by Jordan Roberts
Former Director of Government Affairs, John Locke Foundation
Certificate of Need reform in the North Carolina General Assembly saw some movement last night. House Bill 126, which was rewritten to include CON reform, passed out of the Senate Health Committee and was sent to the Rules Committee. The NC Senate is likely to pass this bill and send it back to the house.
Several attempts at CON reform have been attempted in this session. HB 126 is a watered-down version of a full repeal of the laws but would be a step in the right direction if passed.
Of course, at the John Locke Foundation, we are advocates for a complete repeal of this central planning system which places higher importance on government models rather than private needs.