In case you missed it, be sure to check out this story in the Charlotte Observer by Ann Doss Helms and Tony Pugh about North Carolina’s ongoing and self-destructive refusal to accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians in need. As the Helms and Pugh report:
North Carolina taxpayers could spend more than $10 billion by 2022 to provide medical care for low-income residents of other states while getting nothing in return, a McClatchy Newspapers analysis shows.
The Affordable Care Act tried to expand Medicaid to millions of low-income, uninsured adults. But many Republican-led states, including both Carolinas, opted out of the plan championed by President Barack Obama.
If the 23 states still rejecting Medicaid expansion stick with that decision, they’ll contribute $152 billion over 10 years to states that take the federal money, the analysis shows. North Carolina would be one of the top five contributors.
In other words, because of the refusal by Gov. McCrory, House Speaker Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Berger to expand Medicaid, North Carolina is contributing to the utterly nonsensical situation in which it and other poorer states are subsidizing the provision of health care to low income people in wealthier states that have already expanded Medicaid.
The article also cites a pair of business economy experts for the proposition that the failure to expand is holding back the state’s economy: Read More