Wednesday News: Health care train wreck

BILL THAT WOULD POSTPONE AND STUDY FOLWELL'S FOLLY STUCK IN NC SENATE: The original deadline for health care providers to sign a contract with the State Health Plan – agreeing to the state-set payment rates – was July 1. Folwell reopened that deadline, to Monday night. Since neither of Charlotte’s major hospital systems, Atrium Health and Novant Health, signed on to Folwell’s “Clear Pricing Plan,” they would be considered out of network for state employees in 2020. State-owned hospital system UNC Health didn’t sign on to the plan either, even after a Monday meeting with Folwell. A bill calling for a financial study of the proposed State Health Plan passed the North Carolina House of Representatives in April, the Winston-Salem Journal reported. House Bill 184 would create a committee to study the sustainability of the plan and delay its implementation. But the bill has been stuck in a Senate committee since April.

ROBIN HAYES' DAY OF RECKONING POSTPONED UNTIL NOVEMBER: The federal trial for North Carolina political mega-donor Greg Lindberg and the immediate past chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party got pushed back Tuesday, to at least November. All sides in the case agreed attorneys need more time to go through evidence in the case, which had been slated to go to trial next month. U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn signed off on the change in an order dated Tuesday, moving the case to the court's next term. The docket call is set for Nov. 18 at the federal building in Charlotte. Former N.C. GOP Chairman Robert Hayes, Lindberg and two associates are accused of trying to bribe state Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, who was cooperating instead with federal investigators. All four men have pleaded not guilty.

50 WILD ANIMALS EUTHANIZED AT DURHAM WOMAN'S SUBURBAN HOME: North Carolina authorities have euthanized more than 50 wild animals, including opossums, raccoons and squirrels, that a woman was keeping inside her suburban home and yard. The News & Observer reports Wildlife Commission officials responded to Kimberly Childress’s home on Aug. 1, suspecting she was violating permits for holding and rehabilitating wild animals. A search warrant obtained by the paper states raccoons and opossums were running freely around her house with her pets. Sgt. Forrest Orr said rabies concerns forced them to euthanize 39 opossums, seven raccoons and five squirrels. He said dogs, a cat, sugar gliders and a pigeon were temporarily taken from Childress, then returned. Childress faces five misdemeanors, including failing to meet standards for holding wildlife and provide clean water.

DAYTON MAYOR LEERY OF TRUMP VISIT AFTER MASS SHOOTING: Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley's stricken community will have a visitor Wednesday in President Donald Trump, who in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend has made calls for unity on the heels of his divisive political talk. White House officials said Trump's visits to Texas and Ohio, where a combined 31 people were killed and dozens wounded in less than 24 hours, would be similar to those he's paid to grieving communities in the past. But Whaley, a Democrat, made remarks Tuesday questioning whether the visit will help, and expressed disappointment in the president's aftermath remarks that included an erroneous reference to Toledo instead of Dayton. "I can only hope that as president of the United States that he's coming here because he wants to add value to our community and he recognizes that that's what our community needs," she said, noting that she expected to meet with Trump. "Everyone has it in their power to be a force to bring people together, and everybody has it in their power to be a force to bring people apart — that's up to the president of the United States."

CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS MORE WILLING TO PUSH "RED FLAG" BILLS IN WAKE OF SHOOTINGS: Congressional Republicans, under intense pressure to respond to this weekend’s massacres, are coalescing around legislation to help law enforcement take guns from those who pose an imminent danger — a measure that, if signed into law, would be the most significant gun control legislation enacted in 20 years. Such “red flag” laws might not be as momentous — or controversial — as the now-expired assault weapons ban or the instant background check system, both of which were enacted in 1994 as part of President Bill Clinton’s sprawling crime bill. The House, under Democratic control, passed far more ambitious bills in February that would require background checks for all gun purchasers, including those on the internet or at gun shows, and extend waiting limits for would-be gun buyers flagged by the instant check system. But those bills have run into a blockade that Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has erected for House bills he opposes.



That's my Grandson Jack in the picture

About two hours after he was born, he had to get a couple shots. He did not approve of this process.

This is one of the hospitals mentioned in the article (Atrium Health Northeast Charlotte), and they did a fantastic job. He was actually born in the same room he and my daughter stayed in, and they both received all their treatment there. She is not a state employee, though, is covered via private sector employment.