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McCrory’s radical privatization plan not the best way to innovate NC’s Medicaid program

In the Charlotte Observer today I lay out the case for real Medicaid reform in NC that saves money and improves care for everyone.  Not privatization, but a expanding our already successful public/private partnership:

Gov. Pat McCrory has proposed radical privatization for North Carolina’s award-winning Community Care Medicaid program by selling off segments of Medicaid to private health insurers. Aside from McCrory’s dubious rationale, many people are confused as to why he would propose this change on the same day North Carolina’s conservative U.S. Sen. Richard Burr gave a national award to N.C. Medicaid for significantly lowering costs while delivering extremely high-quality care.  Read more here.

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  1. Doug

    April 18, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Guess we will find out when we try it. That is the typical way these things happen, the democrat party has been promoting the government focused programs that have proven history of not working or being the best way. As jlp says we won’t know if it is the best way unless we let it work for some time:

    jlp75
    April 1, 2013 at 6:46 pm
    “There is not enough information to determine if we are on the “right path”. Many decisions good or bad take years or even decades to take significant effect.”

  2. Adam Searing

    April 18, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I’m sticking with Senator Richard Burr – let’s innovate where we have proof of success.

  3. Doug

    April 19, 2013 at 10:41 am

    And that entity will have the opportunity to contiune their “well run” program under the new Medicaid program. A win for all if they make the cut. The good thing as I understand it will be that they are now at risk for overruns, not you or me. Even more of a win, or if they do not continue to be/become more efficient they go out of business rather than being propped up by the government. It is the way the world works.

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