Action NC, NC Aids Action, NC AFL-CIO and partners organized a great event today to deliver 10,000 signatures on a petition to Governor McCrory asking him to reject the effort to block Medicaid expansion for 500,000 poor uninsured people in North Carolina. While Action NC’s Kevin Rogers was prevented from actually coming past security to give the thousands of petition signatures to the Governor’s administrative assistant (his permit for the press conference outside the Capitol apparently didn’t allow NC citizens to actually walk into the outer office of the Governor apparently), the point was made.
If Governor McCrory signs this legislation he will move from someone seen as a moderately conservative governor to one on the extreme right, more radical than Republican Governors like Jan Brewer of AZ or John Kasich of Ohio – both very conservative Governors who are expanding Medicaid under Obamacare.
In addition, NC Congressional Representatives Price, Watt and Butterfield delivered their own letter to the Governor McCrory today to effectively add another three signatures to the petition asking for Medicaid expansion.
I wonder what the Governor will do next week….