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  • rroadrunner99 Jan 31, 2013

    Are the republican legislators trying to say their Governor don't know what he's doing by going ahead with a bill of their own? Seems that way to me.

  • Save It Jan 31, 2013

    Here's a bunch of good ideas:

    Limit Medicaid, die on your own dime.

    Try to figure out who is a low life moocher so they can't buy lottery tickets. We'll figure out a way to enforce it later.

    Keep worrying about sweepstakes machines because with so many other less important issues it's imperative that we keep going after the poor and make sure they live their lives according to our doctrine.

    Amend the constitution to make sure workers rights do not exist under any circumstances. Otherwise how can we keep the working class down so the aristocracy can rule?

    We've got to make sure drunk fools can bring their guns into bars. No lapse in judgement should ever be denied a gunfighter.

    And finally lets keep Beth Woods as State Auditor without challenge. We need someone handling the states money who doesn't pay her taxes or parking tickets.

    At all costs lets not introduce any legislation to help create jobs or increase salaries. No time with the social and big business agenda.

  • Save It Jan 31, 2013

    Here's a bunch of good ideas:

    Limit Medicaide, die on your dime...not mine.

  • Save It Jan 31, 2013

    Wanna hear a joke?

    The US health care system.

    Seems no one in the GOP gets it.

  • Terkel Jan 31, 2013

    hp277, the Federal exchange isn't going to be one-size-fits-all. Oh no, it's BETTER.

    The Feds are going to have to modify their own systems for each state and in different ways. They're in a panic because they expected the states to set up their own exchanges, but many are folding their arms and saying, "No, you show us how well your system works."

    If you think our own dear DHHS can't keep a story straight, just wait till you're a victim of the Fed's attempts to interpret State laws.

  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Jan 31, 2013

    GrandOnion said..strange then that the GOP ever managed to win.....

    Took a hundred years , but the folks in NC (Dems included)just got too fed up with the Jim Black, Mike Easly corrupt politics.

    Maybe your boy John Edwards will run for Governor....LOL

    Wow, so easy to show why GOP won. Its not really strange at all.

  • rhess2 Jan 31, 2013

    While Governor McCrory says he is studying the issue of expanding the States Medicaid system, make no mistake in the end he will likely be in sync with the General Assembly not to do so. I'm reasonably sure studying the issue is nothing more than political imagery. The Governor in theory is supposed to represent all citizens of NC, whereas members of the General Assembly usually just look out the interests of the consistency that voted for them. They don't have to mince words when it comes to a position on an issue. The Governor does if he wants to get and retain the respect and/or support of the overall State population.

  • computer trainer Jan 31, 2013

    kgbeme- WRAL has a new "tool" that lets them track McCrory and the Legislatures progress and they are going to use it daily to make sure that they are doing their job. Too bad they did not care if the DEMS were for the last 150 years.

  • Grand Union Jan 31, 2013

    "Taxpayers pay for this. I don't get the assertion that Feds pay for this or the state pays for that. It is our money that funds these programs.kgbeme

    NOT in a liberal world... it's not..."

    Of course its our money whether its from Fed or State taxes.....its simply the cost of living in a civilized country.

  • Grand Union Jan 31, 2013

    ""steal what from the poor? They dont have anything already! Except big screen TVs, cell phiones, cars, name brnad clothes and sneakers, those poor?"

    your fevered imagination doesn't count.

  • Grand Union Jan 31, 2013

    "No complaints about the 100 years of gerrymanderingwhen the dems did it huh? The law lets the leaders make the districts, dems did it to favor them for MANY years"

    strange then that the GOP ever managed to win.....

  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Jan 31, 2013

    Caryregressive said..Sales tax doubled with this GOP legislature....when? Am I paying 14% now in sales tax? If this were to happen that would mean my take home pay would be much more. Another libby half truth...

  • Grand Union Jan 31, 2013

    "Hope they succeed in killing the medicaid hikes! The AHCA needs to die.... The law has been carefully crafted to do two things.... First... add to the already existent economy killing policies of this socialist president... Second... become a total failure, thus issuing in single payer... which has been the goal all along. Once these clowns have complete control of the healthcare.. then comes the chip...."

    Of course we are heading for a single payer system, they cost half as much and have as good outcomes. That is why EVERY other Western Democracy has one. The existing US healthcare system is circling the drain and its only a matter of time before it collapses. What will you do then?

  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Jan 31, 2013

    Brad Miller (D-N.C.): Ten years ago, as a state senator, Miller helped draw the lines for his own district. Even Democrats admit it’s a pretty blatant gerrymander. Washington Post 4-15-11

    Banker said ... districts mirrored voter registration, which in turn lead to a fair process.... Only because this helped the democrats. See above. Again, I am informed.

