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Lori WallachSeats still remain for next Thursday’s Crucial Conversation luncheon:

Worse than NAFTA? Why North Carolinians should be very, very worried about the so-called “Trans-Pacific Partnership.”

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Featuring Lori Wallach, Director of the Global Trade Watch Division at the national advocacy group Public Citizen.

Co-sponsored by AFL-CIO of North CarolinaWitness for Peace and Balance & Advocacy in Journalism.

Few American states have experienced the devastating impact of global “free” trade more directly and painfully than North Carolina. Our shuttered manufacturing plants and record unemployment rates both serve as powerful daily reminders of the lasting impact of NAFTA, CAFTA and other alphabet soup trade deals negotiated by far-off politicians and corporate giants.

Now, amazingly enough, yet another such trade agreement is being negotiated in secret, and it could be the worst one yet. Read More

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June AtkinsonNC Policy Watch is excited to announce our next Crucial Conversation luncheon:

What’s next for our public schools? A conversation with June Atkinson, North Carolina’s Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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When: Wednesday, August 21 at 12:00 p.m. — Box Lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.

Where: Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St. (at the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets)

Cost: $10—includes a box lunch.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Dr. Atkinson at this important point in state history.

Space is limited – pre-registration required.

Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or rob@ncpolicywatch.com

 

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A small number of seats remain for tomorrow’s Crucial Conversation luncheon:

“The truth about North Carolina’s Medicaid program: Why it’s not ‘broken’ or in need of privatization”

The event will  feature one of the nation’s most knowledgeable experts on health care policy: Ron Pollack, Executive Director of the Washington, DC-based research and advocacy organization, Families USA.

Hope you can join us!

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The editorial page of Raleigh’s News & Observer tells it like it is this morning in this editorial about North Carolina’s misguided decision not to expand Medicaid.

“The Republicans’ reasons for opting out vary, but the effect is same: A forgoing of federal funds that will leave many low-income people uninsured and will cost the state and hospitals more for uncompensated care. Those consequences did not stop North Carolina and 14 other states – all with Republican governors – from refusing to participate.

Now a new report by the RAND Corp. shows how colossal is the cost of this obstinacy. The report, published in the June edition of Health Affairs, looked at 14 states whose governors were opposed to expanding the Medicaid program as of April 25. The costs will likely be higher because at least one more state has joined the holdouts and several are still weighing going that route.”

To learn more about this subject, be sure to register for next Tuesday’s Crucial Conversation luncheon with national Medicaid expert Ron Pollack of the advocacy group Families USA. Seats are going fast!