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David Work: GOP changes to state health plan shipping jobs out of state?

In the 2011 Session of the General Assembly several changes were made in the North Carolina State Health Plan. This is the state agency that provides health plan benefits for 680,000 state employees and 160,000 retirees. It is accurate to state that this office affects every state employee, their dependents and retirees. This includes prescription drug benefits of 10 million prescriptions per year with expenditures of more than $700 million.

What do you get when you put Republicans in charge of the NC economy?

From Applied Rationality:

Woody Allen had a great quip in Annie Hall. "A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark."

A similar thing applies in job growth, and what we've got on our hands in terms of North Carolina job growth is a dead shark.

Pat McCrory goes rogue

Dear (American business leader name goes here),

As a man who has made his living running for governor in North Carolina, I believe I know what motivates you. It's the same thing that motivates me: money, money, money!

That's why I'm writing today with this invitation for you to move your company to North Carolina. With me as your governor here in the Old North State, you can be sure that your top executives will get all the care and coddling they deserve, with free rein to exploit employees and their families without fear of accountability. What's more, we will work with you to make sure that your workforce remains firmly under your thumb, no matter what.

Free market price fixing: Generics on the rise

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported the discovery of a new batch of bogus Avastin, in addition to the incident published March 14th on BlueNC. This product was labeled as Altuzan, the brand name of the drug used in Turkey. It is used with chemotherapy in treating colon, lung and other kinds of cancer. This shipment was traced through at least six different countries before arriving in the United States. The only location that authorities cite for using this drug is a clinic near St. Louis, MO.

The FDA and manufacturers tend to minimize publicity on these events, but for different reasons. The FDA does not want the public or Congress to get the impression that they are not doing their job, while the company is concerned about any damage to their brand name. The motivation for making and distributing these items is the exceptionally high and rising price of some drugs that has proven to be a powerful magnet.


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