Category: Healthcare

  • Friday Interview: Yandle Discusses Bootleggers and Baptists

    RALEIGH — More than a decade has passed since attorneys general from almost every state settled lawsuits against the nation’s major tobacco companies. Even if you remember some details of that settlement, you might not know much about the coalition of “Baptists and bootleggers” who helped make that deal possible.

  • Reformers Unhappy With Health Plan Fix

    RALEIGH — Nine months of studies, audits, frantic lobbying efforts, and closed-door negotiations came to a head when the House and Senate quickly approved in April a temporary fix to the ailing state employees’ health plan. The compromise between House and Senate leaders dashed the hopes of reformers who wanted…

  • Friday Interview: Smoking Ban Not Justified By Social Cost

    RALEIGH — North Carolina will take new steps to restrict smoking in bars and restaurants, once Gov. Beverly Perdue signs House Bill 2. The House and Senate approved the bill this week. Supporters said the new restrictions would protect people’s health. John Staddon, James B. Duke professor of psychological and…

  • Friday Interview: Exposing Health Care Myths

    RALEIGH — The American health care system has problems, but certain myths cloud the debate about fixing those problems. Sally Pipes, president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, rebuts the worst of the myths in a new book. She recently spoke about The Top 10 Myths of American Health…

  • Out-of-Wedlock Births an Issue to Be Addressed

    CHARLOTTE — Preliminary numbers are in for the latest round of American birth statistics, and among the headline-grabbing news is that 39.7 percent of births in 2007 were to unmarried mothers. In North Carolina, that number was 41.2 percent, up about 1 percent from the year before. The bad news…