Author: Marianne Suarez


N.C. House’s 2010-11 Budget Recommendations: Health and Human Services

The House's 2010-11 budget recommendations would include total Health and Human Services (HHS) spending of $5.04 billion, once more than $1 billion in federal stimulus funds are factored in. The House plan appears to spend $3.97 billion, but the more than $1 billion in federal funding - mostly for Medicaid…


Gov. Perdue’s 2010-11 Budget Recommendations: Health and Human Services

At first blush, the Governor’s Health and Human Services (HHS) budget recommendations give the appearance of a net $386 million in reductions to the 2010-11 spending plan approved in last year’s biennial budget bill.


Patient, Doctor, and Government – Who Decides?

Last week, Congress enacted a nearly $1 trillion health care program – claiming it would reduce the cost of care and even lower the deficit by more than $100 billion over the next decade. But how exactly will such a costly government program cut costs?


20 Changes For 2010: Protecting Private Property

Our Nation’s forefathers and framers of the U.S. Constitution regarded the defense of property rights as one of the few and fundamentally unchanging roles of our government. Changing regulations and ambiguous language in the state’s general statutes threaten to diminish the property rights of North Carolina residents.


20 Changes For 2010: Health Care

This year health care reform emerged as a forefront national issue. Our nation’s health care spending continues to rise and is projected to reach $3.1 trillion in 2010, amounting to 17.7 percent of GDP. Congress is considering legislation that would effectively overhaul our nation’s health care system at a staggering…


Unemployment Continues to Increase, Government Agenda Unaffected

The economy, and jobs, was the centerpiece of President Obama’s State of the Union address last week, unfortunately not in the way many would have hoped.


25 States Standing up to Obamacare – Why not North Carolina?

Popular sentiment is that final passage of the Obamacare Frankenstein is inevitable. Reform in its near final form is far from that which was promised by the Obama administration, in that many will be forced out of their private insurance, costs will rise, care will be rationed, and millions will…


Federal Health Care “Reform” Proposal Would Add $600 Million to N.C.’s Already Strained Budget

North Carolina’s state budget is already at the breaking point. In order to “balance” the current year’s spending plan, lawmakers grasped at a patchwork list of revenue, including more than $1 billion in state tax hikes, $1.4 billion in federal “stimulus” funds and nearly $100 million from various state “trust…


Market, Uninsured Affected by Government-Imposed Mandates

One major factor clearly contributing to higher health care costs is state-level mandates. These mandates, a requirement by the government, as well as laws and regulations that follow them, prevent people from purchasing health insurance across state lines – a restriction that greatly reduces choice and insurance alternatives.


The Arbitrary Nature of Government Health Care Reform

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a nearly 2,000 page health reform bill. Looking past the clear party line divide, the bill passed by a two member margin – just barely scraping by with the minimum vote the majority needed for it to now go to the U.S.…

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