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  • goldenosprey Jan 31, 1:12 p.m.

    "I am one of the so called elderly (senior)that some of you are crying for and about, but I am sure my ability to survive this tightening of the belt is much better than a lot that have never done a thing to take care of themselves!" Heavenly

    SO I'm already footing the majority of your health care bill thru medicare. You're welcome. Now, why are you worried some poor uninsured families may actually have affordable access to healthcare?

    Why is it a victory to cede state control of a program in NC to DC? At the expense of jobs I was led to believe were so important.

    Republican hypocrisy knows no bounds.

  • NYtoNC81 Jan 31, 10:32 a.m.

    affirmativediversity: Thank you...YES...so far I am quite happy with them.

    Me: Why? They haven't done anything yet. This is just the unreasonableness that partisan politics has created. There should be no reason to bash or praise at all yet. All that's happened so far is talking. Literally.

  • krimson Jan 31, 9:41 a.m.

    Affirmative Diversity - that's weird, I distinctly remember the Bill passing 60-39, with all dem, 2 ind, and 1 rep voting for, and 39 rep abstaining... But you know, you go ahead and live in your alternate reality, you have that right...

  • lessismore Jan 31, 9:08 a.m.

    wildervb.... you say this money would be paid by the federal government.... and where does the federal gov't get money from??? Some people believe the federal gov't is independent from taxpayers...that money just appears from no where and the fed's have a hugh money tree behind the White House and states should take all they can, because it's free.

  • humm61 Jan 30, 9:53 p.m.

    I am sure those legislators will trot off to their churches this Sunday, piously "amen"ing everything hot-aired preacher in their good Southern Baptist way...an dutterly forget anything Jesus had to say about helping the poor. These are selfish hypocrites and will soon be remebered for what they are - racists and haters.

  • wayneboyd Jan 30, 6:56 p.m.

    Ncfarmhand..."Where is your plan to make it easier for high risk patients to find affordable healthcare.
    Sir open the gate to your chicken pen and stop handfeeding your chickens and watch how quickly they adapt to fending for themselves. The government makes it too easy to sit back and feed off the taxpayers.

  • Nancy Jan 30, 6:25 p.m.

    The cost overruns of this healthcare plan keep going up and no end in sight. I think it's wise for the state not to do the feds job on this. The 'share' the feds will pick up just means we pick it up in taxes on the federal level instead of both federal and state.

  • dontstopnow Jan 30, 6:18 p.m.

    I love our new folks runing the state! About time to get the money hogs out of office and put the brakes on all the giveaway programs in NC. The reckless spending had to stop at some point. Did you folks think that gravy train had no caboose?

    . And BTW, I am one of the so called elderly (senior)that some of you are crying for and about, but I am sure my ability to survive this tightening of the belt is much better than a lot that have never done a thing to take care of themselves!

  • wildervb Jan 30, 6:00 p.m.

    If the State doesn't operate an health insurance exchange then the Feds will by default. So basically the State opted to give up some State control and hand it over to the federal government.
    As for the Medicaid expansion, this would have been 90% paid by the federal government. That money would pay doctors, nurses etc... to provide coverage. Turning that down will cost jobs.

  • affirmativediversity Jan 30, 5:39 p.m.

    More disappointment from this legislature. Those who voted them in, I hope you are happy. Just wait to see how much they stick it to the poor and elderly. Their interest are the wealthy which is less than 10% of N. C. They are not done yet. per free2bme

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    Thank you...YES...so far I am quite happy with them.

  • affirmativediversity Jan 30, 5:37 p.m.

    It says it right after the part that says "gov't of the people for the people and by the people"... You know the same people that elected other people to make affordable health care the law of the land...
    per watts1000

    ----------Except those so called "people" couldn't muster up the required 60 Senate votes (that the 60 votes that have been required for every other piece of legislation since Congress began) so they resorted to a low down dirty trick...

    Enjoy PAYING FOR YOUR FREE HEALTHCARE!!!!!!!!!

  • affirmativediversity Jan 30, 5:32 p.m.

