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Why on earth are Republicans who dominate NC Senate rejecting health coverage for poor?

The News and Observer has a great editorial this morning on the NC Senate’s vote to reject Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.  An excerpt:

They want to turn down a federal offer to expand Medicaid, the federal and state health insurance program for the lowest-income families, to cover 500,000 more people in the state. They’re turning it down despite the federal government’s offer to pick up 100 percent of the cost from 2014 to 2016 and 90 percent afterward.

They want to reject $14.8 billion in federal payments from 2014 to 2021 to insure those who would be newly eligible for Medicaid.

They want to forgo the effect that extra federal spending would have on jobs in a state where the unemployment rate is above 9 percent.

They want to dismiss an opportunity to improve the health of low-income people in a state that ranks 38th in negative health outcomes such as cancer, infant mortality, diabetes and cardiovascular deaths.

North Carolina is left out, indeed.

2 Comments


  1. david esmay

    February 6, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Why you ask? This is what happens when you elect ignorant ambitious ideologues who are too incompetent to govern and have no grasp of their own limitations.

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