New conservative NC group takes aim at ACA

Posted November 25, 2013

A new conservative third-party group is launching in North Carolina, and taking aim at the Affordable Care Act. 

Executive Director Chad Adams announced the launch of Priorities North Carolina Monday. 

The press release describes the new group as "advancing public policies that limit government regulation, reduce taxes, increase public safety, improve economic opportunities, and protect property rights in the state of North Carolina. PNC will conduct polling, hold public forums, and conduct research to inform North Carolinians about the benefits of economic freedom and limited government."

The press release calls the Affordable Care Act the "most serious concern" facing the state's economy, and calls for a "serious discussion about ending or reversing" the law. 

"With the Affordable Care Act, obviously this is something causing a great deal of confusion for people on the left and right," Adams said. 

The new group's mission sounds similar to that of Americans For Prosperity, a national conservative group founded by the Koch brothers.

Adams says his group will differ in that it will not have a 501(c)3 component, as AFP does. It also won't be national, though he says it will advocate on federal and state issues that affect the state, like the Affordable Care Act. 

"We're not going to have chapters," he said. "We're North Carolina only. State-based, state-run, and state issue-oriented." 

Adams says PNC will focus primarily on economic issues, including the ACA, tax reform and energy exploration. He expects it to attract support from business groups and grassroots activists.

Adams is a past vice president for development at the John Locke Foundation. More recently, he hosted a morning talk show on the Big Talker in Wilmington, NC. He also served two terms on the Lee County Board of Commissioners, and ran unsuccessfully for state Republican party chairman in 2009. 


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  • Luv2Camp Dec 3, 2013

    Sally1023 - you need to stop drinking the koolaidrelatively . The FACT is that Art Pope has created jobs. Even if they are low paying jobs, they are still jobs. Have you created any jobs? How about your fellow liberals like the Reverenddddd Barber?

    Also, have you checked on the money that the Pope family has given to charities? It totals in the $ millions. As an example, the Pope family has funded scholarships for Boy Scouts for years. How many scholarships has Barber or your fellow liberals funded?

    You may not like Mr. Pope's policies and that is your right to do so. However, he is by no means selfish or mean-spirited. His philanthropic ways point to just the opposite.

  • Sally1023 Dec 2, 2013

    NC needs another Pope funded, take from the poor and then hit the poor over the head with his millions, like we need guns on playgounds, bars and college campuses. In other words we don't need any of it! We've had enough selfish, mean spirited politicians for a life time. I swear, I think Jesse might blush to see what Pope has done to the citizens of NC!

  • tracmister Dec 2, 2013

    These same people who would deny medical benefits to people who need it spout religion as being Conservative. The last time I check the Bible and Jesus is all about helping the poor regardless of the reason why they are poor. The is the true hypocritical nature of this conservative group.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 2, 2013

    Yay! A real "pro freedom" group of Conservatives. Please start increasing our liberty:

    -Remove the Big Government Constitutional Amendment that limits the freedom of loving, consenting adults who want to share their lives together forever

    -Remove all personal restrictions that have been placed on women to regulate what they can do with their own body

    -Remove all regulations around birth control or any other devices or medicines that allow people to take control of their own lives without interference from others

    -Legalize the naturally-growing weed that has stolen the freedom of hundreds of thousands of people who consume it. This will reduce our prison expenses by 15% or more.

    -Allow us to grow and sell this weed to other States. NC is uniquely aligned to grow this stuff better than nearly any other state. Let us do to marijuana what we did with tobacco and we will have more money than we know what to do with.

    Yay for freedom!!!

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Dec 2, 2013

    Does the conservative group have a plan to cover 100% of medical coverage for Americans?

    Then who cares what they have to say. Get a plan or save your breath.

  • gaw62 Nov 29, 2013

    Someone needs to tell the truth about obamacare. All you going get from news media is state propaganda. The reason we have obamacare is the media cover up liberal democrats lies when they were trying to pass it.

  • huxter72 Nov 28, 2013

    More power to them. Destroy the ACA any way possible. What a sham this is from the top down.

  • Tax Man Nov 28, 2013

    Where can I sign up? I love the John Locke Foundation!

  • sandim50 Nov 28, 2013

    Well, just another splinter group to break up the GOP
    Of course this is a big PLUS for the Dems. The Dems should applaud
    Chad Adams for helping more Dems to get elected

  • Countrylawyer Nov 28, 2013

    I used to love WRAL but now my love is DEAD.
    I found a batchelor's button in another batchelor's bed!
    Keep your leftist views and see how many listeners you lose.