After passing through the NC Senate at breakneck speed last week, Senate Bill 4  will be before members of the House Health and Human Committee on Tuesday.
The legislation will block the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, preventing roughly 500,000 North Carolinians from getting health insurance.
While several Republican lawmakers have worried about the cost of implementing the federal healthcare program, Senate leader Phil Berger suggested on his campaign website  that the Senate’s bill protects North Carolinians from “the government turning our health records over to the IRS; government-forced insurance; billions in new taxes.”
Rep. Susan Fisher  is hopeful her colleagues in the NC House slow down and take a more thoughtful approach to discussing the merits of the Affordable Care Act.
The Buncombe County Democrat says some Senate Republicans determined to block Medicaid expansion are clearly angry President Obama won re-election:
“Who are the people who are going to suffer from this? It’s the elderly, the disabled, blind, children. Where is the compassion?”
On Monday, a group of doctors  also urged House lawmakers to support Medicaid expansion, which would be fully funded by the federal government for the first three years.
Fisher discussed Medicaid expansion, and efforts to slash unemployment benefits over the weekend on News and Views with Chris Fitzsimon. To hear an an excerpt from that interview, click below. To download a podcast of the entire segment  with Rep. Fisher, visit the Radio Interview section of the N.C. Policy Watch website: