Insurance Commish explains folly of G.A.’s refusal to implement Obamacare

Wayne GoodwinAnother 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.

 

2 Comments

  1. [...] who are refusing to allow North Carolina any involvement in the coming insurance marketplace.  As reported on the Progressive Pulse, Commissioner Wayne Goodwin issued a statement [...]

  2. Jack

    February 13, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Other industrial and technological nations whose GDP and GNP are far less than the ours is able to protect the health of their people and we can’t?!

    We call ourselves the greatest nation in the history of the world and yet when it comes to the health and wellbeing of the people somehow we fall short. We don’t have the resources to be a civilized nation but we have the resources to deny people the most fundamental service of all – healthcare.

    People talk a good game when they say they don’t want the Feds involved in state business yet by not creating NC’s insurance exchange the NCGA and the Governor is asking the Feds to create it for NC. The logic of NCGA and the Governor is true to republican scatological thinking. Republicans say they don’t want Washington getting all up in their business yet they’re forcing Washington to step in to create and exchange because the NCGA and the Governor won’t do their job. Of course they’ll bitch about it when it happens and point their collective crocked little finger at Washington as a show of their loyalty to the state’s sovereignty all the while continuing to ravage the people of NC of which they have no loyalty.

    So just where does the NCGA’s loyalty, honor and duty truly lie? If not with the people of NC, perhaps it with others whose interest is that of self for which there is no room for loyalty, honor and duty to the people.

    The new overt age of “We don’t give a damn about the people” is well under way.