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Another place NC tax dollars are going

Ohio: That’s the latest state led by a conservative Republican governor to realize the utter mathematical stupidity of saying “no” to a federally-funded Medicaid expansion for a huge chunk of its poorest citizens.  

This is from the folks at Think Progress:

“Ohio joined the list of states expanding Medicaid for Americans under 133 percent of the federal poverty line on Monday, after a special seven-member budgetary oversight panel made up of state lawmakers gave final approval to Gov. John Kasich’s (R) decision to grow the program via executive order….

Medicaid expansion, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, is expected to cut Ohio’s uninsurance rate by over 60 percent and extend basic health benefits to 275,000 of the poorest Ohio residents.”

At some point, Gov. McCrory and the General Assembly are going to wake up and acknowledge the undeniable math of the matter as well. No matter how many musty old Austrian economists the state budget director and his hirelings in the right-wing “think” tanks dredge up, at some point, elected politicians are going to figure out that it’s beyond mad to send billions of tax dollars to the feds so that they can redirect them to health providers in other states without providing North Carolina its fair share. 

A half-million North Carolinians eagerly await the light bulb moment.

5 Comments

  1. Alan

    October 22, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Rob,

    I like your enthusiasm that McCrory & the NCGA will eventually wake up to the financial realities, but somehow I think their loyalty to political ideology will overshaddow the needs of the state. The only thing that will change this, I think, will be the next election.

  2. RJ

    October 22, 2013 at 10:11 am

    The republicans will awaken and take the billions when they figure out a way to split it up amongst themselves. Where did Steckel go again?

  3. GOP Rules

    October 22, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Well, if the democrats in Washington cared at all about their constitunents rather than trying to use NC and other states as a political football, they would take some rational steps to fill the gap their healthcare plan made. It is as simple as Kay Hagan going up to Schumer and getting it done.

  4. Alan

    October 22, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Doogie/GOP Rule/LSD is living in an alternate universe, devoid of any facts. It’s the state GOP that decided not to expand Medicaid and take federal funding, it had nothing to do with the Democrats, be they in NC or DC.

  5. ML

    October 22, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I’m not sure if Hagen could do anything to help especially if it’s just her a schemer but no matter what they did, it would be far less complicated and quicker for Mccrory to grow a brain. On second thought maybe GOP Rules is right…