• Businesses may have trouble surviving COVID-19 recommendations

    North Carolina will have to ramp up its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic before thinking about restarting its economy, a roadmap by Scott Gottlieb warns. Gottlieb, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, is a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner…

  • In policy fight against COVID-19, cut red tape, experts say

    First of two parts Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures.   So North Carolina’s leaders and lawmakers say of the fight against coronavirus. That’s true, say a group of researchers from North Carolina’s John Locke Foundation. But those unprecedented measures should involve less bureaucracy, regulation, and government…

  • Freedom’s moment in time: ‘Now go out there and take it’ 

    Just a few weeks ago, the term social distancing hadn’t entered our lexicon. The Angus Barn was my new favorite restaurant. I enjoyed my investment statements, and my biggest concern for the baseball season was whether the Colorado Rockies would trade Nolan Arenado.  Now? Social distancing dominates…

  • North Carolina temporarily lifts restrictions on hospital beds

    The threat of a coronavirus outbreak has pushed North Carolina into waiving state caps on hospital beds. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Thursday, March 12, temporarily lifted a regulation requiring hospitals to get state permission to add beds. The rule said hospitals couldn’t…

  • Easing government burdens to help with coronavirus response

    Uncertainty clouds the discussion of how the U.S. should fight the spread of the COVID-19, the flu-like respiratory disease that originated in China in December and was first reported in the U.S. in late January. Now, more than a month later, there’s cause for greater concern as the virus continues…

  • Effort toward reforming CON laws to promote competition meets resistance

    Legislators are looking at a controversial reform to lower patients’ medical bills for surgery in North Carolina.  Would-be reformers want to introduce more competition into North Carolina’s health care system by partially freeing ambulatory surgery centers from Certificate of Need laws — an obscure regulation that…

  • Surgeon’s battle against state CON laws continues, despite setback

    A surgeon fighting state restrictions on medical equipment lost a court battle Friday, Jan. 9, when Superior Court Judge Gregory McGuire dismissed his specific complaints and sent his broader constitutional challenge before a three-judge panel.  Dr. Gajendra Singh can’t give his patients affordable…

  • Health policy at General Assembly: 2019 in review  

    It was a tumultuous year for lawmakers in the General Assembly. Lasting well into October, this ‘long session’ was unusually long compared to years past. As will be the case in the 2020 election cycle, health care dominated the issues discussed during policymaking in this session. Many bills related…