#ncpol: Folwell to UNC Health Care: [REDACTED] you!

One thing we like about treasurer Dale Folwell is that he takes guff from NO ONE.  He doesn’t play the Raleigh back-scratch game, and the crowd there hates him for it. Check out the latest from the University of North Carolina — fresh off of standing down while leftist criminals rioted and vandalized public property.   UNC Health Care —  a state subsidized entity like the rest of the university — has to apply to take part in the state employees health plan network.  Just like everybody else.  Instead of following the rules and playing nice, the folks at UNC…

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Folwell: UNCHealth-Carolinas merger will jack up health care costs

We expressed our reservations earlier about the proposed merger between Charlottes’ Carolinas HealthCare and UNC Health Care.  Now, state treasurer Dale Folwell is getting in on the act: Officials who represent about 800,000 state retirees and employees say they are worried those workers could end up paying more for medical services if UNC Health Care joins forces with Atrium Health, the Charlotte company that last week rebranded itself from Carolinas HealthCare. NC Treasurer Dale Folwell and Robert Broome, executive director of the State Employees Association of North Carolina, met with UNC Health Care CEO William Roper and his executive team last…

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BIGGER not always better

We’re really getting soft-pedaled and spun about the UNC Health Care / Carolinas Medical merger.   I, for one (and as a former patient with both), don’t see much good for consumers in the deal. When was the last time something getting BIGGER benefited you as a consumer?  (Or, for that matter, when was the last time something private partnered with a government entity and got better?) My long-time bank merged with a bigger in-state bank some years back.  I went from having a local bank staff who I knew, and who knew me on a first name basis, to a…

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