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Sometimes you have to think that the label that best fits the current right-wing version of the North Carolina General Assembly would be this: “bought, paid for and proud of it.”

How else to explain this story in which News & Observer reporter Joe Neff documents the latest development in the saga of the hospital industry’s disgraceful policies and performance in the provision of charity care to people who cannot afford the outrageous bills it charges? According to the story:

“A House subcommittee on Thursday rejected Gov. Bev Perdue’s plan to make hospital bills more transparent and understandable.

Perdue had proposed giving the N.C. Institute of Medicine $100,000 to study the problem of overly complicated and opaque hospital bills, one of the issues highlighted in a recent series in The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer.”

The real kicker, however, comes a little later in the story: Read More