for not buying health insurance shouldn’t blind us to a much more expensive problem: the half-a-trillion dollars Americans will be paying with 19 new or higher taxes in the health care takeover. Much was made about last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring […]
This month the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down one of the most consequential decisions in its history by ruling on the constitutionality of Obamacare. On March 26-28, the Court heard an unprecedented six hours of oral arguments concerning the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. The justices asked several important and […]
Medicaid services not required by the federal government but approved by the state legislature in years past cost $4.4 billion in 2010-2011. That accounted for 46 percent of the $10 billion Medicaid budget. North Carolina’s Medicaid program was referred to as a “Cadillac” program in a study by the Lewin Group a few years ago. […]
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) continues to threaten state sovereignty and individual rights. With the uncertainty of the U.S. Supreme Court decision still looming, states must find ways to counteract this federally intrusive legislation, no matter the judicial outcome. A Healthcare Compact (Compact) could be the solution to bringing power and control […]
Proponents of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) health insurance exchanges will argue that the state setting up its own exchange, instead of the federal government, will give the state more flexibility and allow free market concepts into the exchange’s operation. Sadly, the idea of a “free market exchange” is a contradiction in terms. States will […]
State legislators have given the green light for the Department of Insurance to spend $12.4 million in federal grant money to set up a preliminary health insurance exchange. These funds, considered a “Level One” grant, will be used to hire consultants, temporary full-time employees, and purchase IT services and software. A health insurance exchange, in […]