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New report: Here are the people who are hurt by NC’s failure to expand Medicaid

With one of the largest uninsured populations in the country, North Carolina is home to far too many people who lack the regular health care access and financial security that comprehensive health care coverage provides. In an economic landscape in which employers consider health outcomes in their location and expansion decisions, North Carolina’s 10.7 percent uninsured rate—the 10th highest in the nation—makes us less competitive.

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Too big to barter? Why the marriage between UNC Health Care and Carolinas Healthcare System raises real concerns

For most North Carolinians, the planned “marriage” between two of their state’s largest hospital systems, UNC Health Care and Charlotte-based Atrium Health (until recently known as Carolinas Healthcare) probably seems like a distant and incomprehensible arrangement involving giant conglomerates and corporate bigwigs.

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The radical Trumpcare scam hidden in the Senate tax reform bill

Republicans in Congress are rushing to advance a tax reform bill that balloons the federal deficit so that they can give corporations permanent tax breaks. And now Senate Republicans have decided to turn their already awful tax bill into a secret Trumpcare bill by including a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.

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Make no mistake: Trump decision spurred Blue Cross Blue Shield rate hike

President Trump is rarely right about much, but he was correct earlier this year when he observed that health care is complicated and that fixing it is hard. Sadly and ironically, however, these difficult truths are now conspiring to confuse some observers as they try to report on Trump’s recent efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act and the rate hikes they have spurred for consumers.

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How to make Obamacare work better for everyone

It’s not easy to have a nuanced conversation about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) the week before a national election. So it’s no wonder that the recent announcement of average premium increases for plans sold on the health insurance Marketplaces was met with media hysteria and partisan posturing about the so-called demise of the ACA.

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The Affordable Care Act works, especially when Congress gets out of the way

Many people are familiar with the fact that congressional Republicans voted (and failed) to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on more than 60 occasions. What gets a lot less publicity, however, is the fact that they’ve regularly ...
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