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Folwell calls Jones Street’s bluff, advances transparency for state health plan

  Legislators and the deep-pocketed paymasters in the hospital lobby tried to tie state treasurer Dale Folwell’s hands on reforming the state health plan.  They succeeded in getting HB184 through the House, but there has been  no action in the Senate.     Meanwhile, Folwell…

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#ncga: GOP-led House passes 2nd reading of anti-Folwell bill, smacks down effort to stop it

  The Republican troops on Jones Street keep marching along to the tune called by their Hospital Association paymasters.  HB184, which ties treasurer Dale Folwell’s hands in trying to control costs with the state health plan, got rammed through the NC House on a second…

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#ncga: House leaders put anti-Folwell bill on fast track

  As it turns out, the House Insurance committee will not get a crack at HB 184, a bill drafted by hospital lobbyists to hobble treasurer Dale Folwell’s efforts at transparency and cost-control with the state employees health plan. The bill got rammed through the…

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Anti-Folwell bill passes House Health Committee by voice vote, Moves ON.

  We’ve seen it time and again:  SPECIAL INTEREST MONEY TALKS.   The solar goons have worked their black magic by raining cash down on Jones Street.  And now the hospital lobby has done the same and achieved the same results. Laugh yourself silly the…

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Cost to taxpayers of blocking Folwell’s transparency efforts with state health plan? $400-600 MILLION.

  That’s the word of warning being issued by state treasurer Dale Folwell to loaded-down-with-lobbyist-cash legislators seeking to advance legislation tomorrow thwarting some cost-saving measures championed by Folwell: The Fiscal Research Division (FRD) of the North Carolina General Assembly issued a “Legislative Actuarial Note” on…

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#ncga: Anti- Folwell lynch mob tried to hide the facts. (We found them.)

  State Rep. Josh Dobson tried — tried — tried to keep this quiet until the committee hearing tomorrow.  (He REALLY tried.) Soooooooooooo — Doing NOTHING, like the bought-and-paid for lynch mob wants to do would cost the state (and, of course, US) up to…

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#ncga: Just say HELL NO to a voice vote

  In tomorrow’s attempted ‘hit’ on treasurer Dale Folwell, many of the gutless denizens of  Jones Street will demonstrate their love for the special interest dollar and hatred of the spotlight. Here is the membership of the Health Committee. Greg Murphy (R-Pitt) is the senior…

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#ncga: Bill tying Dale Folwell’s hands on state health plan slated for committee action Tuesday

  State treasurer Dale Folwell simply wants to introduce a little transparency into the relationship between health care providers and the state health plan: share some specifics about what you’re billing the plan, work with Folwell’s team to help control costs, and continue to be…

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#ncga: House’s anti-Folwell bill sitting in Murphy’s Health committee

  Remember how we told you about the hospital lobby drafting a bill clipping treasurer Dale Folwell’s wings and passing out a lot of cash to get the House to move on it?   The bill restricts the treasurer’s ability to manage the state health…

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#ncpol: See the Influence-peddler for “struggling rural hospitals” whine and moan about his luxury Caribbean vacation.

It must be tough being a pampered, overpaid Raleigh influence-peddler.  Here’s one right now apparently complaining  about how tough his life is: Let me translate.  @Adam Stewart is the Twitter account for the deputy chairman of Sandals Resorts — the famed all-inclusive vacation chain with…