NCGA’s Murphy: Cooper “hijacking” my bill, “misleading” the public


State Rep. Greg Murphy (R-Greenville) has some harsh words for Gov. Roy Cooper regarding Murphy’s Carolina Cares health care reform legislation:

[…] State Representative Dr. Greg Murphy has written a letter-to-the-editor addressing the political rhetoric that seeks to undermine common sense Republican legislation that would provide health insurance for over 300,000 hard working North Carolinians.  Murphy, the only physician in the State Legislature, sponsored House Bill 662, known as Carolina Cares. This legislation seeks to provide a state run, third party administered, health insurance plan for North Carolinians who fall in today’s coverage gap. It provides for those who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but cannot afford the skyrocketing cost of privately purchased health insurance.  […]

Here is the full text of Murphy’s letter to The Greenville Daily Reflector.   Here is the Carolina Cares bill.   MORE:

“Carolina Cares is a conservative and fiscally responsible alternative to Medicaid expansion that would not add a single person to the already 2 million North Carolinians on the Medicaid rolls. It is an entirely different insurance product” Murphy states in his letter.

In an effort that will create further governmental dependency, Governor Roy Cooper and other prominent North Carolina Democrats have made Medicaid expansion a top priority this legislative session. In contrast, House Republicans have offered Carolina Cares, which would provide a health product centered on cost efficiency, self-reliance andas well as healthy living principles that the majority of those in the coverage gap welcome. Once implemented it is calculated to save North Carolina millions while helping care for those in the coverage gap. Murphy points out that Governor Cooper and others are attempting to gain support for expanding Medicaid by incorporating some of the most popular elements of the Carolina Cares bill into their talking points.

“Governor Cooper is hijacking the common sense provisions of Carolina Cares in an attempt to justify his desire to expand Medicaid. They are two totally different entities and weaving them together is misleading and disingenuous. Carolina Cares does not expand Medicaid and I do not support any expansion of this already bloated program”Murphy states. “Medicaid expansion seeks to add yet another group to the total dependency of a government program.  Carolina Cares seeks to form a partnership with these hard working North Carolinians who are looking for a helping hand, not a hand-out. “

Murphy notes that Democrats nationwide have been pushing state legislatures to expand Medicaid programs and to oppose more private sector approaches, as Democrat leadership believe it serves their agenda better to have those insured 100% dependent on the government for their health insurance.

“These hard working folks would gladly pay their fair share.  In fact, the goal would be to move them back to the private sector to get their insurance as soon as they can financially afford to do so”Murphy said. “It’s upsetting enough that the Left are attempting to misrepresent Carolina Cares in order to push their big government agenda, but to use these citizens healthcare as a political pawn in that effort is outrageous.  It’s time to stop playing games and do the right thing”.

Carolina Cares would provide a health insurance product created and managed in North Carolina, one whose elements closely resemble private insurance or North Carolina’s State Health Plan. In Carolina Cares tax dollars do not enter the Medicaid system and thus, there is no expansion of the Medicaid dependency cycle. There are low and affordable income-based premiums required under Carolina Cares. There is also an ongoing work requirement. Murphy believes these elements of personal responsibility give Carolina Cares an important partnership of affordability and accountability that so many government programs lack.

In one of the hardest hitting portions of Murphy’s letter he notes “… it is the extreme political Left’s pushback to Carolina Cares’ Personal Responsibility requirements that are the stumbling block to getting these folks the health insurance they seek. The individuals who are aided by legislation welcomed an active buy-in to their health care. Yet those who champion big government bureaucracy are willing to use health care as a bargaining chip in order to bring more individuals under the federal government’s ever-expanding umbrella. They wish to create more governmental dependency rather than promoting self-reliance. The Left would rather these citizens go without health insurance and continue their hardships then have them pay just a small portion of the costs themselves.”

The messaging effort on health care on the GOP side has been, to be kind, screwy.  Many GOP legislators are under the impression the Carolina Cares bill is Medicaid expansion.   Raleigh’s  John Locke Foundation challenges Murphy’s assessment by declaring that Carolina Cares will indeed add to Medicaid rolls. 

Actually reading the text of the bill makes you think otherwise.   I’m generally not a big fan of government sinking its claws into anything  — health care or otherwise.  But you have to hand it to Murphy for at least: (1) trying to talk to us straight, and (2) attempting to address a big problem affecting a wide swath of people across this state.

