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The best opinion of the weekend on the ACA, HB2, green energy and Trump

There were lots of good editorial page entries in the major North Carolina papers in recent days. Here are five that deserve your attention:

#1 – The Charlotte Observer does a great job of laying out how remarkably successful the Affordable Care Act has actually been in curing much of what ailed the American health care system prior to its existence. In addition to highlighting the fact that a majority of Americans now want to preserve the law, “A reminder of life before Obamacare” reminds us of at least a half dozen major problems the law solved.

#2 – In “Expand NC Medicaid before Congress changes or repeals the ACA,” Raleigh’s News & Observer does a fine job of, among other things, explaining why Gov. Roy Cooper has been absolutely right to seek to expand coverage in North Carolina.

#3 – In “Margaret Spellings speaks the truth,” the Winston-Salem Journal praises the conservative UNC President for explaining why HB2 continues to hold the state back in hiring qualified faculty. As the editorial concludes: “We know our legislature can be stubborn. But we’re far past ‘enough.’ End this madness, legislators.”

#4 – In “Lawmakers’ attack on wind farm makes no sense,” the Fayetteville Observer rightfully blasts the latest efforts of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore to combat green energy by trying to halt a wind farm along the coast. As the Observer notes: “This does show us how shortsighted our legislative leadership is. For a host of reasons, our energy future is in the sky, not under the ground. The coal industry is dying fast. Many energy companies acknowledge that natural gas is only a bridge to the wind and solar era – energy sources that are already close to competitive with conventional power.”

#5 – Last but far from least was N&O editorial page editor Ned Barnett’s excellent Sunday column on Trump: “It’s hard to unite behind a President who divides.” Here’s Ned:

“The call to get behind our new president breaks down because President Trump refuses to get in front of his new constituency. He spoke encouragingly of reconciliation in his acceptance speech and but just barely struck that note in his Inaugural address. Beyond those two instances, his actions and his appointments have been combative and divisive.

His tweets are adolescent rants against anyone who criticizes him. He has ignored calls to remove himself from financial conflicts of interests. His Cabinet appointments are almost uniformly ill-qualified people who are hostile to the missions of the agencies they will lead. It’s said that Trump manages by putting his underlings in conflict and his mantra is to hit back harder than he’s hit. He cultivates discord. His political opponents and liberal opinion writers can hardy be blamed for failing to be in accord with him.”

And here’s the fine conclusion:

“Trump won the election. But Obama has won the nation’s appreciation. Obama didn’t have to lean on his office for respect. He had his own dignity. Trump does not. And neither his supporters nor his opponents can give him that.

But for those alarmed or discouraged by President Trump, the answer isn’t to go to bed for the next four years. It’s to stand up and stay wide awake.”


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