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Better late than never? Conservative conversion on Medicaid expansion continues

Medicaid expansionConservative political support for one of the central components of Obamacare continues to grow. The latest conversion: North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis.

This is from a story by reporter Craig Jarvis in Raleigh’s News & Observer about Tillis’  televised appearance on Time Warner Cable’s “Capital Tonight” show last evening:

Medicaid: Asked if he thought it would be likely that the state legislature would expand Medicaid coverage after refusing to do so previously, Tillis said it might make sense once the state has better control of the financing of the program, which is notorious for its cost overruns.

He said he didn’t have an ideological objection to expanding the coverage. But he said when the state auditor told the previous governor that money was being wasted on it, the appropriate response would not have been to make it bigger and more costly.

“I would encourage the state legislature and governor to consider it if they’re completely convinced they now have the situation under control,” Tillis said.

In other words, the Speaker is echoing the McCrory administration’s imperfect but mostly encouraging line on the issue. Let’s fervently hope that Tillis’ successor as House Speaker and Senate President Pro Tem Berger adopt this same common-sense stance so that the matter can be disposed of as early in 2015 as possible.

One Comment


  1. John

    October 22, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Better late than never? Does anybody really buy the “conservative conversion”? Or is it just election b.s.?

    Mitch McConnell tells Kentuckians that they can keep Kentucky Kynect, their successful healthcare exhange, but he plans to pull the ACA out, “root and branch”.

    Tillis is just borrowing a page from McConnell’s book. Good luck with Medicaid expansion, but if elected, Tillis plans to join McConnell to defund and repeal the ACA “root and branch”.

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