by Katherine Restrepo
Director of Health Care Policy, John Locke Foundation
…Until Obamacare begins. On October 1, 2013, the individual health insurance exchanges, another regulatory body established under the federal health law, are scheduled to open for enrollment. The federal government bears the responsibility of setting up individual health insurance exchanges in 34 states that have rejected to create their own state-run exchanges.
Meanwhile, as North Carolina’s budget will be voted out of the legislature this week, Senate leader Phil Berger states in today’s News & Observer that Medicaid devours other sections of the budget – like education.
Senate leader Phil Berger, an Eden Republican, said legislators support public education and respect teachers. Raises weren’t possible, Berger said, because the legislature had to commit an additional $1.5 billion over two years to pay for Medicaid
Major spending increases include: