One of the biggest ongoing scandals in North Carolina is that several hundred thousand people live every day without health insurance because Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders have refused to follow the lead of 31 other states and expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a prominent Republican, recently touted the success of Medicaid expansion in his state, saying the naysayers there had been proven wrong and that 566,000 people he represents now have insurance coverage thanks to his decision to work with the federal government and develop a plan for expansion.
Several other Republican governors have expanded Medicaid too but in North Carolina the naysayers are in charge, leaving more than 400,000 low-income adults without health care coverage.
Studies from the N.C. Institute of Medicine and other foundations and think tanks have found that expanding Medicaid would not just provide health care to people who …
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Compelling evidence for Medicaid expansion