#ncga: Leadership, lobbyists conspiring to topple Folwell?


I’ve always suspected that what WE want runs a distant second to what the deep-pocketed Raleigh lobbyists want.  This kerfuffle between the hospital lobby and treasurer Dale Folwell over reforming the state health plan is starting to confirm those suspicions.

We told you earlier about a bill being circulated among the House majority to limit Folwell’s power regarding the management of the state health plan. The bill prevents Folwell from making any changes  to the standard operating procedure regarding the plan until the end of 2021.  It also forms a study committee that will issue a report on the “sustainability” of the state health plan “no later than May 20, 2020.”

Why May 20,2020?  Earlier that month there will be primaries for statewide offices — one of which will be for state treasurer.  They’re delaying a decision about what to allow Folwell to do until AFTER the primary season.  (The bill has a safeguard to ensure the prohibition on Folwell making changes extends well past the expiration of his current term of office.)

Perhaps the authors of the bill are under the impression that Folwell is going to get a serious primary challenger in 2020.  I bet said challenger will be well-funded with many dollars from the hospital industry.  

Dale Folwell makes a lot of noise.  He asks a lot of uncomfortable questions. So, in the eyes of many in that political cesspool between Jones and Blount Streets, he has to GO.

If they succeed, we lose the LOUDEST, most effective defender of our interests in Raleigh.  (Dan Forest has been much quieter than I thought he’d be when he first ran for lieutenant governor.)

Send word to your legislators that they need to BACK OFF Dale Folwell and let the man do his job.  Folwell’s reforms will benefit all taxpayers in the long run — not just people on the state health plan.  

13 comments for “#ncga: Leadership, lobbyists conspiring to topple Folwell?

  1. john steed
    November 30, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    ANY fake Republican legislator who engages in this attack on Folwell is also engaging in an attack on the GOP base, and ALL such legislators need to be primaried out of office ASAP. They are corrupt swamp dwellers who we do not need in Raleigh.

  2. Carl Mischka
    November 30, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Having known Treasurer Dale Falwell for many years and carefully watching his contributions to the well being of our States finances as he would his own, mine or yours we had better form a circle to protect this man. Count me a fan who will fight politics working against him. Please join me!

    • Kay Wildt
      December 2, 2018 at 11:10 pm

      Count me in for Dale Folwell. His work on behalf of the taxpayers is outstanding, and he should be commended for that and supported by all who appreciate good governance.

  3. David Collins
    December 1, 2018 at 5:38 am

    I’ve said this before and will say it again. I am a left wing liberal living in Carrboro. However, and most importantly in this matter, I am also a retired State employee who, along with my wife, depends on the State Health Plan. I support Mr. Folwell and will vote for him again.

  4. Hood Richardson
    December 1, 2018 at 6:39 am

    Dale Folwell is an honest man. Hones men are dangerous to dishonest men.

    There is no more vile group than the medical lobby. It is all about your money going into their pocket.

    There is only one long term solution. Find a way to return competition to medicine. Socialism is not the answer. It will ultimately bankrupt all of us.

  5. Browny Douglas
    December 1, 2018 at 10:22 am

    I stand firm with Carl Mischka in defense of Dale Folwell.

    Browny Douglas

  6. JP
    December 1, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    I love Dale. I also know that all men are fallible, and it is usually good and reasonable to be informed before rendering opinions…after reading this forum over the years, and not posting, I appreciate all do not share my opinion. I also understand their voter registrations may show many things about them…

  7. CJ
    December 1, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    I agree with the above gentlemen, Dale Folwell is the best thing
    that has happened to North Carolina. He will keep us solvent
    and actually cares about the people of NC…that is more than I
    can say about these slimy politicians who care more about
    stiffing the men, women and children of this state and their
    greed of “money” is more important than their own families. We will
    remember and pray that justice will be served to all who turn their
    back on our state.

  8. GUWonder
    December 2, 2018 at 7:45 am

    This is a battle between a powerful special interest on one hand and the taxpayers of North Carolina on the other. It is disgusting that any legislator who prostitutes himself or herself to this grasping special interest would dare call themselves a Republican.

  9. john steed
    December 3, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Who is this Josh Dobson who is trying to carry water for corrupt special interests against the taxpayers of North Carolina by promoting a bill to call off the taxpayers’ watchdog, Folwell?

    He is the same Obama Republican Josh Dobson who co-sponsored a bill along with RINO Rep. Greg Murphy to implement the Obamacare Medicaid expansion in North Carolina.

    ‘Nuf said! Any Republican who would jump on Dobson’s bandwagon badly needs to be replaced, as does Dobson himself.

  10. peter lonergan
    December 3, 2018 at 11:27 am

    I typically agree with y’all on Dale. Hes terrific. However if Dale sets the reimbursement rates lower than they already are for providers. Hospitals, clinics, doctors etc… Rural hospitals will be on the brink, some will fail, and each group will begin to limit patients. Most of us will have worse or more expensive healthcare as a result. Again the Secretary is a great American but that doesn’t mean hes right. Let them run their study but hold up on the rate issue and discuss it then.

    • Raphael
      December 3, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      Since Obamacare came in, hospitals have been buying up individual medical practices and other elements of health care, making themselves virtual local monopolies. Their state association is an alliance of local monopolies. Someone needs to keep these monopolies honest, and Dale Folwell is the man to do it.

      Competition is disappearing rapidly in medical care, and we simply have to keep the monopolies honest. Letting monopolies charge whatever they want is a recipe for disaster.

      As to limiting patients, some of that badly needs to be done to limit the freeloaders like illegal aliens who drive up health care costs for the rest of us. Of course, there need to be some changes in federal law to do that.

      Dale Folwell will keep the hospital monopolies honest unless some misguided or crooked legislators handcuff him.

  11. Larry G. Pittman
    December 4, 2018 at 6:28 am

    I told our caucus to leave Dale alone and let him do his job. That is where I will continue to stand, and I am not alone. I urge everyone to contact your Representatives and Senators and demand that they drop this proposed legislation and support Dale in his quest for transparency from the medical community. We also need to get rid of CON and break up monopolies.

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