Big Medicine runs cover for RINO Senator Jim Perry with postcard mailing | Eastern North Carolina Now

Perry has been waterboy for Big Medicine in state senate


Some of Senator Jim Perry (RINO-Kinston)'s votes on healthcare issues this session have been exposed as hurting consumers, so a PAC affiiliated with Big Medicine has run cover for Perry by sending out a misleading postcard to help prop him up.  Perry's district is Beaufort, Lenoir, and Craven counties.  Perry's campaigns have been heavily funded by Big Medicine special interests and he has consistently been their water boy in backing their legislation.

Most recently, the Obamacare Medicaid expansion in North Carolina, which Perry voted for and was very active in twisting other legislators arms over, was exposed by a study from Johns Hopkins University, which showed it is likely to increase costs both to taxpayers and to individuals for insurance costs and medical care.  Another major issue where Perry was very active in pushing the agenda of Big Medicine was legislation to allow Blue Cross / Blue Shield to loot its own reserves, a bill that our NC Insurance Commissioner and our NC State Treasurer both warned will raise insurance premiums in the future for consumers.

With the word getting out that Perry had stabbed consumers in the back TWICE this session on health legislation, he needed a smokescreen. The so-called "Affordable Healthcare Coalition of North Carolina," which is a creature of the health insurance industry, particularly Blue Cross / Blue Shield, jumped in to provide it through a postcard mailing,

The postcard praises Perry for voting for an obscure technical piece of legislation that it never really explains but makes outsized claims over.  The bill, HB346, is actually one that many House conservatives, including Keith Kidwell, voted against.  It allows big hospital corporations to create paper entites that theoretically might help their profit margin but are unlikely to have any real impact on consumers.  While the postcard says the bill "cut government red tape" it actually created more government red tape, just in a way that might help big hospital profits.  It re-prints two media headlines that are misleading because the articles they come from actually address other healthcare issues.

Jim Perry is always there for Big Medicine, and now Big Medicine is there for him.  They must smell a primary in the works.  It is just a case of a powerful special interest looking out for one of their own.

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jefe said:
( July 16th, 2023 @ 8:03 pm )
The NC Legislature has long been the handmaiden of Big Health or Big Medicine. It has consistently voted against NC citizens and for insurers and large hospital systems. Interesting that the postcard says "cut government red tape" while the DHS is asking for more money to accommodate more Medicaid recipients. And the Legislature, DHS and Big Medicine have all studiously avoided addressing the $1 Billion in fraud in NC Medicaid. Only the taxpayers suffer.

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