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State Insurance Commissioner strangely mum about big impending rate hike

Consumers can still submit comments until December 29

Most North Carolinians don’t appear to be very upset about a potential budget-busting increase in homeowners insurance in 2018.

The reason for that appears to be that most North Carolinians have no idea it may be coming.

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Get ready seniors: Conservatives are coming after your healthcare next

Here in North Carolina, through painful experience, we know a thing or two about floods. With a flood, most of the focus – necessarily – is on not being swept away in the turbulent waters. But there’s more than the rushing waters. There’s what’s beneath – who knows what kind of contaminants picked up in the deluge, who knows what kinds of creepy-crawlies lurking beneath. That’s the way it is with Washington these days. The normal trickle of news out of the White House and Congress has turned into a flood of information. Beneath the roiling surface of that flood there are things of which we’d best be wary.

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Kicking a dead mule – why the latest version of Trumpcare falls short

Why anyone would attempt to revive a health care reform bill that sank into the waters of the Potomac just weeks ago is a puzzler.

Why they would revive it and attempt to pass it by making it potentially even less popular is more puzzling still.

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Medicaid block grants: Passing the buck without passing the bucks

While it’s still a work in progress, the broad outline of proposed health care reforms is coming into focus in Congress. The measure as currently drafted holds huge ramifications for all Americans, including here in North Carolina. Many of those ramifications come from proposals to change Medicaid from its current form into a block grant program.

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