Gov. Pat seeking to “slow down” / derail NCGA’s anti-ObamaCare efforts

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Gov. Pat and his troops are headed to battle stations over  the bill passed by the state Senate which blocks ObamaCare-related Medicaid expansion:

Gov. Pat McCrory says he is worried that a bill the Senate approved Tuesday afternoon could hurt the state’s efforts to get a handle on Medicaid spending. […]

Huh? Expanding Medicaid eligibility — spending MORE government dollars — will help get “a handle” on Medicaid spending??? (Wait. Let me check my driver’s license.  Nope. I definitely wasn’t born yesterday. )  Read ON: 

[…]Fred Steen, McCrory’s legislative liaison, asked lawmakers to hold off on the bill, but senators said it’s important to ensure North Carolina doesn’t get put on the hook for an expansion that it can’t afford.

[…] The North Carolina Institute of Medicine says expanding Medicaid would cover 500,000 uninsured North Carolinians, and other studies show it would create 23,000 jobs and add more than $1 billion to the state’s economy.

Somebody should ask the Democrat hacks who run NCIOM — as well as Binker & Leslie @ WRAL — JUST HOW ObamaCare, which has killed business expansions and jobs by the thousands just in the run up to its implementation, is  going to boost our state’s economy.  Find out what kind of stuff they are smoking at WRAL & NCIOM, while you’re at it.  (Wonder if ObamaCare covers it?)  Read On: 

Senate Democrats said North Carolina pays into the federal Medicaid fund and should get its fair share back.

Sen. Josh Stein, D-Wake, said the state has one of the highest rates of uninsured people in the country, with nearly 20 percent of residents having no health care coverage.

“If we actually help folks get coverage, we will save lives and improve quality of lives. That has unbelievable benefits to the economy in and of itself,” Stein said. […]

THAT argument is SO dishonest.   No one gets turned away from receiving life-saving health care. No one.  You want to get more people insured?  Get your noses out of our business.  De-regulate.  Stop scaring job-creators and let them do what they do best.   You want to  cut the cost of health care?  Back the bureaucrats off of the doctors.  Doctors I know tell me a good chunk of what they charge patients goes to covering the overhead related to complying with government red tape.   Read ON: 

[…] Apodaca countered by saying there’s no such thing as free money, especially when the government is involved.

“It’s still taxpayer dollars,” he said. “With the feds, you never know what they’re going to do to you the next day … so it’s best we look after ourselves on the front end.”

Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, said the expansion would hurt rural hospitals by removing people from the private insurance market.

““You cannot operate a hospital when more than 50 percent of your patients would be paid for under the Medicaid system,” Hise said.

“”Is it better to have somebody who has Medicaid or no insurance at all?” Stein responded. […]

 Medicare and Medicaid don’t come close to actually paying for patient care.  Most docs say that taking Medicare and Medicaid patients is not that much different from working for free.  Read ON: 

McCrory said the bill could impact the ability of the state to find funding to revamp the information technology system that monitors Medicaid payments.

North Carolina has a new software program, called NC FAST, that will manage government benefits like Medicaid. The federal government has granted the state more than $40 million to help pay for NC FAST, but the Senate bill would refuse that money, leaving state taxpayers to cover some or all of the cost.

“We’re trying to communicate that to the appropriate members of each body, who are just learning more about some of the details,” McCrory said. “We’re optimistic that we can hopefully work out a deal with the House to deal with some of our concerns about the cost to the North Carolina taxpayers and to make sure we can continue to operate the existing Medicaid program.”

Politicians try to act like they are saving us money if the feds pay for something instead of the state.  WE PAY INTO THE COFFERS OF BOTH ENTITIES.  We’re paying the bill either way.    This Medicaid expansion is not about new software to make the bureaucracy more efficient.  That federal grant is the moral equivalent of a drug dealer giving a free sample to a junkie.  Once the recipient has had a taste, they are hooked and fall under your control.  Taking that money and going along quietly with ObamaCare implementation is like marching to the cliff with the rest of the lemmings.  Foolish.  Read On: 

The Republican governor is working with a Republican-led General Assembly but is finding out that a shared party doesn’t always mean a shared viewpoint.

Ya think ????  We’ve spent a lot of time debating folks who accuse us of “hating” Republicans because we dole out criticism of various GOP  leaders.   Too many Republicans have placed a higher value on electing people with Rs next to their name than on ensuring that those people support the principles of limited government.  Republicans took control of Raleigh because voters did not like the meddling big government nonsense oozing out of Washington.  Read On: 

Hours after McCrory spoke, House Speaker Thom Tillis said he understood the governor’s concerns.

“I remain consistent in my opposition to both an expansion of Medicaid and the establishment of a state-based health exchange in North Carolina,” Tillis said in a statement. “I understand Gov. McCrory’s concerns over funding for information-technology projects within the Department of Health and Human Services. We will work closely with the Governor’s Office to address his concerns in ways that are in the best interest of North Carolina taxpayers.”

