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McCrory: Announcements on health care law coming

Posted September 18, 2013

Gov. Pat McCrory

— Gov. Pat McCrory says the state will have an announcement with regard to the federal Affordable Care Act next week. 

During a news conference with reporters Wednesday, McCrory was asked about the state's plans to reform the Medicaid health insurance system for the poor and disabled. 

"The immediate thing is in October the implementation, the beginning of the roll out of what is referred to as 'Obamacare,'" McCrory said. 

The state, he said, was still trying to determine what the impact of the new health insurance program on individuals and businesses, he said.

McCrory said that IBM, Duke Energy and "several other" businesses were changing their health insurance coverage in response to the law. McCrory was apparently responding to recent reports that companies like Time Warner and IBM would stop buying insurance for their retirees, opting instead to give their retirees a stipend to purchase health insurance. 

"I actually predicted this last year after Obamacare was passed that you would start seeing people walk away from their own private insurance programs, and sadly, that prediction has come to fruition," he said. 

The General Assembly, with McCrory's blessing, passed a law that prevents the state from expanding Medicaid coverage as was allowed by the law. The state has also opted not to participate in health exchanges aimed at helping individuals to buy insurance. 

A group called Protect Your Care NC is due to hold a news conference Thursday critical of the McCrory administration of changes required by the Affordable Care Act.

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  • junkmail5 Sep 20, 2013

    Don't thinks IBM and TimeWarner will be the last to drop healthcare for their retired workers.- lec02572

    They didn't actually do that though.

    They're dropping RUNNING THEIR OWN PLAN.

    And instead giving the retirees the chance to buy their own across a variety of plans, with a cash stipend as a benefit from the company.

    However, for the first time in fifteen years my health care copays and rates actually went up- HJohnnyplus3

    Not to say you are lying... but you're lying. Costs go up annually for most plans... and you claim your plan hasn't changed in 15 years?

    You'd think you'd have given up these tactics after being called out half a dozen times in the last few days for simply making up provably false claims.

    you need to think twice about government tell you who and what healthcare they will allow you to have.- Johnnyplusthree

    yet another example.

    The government is regulating INSURANCE here- not CARE.

  • teleman60 Sep 20, 2013

    "health care copays and rates actually went down which the insurance company said was due to the Affordable Health Care Act." - this is happening ALL OVER THE COUNTRY!

    Republicans have railed lies and distortions for over 3 years BUT WHERE THE ACA LAW IS IN EFFECT COSTS ARE LOWER!

    McCrory MAY END UP negotiating the billions of Medicaid for the same reason Fla, Ind, Missouri, Ohio all caved and signed up.

    GUESS WHY?

    Turns out republicans who denied healthcare to the very poor CAN BE HELD LIABLE FOR THE DEATHS AND ILLNESS OF CITIZENS WHO SHOULD HAVE HAD HEALTHCARE BUT DIDN'T BECAUSE OF REPUBLICANS turning down Medicare Expansion!

    500,000 NC residents ARE ELIGIBLE BUT WILL GO WITHOUT INSURANCE BECAUSE OF MAGIC PAT and the dancing Taliban (GA).

    He's been informed by the AG and other lawyers. Let's see how he explains this one away!!

  • lec02572 Sep 20, 2013

    Don't thinks IBM and TimeWarner will be the last to drop healthcare for their retired workers. I think most companies will and probably state government will also. Obamacare and his expansion of Medicaid will bankrupt this country. USC will be like Greece within 10 years.

  • A Libertarian Sep 20, 2013

    I don't really have a stance on Obamacare one way or another. However, for the first time in fifteen years my health care copays and rates actually went up which the insurance company said was due to the Affordable Health Care Act.

  • A Libertarian Sep 20, 2013

    NC_Interest - what is a "rich folks luxury cards" What are rich folks? Why do you and others on the left call names instead of making a argument. Very sad!

  • archmaker Sep 20, 2013

    no doubt that mccrory is just as badly informed as everyone else. duke energy and ibm did NOT walk way from private insurance. they are pushing their retirees onto a PRIVATE insurance exchange - NOT exchanges set up by Obamacare.
    this is about corporations NOT keeping their promises to former employees.

  • A Libertarian Sep 20, 2013

    All you guys pushing socialism - you need to think twice about government tell you who and what healthcare they will allow you to have. Just the fact the government will tell you what you can or cannot do in regards to healthcare ought to open your eyes. I do have one question - Do you really believe their will never be another republican president?? On day one he/she will issue waivers for all 50 states and your obamacare is gone. Then what?

  • 12345_here Sep 20, 2013

    I am sure McCrory has found ways to cut Teachers salaries yet again to pay for Medicaid. He also probably cut taxes on the rich folks luxury cards .

  • tracmister Sep 19, 2013

    I don't really have a stance on Obamacare one way or another. However, for the first time in fifteen years my health care copays and rates actually went down which the insurance company said was due to the Affordable Health Care Act.

  • rroadrunner99 Sep 19, 2013

    Seems our Governor can't read or hear. The companies mentioned are the one's walking away from covering their retired workers as they told their employee's they'd do,NOT THE WORKERS WALKING AWAY from coverage! Get the fact's right!!

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