Welcome to the NC Examiner The NC Examiner is a project of Piedmont Rising, a North Carolina non-profit dedicated to the values that North Carolinians care about, including the fight for more affordable, accessible health care. This site gives the progressive take on health care news — as part of Piedmont Rising’s campaign to hold our leaders accountable to do better on this issue. Health care is a critical issue for North Carolina families, and costs are on the rise. The NC Examiner will be investigating what’s behind these cost hikes, talking to people who are most impacted, and uncovering the information you need to know about who is responsible. We’ll be taking a critical look at this important pocketbook issue from all angles – asking the tough questions, investigating the challenges, and spotlighting potential solutions.