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Senator Richard Burr: Makes up his own facts about NC Medicaid in order to criticize it

North Carolina’s Senator Burr used to be a fan of NC’s Medicaid program.  In fact, he presented NC Medicaid with a national award for delivering great care and containing costs just last year.  Then came the Affordable Care Act and the decision NC has to make about expanding Medicaid coverage using federal dollars to low-income people.  Now Senator Burr thinks NC’s Medicaid program is just terrible – and he has a simple fix!  Just require people on Medicaid to have a primary care doctor and a medical home.  Whoops – Senator Burr, NC’s Medicaid program does that already and has for years assigned people on Medicaid to a primary care doc and printed the name and number on the back of each person’s Medicaid card.  I know the game in Washington DC is to just make up your own facts to fit your current argument, but please don’t try that back here at home.  Watch:

3 Comments


  1. Jack

    April 23, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Here we go again and again, another politician being lead around by a nose ring, manufactured and approved by the ALEX and Koch team, to speak to “their” constituents.

  2. gregflynn

    April 23, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Will never forget the time that Burr, in a letter, blew off my concerns about Vioxx fast-track approval because “even doctors don’t understand it”. Hello, if that’s the case, maybe they shouldn’t be prescribing, and maybe you shouldn’t be promoting fast-track approval of drugs that doctors “don’t understand”.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    April 25, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Not that I like Burr, but the new information contained in the audit of Medicaid kind of makes that “award” a joke now. That and the huge deficits that the company helps run up each year.

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