I have multiple sclerosis and do not qualify for Medicare. This year I will no longer be able to afford my Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina plan. The exchanges coming into play in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act were a light of hope at the end of a dark tunnel. The State General Assembly bill H115 turns that light into the headlight of an oncoming train.
BCBSNC has too much power in this state. If this bill goes through, BCBSNC will take over the exchanges and negate the Affordable Care Act. BCBSNC has been planning this for some time. They will win, and North Carolina will lose.
Re: Wealth and population
I work in the Third World and it's from my personal experience and regard for my friends there that I write.
Your Feb. 9 pieces on wealth distribution and population miss the point ("The wealth gap: An embarrassment of riches" and "Planning the global population"). The articles make clear there's enough wealth to feed and lift all out of poverty and have a safe environment. Therefore, the answer isn't controlling others, whether that be through their money or some reprehensible means at the most intimate level of their human right of creation, to propagate their own family, heritage and culture. The proper path is we must act like human beings. The solution is simple; it's written in every human heart.
The state cannot and has never been able to teach what it is to be human. The state actually goes in the opposing direction, removing opportunities for individuals to grow in the virtues of love, generosity and more, because all think it's the states' responsibility.
The population article showed the inhumanity of man today. The term "family planning" is deceptively used because the author's idea (like Bill Gates, the UN, etc.) doesn't include planning to have children. Rather, it's a cloaked term for keeping "others" from having children. That position is racist and elitist. It's unacceptable and rejected by those in the Third World. I know them; they're my friends. They're individually, collectively, culturally and religiously against control of their reproductive rights. They cannot imagine why Americans would do such unthinkable acts since they see children as blessings. Their two unchanging responses to me are "How could someone in America kill their baby inside them?" and, after much dismay, "Do they not have food!?"
These articles and such others presented to the "First World" are biased and aren't even close to being factually based. They're against love and at the very least unethical journalistically.