Jim Buchanan

State Insurance Commissioner strangely mum about big impending rate hike

By: - December 19, 2017

Consumers can still submit comments until December 29

Most North Carolinians don’t appear to be very upset about a potential budget-busting increase in homeowners insurance in 2018.

The reason for that appears to be that most North Carolinians have no idea it may be coming.

Get ready seniors: Conservatives are coming after your healthcare next

By: - May 29, 2017

Here in North Carolina, through painful experience, we know a thing or two about floods. With a flood, most of the focus – necessarily – is on not being swept away in the turbulent waters. But there’s more than the rushing waters. There’s what’s beneath – who knows what kind of contaminants picked up in the deluge, who knows what kinds of creepy-crawlies lurking beneath. That’s the way it is with Washington these days. The normal trickle of news out of the White House and Congress has turned into a flood of information. Beneath the roiling surface of that flood there are things of which we’d best be wary.

Kicking a dead mule – why the latest version of Trumpcare falls short

By: - May 1, 2017

Why anyone would attempt to revive a health care reform bill that sank into the waters of the Potomac just weeks ago is a puzzler.

Why they would revive it and attempt to pass it by making it potentially even less popular is more puzzling still.

Medicaid block grants: Passing the buck without passing the bucks

By: - March 21, 2017

While it’s still a work in progress, the broad outline of proposed health care reforms is coming into focus in Congress. The measure as currently drafted holds huge ramifications for all Americans, including here in North Carolina. Many of those ramifications come from proposals to change Medicaid from its current form into a block grant program.

Michael Moore’s ‘Sicko’ Mobilizes Public Discontent Over U.S. Health Care, Sparks New Debate

By: - June 29, 2007

Michael Moore's new movie, Sicko, he says, is "a comedy about 45 million people with no health care in the richest country on Earth." He has created a YouTube page for people to post their videos and tell their stories about their experiences with the health care system. The movie hasn't even been released yet, […]

Immigration ‘Reform’: Dead?

By: - June 8, 2007

It looks like immigration "reform" is dead in this session of Congress, according to the Associated Press. Only 45 votes out of a needed 60 in the Senate could be rounded up to end debate and schedule a final vote on the supposed "grand compromise" between President Bush and Senate leaders. It has unraveled like […]

Not just a moment

By: - February 17, 2007

HK on J – “Historic Thousands on Jones Street” in Raleigh last weekend – sparked an awesome online display of videos and photos, links to news coverage and to the websites of the more than 60 coalition partners who participated. Let’s keep the momentum going, and make sure this was not just a moment, but […]