Yes, the Justice Center did shake quite a bit this hour. Chris Fitzsimon thought it was just the NC General Assembly lurching more to the right, but then breathed a sigh of relief when twitter confirmed the firmly geologic and not political tremor.
Lost in the shake is this AP tidbit – a 5.9 health policy change for all health policy wonks:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials told Montana legislators Tuesday that the agency is working on a new partnership model to let state agencies help run the exchange without the need to get legislative authorization.
If this actually happens, it could mean that NC might run a health care exchange where people and small businesses would buy affordable health coverage under the new federal health care law without having to get the health insurance industry-dominated General Assembly involved. This would be a huge win for consumers who could turn to an acutal independent NC-run agency to look for coverage rather than a group set up by and for the health insurance and health industry.