  • rhess2 Jan 31, 2013

    It appears to be a race between the Republican controlled General Assembly and Governor McCrory to see who could dismantle what Democrats had or would have created over the years. I liken it to a group venting years of frustration not previously being in control of State government. They are acting like kids in a candy store! What should be considered is their actions will affect the lives of many North Carolinians. Perhaps they should not tow the GOP Party line on every issue, but instead try to represent the best interests of their overall constituency.

  • junkmail5 Jan 31, 2013

    Second... become a total failure, thus issuing in single payer... which has been the goal all along- offthegrid

    And that's an excellent goal... every other western nation in the world has some form of national healthcare, and they spend _massively_ less per citizen while getting similar, or often better, medical outcomes.

    Switching to such a system would save a FORTUNE in the US, and improve overall health.

    But everyones unfounded terror of "socialized" medicine leaves us with terrible compromises like Obamacare instead.

  • thayerguy Jan 31, 2013

    "Thayer,

    No complaints about the 100 years of gerrymanderingwhen the dems did it huh? The law lets the leaders make the districts, dems did it to favor them for MANY years, now the people of this state voted in new leaders, and guess what, they get to control it now. Hypocritical statement you have made."

    Wow, hypocritical, are you kidding me? When the democrats were in charge they FAIRLY apportioned districts based upon how the majority of folks are registered, which is heavily democratic. What the repubs have done is completely turned that on its head and is now lopsided from registration and how people have voted. You are not very well informed.

  • banker27520 Jan 31, 2013

    "No complaints about the 100 years of gerrymanderingwhen the dems did it huh? The law lets the leaders make the districts, dems did it to favor them for MANY years, now the people of this state voted in new leaders, and guess what, they get to control it now. Hypocritical statement you have made"

    No, you are the wrong one... under the Democrats the districts mirrored voter registration, which in turn lead to a fair process. What we have now is completely lopsided to how the people have voted.

  • offthegrid7165 Jan 31, 2013

    Hope they succeed in killing the medicaid hikes! The AHCA needs to die.... The law has been carefully crafted to do two things.... First... add to the already existent economy killing policies of this socialist president... Second... become a total failure, thus issuing in single payer... which has been the goal all along. Once these clowns have complete control of the healthcare.. then comes the chip....

  • Lamborghini Mercy Jan 31, 2013

    thewayitis - I wish the legislature would do something about getting the government out of liquor sales. I'm sure that's way down on the list, but I surely hope it happens before the Dems take over again.

    You're joking right?

  • offthegrid7165 Jan 31, 2013

    Taxpayers pay for this. I don't get the assertion that Feds pay for this or the state pays for that. It is our money that funds these programs.kgbeme

    NOT in a liberal world... it's not...

  • Terkel Jan 31, 2013

    Apotheosis, the whole idea of free citizens being ordered to spend their money on a product from private (for now, until they're all run out of business, another anathema to Rs) companies is what's repulsive.

    Their refusal to throw my money at an exchange, though, is classically known as "YOU OWN IT!"

    Let's get out of the Messiah's way and watch him work his miracle of loaves and fishes. Many other states are doing the same, naturally his admin didn't plan for it, and they're scrambling. Look for the whole country to be dealing with our DHHS-type problems at the national level.

  • thewayitis Jan 31, 2013

    I wish the legislature would do something about getting the government out of liquor sales. I'm sure that's way down on the list, but I surely hope it happens before the Dems take over again.

  • kgbeme Jan 31, 2013

    Taxpayers pay for this. I don't get the assertion that Feds pay for this or the state pays for that. It is our money that funds these programs. The system that is already in place medicare/medicaid is broken, is full of fraud, and is going broke. So, why would anyone want to throw more taxpayer money at a repackaged form of this system. I don't think anyone is against lending a hand to those in need of help, but there just has to be a better way.

  • teleman60 Jan 31, 2013

    Get ready for years more of these juvenile decisions and behavior. Get ready for statewide bankruptcy when they magically make the income tax go away and try to replace it with taxes on groceries and haircuts. Get ready for an exploding population of handymen working under the table to avoid paying taxes on home improvements.

    Eliminating taxes on corporations and income taxes is insane.

    Fighting the medicaid expansion INSTEAD OF CREATING A FEARSOME anti fraud taskforce to combat ALL GOVERNMENT FRAUD and thus achieve savings by eliminating waste -- isn't that the republican way? NAAAAAA...

  • Terkel Jan 31, 2013

    WRAL, the Today@NCCapitol feature is great! It's good to have all the bills in one place and see what's going to happen today. Thanks for this!

  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Jan 31, 2013

    Thayer,

    No complaints about the 100 years of gerrymanderingwhen the dems did it huh? The law lets the leaders make the districts, dems did it to favor them for MANY years, now the people of this state voted in new leaders, and guess what, they get to control it now. Hypocritical statement you have made.