Of course.  Somebody is trying to tap-dance around another tough issue to keep himself viable for a 2014 Senate run.  Personally, I smell a sellout headed our way.  (Remember voter ID, the gas tax, and the Racial Justice Act, just to name a few?)  

What the Senate did was a very positive first step.  We need to stay on McCrory and the GOP majority in the state House, to ensure they do the right thing.  We’ve got to look out for ourselves, and take a stand to protect the future of our state and our country.  It’s becoming increasingly clear that a lot of our Republican “leaders” are not looking out for us. 

10 thoughts on “Gov. Pat seeking to “slow down” / derail NCGA’s anti-ObamaCare efforts

  1. Obamacare is a huge issue for the GOP base. McCrory does not need to get NC tangled up in Obamacare. We need to reject the health insurance exchanges and the Medicaid (welfare medicine) expansion.

  2. Somebody is trying to tap-dance around another tough issue to keep himself viable for a 2014 Senate run. Personally, I smell a sellout headed our way.

    ONCE AGAIN “Toe Tappin’, Taxin’ Thom Tillis” dances around another issue. Of course the Republican “leader” is going to support Obama’s initiatives. “Toe Tappin Thom” is smarter than the rest of us.

  3. Republican governor and Republican house speaker make special statement to grassroots activists and supporters for walking thousands of miles and knocking on thousands of doors to win majorities and lead a conservative revolution in NC:


  4. IF McCrory and Thllis cave on this issue, I hope every conservative, every Tea Party will make a vow NOT to vote Republican ever again! We have Tea Party conservatives in this state and we can make sure they are vetted and solid conservatives. IF we lose? What’s the difference in a R or D if they both are big government apparatchiks?

  5. If these guys betray the grassroots activists on our most important issues, the Republican Party in North Carolina may never recover. If this continues, the Tea Party, Conservatives, and Liberty Caucus will either take over the party or leave in mass. Don’t these genius establishment types know that?

    What am I thinking? Isn’t that what the party has done in New England and on the West Coast? Just the other day a fellow Republican activist (originally from New York) asked me why conservatives didn’t just start a Conservative Party like they have where she came from. I reminded her that I am not a Lincoln Republican. I am a Goldwater/Reagan/Helms Republican, and the last time I looked we had a party platform. I’m sure she and her ilk have never read it.

    I guess liberal party light is the goal. WW is right. If we lose who cares which liberal wins?

  6. Having been unfortunate enough to live in Charlotte during McCrory’s interminable 14 year tenure as mayor I can assure you he is in every sense a movement liberal. I predict by the end of this term as governor the Dems will defeat him for election in 2016 and regain control of the state legislature. If you were dumb enough to vote for this fraud you deserve what you are going to get …….

  7. Dear Mr. Clifton

    We all must now support, as Haymaker has led in doing, the 31 brave Senators who stood up this week for our Constitutional liberties in resisting the implementation of ObamaCare. Governor Perdue and the Democrats made it clear months ago they were 100% for ObamaCare and we were all rejoicing when the votes were counted in November, we had a complete sweep. Yet we now sadly find that we must resist the socialist impluse wherever we find it. In this looming legislative battle, let us stand with each of our Senators who stood for our rights against the implementation of ObamaCare. Let us contact our Senators and thank them and encourage them to continue to stand united. If the Senate stands united then those, whatever their party label, who wish to give us this unconstitutional medical socialism will not prevail in the old North State, no matter how much the media and the Democrats may whine. Our opponent must have our Senate to prevail. No Senate, no ObamaCare exchange. Its that simple. How we stand in this test will be a bellweather of how we will stand in what appears to be our next struggle ie the violation of the 2nd amendment and taking of firearms. Now the new House members may become so bamboozled from media and Democrat pressure in the next few days to give in and not resist ObamaCare – but again, if the people stand with the Senate it will never happen. STAND WITH OUR SENATE thank you Paul Wright, Mt Olive, NC

  8. Has the new DHHS Secretary yet taken an official stand on either the health care exchanges or the Medicaid expansion?

  9. We have an out-of-control federal government and a Senate with the smarts to lock our North Carolina State door shut. I’m extremely disappointed McCrory seeks to give the federal government (criminals) rights over our state business. We are in frightening times. I was under the mis-impression that our new governor was going to protect us from the steadily advancing federal takeover… now what? McCrory needs a serious history lesson in the implemental steps to the rise of the Third Reich.
    Great Talk by Dr. Benjamin Carson. About 30 minutes but well worth it, especially the closing points.

  10. The author of this article is wrong. (“No one gets turned away from receiving life-saving health care” is just plain wrong.)

    UNC Memorial Hospital denied medical care to me when I was on the verge of dying. I had a pre-existing condition that prevented me from getting health care insurance. I was dying of sepsis. I had no health care insurance. I begged for a payment plan.

    UNC did not care. I was denied medical care for a critical, life threatening illness (fungal blood infection and tibial osteomyelitis). I was discharged from UNC because I did not have health care insurance. I had to travel to Chicago and be treated for the bone and blood infections. It took 3 months to save my life.

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