Posted in Economy Media ObamaCare Politics

The rise of the freelance economy

The folks at George Mason U.’s Mercatus Center have come out with a pretty interesting study:  Are we becoming a nation of freelancers? Some fear that traditional employment is ending, a phenomenon perhaps driven by the rise of the sharing economy. Others have raised doubts that any changes are afoot in the labor market. We report on new data received from the Internal Revenue Service that sheds light on the…

Posted in Congress Economy Media NCGOP ObamaCare Politics

O-Care: Top subsidized states are FL, CA, TX and —- NC !!!!!

That’s right. Our license tags advertise us as “First In Flight.”  But, thanks to ObamaCare, we are speeding our way toward being “First In Dependence.”  Here are the ugly facts:  North Carolina’s political leaders may not like the Affordable Care Act, but a large and growing number of residents rely on it for health insurance. Only Florida, California and Texas have more people getting subsidized coverage than North Carolina, according…

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A real-life ObamaCare horror story

We’ve all heard how nightmarish ObamaCare is.  It really hit home for me recently — thanks to the bureaucratic hell some good friends of mine are going through. My friends are a young married couple — she’s in her late 20s and he is in his early 30s.  They’ve got two kids — a newborn and a two year old. The husband recently quit his job with a local government entity…

Posted in Economy Media NC legislature NCGOP ObamaCare Pat McCrory

TN says Noooooooo to expanding Medicaid. (Gov. Pat, take note.)

Tennessee’s moderate Republican governor has been talking up the idea of expanding Medicaid — which is basically the implementation of ObamaCare. He traveled to DC to talk up the strategy with feds.  The TN governor even basked in the approval of the drive-by media. (Sound familiar?)   He worked so hard, but forgot ONE key factor: the state legislature: Gov. Bill Haslam spent nearly two years negotiating with federal officials to find…

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Backdoor moves to swell the ranks of the dependent, implement ObamaCare in North Carolina?

In 2013, the General Assembly swatted down federal money to help implement ObamaCare in North Carolina. That may have appeared to be a setback for the statism crowd, but recent events have me — and others — thinking it was just a bump in the road. Have you noticed the rapid expansion of UNC Health — an arm of the state government — into local health care markets all over…

Posted in Economy ObamaCare Politics

Expanding Medicaid a Job Creator? (Yeah, just like setting house fires and robbing ABC stores.)

We’ve got one of the most generous Medicaid programs in the country.  Some health care professional acquaintances of mine tell me that providers in surrounding states are sending medicaid patients there into our state because the benefits are so much better.  North Carolina covers significantly more than what the federal government requires.  And the Democrats and the drive-by media want us to spend even more: North Carolina would create 43,000…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Economy Media ObamaCare Politics

N&O, McClatchy misrepresent Medicaid expansion fight. (Um, *Surprise*?????)

Thom Tillis’ switch on Medicaid for poor draws fire Yep.  That’s the hysterical headline that Low-T HQ hit us with this AM.  *Poor Thom.  He’s taking heat from his evil GOP cohorts for actually trying to take care of the poor.* Some of you may be confusing MediCAID (benefits for the poor) with MediCARE (what your parents and grandparents get when they retire). The General Assembly blocked expansion of Medicaid as a…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Economy Media ObamaCare Politics

#ncsen: Tillis says he’s OK with expanding Medicaid

In 2013, the General Assembly took a stand against the implementation of ObamaCare by refusing to accept federal money for expanding Medicaid.  Expanding Medicaid is a key component of ObamaCare.  In 2014, state House speaker Thom Tillis — now the GOP’s US Senate nominee — has done a 180 on the matter: […] Asked if he thought it would be likely that the state legislature would expand Medicaid coverage after…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Economy Media NC State Government NCGOP ObamaCare Politics

GOP putting pedal to the metal on O-Care sellout?

It’s arguable that the Republican electoral success in 2010  had its origins in voter anger over the passage of ObamaCare.  Republicans won governor seats, state legislative majorities, and a majority in the US House.  It was pretty clear what the voters were looking for. Fast forward to 2014, and you are seeing Republican candidates and officials discreetly, in discussions about ObamaCare, replacing the word “repeal” with “replace” or “fix”.  …

Posted in campaign 2014 Economy Media ObamaCare Politics

Boy, this ObamaCare is working out, um, *SWELL*

An $8 billion tax on health insurers is due September 30, and the drive-bys are just starting to realize this ObamaCare ca-ca is going to be an expensive nightmare:  […] States and the federal government will spend at least $700 million this year to pay the tax for their Medicaid health plans. The three dozen states that use Medicaid managed-care plans will give those insurers more money to cover the new…