Another public servant who actually knows what he is talking about has weighed in on the absurdity of the legislation advanced by Governor McCrory and conservative lawmakers to try to block the important reforms and expanded coverage made possible by the Affordable Care Act. North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin issued the following statement after yesterday’s action by the House Health and Human Services Committee:
“I believe that North Carolinians know what’s best for North Carolina. State-based regulation best protects our consumers and promotes a healthy insurance marketplace. At the earlier direction of the General Assembly, the Department of Insurance and the Department of Health and Human Services have laid the necessary groundwork to implement a state-based health insurance exchange and other provisions of the federal health care law. I am disappointed that state leaders now want to cede more control of our health insurance market to the federal government.
Having a federal exchange in North Carolina will no doubt limit our ability to resolve consumers’ health insurance issues at the state level. People who have questions, concerns or complaints about health insurance will have to seek out help from the federal government rather than from trusted regulators in our own state.”
Goodwin might have added that by trying to block the federal law, the conservatives are actually saying “no” to providing health insurance to a half-million low-income North Carolinians as well as critical reforms that that will clamp down on waste, fraud and abuse in the health care system.