    So instead of the government "imposing their will" on the state, these so-called legislators are imposing THEIR will. Why don't they ask the people who are going to be paying for it, and who pay their salaries- the taxpayer? It wouldn't be that big of a deal to have a referendum on it (but then, the republicans could possibly find that the majority doesn't go along with their narrow-minded outlook!)
    per touchofgrey

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    Nothing funnier than a Democrat whining about how much their "FREE HEALTHCARE" is going to cost them!!!!

    Here's newsflash ANY and ALL costs associated with OBAMACARE is 100% DEMOCRATIC PARTY OWNED...just think the Democrats in Congress insisted on using an underhanded parliamentary maneuver called RECONCILIATION to pass it...its ALL DEMOCRAT...EVERY DIME...

    ENJOY!

  • free2bme Jan 30, 5:28 p.m.

    More disappointment from this legislature. Those who voted them in, I hope you are happy. Just wait to see how much they stick it to the poor and elderly. Their interest are the wealthy which is less than 10% of N. C. They are not done yet.

  • archmaker Jan 30, 5:21 p.m.

    it only makes sense in politics - the nc republicans would try to shoot down this provision of obamacare that was part of the republican "repeal and replace."

    that's right, we feel like the feds are taking over heathcare, so instead of us setting up our OWN exchange, we'll let the feds set it up for us.

  • touchofgrey Jan 30, 4:55 p.m.

    So instead of the government "imposing their will" on the state, these so-called legislators are imposing THEIR will. Why don't they ask the people who are going to be paying for it, and who pay their salaries- the taxpayer? It wouldn't be that big of a deal to have a referendum on it (but then, the republicans could possibly find that the majority doesn't go along with their narrow-minded outlook!)

  • krimson Jan 30, 4:38 p.m.

    “Senate Republicans are committed to ensuring every North Carolinian [that can afford it] receives the highest quality health care and outcomes [that money can buy]"

  • krimson Jan 30, 4:37 p.m.

    "Where in the Constitution does it say that the Feds shall provide health insurance to each citizen?"

    It says it right after the part that says "gov't of the people for the people and by the people"... You know the same people that elected other people to make affordable health care the law of the land...

  • krimson Jan 30, 4:34 p.m.

    Good job NC! Sure am glad we elected these guys... Fast track fracking, red route denial, and now we're fretting over the big-bad federal government imposing their will???

  • goldenosprey Jan 30, 4:30 p.m.

    “Senate Republicans are committed to ensuring every North Carolinian receives the highest quality health care and outcomes,” Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said in a statement."

    I had to clean the coffee off my monitor after reading that. How dumb does Mr. Berger think we are?

  • mep Jan 30, 4:28 p.m.

    Let the Federal govt deal with the mess they have created.... when the money runs out, people complain, costs are too high.... at least NC taxpayers will not be left holding the bag for running the exchange.

  • Terkel Jan 30, 4:07 p.m.

    Where in the Constitution does it say that the Feds shall provide health insurance to each citizen?

  • Terkel Jan 30, 4:04 p.m.

    Why is health care coverage the govt's problem? High risk people can't get insurance at a price they like, let's say we fix that.

    Oh, but then there are Families! with CHILDREN!

  • dwntwnboy2 Jan 30, 4:04 p.m.

    Great- stop anyone from getting any good out of this- way to go Republicans!! Send us reeling backwards for a few more years....didn't expect anything different from this current group of GOP clowns in office but this is just sad that they would actively seek to deny people the help they need medically all because they hate the President and have no other ideas to offer the public other than "no".

  • thayerguy Jan 30, 3:47 p.m.

    “Senate Republicans are committed to ensuring every North Carolinian receives the highest quality health care and outcomes,” Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said in a statement."

    yeah, right... they care nothing about the health and well being of the citizens of this state.

  • ckblackm Jan 30, 2:19 p.m.

    I think anyone refused health care coverage should be covered by Mr. Berger.

  • ncfarmhand2 Jan 30, 1:36 p.m.

    I'll believe Republicans are committed to ensuring that every North Carolinian receives the highest quality health care when I see them doing something to increase accessibility to treatment rather than creating barriers to treatment. Sorry Mr. Berger but where is your plan to make it easier for high risk patients to find affordable health insurance?

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