NC Health Care Recommendations: Healthcare Workforce

On April 11, 2006, the North Carolina House Select Committee on Health Care released recommendations for the 2006 legislative short session. Many of them will be controversial, and taken together they have the potential to significantly change the way that North Carolinians access health care and insurance (and how much we pay). Some of these topics are pretty technical, but no less important for their difficulty. I'm hoping that these posts will begin a conversation on the best course for North Carolina's efforts at healthcare reform.

I'll publish the recommendations of the six subcommittees in six posts, along with some of the background information from each report. The subcommittees are:

NC Health Care Recommendations: Patient Safety, Quality and Accountability

On April 11, 2006, the North Carolina House Select Committee on Health Care released recommendations for the 2006 legislative short session. Many of them will be controversial, and taken together they have the potential to significantly change the way that North Carolinians access health care and insurance (and how much we pay). Some of these topics are pretty technical, but no less important for their difficulty. I'm hoping that these posts will begin a conversation on the best course for North Carolina's efforts at healthcare reform.

I'll publish the recommendations of the six subcommittees in six posts, along with some of the background information from each report. The subcommittees are:

National Popular Vote - Good Idea for NC?

Here's the basic idea: You pass a law saying that in a Presidential election, no matter what happens here in North Carolina, our electors go to the candidate who wins the national popular vote. The law wouldn't kick in until states representing 270 electoral votes (the barest majority required to win) pass the same law. The effect would be to reduce the electoral college to a mere formality. (I don't have to tell you how this would have changed 2000.)

Colorado is moving on this, as are Missouri, Illinois, and California.

Anybody Here Got A Degree from a UNC-System School?

This guy—this North Carolinian—says that your alma mater is a "rubber-stamp institute where you get a degree for paying the money without actually learning anything." And just to be clear, this isn't a college rivalry thing. This guy believes that public education is for wussies.

I've Been Wondering About 527s

The US House recently voted to restrict giving to 527 organisations (political groups not regulated by FEC regulations). I kind of figured that in a Republican-controlled legislature, this would primarily be a bad thing for Democrats. But I also knew that I didn't know enough on the topic say much about it.

George Will, on the other hand, feels comfortable speaking out. In this one vote he sees reason enough to ditch the vast majority of House Republicans, who (he says) "used their power for their only remaining purpose -- to cling to power." He's mad, you see. (He doesn't explain why it has taken this vote or this issue to finally lead him to the conclusion "that House Republicans are not worth working for in October or venturing out to vote for in November.")

Anyway, here's why I even noticed his column: "How many principled Republicans remain? Only 18. The following, who voted against restricting 527s: ...Walter Jones (North Carolina),...."

Find the Theme:

The winner gets some nice hot grumblecakes.

NC Health Care Recommendations: Cost

On April 11, 2006, the North Carolina House Select Committee on Health Care released recommendations for the 2006 legislative short session. Many of them will be controversial, and taken together they have the potential to significantly change the way that North Carolinians access health care and insurance (and how much we pay). Some of these topics are pretty technical, but no less important for their difficulty. I'm hoping that these posts will begin a conversation on the best course for North Carolina's efforts at healthcare reform.

I'll publish the recommendations of the six subcommittees in six posts, along with some of the background information from each report. The subcommittees are:

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