A CBC Editorial: Friday, Oct. 7, 2016; Editorial# 8065The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company
Nowhere is there greater evidence of the depths of petty partisan politics than in North Carolina’s stubborn refusal to expand Medicaid.
Voters must elect legislators who WILL EXPAND Medicaid. Any legislator seeking re-election, who opposed expansion in the past and won’t publically promise to back it now, should not be re-elected.
Expanding Medicaid is not extravagant. It is basic. It is a no-brainer. There is no good reason to turn down a deal where the federal government fully funds the Medicaid expansion to provide health insurance to low-income adults for three years and 90 percent of the costs after the initial three years.
While the Republican-dominated General Assembly has stubbornly refused Medicaid expansion – simply because President Barack Obama is for it – the state’s health and economy have suffered.
500,000 low income North Carolinians …
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