“Losing” that Obamacare money

Jim Morrill IS concerned: What this bill does is scale back the expansion of Medicaid promised in ObamaCare.  How do you LOSE money you never had in the first place? It’s government-speak gobbledygook — kinda like calling a reduction in the increase in spending for the next year a “cut.” Graham-Cassidy is simply taking the centralization of power in DC under ObamaCare and shifting a lot of it to the state governments. The honorables in DC have blown up our economy so badly it’s all imaginary money anyway.  IOUs are getting passed around like Halloween candy.  (It’s reminiscent of Cliff…

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#ncpol: Politifact soiling its nose at the dawn of the Cooper era

Just as we thought, The N&O’s Politifact fact-checking column will, when all is said and done, have Roy Cooper looking like the most truthful political figure in American history since George Washington. Monsieur Doran’s latest piece beats up Republicans for being mean to Ol’ Roy about his Medicaid expansion claims:  Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper is locked in a court battle with Republican lawmakers over expanding Medicaid in North Carolina. But at the same time, both sides are also trying win popular support for their positions. For Cooper, that means supporting expansion. For Republicans, it means opposing the plan. One of…

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Have some MORE Medicaid! (The kids and grandkids will be picking up the bill.)

He won the governor’s race in the middle of the night by the hair of his chinny chin chin. But Roy Cooper has put the pedal to the metal in an all out race to the far-left lane that has Rob Schofield and Chris Fitzsimon swooning orgasmically. Cooper has rounded up an awful lot of the co-conspirators in the Easley (indictment)  and Perdue (failure) administrations to help him out in his four year spending spree.  First on the list? Medicaid:  Gov. Roy Cooper plans to take immediate executive action aimed at expanding Medicaid, defying a state law and setting up…

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Medicaid: That GIANT sucking sound

Roy Cooper sees the expansion of Medicaid as a “job creation” tool.  In 1992, Ross Perot talked about that giant sucking sound produced from NAFTA taking all our jobs to Mexico.  In 2016, Medicaid is the giant sucking sound stifling economic growth in our state and trapping even more people in a state of dependence.  Here’s an interesting take on our Medicaid system:  The popular image of Medicaid is that of a small program that provides basic but good-quality medical care to a limited, impoverished segment of North Carolina’s population – and that politicians have skimped on funding it. The…

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ONCE AGAIN: “Expanding Medicaid” = ObamaCare

I seriously can’t understand the logic behind having TWO prominent Republican leaders go public — right in front of a HUGE election — with their desire to expand Medicaid. Gov. Pat McCrory and his DHHS queen Aldona Wos first hinted about it.  Senate nominee — and state House speaker — Thom Tillis said he thought it was a great idea for the next legislative session (after he is gone, of course).  Now — just days before we all go to vote — Gov. Pat is doubling down: […] In addition to shaping a plan for networks of physicians and hospitals…

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Gov. Pat: ‘Door Open’ to ObamaCare, expanding Medicaid

Medicaid is trying to break North Carolina’s economy.  It’s an out-of-control mess.  In 2013, as ObamaCare was being implemented, states were being encouraged to expand their Medicaid programs as a way to smooth the rollout of that bureaucratic nightmare. In 2013, conservatives urged the GOP majority on Jones Street to block the expansion of Medicaid — as a way of protesting ObamaCare.  At the time, Gov. Pat and Speaker Thom belly-ached about that tactic.  But, seeing the votes were not on their side, they quietly went along. In late 2013, Gov. Pat decided to start picking a fight with legislators.  He vetoed…

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Are Bill Barber & The NCDP writing N&O headlines, now?

Hmmm.  Misleading information in the N&O.  I know, I know.  What else is new?  But today’s edition really takes the cake.  The headline on the lead story this morning on the Raleigh Rag’s web site read: Senate budget would cut elderly, blind and disabled from Medicaid rolls.  Seriously.  Yep. John Drescher, his shih-tzu, RobRielleWho and the gang would have you believe that Mr. Berger, Mr. Apodaca, Mr. Tillman, Mr. Rucho & co. are giggling over the idea of tossing your grandma into the middle of the street.  The editor even included a picture of some woman leaning over her poor, frail…

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Better Late Than Never to The ObamaCare Fight

Gov. Pat apparently has seen the light (or, more likely, the statewide polling or the whip counts in the state House)  and come  over from the dark side.  Until today, our chief executive had been surprisingly mute — and sometimes speaking rather halting or apprehensive  — on the idea of whether to implement key portions of the ObamaCare monstrosity.  Today, Gov. Pat put all doubts to rest and issued a statement documenting his opposition to expanding Medicaid and setting up a state health exchange. This is a dramatic departure from his prior “It’s the law of the land”-esque statements. (But…

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The N&O’s John Frank: ObamaCare’s Gunga Din

Gunga Din was immortalized by Rudyard Kipling in literature — and later in movies.  He was a poor, hapless, shuffling, kowtowing, water-carrying man-servant to some British soldiers in India.   The character has become synonymous with people and institutions that dutifully ask how high when someone else screams “JUMP.” John Frank started off with such promise with The McClatchy Gang.  He recorded Boss Bev’s “suspend the elections” remarks that ignited a national firestorm.  His attempts to report them at his employing paper were spiked.  The recording of the events went national and kicked off Bev’s downward political spiral. Frank has apparently…

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NC Senate to Gov. Pat: We have final word on ObamaCare. (And that word is NO.)

      The North Carolina Senate voted Monday to block expansion of Medicaid — a key component to the implementation of ObamaCare in NC. The move put the Republican majority in the General Assembly’s upper chamber at odds with the state’s new Republican governor.   Of course, The N&O “reported” on the matter with its usual bed-wetting lefty hysteria: […] Despite last-minute objections from Gov. Pat McCrory, the Republican-led state Senate pushed through legislation Monday evening that will prevent nearly 650,000 residents from getting health insurance and block the state from establishing a health care exchange. The GOP supermajority used…

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