According to his public schedule Gov. Pat McCrory will reject funds to insure 500,000 more people in our state at a closed door bill signing at 4:30pm today.
We have detailed the tremendous costs to the state of rejecting this federal money. It will mean more people delay necessary health care treatments. It will mean a population that is sicker and dies sooner. It will mean rural hospitals will continue to struggle with a mixture of federal cuts (including some in sequestration) and financial pressure from treating the uninsured. It will mean that our Community Health Centers will continue fighting to stay afloat. It will mean that many of the terrible health disparities that exist in our state will persist.
Remember, Gov. McCrory did not have to sign this legislation. He could have vetoed it. He could have let it take effect without his signature. Instead, he is lending this ill advised move his active endorsement. It is too bad that he won’t face the public as he writes them off.