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Cost to NC of not expanding Medicaid: $4.9 million per day

The math is done and it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone – NC is losing $4.9 million per day since January 1, 2014 because Governor McCrory and the NC General Assembly refused to expand Medicaid.  This is money  NC taxpayers paid in federal taxes that is now headed to states like Arizona, New York, Arkansas and Nevada where conservative legislators and governors chose to expand coverage for their poorest citizens.  You can embed the counter below on your own page by going here.

(Estimate based on data from the NC Institute of Medicine for 2014-15.)

8 Comments


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    March 17, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Money well spent in the short term. Once the proverbial stuff hits the fan, that counter will be going the other way so fast it will be a blur. It amazes me that so many progressives forget the times when DC has stuck us with more and more of the bill on these unsustainable programs. But I guess since that happened when democrats were in power it is supposed to be ignored.

  2. Alex

    March 17, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    This number pales in comparison to the red ink that we bleed every day in this country because we can’t pay for the current entitlement load much less an expansion. That deficit number is currently $ 1.2 BILLION per day for 365 days a year that we are saddling our children and our country every year. Everyone should read Avik Roy’s writings on how poorly designed the Medicaid program is ,and the amount of waste in each state.

  3. Alan

    March 17, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    TIN…FOIL…HAT…CRAZY…TALK.

  4. LayintheSmakDown

    March 18, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Alan/ML….once…..again…..describes his….typical…..post/comment….in….caps…..and periods….no….less

    Alex however has a good point too.

  5. Mike

    March 18, 2014 at 11:07 am

    This is nothing compared to the cost of me not buying a MegaMillions lottery ticket! That is costing me $400 million! I won’t pay $1 for that, why should i pay for expanding a broken medicaid system?

  6. Alan

    March 18, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Yes, Alex has a great point, doesn’t he? Avik Roy is such an impartial individual, having been Mitt Romneys advisor from an uber rigth wing “think-tank”.

    After all, the LAST thing anyone of us want is for our fellow citizens to have access to quality healthcare, right?

    The Stasi would be proud of you…

  7. Alex

    March 18, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    An uber rigth wing! Speaking in tongues now Alan ?

  8. Alan

    March 18, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Oh my, a typo error… No, I would leave that sort of crazy activity to those crazy zealots.

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