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NC Pediatric Society: The Medicaid Blame Game

Steve Shore, Executive Director of the North Carolina Pediatric Society, writing in the group’s most recent newsletter:

“Listening to the press conference about the NC Senate’s version of the proposed biennial state budget from the leadership of the North Carolina General Assembly on Monday, you would think that North Carolina’s Medicaid program is responsible for all the state’s woes.

Forget the Great Recession, unemployment, loss of manufacturing jobs, corporate giveaways for economic development, and so on.  It’s Medicaid that is holding us back!

Medicaid is an easy target when the entire program combines $13 billion of both state and federal funding.  However, let’s get real: only 25% of that $13 billion cost is from the NC General Fund.  And who is on Medicaid?  960,827 children aged birth to 18;  491,619 aged, blind or disabled citizens;  and 360,852 pregnant women and parents of children who are covered that qualify at or below $19,090 for a family of three or $11,170 for an individual, which is $5.38/hour based on a full-time job.  So that means North Carolina covers a miniscule number of adults between 18 and 64 years of age.

Talk about a masquerade and picking on our most vulnerable populations that cannot respond!  Children don’t have a vote and if not for the North Carolina Pediatric Society and the children’s advocacy community, not much voice in the political process.

We obviously have more work ahead to demonstrate that Medicaid and our medical home model promoted by Community Care of North Carolina is best for our state.”

4 Comments

  1. Doug

    May 22, 2013 at 10:27 am

    And more than $3 billion dollars at the state level is something to scoff at? Assuming there are what 2,000,000 income tax paying households that is more than $1,000 per household, or more than $90 per month. That approaches the amount many people pay in rent or for a water bill. To a doctor that may not seem like much, but to the typical tax paying NC resident that is a burden and proof that Medicaid is unsustainable….especially when that household is in for paying their own health insurance for what $300+ more, and that will be going up 10-20% per year to subsidize Obamacare.

  2. RJ

    May 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Doug, please tell us whether you think it is a legitimate function of government, at whatever level, to help take care of children and the elderly who are unable to take care of themselves. Keep in mind that such human beings will always be among us, no matter what.

    And about that pose you take as an adult accountant: it ain’t working. Only an adolescent living in mom’s basement thinks 90 bucks is about enough to pay a month’s rent. Say hey to the rest of the Keyboard Kommandos at Red State for us…

  3. Doug

    May 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I do not see that spelled out in the constitution that is for sure. A welfare society was not the purpose of forming the USA. The government is definitely not the right entity for the cradle to grave handouts and perks that have become the norm here.

    And I actaully meant to say electric bill rather than rent. If you want to make some remark worthy of a thirteen year old, keep it up. I know insults are the norm when coming around here since there are no real arguments you can make for liberalism…..so I am glad I could stump you whether it was from mom’s basement or from my own living room, whichever makes you feel less emasculated because you are getting schooled.

  4. RJ

    May 23, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Speaking of the Constitution, how ’bout the part that spells out “promote the general Welfare”? Given your reading comprehension level, though, I’m not surprised you didn’t see it.

    “And I actaully meant to say”… Thanks for schooling me with a retraction.