Why doesn't Gov Perdue like her own budget?
By Joseph Coletti
House budgets less and more for DHHS
Budget subcommittees last
week released their spending plans for the next fiscal year. The plans build on Gov. Perdue's recommendations and budget writers clearly indicate those places where they have taken her ideas. In Health
and Human Services, the plan calls for $4.4 billion in state
appropriations, a reduction of $527 million from the continuation budget, with
$335 million of that coming from Medicaid savings. Because of the
"stimulus" budget trickeration last year, this cut is actually a $450
million increase in state appropriations from the current fiscal year's budget.
So the state ends up spending more but getting less because of the bailout.
overrides veto of governor's health plan changes
One part of the budget is already running into challenges. The
State Senate voted last Thursday to override Gov. Perdue's veto of changes to
the State Health Plan, even though the changes are almost identical to the
changes she proposed in her budget plan in February. The state employees union (SEANC)
agreed to the changes, but the teachers union (NCAE) did not.
From page 295 of Gov.
It is recommended that the State Health Plan appropriation be reduced through a
combination of benefit changes, provider savings, and employee premium
adjustments. Active and retired employees would still have a no-cost individual
option with the PPO 70/30 Plan. Active employees and non-Medicare retirees who
wish to remain enrolled in the PPO 80/20 Plan would pay a monthly premium of
$21.50 for individual coverage. Medicare retirees who wish to remain enrolled
in the PPO 80/20 Plan would pay a monthly premium of $16 for individual
bill is a bit more explicit about the benefit changes.
Rep. Jerry Dockham, chief
sponsor of the GOP bill to create a state-run ObamaCare Exchange revealed three
things about it. An exchange would be
- Expensive: Dockham would not
speculate on cost, but an actuarial estimate from the North Carolina Institute
of Medicine put the cost of administration at $22 million per year or more.
- Intrusive: There are two exchanges in
operation today, in Utah and Massachusetts. The Utah exchange is the more
market-oriented of the two, but the North Carolina exchange will have a heavier
regulatory burden. The only room for flexibility is to have more regulation
than the federal baseline.
- Corrosive: Even though it has a
clause to automatically end the exchange if the federal requirement for one
disappears, Dockham says it may be "a good way to purchase insurance" and so
live on even without ObamaCare.
Dentist/Pharmacist arrested for doing no harm without a license
Alejandro Mendoza practiced dentistry and purchased and dispensed Lidocaine without a license. So he was neither a dentist nor a pharmacist, but took on
their duties for his clients. None of the charges against him claim that he
injured anyone, gave Lidocaine to anyone with a drug problem, deformed anyone's
smile, or in any way left his customers dissatisfied with his work. He expanded
access for individuals who were likely uninsured and low income, exactly what
ObamaCare supporters say the federal law will do. Instead of awards, however,
Mendoza got arrested.
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