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Rep. Dollar voices legitimate concerns about Medicaid privatization scheme

nelson DollarNC Policy Watch has offered numerous critiques over the years of the statements and actions of conservative state Rep. Nelson Dollar, but here’s an issue on which Dollar is making a lot of sense: Medicaid privatization.

This is from Lynn Bonner of Raleigh’s News & Observer:

“State Rep. Nelson Dollar responded carefully last week when asked about Gov. Pat McCrory’s plan to open the state’s Medicaid business to management by private companies.
(‘We need more details’- that kind of thing.)

The Cary Republican was less guarded in an email responding to a column by John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation. Hood praised McCrory’s move.

Dollar has been big supporter of Community Care North Carolina, a home-grown Medicaid managed care network run by doctors. CCNC would not continue in its current form if McCrory’s plan is approved.

‘Read John’s piece and there continues to be misconceptions as to the role of CCNC as well as the nature of the problems we’ve addressed the last two years,’ Dollar wrote.

‘More important other states with co-called “competitive contracts” are having just as many challenges as everyone else. We have the foundation to do something truly innovative I hope we don’t opt for the failures and traps of commercial managed care.’

Dollar is a chairman of the House budget committee, a job he held last year.”

3 Comments


  1. Alex

    April 8, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I would think in most circles Rob you would call this a plan, certainly not a “scheme” which seems to denote something underhanded. Is it always necessary to show your personal bias when reporting the facts ?

  2. Rob Schofield

    April 9, 2013 at 7:57 am

    My boy, you need to turn down your paranoia meter a smidge. (And by the way, the more approropriate word for your comment is “connote” not “denote.”)

    scheme/skim/ [skeem] A noun, verb, schemed, schem·ing.

    1. a plan, design, or program of action to be followed; project.
    2. an underhand plot; intrigue.
    3. a visionary or impractical project.
    4. a body or system of related doctrines, theories, etc.: a scheme of philosophy.
    5. any system of correlated things, parts, etc., or the manner of its arrangement.

  3. Alex

    April 9, 2013 at 8:12 am

    I think connote implies an additional meaning which in your case would be incorrect since you generally use the word to describe any Republican ideas. Looking at the definition as “an underhand plot” or “impractical project” no doubt sets the tone of the argument as being negative. After all, fair and balanced should be your approach.

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