Medicaid expanded: Once again, the special interests win.
Again, is this another example of the *great things* a Republican majority brings us? They’ve sold us down the river on gun rights, energy, and now on health care and the concept of small government.
I can’t recall anything moving this fast through Jones Street. The piles of cash must be changing hands at the speed of light. The bundles of bills (unmarked $20s) must be thicker than ever. (Baggier pants — two sizes too big — were likely needed to fit all those wads of money in pockets. )
It didn’t matter that there are all kinds of studies out there showing Medicaid expansion creating a multi-multi-multi-million dollar funding gap in the budget that will have to be filled with more spending and more / higher taxes. The lobbyist cash had to be flowing like whiskey over at Sullivan’s. When the cash spigot gets turned on, the *honorables* forget all about US.
THIS is the final nail in the coffin for private insurance — hammered into place by Obamacare. New and higher taxes on private health plans and providers will likely price everyone out of private insurance and lead everyone onto the Medicaid rolls. We’ll all be dependent serfs, thanks to our alleged representatives and servants in Raleigh.
There has been little to no effort to reform regulations to help lower the cost of health care. They instead went the route they know best — pump more cash into the quagmire. ALL of us will soon know what it’s like to depend on the VA. We’ll finally understand what our veterans have been grumbling about. I defy anyone to give an example of government taking over something and making it more efficient, cost-effective and customer-friendly.
The folks dumping all that cash out on Jones Street are getting exactly what they wanted. Hospitals win big time, here.
Medicaid expansion allows for the expansion of sex change services for minors. ECU, UNC, and Duke are all neck-deep into that travesty. (Speaker Timmy has TWO, count ’em, TWO close cronies on the six-figure payroll at UNC. So, they win too.)
Donnie Lambeth — an alleged Republican and former hospital exec — led this Charlie Foxtrot. Freshman Republican Tim Reeder – a recent health care lobbyist and now senior staffer at ECU Medical Center – voted for it.
Both announced 2024 Republican candidates for Labor Commissioner — Ben Moss and Jon Hardister — voted for expansion. So, we clearly need a third choice in that primary.
Two of Moore County’s three House reps — Ben Moss and John Saul – voted for expansion. Neal Jackson said NO.
Jackson has demonstrated quite a bit of courage thus far in the session. He’s taken some strong conservative stands likely get him some heat from leadership. Jackson needs to remember — like so many of them do as well — that he works for US and NOT Speaker Timmy.
This still has to get through the Senate and past ol’ Roy. I am not expecting much in the way of courage from Senate Republicans. Phil Berger and Speaker Timmy were in the media recently talking about what they can do to please Governor Doofus. That’s not what they got elected to do.
People out here like the GOP’s small government platform and want desperately for some leaders to protect them from the big government leviathan.
It’s a shame that so many elected GOPers run from the concept of smaller government like it’s a skunk or a rattlesnake.
We all have a choice here. We can keep mindlessly voting for the guys and gals with (R) next to their name. Or we can throw out a lot of the current bums on Jones Street and replace them with folks who actually think first and foremost of the folks back home.
God help us.
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Moss fooled the Moore County voters.
Remember how Moss was also “anti-vax” and “anti-mask”, especially for school children?
Neil Jackson introduced a bill forbidding public schools requiring the jab or masks for students.
The bill has several co-sponsors. Moss is not one of them.
Let’s sum this up:
Moss announced he was abandoning Moore County voters and running for labor commissioner before he was sworn into office.
Moss voted for Medicaid expansion
Moss is nowhere to be seen on legislation to protect children from mandatory COVID vaccines and masks
Tim Moore’s investment in getting Moss elected is paying off in spades.
You know it. Barely more than a month in office and “conservative” Frank Sossamon got his thirty pieces of silver and totally sold out Vance County conservatives. The first Republican to represent Vance county in decades and we’d have been just as well off keeping Democrat Terry Garrison, if we’d wanted this. I remember when the Vance and Granville GOPs were actually run by real conservatives and they’d have publicly lit up Sossamon for this.
