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Group: NC officials sabotaging federal health care law

Posted September 19, 2013

— A group that included health care professionals on Thursday called for state officials to provide more information to people about changes to health care regulations under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Protect Your Care NC argues that Gov. Pat McCrory and Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos are undercutting the law in North Carolina by refusing to expand the Medicaid program and not providing people with the information they need to sign up for health insurance coverage.

"They're missing in action. They're not out there talking about how we can find affordable health care," said Candice Davies, of Protect Your Care.

Under the law, people can start signing up for health coverage Oct. 1 through an online marketplace, called a health exchange. The exchange allows people to compare coverage and costs of dozens of plans and select the one that best meets their needs.

"As people come to the health insurance marketplace, some of them will have health care coverage for the first time in their lives," said Brenda Cleary, a retired nurse.

The federal government is operating North Carolina's exchange because state lawmakers and McCrory declined to participate in the process. Also, the state blocked an expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act that would have covered an extra 500,000 low-income people in North Carolina who lack health coverage.

Protect Your Care NC protest NC officials dispute claims they're undercutting health law

When McCrory signed the legislation in March, he said that the Medicaid system needed to be fixed before it could be expanded, citing repeated cost overruns that chewed up chunks of the state budget.

On Wednesday, the governor said he and Wos have had several recent meetings to try to understand the impact the new health care law will have on North Carolina residents and businesses and that he would provide an update next week.

WRAL News also obtained a Sept. 18 memo from DHHS to encourage county social services offices to enroll eligible children in Medicaid while processing food stamps or other public assistance applications. DSS officials also should allow so-called "navigator" groups assisting people with the new health law to work in the county offices, the memo states.

DHHS also produced informational handouts about the health exchange and Medicaid for county offices to give to uninsured people.

Davies said during a Thursday demonstration outside Department of Health and Human Services offices in Raleigh that such efforts are late in coming and might not provide the support North Carolina residents need.

"I hope he's coming up with some awesome ideas," Davies said. "I hope they are able to front some really creative improvements for the act and bring that to the table and work that into the act to improve it so we all end up with a better product.

"But my gut reaction is wolf, wolf, wolf. Show me the money," she said.

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  • junkmail5 Sep 23, 12:18 p.m.

    Of course Democrat Congressmen have exempted themselves from ObamaCare.
    mike275132

    No, they haven't.

    Why do folks keep repeating this obvious lie?

  • lec02572 Sep 23, 11:48 a.m.

    The state didn't creat Obamacare therefore the feds should be telling you how to sign up for the programs. No unfunded mandates to the state. Expand Medicaid, I think now. If you want expanded Medicaid then go to an Obama state.

  • yankee1 Sep 23, 11:47 a.m.

    Here's you're beloved Obamacare consequences! You lefties continue to drinkthe Kool-aid, now get ready to swallow your medicne!

    FORBES: Obamacare Will Increase Health Spending By $7,450 For Family of Four...

    NYT probes, finds new law may limit choices after all...

    Doctors Brace for Surge of Ailing Patients...

    Frustration Mounts...

  • cjw6105 Sep 23, 11:47 a.m.

    Democrats are going to win the White House, regardless of whether or not the ACA fails and of course regardless of who runs for president. The reason that the Democrats are going to win is that they have an unconditional voting bloc that continues to outgrow everybody else. It simply doesn't matter what their candidates say or do; they have the unconditional vote because they're Democrat.

    When the US House of Representatives falls into the Democrat column, the country will officially be lost.

  • mike275132 Sep 21, 12:20 p.m.

    Yes We Can !
    So Obamacare is a failure , why implement a failed program

    Walgreens just dropped health coverage to 160K employees due ObamaCare, following the lead of Sears, UPS , and many more in the coming months.

    Of course Democrat Congressmen have exempted themselves from ObamaCare.

  • jackjones2nc Sep 20, 4:10 p.m.

    Too bad the Republican strategy has been to sabotage affordable healthcare. Too bad they refused to participate and compromise. Republicans shot themselves again.

  • notexactly Sep 20, 2:31 p.m.

    oh ACA will work, but not like Obama said it would. And not at the cost he said it would. most people will pay much more than they do now for the same amount of coverage. The ones not paying for it at all will still either pay nothing or very little for their coverage. From what I have seen, if you want the same amount of coverage that cost you lets say 300$ month, now may cost anywhere from 20 to 100% more than what you pay now. like I said it will work but not so good for most of us.

  • 42 Sep 20, 9:21 a.m.

    That's what you get when you hire campaign hacks at 6 figures. Thanks Pat.

  • Bill Brasky Sep 20, 9:02 a.m.

    "Here we go again. Instead of spending time on their own trying to learn how this new health system will work the liberals would rather stand around and complain that the government isn't telling them how it works."

    Look up the definition of sabotage, it's a bit different from state Republicans not telling constituents how Obamacare works

  • tracmister Sep 19, 10:44 p.m.

    There is one thing for certain; if the Affordable Health Care Act actually is a success, democrats will win the White House, if it's an utter failure, Republicans will.

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