  • keymania Jan 31, 2013

    States' Rights have always been a big part of our country, and should remain steadfast.

    We have too many "takers" looking a free handout and causing the medicare and medicaid to explode in growth. "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" still is relevant today.

  • thayerguy Jan 31, 2013

    "How can they NOT see an urgent need for $$ for mental health???? Why do these blind people continue to get elected????"

    They weren't elected. The majority of the votes last election went to the democrats but through the Repubs efforts at gerrymandering and rigging the electorate, this is what we now have making all these bad decisions.

  • hp277 Jan 31, 2013

    The state needs to expand Medicaid. The feds pay 100% of the cost the first 3 years and 90% after that. The expansion will lead to a reduction in the cost of charity care at hospital emergency rooms - which is the only option for the poor today. It will lead to job creation as medical providers expand to provide services to a larger population.

    It will give the working poor - people who make $15,000-$20,000 a year, or $8.50-$10/hour, the ability to seek medical care while their medical problems are minor rather than waiting for something catastrophic to develop. It is simply the right thing to do.

  • kgbeme Jan 31, 2013

    Today@NCCapitol. Was this around for the last 4 years or are we just getting this daily scrutiny from WRAL now that McCrory is in office? I think it was a few years ago that we had the daily scrutiny of the school board. I can't remember who controlled the school board then...... More and correct information is good. I would just like WRAL to scrutinize both sides no matter who is Governor or President.

  • hp277 Jan 31, 2013

    It makes no sense for the state not to run a health care exchange. At least we would have some input into how it is run.

    If the state says no, we end up with the Feds one-size-fits-all exchange. How is that better?

  • hp277 Jan 31, 2013

    Banning the poor/bankrupt from buying lottery tickets might be a good idea, but it is completely unenforceable. Why waste time on this? It doesn't create a single job.

    Getting convenience stores to check ID for alcohol and tobacco sales is already a problem in some areas. How are they supposed to know if someone is broke?

  • mep Jan 31, 2013

    If NC allows the govt to set up the health insurance exchange, it costs us taxpayers NOTHING. At least as far as the State budget goes. And if there are problems with the exchange, it will not be the responsibility of NC to fix them. If the exchange prices are too high, or the govt cuts its subsidizes, or there is no competition in the exchange... the Federal govt can deal with it.

    The same for the Medicaid expansion... the rolls are already exploding, and many States including our own are facing serious budget issues attempting to keep up with the bills. Rejecting the Federal expansion allows NC to control Medicaid costs, which is under State control.... if the Fed suddenly cuts the additional Medicaid funding... it will be the State left holding the bill. And unlike the Federal govt, we cant just print more money.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 31, 2013

    GOP can't wait to steal from the poor to pay off their rich campaign contributors.
    Cary Progressive

    steal what from the poor? They dont have anything already! Except big screen TVs, cell phiones, cars, name brnad clothes and sneakers, those poor? Thats why you libs continue with your mantra of redistribution, as long as it isnt your money being divided around.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 31, 2013

    GOP can't wait to steal from the poor to pay off their rich campaign contributors.
    Cary Progressive

    *Sigh* but its different when democrats do it right?

  • freedomrings Jan 31, 2013

    A very tough place to be in. Rising food, gas, and utility costs with unemployment means more people will need help BUT the state has wasted millions of dollars giving benefits to some who exploit and abuse the system. Now, when it seems real hard-working people need help more than ever, the benefits may not be available.

  • Bartmeister Jan 31, 2013

    In all due respect, I will give the new administration at least 6 months to sort things out and see what direction they move in before making a decision, just as I have the past 2 presidential elections. However it is disappointing to me to see bills up for vote that include no smoking on a community college campus, penalties for passing a school bus, buffer zones for funerals, high school diploma discussions when the total economy could benefit on creation of jobs, economical stimulus, unemployment, education funding shortfalls. I understand they can multi task but put the important items in the headlines and work the "other" stuff in where you can. The clock is ticking............................ If you were a bus driver but spent most of the time cleaning the bus rather than driving it, what would your boss say?

  • Apotheosis Jan 31, 2013

    I don't really follow the logic here. If the state doesn't do it, the federal government will do it for them. That should be anathema to every thing Republicans stand for.

  • FairPlay Jan 31, 2013

    We cannot expand it as Medicaid in this state has been running in the red for years. How are we going to pay for it? I know, make the lottery support all the schools more and take education money and put it towards paying the Medicaid debt.

  • Scubagirl Jan 31, 2013

    How can they NOT see an urgent need for $$ for mental health???? Why do these blind people continue to get elected????

  • Cary Progressive Jan 31, 2013

    GOP can't wait to steal from the poor to pay off their rich campaign contributors.

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