Insko: Medicaid expansion would have offered state more budget flexibility (video)

Here’s the big questions in Raleigh this week: Will we see a budget deal before the start the new fiscal year?

The Senate Appropriations Committee appears to be ready to pass a continuing resolution as early as Tuesday, which would keep state government running if no agreement is reached and signed by the Governor by July 1st.

Rep. Verla Insko notes that lawmakers would have had more spending flexibility if they had opted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Health Care Act, a decision rejected by Governor McCrory in February.

“It would have brought in a lot of extra money and filled a lot of holes,” explained Insko. “But I have to say…I don’t understand why anyone who has the opportunity to provide health care for 500,000 poor people, including little kids, wouldn’t do it. It’s just mind-boggling.”

Insko, who appeared over the weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon, discussed the impact of budget cuts on higher education and health care, and why she believes the crowds are getting bigger with each passing Moral Monday.

For an excerpt of her radio interview, click below. To hear the full segment or download a podcast, visit the Radio Interview section of the NC Policy Watch website:

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5 Comments

  1. Jack

    June 24, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    OMG, did I hear Representative Insko correctly? Did she just say: “I just figured out that Medicaid isn’t a welfare plan or a handout, it’s an insurance program.” Where has she been all these years??? Her first term in the NC House began in 1998 she should know this stuff.

    I am stunned she would say out loud and in public that all these year she is just figuring out that Medicaid is an insurance program

  2. Doug

    June 24, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    This might have been true for the two years DC would be footing the bill with the borrowed trillions. But once that teat dried up in 3-4 years then we would be saddled with a system with a couple hundred thousand people more that we would not be able to afford…..on top of the thousands we already cannot afford by hundreds of millions of dollars. Definitely the right decision to let DC deal with it as they see fit rather than taking on that huge burden we cannot afford.

  3. NoGOPinNC

    June 24, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    With the current crop in Raleigh get used to more kids and the elderly suffering needlessly so the art popes of the world can keep from paying their fair share of taxes, ironically we all support art pope with our tax dollars since he refuses to pay a living wage and counts on North Carolinians supplementing his income with our taxes…and he can’t even keep up with his child’ support payments poor greedy guy.

  4. Frances Jenkins

    June 24, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Miss Verla is playing Democrat politics. What a shame!

  5. Jack

    June 25, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Medicaid has always been insurance. It is becoming more and more evident that you either know nothing of which you write.