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  • governorzebvance Feb 1, 7:51 a.m.

    These Republicans are not true conservatives. They're handing NC to the feds and giving up the money we have to regulate our own insurance market here. Their bill is actually very socialist, the opposite of what they purport it to be. I heard yesterday that the proposal goes even farther than they need and will cause the federal govt to swoop in on other health insurance matters. Isn't it fishy that Sen Apodaca refused to grant the fiscal note request when every "thinking" person (remember Jindal of Louisiana) knows that there will be a cost to the state?? The Republican legislative leadership will look especially studid (ala Jindal) when it finally listens ... and sees that a budget hole between $4 Million to $43 Million opens up because they have partisan blinders on and don't care about the facts. Their motto: GOP before people, and fantasy before facts.

  • governorzebvance Feb 1, 7:45 a.m.

    The fact that Senator Apodaca refused the request for fiscal note on this bill when the bill is certain to have a fiscal impact on North Carolina is quite questionable. I bet questions by the media and interested parties will also show that the proposed law overreaches on what it purports to do. It was said that one part of the proposed law even will prevent the state insurance commissioner and Deprtmt of Insurance from performing functions that, if unperformed, will cause even greater federal intervention into NC and cause severe insurance market problems here. If that's right then those overly broad, ultra-rushed provisions will cause serious negative unintended consequences. Or are the over-broad provisions unintended at all? Is the reason why the Republican legislative leadership is rushing this is that they secretly want the federal government to run our health insurance regulatory system after all instead of North Carolinians? By doing what they are doing, we will see BIG ins

  • lessismore Jan 31, 6:24 p.m.

    Downtown boy.....the party in control does this every 10 years because it is legal.....the democrats have had a welfare strangle hold on this state for over 100 years....until now. And now you complain for the first time....interesting.....

  • mep Jan 31, 4:25 p.m.

    Our States Medicaid system of payment is in shambles, and full of corruption... we need to fix it BEFORE we expand it. (If we expand it at all)

  • Road-wearier Jan 31, 4:23 p.m.

    "So much for Republicans being concerned about saving tax dollars and creating jobs."

    They're not. They're about kowtowing to Idealogical Purity and Tea Party activists. They care not one whit about the vast majority of the population. If a person can't contribute thousands to right wing PACs, that person is, to Republicans, a non-person.

  • aetius476 Jan 31, 3:33 p.m.

    ""the most vulnerable" in NC are the ones who still pay taxes and those who have jobs in something other than State or Federal programs." - phillip5

    Best statement of the day! Thanks for some sanity.....

  • aetius476 Jan 31, 3:31 p.m.

    "A savings of $65 million in tax dollars and creation of 23,000 jobs - yet Republicans are opposed.
    So much for Republicans being concerned about saving tax dollars and creating jobs." - hp277

    More useless and expensive HHS case worker and state bureaucrat jobs are not what we need. More fraud, cronyism, and riding the state employment benefits system at the taxpayer's expense.

    No thanks. Please pass on that "opportunity"....

  • hp277 Jan 31, 3:26 p.m.

    "hp277, be truthful. It's 23,000 GOVT jobs, probably mostly low-paid case workers who have every incentive to conspire to cheat the system (see Enough is Enough's comment elsewhere). After doing the bare minimum for a few years they are vested in the retirement plan and eternal health insurance. 23k more govt emps is not a good thing."
    Morrigan

    Wrong, Morrigan. The jobs will be in the health care sector due to more demand - nurses, physician assistants, office staff, Xray techs, pharmacies, etc. Notice the expansion of minute clinics at CVS, Walgreen, Target - those are all due to the coming increase in the number of people with insurance coverage - both private and govt-provided insurance.

  • dwntwnboy2 Jan 31, 3:11 p.m.

    Let's all remember this in two years when we MIGHT have the chance to toss the bums out...but then again they gerrymandered the districts so it doesn't matter what the "voters" want.

  • Terkel Jan 31, 3:05 p.m.

    hp277, be truthful. It's 23,000 GOVT jobs, probably mostly low-paid case workers who have every incentive to conspire to cheat the system (see Enough is Enough's comment elsewhere). After doing the bare minimum for a few years they are vested in the retirement plan and eternal health insurance. 23k more govt emps is not a good thing.

  • floydthebarber Jan 31, 2:45 p.m.

    Congrats, republicons! Now the mandatory federal health insurance exchanges will happen under purview of intelligent Democrats in Washington DC instead of the NC congress. Hooray unintended consequences! :)

  • douglively919 Jan 31, 2:34 p.m.

    So now the poor, the helpless, the sick and in-firmed have become the newest targets of the reckless Republican party. When you guys go to church I hope you loudly sing "Oh, How I Love Jesus" because you'll really need the extra volume to drown out the plaintive cries of your newest victims!

    Enjoy that new pay increase you just voted in for yourselves!

  • hp277 Jan 31, 2:21 p.m.

    "the state would save $65 million over the next decade by expanding the Medicaid law. A report for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services suggested Medicaid expansion would create 23,000 jobs."

    A savings of $65 million in tax dollars and creation of 23,000 jobs - yet Republicans are opposed.

    So much for Republicans being concerned about saving tax dollars and creating jobs.

  • beachmama Jan 31, 2:00 p.m.

    phillip5

    Where is any compassion for the elderly, the single mom with a dead beat father, the working poor etc. I work and work 2 jobs and one of them is teaching in a university which pays virtually nothing compared to the other job. I do it because it is rewarding not for the money. But that does not mean I cannot have some compassion for those less fortunate. Maybe you should go work in a soup kitchen to experience some real life hardships, instead of focusing on those that abuse the system. The system needs to be modified to identify and charge those that fraud the system. It does not make everybody on a system a criminal as you would think by listening to golo comments

  • phillip5 Jan 31, 1:41 p.m.

    Just sit back and keep drinking the coolaid beachmama... You cannot help people by creating a way of life that does not require them to work. My wife at $11 an hour brings home less than many recieving unemployment benefits and some of these have been drawing this for over 2 years, long enough they could have gotten a 2 year degree, of which federal dollars would have paid for. Blocking the medicaid expansion and the health exchange is the right thing to do for the tax payers of this State and group home funding is being taken care of in a very appropriate manner, more so than under the previous administation. "the most vulnerable" in NC are the ones who still pay taxes and those who have jobs in something other than State or Federal programs.

  • wral mods blow close my account Jan 31, 1:26 p.m.

    GOP racing to the bottom. They are going to make NC into a third world nation.

  • beachmama Jan 31, 12:27 p.m.

    It is pretty clear based on what the NC legislature has in mind for unemployment benefits, tax reform, group home funding and blocking medicaid expansion even though federally funded and would actually decrease the overall state medicaid budget that this legislature intends to try and grow jobs and the state economy by focusing on the most vulnerable in our society. Can't we go at this a little bit more balanced across all classes of people?

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