13 thoughts on “NCGA’s Murphy: Cooper “hijacking” my bill, “misleading” the public

  1. Greg Murphy is a big government liberal who is a fan of lots of Obama programs from Obama’s green energy agenda to Michelle Obama’s nutty “food deserts” program he sponsored in North Carolina to his version of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion he calls “Carolina Cares”. When Murphy first sought the vacant House seat, he told the selection committee that imposing the Obamacare Medicaid expansion was the main reason he was seeking the seat. His advisers told him to walk that back in public and he did. Indeed, he responded on the Haymaker several times asserting he opposed Obamacare. When asked if that included the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, he ducked the question at first, and then claimed he opposed that, too. Now he introduces a bill that is a thinly disguised version of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. It uses the Obamacare Medicaid expansion for a good bit of its funding, so how can it be anything else? If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a duck.

    Greg Murphy is trying to pull the wool over the eyes of voters in the 3rd Congressional District, where he wants to run for Congress, with this dishonest letter. Greg Murphy is an Obama Republican and is an even worse choice for the GOP nomination than Scot Dacey, and lobbyist Dacey himself is awful.

    Murphy has sold his medical practice to Vidant, and is now little more than a Vidant sock puppet in the legislature. He is also one of those working to strip powers from Treasurer Dale Folwell, and he is doing that as VIdant’s gofer.

  2. This is Medicaid Expansion. An expansion of OBAMAcare. Murphy is running in CD 3 and is now trying to hide his real record on OBAMAcare.


    Why is Greg Murphy so upset Gov. Cooper is taking credit for the bill Rep. Murphy sponsored that essentially expands Medicaid? Maybe because he’s self serving and not a true Republican. The government should not be involved in the health care business. If big government and greedy doctors like Murphy got out of the way, the free market could allow for more affordable care. No more free lunches!

  4. Murphy is a RINO in every aspect. Be weary of the likes of Henry Hinton pushing this guy to take Walter Jones’ seat in Congress. Hinton will be working it hard for this guy. He will be HEAVILY financed by the Medical Community. He needs to be cast to the same lot as RINOs Dacey and Griffin.

    I will be supporting Phil Law and his running the past two races gives him a huge Name ID advantage and he holds the Conservative credentials necessary to represent eastern NC.

    1. It’s easy to scream RINO. Give specific examples. Also, try reading this carolina cares bill and try telling us its the same thing the democrats are trying to do. (It’s not.)

      It’s pretty easy to see Phil Law was little more than a protest vehicle for people who didn’t like Walter Jones or Taylor Griffin or Scott Dacey. He’ll get his feelings hurt bad this go around.

      1. RINO,, Obama Republican, liberal, big government Republican – all of those terms fit Greg Murphy.

        The big issue that separated the conservatives from the progressives among Republicans in the last legislature was the bathroom / locker room privacy bill, HB2. Greg Murphy was one fo the progressives who voted to repeal HB2, and the repeal bill he voted for even gave new powers to local governments to squelch religious liberty. Murphy siding with the left on this issue should never b e forgotten or forgiven, and it marks him as a major liberal.

        And who could forget Michelle Obama’s nutty “food deserts” boondoggle? Murphy jumped on board that crazy train and became its major cheerleader and supporter in North Carolina.

        Then there is an issue that is rapidly becoming a major dividing point between liberals and conservatives around the world, and that is government subsidies and promotion of solar and wind energy. Greg Murphy is squarely in the left wing / big government camp on that one.

        And, of course, Greg Murphy is one of those currently conspiring to strip our conservative State Treasurer, DAle Folwell, of some of his powers, and Murphy is doing that to protect greedy special interests. He is at war against NC taxpayers on that issue.

        Murphy’s pushing the Obamacare Medicaid expansion fits with his overall very liberal record on issues. This is absolutely not a guy we need as a Congressional nominee. He is much worse than Renee Ellmers.

  5. He lives in Onslow County and last time I checked that’s in the Third District. Might want to get facts straight.

    1. Law JUST bought a house there in Jacksonville a couple of weeks ago. A real dump. Doubtful he’s actually living there.

      1. While Phil Law is light years better than Big Government Murphy, the best conservative considering the race is the chairman of the State House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Mike Speciale. He is the only solid dependable conservative considering the race.

  6. I am happy to report that Rep. Greg Murphy has been voting to support President Obama’s green energy agenda, supporting our friends in the wind and solar energy community. He proudly puts polar bears ahead of people, and that is as it should be. Why should his redneck constituents be able to afford air conditioning when that puts polar bears at risk? He is one of the progressive Republicans who refuses to follow that silly old Republican platform on this issue. It is progressive Republicans like Greg Murphy that our hard core environmental movement depends upon to push our policy.

  7. On strictly partisan votes where it is all Republicans together against the Democrats, Murphy generally falls into line. The problem comes when there is a split within the Republicans between conservatives and liberals, and on those votes, there are lots of examples of Murphy siding with the liberal faction of the GOP, but none that I am aware of where Murphy sided with the conservative wing of the GOP. Can anyone on site point to even one? Is this what we need in a Congressional nominee? One who would vote more like Thom Tillis than like Walter Jones?

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