This morning’s editorial in Raleigh’s News & Observer about Gov. McCrory’s stealthy approval of legislation deny Medicaid to half-million or more North Carolinians is on the money and worth your time.
I liked this part best:
The governor’s argument for rejecting the Medicaid expansion was that the state Department of Health and Human Services’ division that oversees Medicaid payments “is broken” and that it would be unwise to bring more people into the system until its administrative lapses are corrected. He also shares the skepticism of many Republicans in the legislature who think the federal government can’t afford to pay for more Medicaid coverage. They think the feds will renege on their offer to cover the expense of the first three years of expansion entirely and then cover 90 percent afterward.
But these reasons ring hollow and serve more as political cover for the rejection than as a justification for it. The governor’s newly hired Medicaid director, Carol Steckel, says the administrative issues with DHHS can be fixed in a few months. And projections that the federal government won’t come through on its promised payments have no factual basis.