New Report: Why Medicaid matters to all North Carolinians (But not Thom Tillis)
[Click here for our new report.] NC Speaker of the House Thom Tillis has a theory about how to make massive cuts in NC’s Medicaid health care program play better with the public – make people with disabilities resent mothers with children. As my colleague Chris Fitzsimon reported, Tillis told a friendly group this week that to mothers who have children and are poor:
“At some point you need to say first kid, we’ll give you a pass, second, third, fourth kid, you are on your own..”
“What we have to do is find a way to divide and conquer the people who are on assistance. We have to show respect for that woman who has cerebral palsy and had no choice in her condition that needs help and we should help. And we need to get those folks to look down at these people who choose to get into a condition that makes them dependent on the government.”
The NC Health Access Coalition has a new report out that gives five reasons every NC family – including many middle class families – is helped by the NC Medicaid program. Like most issues in health care, we are all in this together. In Thom Tillis’ world, perhaps we should save money in private health insurance by getting the people who are healthy to “look down” on the people who get cancer. After all, kick those folks off the health plan and premiums become cheaper for everyone.
The North Carolina of Thom Tillis is not my North Carolina, nor is it a North Carolina most people would want to live in. Our report helps make that clear.