Opposition to Obamacare Becomes Political Liability for GOP Incumbents

Opposition to Obamacare Becomes Political Liability for GOP Incumbents

September 16, 2020
KAISER HEALTH NEWS

Summary: Republican Senators, including North Carolina’s Thom Tillis, were elected in 2014 in part by demonizing the Affordable Care Act. Now facing re-election, the ACA (or Obamacare) is significantly more popular and the repeated Republican attempts to repeal it has become a liability. Take a deeper look at the in-depth coverage from Kaiser Health News.

Vidant Health Announces Furloughs, Pay Cuts Due To COVID-19

Vidant Health Announces Furloughs, Pay Cuts Due To COVID-19

April 23, 2020
WUNC North Carolina Public Radio

Summary: In addition to the human toll and the strain the coronavirus pandemic is causing in our health care system, there are other problems coming to light. North Carolina Public Radio reports that Vidant Health is having significant financial stress that is being intensified by coronavirus. Vidant has had to furlough employees, cut salaries, and […]

Public Health Needs the Mail

Public Health Needs the Mail

September 16, 2020
Slate.com

Summary: With the United States Postal Service in the news as North Carolinians’s worry about their ability to carry out a safe and fair election, Slate Magazine writes an interesting article about USPS’s role as a part of the nation’s public health infrastructure. Last year, over 300 million prescriptions were filled by mail, and the […]

A Potentially Deadly Case of Sticker Shock

May 11, 2020

Summary: It’s a potentially deadly case of sticker shock. A North Carolina doctor tells us that Senator Thom Tillis’ votes to allow insurance companies to stop covering prescription drugs could have been devastating. “I spend at least a third of my day trying to help patients get the medicine they need – but they simply […]

Sen. Tillis should fight for public health, not his Big Pharma donors’ profits

Sen. Tillis should fight for public health, not his Big Pharma donors’ profits

April 29, 2020
North Carolina Policy Watch

Summary: Senator Thom Tillis received over $150,000 from the pharmaceutical industry for his campaign in 2019, and ranked first in Congress for donations from political action committees associated with drug companies. Margarida Jorge and Pat McCoy write a stinging analysis of the dangerous impacts on public policy due to the outsized influence of Big Pharma.

CBO finds COVID-19 puts Medicare trust fund insolvency just 4 years away

CBO finds COVID-19 puts Medicare trust fund insolvency just 4 years away

September 16, 2020
Healthcare Dive

Summary: In a recent report, the Congressional Budget Office has moved up the timeline for how long the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will remain solvent. The Impacts of COVID-19 on the healthcare system appears to be speeding up the timeline by putting additional stress on the health care system. The CBO report suggests that without […]

How Medicare Cuts Will Hurt Seniors

How Medicare Cuts Will Hurt Seniors

July 27, 2019
Verywell Health

SUMMARY: Coverage from Verywell Health shows how 2016 campaign promises by Donald Trump to preserve Medicare have proven to be hollow. The Trump administration has proposed legislation cutting funding for Medicare, but it’s not just the White House.  Republicans in Congress have plans to change Medicare as we know it and their tax bill very […]

Thom Tillis staffer tells cancer survivor that people only deserve health care if they can afford it

Thom Tillis staffer tells cancer survivor that people only deserve health care if they can afford it

September 16, 2020
Salon.com

Summary: Salon.com covers the ongoing story of Bev Veals and her harrowing interactions with the office of Senator Thom Tillis. Veals, the North Carolinian and three-time cancer survivor, reached out to her senator, fearing that her health insurance was at risk. Instead of getting a helping hand, she had an extremely difficult conversation with a […]

NC’s rural provider shortage persists despite decades of efforts

NC’s rural provider shortage persists despite decades of efforts

September 16, 2020
NORTH CAROLINA HEALTH NEWS

Summary: North Carolina Health News takes an in-depth look at the ongoing problem of North Carolina’s shortage of healthcare providers in rural areas. Rural NC communities have long had problems attracting medical professionals or retaining them after certain loan repayment benefits run out. Despite state and federal programs designed to help keep needed health care […]

Cancer survivor pleading for help with health insurance ‘angry and hurt’ over Tillis staffer’s response

Cancer survivor pleading for help with health insurance ‘angry and hurt’ over Tillis staffer’s response

September 16, 2020
WRAL RALEIGH • DURHAM • FAYETTEVILLE 

Summary: WRAL has breaking news that is shocking and disappointing. A staffer for Thom Tillis told a constituent and cancer survivor that healthcare was like an expensive shirt; “Yeah, just like if I want to go to the store and buy a new dress shirt. If I can’t afford that dress shirt, I don’t get […]