But….those dems are so bad…that’s what we are told daily…..we look out for you and trust us and we are ‘conservative’.
Since Jesse and Reagan days: the constant life as a conservative is: disappointment and disgust.
It’s all a game and kabuki theatre. In DC and in Raleigh. Same team, diff names. Think you can change it or you are being looked after all you please. BIG $$$ controls politicians; not voters. Follow the $$ and you’ll follow the voting history; regardless of what bill…..
It’s cruel that the same folks who champion putting 1 million new patients on the Medicaid roll also oppose allowing nurse practitioners to practice independently.
There is already a provider shortage in the state, particularly in rural areas where most current Medicaid patients reside. Dramatically increasing the demand for healthcare without a supply of providers will naturally increase the wait times for low-income patients who need care the most.
But (here’s where the cruel part comes in), under North Carolina’s new reimbursement model, the state’s 5 chosen private companies that manage Medicaid get a lump sum for each patient who signs up every year – regardless of whether or not they get treatment. The taxpayer is paying these companies directly rather than covering the services needed to improve health and save lives. Think of it like a risk pool.
So if 1 million patients need care, but only 250K are able to access that care, these MCOs make a profit – even though the total pool of patients gets sicker.
The last thing that legislators like Tim Reeder and others profiting from Medicaid want to do is solve the provider shortage. They prioritize profiting from the taxpayer over solving the very real problems inherent in the healthcare system.
We have A LOT of work to do in the primary, folks. We have far too many Democrats-in-Drag masquerading as “Republicans”, starting with phonies Tim Moore and Phil Berger. No Democrat-in-Drag who stabbed the GOP base in the back on this awful piece of leftwing legislation should go unchallenged in the primary.
Medicaid expansion proves once and for all that there really is no difference between Democrats and Republicans, especially those like Whatley, Moore, Berger, Bell and Perry who are running NCGOP and compulsively lying to its base.
These Con Inc frauds have codified Medicaid corruption, gender affirming care, anti-White racism, medical tyranny, and destructive Green policies. Never once have they kept a single campaign promise, either ignoring its voters completely or advocating instead for some watered down version of that promise. Just look at the rapidity which the usual suspects voted in the ultimate Dem wet dream of Medicaid expansion , while still tinkering with Parents Rights. To date, not one has spoken out against ECU’s butchery mill. And only recently have these fools, and only a few at that, dared to challenge that poisonous vax. Still waiting for a statement from just one of them about the new vax schedule (maybe the good doc from Greenville wil get right on it!).
We joke, dismiss, kvetch at our peril. These people are our enemies and this is our future: https://www.revolver.news/2021/07/south-africa-riots-looting-critical-race-theory/
As I look at the crap being dished out by alleged Republicans in our party I think it is time to get run for elected office, having served the Party as Asst Precinct Chair, County Party Chair, District Chair and now back as Precinct Chair perhaps it is time to help stalwarts Kidwell and Tyson make Craven roar once again. Interested in comments this post may illicit I am frightened about our prospects in 2024 and wonder how I may help.
Carl, you live in the district of one of the worst special interest whores in the legislature, Sen. Jim Perry (RINO-Kinston). Conservatives desperately need a solid candidate against Perry. Craven casts about half the primary vote, and Lenior the smallest portion of the primary vote of the three counties.
Perry prostitutes himself to a variety of special interests for money and then turns tricks for them on liberal legislation. He has been a major player for the woke special interests and the Democrats on both the Obamacare Medicaid expansion and the Green New Deal, HB951. With “Republicans” like Perry, who even needs Democrats?
North Carolina desperately needs Carl Mischka’s services, and a whole bunch more like him. He would have the instant support of grassroots organizations I am involved in. I pray he runs!
Thank you Carl Mischka for being who you are!!!!!!!!!
Davie County GOP “Appreciates and Thanks our Rep. Julia Howard for taking a stand and voting NO on Medicaid expansion!”
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