NC Senator: Failure to expand Medicaid would be “incomprehensible” (video)

Governor Pat McCrory said this week he’d be open to the idea of Medicaid expansion, if the Obama administration will allow North Carolina to craft its own state-specific plan under the Affordable Care Act.

Legislative leaders in House and Senate have been far more skeptical.

Sen. Ralph Hise, co-chair of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, has called expansion “impossible” at this point.

But Sen. Josh Stein says it would be “incomprehensible” for the Republican-controlled legislature to turn its back on Medicaid expansion dollars again.

“Six billion dollars and 30,000 jobs we would have had if we had taken it two years ago,” explained Stein. “Well, we didn’t. We are where we are today. They made the bad decision, but they can rectify that tomorrow.”

Earlier this week, Brad Wilson, President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield, also made the case for expansion at 13th Annual Economic Forecast Forum. Wilson told the audience the state has lost $1.1 billion by not expanding Medicaid.

Sen. Stein appears this weekend on NC Policy Watch’s News & Views to discuss the chances for expansion in a tight budget year, as we preview the upcoming “long” legislative session. Click below for a preview of Stein’s radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon.


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    January 9, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Luckily we have some good people in the NCGA who can stop this train wreck. As long as Berger is in charge, this is a non-issue. And the people of NC seem to have the same opinion.

  2. ML

    January 9, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    The republicans of the ncga and those that voted for them do have the same opinion but certainly not “the people” or even a majority of the nc voting age population.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    January 9, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Not from what could be seen in the last election.

  4. ML

    January 10, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    44% of eligible voters cast ballots. So maybe a quorum of North Carolinians but you certainly have no evidence to speak on behalf of the people.

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    January 11, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Well, statistically speaking that is a good view of the overall electorate. Statistical sampling uses a great deal lower population and comes up with the same results. Also, if so many North Carolinians were deeply dissatisfied as you profess then they would have turned out in greater numbers to repudiate what was going on now. As it stands, you have no realistic point to stand on.

  6. ML

    January 11, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Statistically speaking sure. But you didn’t say that. I’d suggest you be a bit more careful with your words but I know how little you think when you speak.

  7. ML

    January 11, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Also I never professed anything about deep dissatisfaction? Nice try bolstering your argument by putting words in my mouth. Remember, read and think, then speak.

  8. LayintheSmakDown

    January 13, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I don’t really have to speak from a statistcal view other than to debate with you. Basically what you see is the people of NC have spoken. You never get 100% for any election so we have to go on who shows up. Again, if it was important to a significant number of North Carolinians that we become more progressive, then they would have come to the polls.

  9. LayintheSmakDown

    January 13, 2015 at 10:40 am

    And the statistics were just an additional fact to prove my point….just sayin.

  10. ML

    January 13, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    What statistics? That this was the lowest election turnout since the Great Depression?

  11. LayintheSmakDown

    January 14, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    That is far from the case, you obviously have not bothered to read up on the issue.

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