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Adam Linker

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NC Senate’s Medicaid “reform” plan is not the answer

Legislators have set some laudable goals for reforming the state’s Medicaid system. Medicaid, as a reminder, is a health insurance program that primarily covers children, pregnant women, people with disabilities, and low-income seniors. Like all large organizations, especially ...
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With Obamacare affirmed, it’s time for a plan to cover 500,000 North Carolinians

[Editor’s note: In the aftermath of yesterday’s momentous U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of King v. Burwell sustaining a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, the health insurance coverage currently enjoyed by more than six ...
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Obamacare doomed? Don’t bet on it

The world was supposed to end in 2012 according to various misinterpretations of Mayan culture. Then, when time kept ticking along into 2013 the doomsday preachers had to recalculate. Recently, there was news that a group called the ...
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Another Affordable Care Act success story: Maternity coverage

Despite early setbacks, millions of people have now enrolled in private insurance plans that meet new standards set by the Affordable Care Act. All of these policies must now cover a broad set of benefits including prescription drugs, ...
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Obamacare “study” is an incomplete and thinly-veiled campaign forum

North Carolina legislative leaders announced last week that they will soon form a joint committee to bash the Affordable Care Act. Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate Leader Phil Berger stated in a joint press release that the purpose ...
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Why we need to expand Medicaid and embrace the Health Benefits Exchange

At Wednesday morning’s press conference Sen. Phil Berger said he did not see his chamber expanding Medicaid or supporting a health benefits exchange in any form. I’ll address Medicaid first. The Budget and Tax Center has written a ...
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Obamacare: Protecting health coverage for those who already have it

There is an impression that comprehensive health reform, known as the Affordable Care Act, was written for the uninsured. Indeed, the law will extend insurance to 32 million Americans living without coverage. But just as important is the ...
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Law should require hospitals to level with patients on cost of care

Hospitals stand at the center of our state’s health care system. In many counties these institutions do great good. They are often the largest employers in their region, they treat complicated medical conditions, and they provide a variety ...
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Dismantling health care prevention

Prevention is as popular as puppies and rainbows. The idea of investing in health now to save money and lives later is mainstream and bipartisan. United States Sen. Richard Burr has even attacked federal health care reform by ...
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A bill ripe for gubernatorial veto

The bill that attempts to exempt North Carolina from federal health reform is now on the governor’s desk. It recently received a brief hearing in the Senate and passed easily on a party-line vote. But, the bill did ...
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