A year ago, I never imagined that a bill proposing a massive government-run health insurance plan and threatening to dissolve the private insurance market would be making its way through Congress. Just as I never imagined government would ever have the power to mandate health insurance coverage for every individual, that a Washington bureaucrat could ever decide a doctor’s salary, or that the American people would be subsidizing abortions. Yet even more unexpectedly than this sudden threat of unchecked government expansion, I find myself a year later standing in front of hundreds of people in strong opposition.
The highly debated Healthy Youth Act, House Bill 88 and Senate Bill 221, will force 104 of the state’s 115 school districts to teach a more contraception-focused Comprehensive Sex Education program (CSE) to our impressionable youth, starting in 2010. It was passed by the North Carolina State Senate and House last week.
In spite of the inefficiency and costliness of government provided healthcare projects to date (think HMOs and Medicaid part D), the Democrats in Congress are pushing for a public health care option open to all. While many eager liberals are flying straight towards the shiny blue light of “universal health care,” some are taking a moment to step back and reconsider what they’re signing us up for.
Are you interested in saving up to 60 percent on your health insurance? No, this is not a solicitation. This is, rather, an article to inform the public about a state bill that could drastically reduce the cost of health insurance available to you and your family.
A North Carolina Senate Bill (SB 725) recently filed by Sen. Phil Berger (R - Rockingham) would allow North Carolinians access to health insurance plans authorized in other states. Such a move would lower the number of uninsured in our state and lower health insurance costs at a time when many desperately need it.
When was the last time you went to the doctor and asked her how much a procedure costs? If you’re like most people; probably never. You pay your co-pay of $20 or $30 and that’s it. But someone else is paying the remaining balance on that bill, and for the State Health Plan, that bill is paid by the taxpayers.
Like education, HHS overall fares better than most state agencies. The increased spending, however, is necessitated by increasing demands on services such as Medicaid during the economic recession. Federal stimulus dollars cover much of the state’s increasing obligations, but certain cuts were necessary to balance the HHS budget.
Without a doubt, compelling arguments can be made against smoking and its negative health effects. Obviously, that’s just what the proponents of HB2 – the statewide smoking ban bill – want you to think about.
With the North Carolina General Assembly set to reconvene on Wednesday, one of the first challenges it will face is fixing the fundamental insolvency of the State Health Plan (SHP), the primary health insurance program for state employees.
Like a Phoenix rising from beyond the grave, a proposal to ban smoking in all buildings available to the public appears headed for a revival.
Balfour discusses his study examining health care trends in North Carolina over the last seven years. From affordability to access, the state of health care in North Carolina has worsened.
A compilation of several major health care indicators reveals that state policies designed to improve health care in North Carolina have failed. Health insurance costs are rising more rapidly than the national average, more children lack health coverage and the most vulnerable in our state have less access to care, according to a study recently released by the Civitas Institute.
The continued expansion of government control over your health care and little progress toward consumer-based reform were the major themes of the 2007 and 2008 North Carolina General Assembly sessions.
When it comes to the health care debate in North Carolina, four issues typically come to the forefront: affordability, access, government spending and mental health. Since 2001, North Carolina’s health care system has been faltering on all four counts.
To cure our healthcare system, we have to look at the system holistically. Just one or two reforms will have a small effect. We need comprehensive reform. First, we must identify the pathologies. Then, we must offer prescriptions. But most reform efforts get this the wrong way around. In other words, many would like to treat the symptoms, but ignore the underlying problems.