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Posted by: Editor-Bonitta Best on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

The flu snagged another casualty this week. The state reported its first child death this season. The infant was too young to receive a vaccination, but that doesn’t mitigate the need for one. That brings the number of deaths to 27, according to reports.

UNC system has revised its budget request to $2.55 billion, which means $94 million more from taxpayers. One reason for the increase is a repeal of a tuition increase for out-of-state students. Chancellor Carol L. Folt has been against the idea from the start. University administrators also want to charge all military and veterans in-state tuition.

N.C. senators Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) have formed a Joint Legislative Study Committee to investigate the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the state. Why need a committee? All they have to do is look in the mirror. The biggest negative impact is Republicans’ refusal to extend Medicare and other programs to bring down the cost of the ACA for those of us who need it. It’s insane that only two insurance companies, Blue Cross Blue Shield of N.C. and Coventry, are handling all the ACA claims. They can barely keep up. More options would have created lower costs. So, go check out a mirror guys!

N.C. Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos apologized for her agency’s recent “problems,” then turned around and laid partial blame on Obamacare. You knew it was coming. “The implementation of the Affordable Care Act is creating a massive issue in the state of North Carolina,” she said Tuesday. “Frankly, DHHS is struggling.” Uh, look in the mirror and see why.

J.C. Penney announced it would close 33 stores and cut 2,000 jobs across the U.S., including the one in Kinston. As if Down East needed any more job losses. Somebody remind them their unemployment benefits will be shorter, thanks to Republicans.

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