Archives: John Hood

  • Face of health care is changing

    The disproportionate growth of physician assistants and nurse practitioners was especially pronounced in North Carolina’s rural areas, where proximity to medical providers is of greatest concern.

  • When taxes (almost) killed tap

    Historians of swing music and tap dancing alike point to a proximate cause for a sharp decline in both art forms that began in the mid-1940s: a federal excise tax.

  • JLF experts assess N.C. Medicaid transformation delay

    John Locke Foundation Senior Vice President Becki Gray and Chairman John Hood discuss factors that led to the delay of North Carolina’s Medicaid transformation from a fee-for-service program to managed care. Gray and Hood offered these comments during the Nov. 29, 2019, edition of “NC SPIN.”…

  • North Carolina needs more businesses

    While there is no unanimous verdict in the economic literature, most studies show that economic freedom boosts economic growth in general and entrepreneurship in particular.

  • Pipeline report reveals abuse of power

    Investigators concluded that Gov. Roy Cooper had “improperly used the authority and influence of his office” to pressure Duke Energy for concessions as it sought permits for a natural-gas pipeline.

  • Constitutions are inherently inconvenient

    It’s easy to celebrate free speech when the speaker says things you like. It’s easy to embrace the procedural rights enjoyed by criminal defendants when you’re sure they are innocent.

  • When government push comes to shove

    Government is inevitable and necessary because human beings are flawed creatures with temptations, inherent in our unchangeable human natures, to break the very rules that allow civilization to flourish.

  • States should drive health reform

    Democrats and Republicans have been debating health care reform for decades in Washington. It’s the wrong location — and which national plan to adopt is the wrong question.

  • Self-government requires local news

    When reporters aren’t around to cover counties, municipalities, and school boards, the public lacks the basic raw material with which to practice self-government.