The truth about North Carolina’s Medicaid program: Why it’s not “broken” or in need of privatization
featuring one of the nation’s most knowledgeable experts on health care policy: Ron Pollack, Executive Director of the Washington, DC-based research and advocacy organization, Families USA.
Background: Hardly a day goes by of late in which Gov. McCrory, House Speaker Tillis, Senate President Pro Tem Berger or some other conservative leader doesn’t allege that Medicaid, North Carolina’s health care program for poor people, is “broken.” In speech after speech, event after event, media appearance after media appearance, conservative state leaders repeat the same mantra: To rein in “out-of-control” spending, Medicaid must be fundamentally altered so that it is a program based on “choice,” “efficiency” and “competition.”
Why you should care: Though superficially appealing, there’s one big problem with the conservative talking points: They are demonstrably false. The truth of the matter is that despite its many imperfections, North Carolina Medicaid remains a model for the nation and a program that state leaders should be strengthening and expanding rather than shrinking and privatizing.
About Rob Pollack: Ron Pollack is the Founding Executive Director of Families USA, the national organization for health care consumers. Families USA’s mission is to achieve high-quality, affordable health coverage for everyone in the U.S.
Families USA’s numerous reports and analyses—on such matters as health coverage for the uninsured and underinsured, Medicaid, Medicare, prescription drug issues, long-term care and others—are frequently cited at Congressional hearings, in state legislatures, by the media and by consumer organizations that Families USA works with all across the country.
Join us as Pollack uses his formidable experience in this critical field to debunk the Medicaid mythology and explain how all of us can be a part of the effort to set the record straight.
When: Tuesday June 11—Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m., and the program will start at noon.
Where: Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St. at the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets.
Cost: $10—includes a box lunch.
Space is limited—pre-registration required.
Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or email@example.com