You would think the Governor would be smarter than to keep blaming Medicaid for his budget problems every time he gets asked about why he isn’t giving all teachers a much-needed raise. After all, this is the Governor whose Department of Health and Human Services has done its best to run our Medicaid program into the ground over the last year with actions like failing to pay hospitals and doctors and giving mysterious $37,000 “severance” packages (a higher amount than McCrory’s proposal for first-year teacher’s annual salaries) to political cronies who who work at DHHS for one month. See a full list here of McCrory’s year of missteps on DHHS and Medicaid.
At what point is the Governor embarrassed with this line? In today’s version he blames the Affordable Care Act for adding people to NC Medicaid. Sorry, Governor. Those people were already eligible in NC for Medicaid. We didn’t expand coverage in NC to anyone – these are just people that were already eligible for coverage who are now, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, actually finding out that they could get help with health care, unlike the hundreds of thousands you told won’t be getting Medicaid coverage.
Governor, the problem with finding money for teacher salaries isn’t with the Medicaid program you are so busy breaking. What is? That half a billion dollars in tax cuts aimed largely at the wealthy in our state you signed into law last year. It may be easier for you to blame low-income people who need Medicaid for your problems, but look to put your own house in order before you pull out your tired, old and increasingly discredited arguments about Medicaid yet again.