Conservative group putting grassroots pressure on 2014 Legislative Session
RALEIGH, NC – Today Americans for Prosperity, North Carolina’s foremost advocate for economic freedom, asked state lawmakers to take steps, in the upcoming legislative session, to reform the state’s Certificate of Need (CON) laws.
“Unlike Obamacare – which the General Assembly took steps to blunt the effects of – CON reform would bring market-driven, patient focused healthcare reform to North Carolina,” said John Dudley, North Carolina State Director for AFP. “It’s time for North Carolina to free up the health care market to create more competition, which will inevitably drive down costs.”
Dudley continued, “We will be working with grassroots activists statewide to help push CON reform in the short session. Our hope is that the Legislative Committee on Market Based Solutions and Elimination of Anti-Competitive Practices in Health Care will make a recommendation to the General Assembly to reform, if not entirely eliminate, our CON laws.”
AFP also launched a series of calls into legislative districts, urging activists to call their legislators and ask for CON reform.
Dudley concluded, “By controlling the creation of new and expanded facilities, North Carolina’s CON laws may reduce price competition between healthcare providers, and are actually keeping prices high. Increased price competition would drive down the state’s healthcare costs.
Currently, twenty-three states have eliminated their CON laws entirely, and many others have relaxed CON regulations.
For further information or an interview, please contact Donald Bryson at DBryson@afphq.org or 919-710-0484
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org