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Veteran WaPo columnist: “North Carolina Republicans put ideology above lives”

Posted By Rob Schofield On July 29, 2014 @ 10:12 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Veteran Washington Post columnist Dana Millbank gets things just about right in this new essay [1] about the stubborn refusal of the state’s conservative political leaders to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Millbank’s column was inspired by Belhaven mayor Adam O’Neal’s march to Washington [2] that was designed to highlight the plight of his small town that lost its hospital thanks the state’s Medicaid decision:

O’Neal arrived on Capitol Hill carrying his hiking pole and wearing trail shoes, shorts and a “Save our Hospital” T-shirt. He was accompanied by about 250 supporters, most affiliated with labor unions, and by civil rights leaders. The hospital closure disproportionately affects African Americans. But Gibbs is white, and so is Crystal Price, who, with her young son, joined the mayor on the stage.

Price, 27 and an employee at Wendy’s, has no health coverage and spoke tearfully about her cervical cancer. “They don’t want to expand Medicaid, so families like mine .?.?. have to decide if we’re going to pay for our children’s health care or our own,” she said. “How many have to bury their loved ones, and how many children like my own will have to grow up without a parent because you want more money in your pockets?”

For O’Neal, any ideological doubts about Obamacare are dwarfed by the disgrace of a young working mother unable to get cancer treatment.

“I mean, that’s wrong,” he said. “Conservatives — everybody — should think that’s wrong.”

Read Millbank’s entire column by clicking here [1].


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[1] this new essay: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-north-carolina-republicans-put-ideology-above-lives/2014/07/28/724081cc-169e-11e4-85b6-c1451e622637_story.html

[2] Belhaven mayor Adam O’Neal’s march to Washington: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/07/14/belhaven-mayor-marches-to-big-washington-to-protest-hospital-closing-call-for-n-c-expansion-of-medicaid/

[3] Republican mayor from eastern NC issues emotional call for Medicaid expansion : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/06/04/republican-mayor-from-eastern-nc-issues-emotional-call-for-medicaid-expansion/

[4] While DHHS fixes Medicaid backlog, let’s take care of kids : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/05/22/while-dhhs-fixes-medicaid-backlog-lets-take-care-of-kids/

[5] New data: Medicaid expansion providing big benefits to states that have opted for it : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/07/16/new-data-medicaid-expansion-lifting-states-that-have-opted-for-it/

[6] NC NAACP and Vidant Health reach agreement to keep Belhaven Hospital open : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/03/27/nc-naacp-and-vidant-health-reach-agreement-to-keep-belhaven-hospital-open/

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