The Party Line
2:03 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

We Are Witnessing Tyranny Of The Minority

J. Michael Bitzer

In the classic writing of American political thought, Federalist 10, James Madison argued that the new constitutional republic would “break and control the violence of faction.”

And by a faction, Madison meant “a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.”

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Local News
10:31 am
Wed October 2, 2013

In NC Marketplace, CHS Pushes Patients Toward Certain Plans

Carolinas Medical Center, the flagship hospital in Carolinas HealthCare System.
Credit James Willamor / Flickr

Now that the health insurance marketplace is open, Carolinas HealthCare System is pushing people to sign up for plans that include its hospitals and doctors.

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Local News
10:35 am
Sun September 29, 2013

Insurance markets open Tues. amid confusion

New online health insurance markets will open this week, as federal health care reforms begin to take effect.  Under the law, most people for the first time will be required to buy their own coverage if it's not provided by their employers.  But there’s lots of confusion here in the Carolinas thanks to the reluctance of Republican-controlled lawmakers to play along.

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Charlotte Observer
2:19 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

GOP Senate Candidates Push Defunding Of Health Care Law

Graphic shows examples of what government services would stop if Congress is unable to compromise over a budget and the government must shut down; with icons.
Credit Judy Treible, Melina Yinglin - MCT

North Carolina’s Republican U.S. Senate candidates are taking a hard line on federal budget negotiations – a position that puts them at odds with the state’s lone GOP senator, Richard Burr.

Four Republican candidates said Monday they support efforts to defund the federal health care act, apparently even if those efforts lead to a government shutdown.

Their comments came the same day state Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger announced he won’t join those running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Kay Hagan.

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Local News
10:12 am
Thu August 1, 2013

State Claims Health Overhaul's Insurance Rates Are A Trade Secret

The recipe for Coca-Cola is perhaps the most well-known example of a company's trade secret.
Credit Jeff Trexler / flickr

North Carolina has taken one of the last steps in setting up a new online marketplace for health insurance plans, a cornerstone of the president’s health care law. The state’s Department of Insurance announced Tuesday it has approved the rates health insurance companies can charge on the marketplace, but it will not release those rates.

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Local News
11:03 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Gov. McCrory Weighs In On Obamacare

Governor Pat McCrory said Tuesday morning that North Carolina is not ready to participate in two major parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. At least for now, the state will not expand Medicaid or be involved in running a health insurance exchange.

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Local News
11:14 pm
Sun September 30, 2012

Medicare Begins Penalizing Hospitals For Readmissions

Medicare will begin penalizing hospitals Monday that have too many repeat patients who check back in due to complications. The penalties will come out of Medicare’s payments to the hospitals, and they're part of President Obama's health care law. 

Nearly one out of every five Medicare patients who walks into a hospital today will be back in the hospital within a month. That’s according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and improving that ratio is what the penalties are all about.

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