Progressive Voices

We should reject simplistic health care solutions

Here's a simple concept with profound implications: our health care system is complicated.

Opponents of reform make hay about the size of Congressional bills to fix the health care system. They cut commercials that scare seniors. And industry-funded groups carpet bomb our email accounts with malicious lies about various provisions included in Congressional health care bills. This is all made possible because a complex system requires a complex fix. There's no way around it.

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Progressive Voices

It’s time to give Governor Perdue some credit

North Carolina's budget is not a cold balance sheet; the budget is a moral document that conveys our collective values and priorities. ...
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Progressive Voices

Richard Burr’s dismal record on health care

When politicians get nervous that they have done nothing to advance a cause dear to many of their constituents, the savvy politico will file a bill with a catchy name to misrepresent his or her voting record. That way, the politician can at least claim that he or she did something. The proposed alternative bill is always a dead letter - a political smokescreen with no co-sponsors, no support, and no hope of passing. Former Sen. Elizabeth Dole tried this technique after voting against the expansion of children's health insurance. Senator Richard Burr tried it with universal health care. ...
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Different Cities, Different Care

From community to community in North Carolina there is great variation in the frequency of surgical procedures– variation that can't be explained by ...
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Pat McCrory’s risky and inadequate health care proposal

In an election year about change, gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory wants to sell you on a radical new health care system for the state. Unfortunately, his proposals will lead to more North Carolinians joining the ranks of the underinsured and will sharpen the financial insecurity of middle class families. ...
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