Healthcare

 

Certificate of Need: Does It Actually Control Healthcare Costs?

“The fundamental premise of the CON law is that increasing health care costs may be controlled by governmental restrictions on the unnecessary duplication of medical facilities.” -NC Division of Health Service Regulation website. While the basic economic case against the entire Certificate of Need (CON) process has already been made,…

 

Certificate of Need Protects Providers, not People

In these times, lawmakers are all about attracting business to the state and increasing the number of North Carolinians at work. Great pomp and circumstance is placed on a single business moving to the state if it means jobs. The governor’s own website tracks new business opening in the state…

 

Certificate of Need Series

With lawmakers expected to begin reviewing North Carolina’s Certificate of Need (CON) program, Civitas will be releasing a five-part series of articles explaining the failure of this centrally-planned healthcare scheme. The articles examine why CON has failed to control costs, increase access, or improve healthcare. Through analysis, the series finds…

 

Does Obama Care? True Consequences of the “Affordable” Care Act

In mid-August, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled on the Florida lawsuit challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare or PPACA).  The suit represents 26 states, but not North Carolina. During this past legislative session, North Carolina’s Republican leadership wrote an amicus brief supporting…

 

Tort Reform Not Forgotten in Historic Legislative Session

The General Assembly worked tirelessly throughout the 2011 legislative session to push through hundreds of bills aimed at dismantling the old liberal guard.  In the area of tort reform, several significant legislative improvements were offered with bi-partisan support.  Two of the bills, HB 542, “Tort Reform for Citizens and Business”…

 

Lawmakers Perform Healthcare Reconstructive Surgery

For the first time in over 140 years, Republicans are leading both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly.  They came in with a comprehensive list of legislative goals, hoping to overturn and roll back some of the more burdensome policies of the liberal regime. Within their extensive legislative agenda,…

 

Welcome to Waiverland, USA

The courts continue to debate the validity and constitutionality of the intrusive Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  Some states are busy setting up unnecessary health benefits exchanges while others hold their breath for the US Supreme Court to ultimately make a decision about Obamacare’s constitutionality. Individual organizations, however,…

 

NC General Assembly Sending Mixed Signals about Obamacare

On May 11, 2011, GOP legislative leadership filed an Amicus brief challenging the constitutionality – especially the individual mandate – of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare.) Senate President Pro Tem Berger (R-Rockingham), Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown (R-Onslow), House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenberg), and House Majority Leader…

 

Health Care Compact Gives Healthcare Back to States

The U.S. Constitution established a system based on federalism with limited and enumerated power provided to the federal government. The founding fathers specifically delegated those powers not outlined in the Constitution to the states. Their vision stood in contrast to the centralized control over health insurance and medical care contained…

 

When it Comes to Health Benefit Exchanges, One Size Does Not Fit All

Implementation of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA, or ObamaCare) will impose state compliance on a large number of federal rules and mandates, especially when considering the state health benefit exchanges.  In addition to inevitable premium increases and the unknown long term costs of an exchange, ObamaCare will inflict…

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