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McCrory, General Assembly succeed in efforts to prevent children, women, disabled getting health care

Partisan political posturing occasionally has real-world consequences. And sometimes those consequences are pretty despicable. Apparently the relentless – but baseless and wrong and embarrassingly recycled – attacks again and again on  NC’s Medicaid program as “broken” have had more of an effect beyond playing a leading role in Gov. McCrory’s and the General Assembly’s justification for rejecting Medicaid expansion to 500,000 citizens under the Affordable Care Act. According to a new report from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Medicaid applications are down 1.6% in North Carolina compared to last year. And this is a year in which states that have implemented the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion are seeing a 15.5% increase in Medicaid applications.

All that demonizing of NC’s award-winning Medicaid program by our Governor and General Assembly is having the effect of talking down the program while states that are taking 100% federal money to expand coverage are seeing many more uninsured people finally get coverage.  As very conservative Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich said about his support of expanding Medicaid in his state: “it’s going to save lives.”  The opposite is true in NC.

 

14 Comments

  1. Frances Jenkins

    December 3, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Were you paid to say this?

  2. Betty Beckwith

    December 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    NC has really declined under this administration. It’s sad to see so many of our citizens suffering because of the cruelty and/or stupidity of the state’s legislators and governor.

  3. gregflynn

    December 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I would hope that Adam does get paid to research and write. I suspect it’s a lot less than the $120,000 Kim Genardo gets to make Pat McCrory look good, though there probably isn’t enough money in the world to make him look good when he strays from talking points.

  4. Alan

    December 3, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Another in depth, insightful, commentary from Frances…

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    December 3, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    greggy, you need to go to the attached link for the latest Smack to be Laid Down on you….victory dancing is surely involved.

    http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/11/27/more-than-500-jobs-already-lost-from-nc-gov-general-assembly-refusal-to-expand-medicaid/

  6. LayintheSmakDown

    December 3, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    On a related note….things seem dead around here without the dissenting comments. Almost too many crickets chirping……guess there are not too many acolytes of progressivism out there after all?

  7. gregflynn

    December 3, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    NC Employed [BLS statistics]
    4,295,771 October 2012
    4,294,153 October 2013
    1,618 fewer employed in October 2013 than in October 2012

  8. Frances Jenkins

    December 4, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Greg falls for it every time.

  9. Adam Searing

    December 4, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Heck, my dream is not just a job in the McCrory administration – I want to be a contractor like Bob Atlas or Les Merritt. $250 an hour here I come!

  10. ML

    December 4, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Frances WAS paid to say that!

  11. GOP Rules

    December 4, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    gregflynn,
    do you have a link to that BLS statistic?

  12. gregflynn

    December 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm

  13. Jim Wiseman

    December 4, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Ooooh, those wascawy wepubwicans!

  14. LayintheSmakDown

    December 5, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    well greggy, please be sure to note that the labor force has decreased much more….maybe people have gone to other states to get the richer government perks….or the Obama economy has taken them out of the workforce. But there is no denying there are more jobs on a per person basis based on who wants/needs a job. Thanks for proving my statistics!