Medicaid broken? New chart says otherwise

A state legislative committee is looking into the situation in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services this morning, where embattled Secretary Aldona Wos continues to hang on and adhere to her controversial plan to privatize Medicaid, the state’s health insurance system for poor people.

Throughout her first year in office, Wos and her boss, Gov. McCrory, have repeatedly claimed that Medicaid is “broken” and that spending in the program is “out of control.” This new chart highlighted at today’s hearing, however, makes clear that Wos and McCrory may have some backtracking to do with respect to these claims (Note that the red line is the national trend and the blue is North Carolina’s. “PMPM” means “per member, per month.”):Medicaid spending



  1. Rob Schofield

    January 14, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    That’s an 11.6% DROP in NC Medicaid spending per member per month since 2008! That we’re talking about privatizing this program and not expanding it under the ACA is borderline criminal.

  2. Silence DoGood

    January 14, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    I just made an explanation on how to save out of poverty, for those interested. Let me know what you think. Take care.


  3. LayintheSmakDown

    January 17, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Wow Rob. You should not be able to play with sharp objects like numbers. No matter how you slice it, if spending decreased each month 11% then we would be quickly on the way to solvency. As it is, the program becomes more and more broken as time goes on and the ponzi scheme approaches end game.

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