Winds of Change

wind.jpg File this in the “don’t they get it yet?” drawer.  NC Senators from both sides of the aisle who many would consider moderate are introducing bills that are firmly antithetical to the interests of ordinary North Carolinians.   First there was Republican Fletcher Hartsell’s bill to use $100 million in state tax dollars to give to venture capital firms to guarantee their risky investments.  That’s great!  We’ve got 1.3 million people without health insurance in the state and instead of helping businesses afford coverage with a deep discount health plan or similar strategy we’re going to spend twice as much state tax money gambling in risky business ventures.  Then there is Democrat Tony Rand’s bill to strip NC Insurance Commissioner Jim Long’s ability to oversee insurance rates.  Another great idea for the average Joe – Rand’s bill is backed by the insurance industry and Long has kept rates for auto and other insurance among the lowest in the country.  Wonder which way rates will go after Long’s powers are restricted? 

 The good news is that public opinion is turning away from crazy ideas like these and more in favor of government action to assist ordinary North Carolinians.  There’s more support for helping lower income people (see the recent Pew poll ) and more homegrown changes like the now 64% of people who support spending millions of tax dollars to guarantee health insurance to all of North Carolina’s children. 

 The wind is starting to blow from a different direction.  Too bad some elected leaders aren’t listening.

3 Comments

  1. zach

    April 4, 2007 at 6:30 am

    what happened to freedom and the will to be free.
    no one in this country want to be free anymore.
    they want the gov to pick their insurance.
    they want the gov to take care of their retirement.
    I want the gov out of my life.
    the gov job is to keep this country safe from attack and control the borders and that should be it.

  2. Jerimee

    April 4, 2007 at 7:22 am

    We can’t be free when our children are denied basic healthcare.

    If you don’t want to chip in with the rest of us, please stay off our roads and highways, and don’t use our emergency services either.
    I take it back, we’ll pay for your EMS, police, and fire, but please refrain from using our roads.

  3. zach

    April 4, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    nobody in this state is denied healthcare, not even illegal aliens