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McCrory to 500,000 uninsured North Carolinians: Drop dead

Pat McCrory 4There is now, officially, no hope for Pat McCrory. The new North Carolina governor is now a “made man” in the world of right-wing ideologues. 

Today, just days after asking the General Assembly to slow its mad rush to opt out of the Affordable Care Act, the Governor reversed course and fully embraced the most extreme, cutting-off-our-noses-to-spite-our-faces position of the market fundamentalists and anti-government extremists by announcing that he would oppose expansion of North Carolina’s Medicaid program to cover 500,000 low-income uninsured people  as well as the creation of  health care exchange as made possible by the Affordable Care Act.

There are so many things dishonest and wrong and just plain mean about this absurd decision that it’s impossible to list them all here. For a sampling check out this post and this one.

The bottom political line at this point, however, appears to be this: Pat McCrory has officially consummated his marriage with the far right. After years of dating and flirting and eye-batting, the once-moderate Charlotte mayor is now officially a card-carrying member of the Pope-Koch-Locke-Heritage-Americans for the Prosperous conspiracy to repeal the 20th Century. Mississippi, Alabama are now – God help us – officially our state role models.  

The only good thing about any of this is that at least North Carolinians now know where they stand.

7 Comments


  1. JeffS

    February 12, 2013 at 10:19 am

    One more person wakes up.

    I wish some of you hadn’t had your heads in the sand during election season. Many political writers failed the people of the state by ignoring this race and/or pretending that McCrory should be given the benefit of the doubt, despite having been a hired hand of the “new right” for years now.

  2. The Predator State

    February 12, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I wonder how this decision to ban expansion of ‘Caid will affect the bottom line of medical corporations that rely on Medicaid for their profits?

  3. Jack

    February 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    If you want to hear George Carlin’s take on all this go to Youtube and enter: George Carlin ~ The American Dream

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  4. Margaret Martin

    February 13, 2013 at 10:50 am

    OK Gov, are you trying to see how fast you can take down our state? How low do we go? I vote & I care about issues. You are pushing NC into the group of backward southern states, we deserve better than that.

  5. Mike

    February 13, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I agree with McCrory. The system is broken and you don’t throw money at a problem and expect it to fix anything. I feel for the 500k uninsured. I think McCrory will continue to look for one.

  6. Melodie

    February 13, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Well NC, you wanted this man, now you got him. Unfortunately, now we all have to live with him. Nice going. Act in haste ,repent at leisure.

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