Carolina Journal Weekly Report

August 27, 2010

Carolina Journal Weekly Report

For the week of August 27, 2010 -

Reaction of the Week

RALEIGH — North Carolina lawmakers should eliminate certificate-of-need laws, mandated health insurance benefits, and most licensing requirements if they’re interested in improving health care in the state. That’s the conclusion the John Locke Foundation’s top health expert reaches in a new Policy Report.

“Regulation of hospitals and other health care providers makes care more expensive, while mandated benefits make insurance more expensive and encourage more unnecessary regulation,” said Joseph Coletti, JLF Director of Health and Fiscal Policy Studies. “The deregulation recommended in this report would improve North Carolinians’ access to care and quality of care. These changes also would have a positive impact on cost and innovation.”

Coletti focused his attention on state-level health care reform in the wake of the recent federal reform legislation.

“Health care reform was supposed to lower costs, improve access and quality, and lower the number of uninsured,” he said. “Despite the recent debate in Washington, most changes that could yield improvements in these areas must be made at the state level. Current state regulations limit where we can get treatment and from whom, how we pay for care, what our insurance has to cover, and what happens when things go wrong.”

News Features

CJ: Perdue campaign advised Stubbs on flights
RALEIGH — Officials of Gov. Bev Perdue’s 2008 campaign advised New Bern attorney Trawick “Buzzy” Stubbs on a “variety of ways” to handle the nearly $30,000 in unreported flights he provided to the campaign, according to a Board of Election report.

CJ: Lottery funds continue to be diverted
RALEIGH — North Carolina created the state's Education Lottery in 2005 amid promises that the money would be used solely to supplement current funds for education. That promise has not been kept.

CJ: Federal insurance pool risky proposition
RALEIGH — Two plans. Two options. Too many? North Carolina and the federal government now offer separate, side-by-side plans to provide health insurance to individuals with pre-existing conditions.

CJ: Labor Department focuses on hospitality industry
RALEIGH — The unemployment rate in North Carolina and around the country may be flirting with double digits, but that isn’t preventing the U.S. Department of Labor from tight enforcement of employment laws.

CJ: Overpriced Watauga High School raises red flags
RALEIGH — Days after opening the most expensive public school in North Carolina’s history, Watauga County commissioners will ask voters to approve a $1.9 million tax increase. The John Locke Foundation’s latest Regional Brief cites the history of the new Watauga High School while questioning the wisdom of a tax hike.

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Capital Quotes

Obviously, the campaign, as it related to airplanes, was not run in an efficient nor orderly fashion.
Larry Leake, chairman of the State Board of Elections, as quoted by the Associated Press, talking about a $30,000 fine imposed on Gov. Beverly Perdue’s campaign for failing to properly disclose 42 airplane trips paid for by contributors.

The governor should be happy today. Her team dodged its way to the exact verdict she was hoping for.
Joe Sinsheimer, a Democratic Party consultant turned watchdog, commenting to the Raleigh News & Obserever on the election board’s fine.

The marketplace is crying for two things: certainty in regulation and taxation. Without those, private capital will not flow to job creation.
— Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., talking to the Asheville Citizen-Times about what’s needed to get the U.S. economy out of the doldrums.

We may be able to shrink that budget by another billion. After that, it gets dicey.
— Rep. Henry Michaux, D-Durham and Appropriation Committee chair, talking to the Winston-Salem Journal about next year’s state budget, which is currently projected to have a $3 billion deficit. 

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
JLF’s Joe Coletti reacts to national publicity over N.C. “stimulus” projects; Steve Forbes discusses market forces and economic recovery; Melana Zyla Vickers talks about university response to kids with learning problems; SMU’s Dwight Lee makes the moral case for free markets; and JLF’s Terry Stoops reflects on growth of home schools.

NC Spin

This week on NC Spin…
Join moderator Tom Campbell for another week of political discussion and debate on the most intelligent television talk show in the state. Topics this week: State Board Of Elections crisis; SBI meltdown continues; how to spend $300 million; and NC wins Race to the Top funding.


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