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NC Senate GOP kicks pregnant women off Medicaid, ignores GOP Gov Martin’s legacy

Today in the News and Observer I detail yet another one of these crazy changes hidden deep in the GOP budget recently passed by the NC Senate. This one is a doozy—it kicks off pregnant women who currently get Medicaid and tells them to go buy private insurance. A half-hearted attempt at political cover is provided by saying that somehow (it’s unworkable) the state will pay part of the private premium if these lower income women qualify. However, under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid was supposed to be expanded, not cut, an expansion already rejected by the NC Senate. The latest cynical attempt to attack “Obamacare” just doesn’t work and it ignores the great bipartisan legacy of our state’s efforts to attack our awful infant mortality rate problem:

Back in 1989, shortly after news that North Carolina had the highest infant mortality rate of any state in the nation, Republican Gov. Jim Martin created a task force to seek solutions to this national embarrassment after he already had been pushing for changes to address the problem. Solutions championed by Martin included expanding Medicaid to many more pregnant women in 1987.

4 Comments


  1. MP

    May 31, 2013 at 8:37 am

    ERROR 404 – NOT FOUND on the last hyperlink.

  2. Ricky Leung

    May 31, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Thanks for pointing that out, MP, it’s been fixed.

  3. wncgirl

    May 31, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    hey!! they used to worry about the fetuses at least… now those lil guys better learn to pull up their boot-straps and fend for themselves– I just love me some compassionate conservatism… an oxymoron if there ever was one.

  4. Doug

    June 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I thought Obamacare was supposed to make the insurance affordable. You guys can’t be afraid that it will not work out as planned…..it was supposed to be all rainbows and unicorns once the Feds came in an offered up their exchanges.

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