Archive: Obamacare in North Carolina

  • Friday Interview: The Negative Impact of Health Care Mandates

    RALEIGH — Much of the debate about the 2010 federal health care reform law involved the so-called “individual mandate,” the notion that the government could force everyone to buy health insurance. But that’s not the only troubling mandate tied to health insurance. Stephan Gohmann, BB&T professor of free enterprise at…

  • Obamacare’s Impact on Low-Income Workers Debated

    RALEIGH — Tax subsidies in Obamacare could push at least half of privately insured, lower-income North Carolinians into the federal health exchange and off of private coverage, critics of the federal health reform law say. Backers of the law say such “crowd-out” will be much smaller, perhaps less than 10…

  • Feds: Exchange Cost To N.C. = Zero

    RALEIGH — Published reports that North Carolina must pay $181 million to the federal government annually as a consequence of failing to set up a state-run health exchange under Obamacare are false. The money would come from fees assessed on health insurance providers, according to the U.S. Department of Health…

  • Bill Rejecting Key Obamacare Provisions Headed to House Floor

    RALEIGH — Buoyed by Gov. Pat McCrory’s announcement that he does not support expanding Medicaid rolls or creating a state-run health insurance exchange, a state House committee voted Tuesday over Democrats’ objections in favor of Senate Bill 4, legislation rejecting the same provisions of Obamacare.

  • Rally Urges Republican Officials To Nullify Obamacare

    RALEIGH — Speakers at the Jan. 9 rally called on Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Republican members of the General Assembly to return $73.5 million in what they called federal “bribe” money Democratic former Gov. Bev Perdue accepted to set up a state health insurance exchange under the federal Affordable…

  • New DHHS Secretary Wos Will Oversee Medicaid, Obamacare Exchanges

    RALEIGH — Lame duck Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue signed up North Carolina for a federal-state partnership to create a health insurance exchange but McCrory, a Republican, said Thursday he has yet to decide whether to leave the partnership in place, create a state exchange, or opt out, having North Carolina…

  • McCrory Mum On Obamacare Exchanges

    RALEIGH — The intent of the health care reform was for states to set up the exchanges, which are clearinghouses through which tax-subsidized health care plans would be offered to uninsured individuals and small businesses. If states don’t create their own health care exchanges, the federal government would offer its own.

  • Insko: N.C. Will Create Health Care Exchange

    CHAPEL HILL – While some states are opting out of expanded Medicaid provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, state Rep. Verla Insko confidently predicts North Carolina will participate in the expansion despite a temporary spike in costs to the state.