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Column sets the record straight: Medicaid not broken

In case you missed it over the weekend, check out Ned Barnett’s column from Raleigh’s News & Observer entitled “Truth gets stretched in Medicaid debate.” [1]

As Barnett notes: the myth being propagated by Gov. McCrory and the General Assembly (with the unfortunate assistance of the politically tone deaf state Auditor) that Medicaid is “broken” and therefore can’t be expanded under Obamacare is just plain baloney.

“The reason DHHS’ Medicaid spending continues to be over budget is because the Republican-controlled legislature reduced its budget without defining what to cut, such as payments to doctors and hospitals, services offered or the number of people eligible. Apart from missing the General Assembly’s unrealistic savings targets, Medicaid delivery systems in North Carolina are very much intact. From 2007 to 2010, Medicaid spending in North Carolina grew more slowly than in any other state in the nation. One of its delivery models, Community Care, is a widely praised prototype for cost savings that other states want to copy. No doubt, a state division spending $13 billion in state and federal funds annually has things that could be fixed, but it clearly is not ‘broken.'”

Read Barnett’s entire column by clicking here [1].