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  • genembridges Feb 8, 11:42 p.m.

    Clearly, the writer here doesn't realize that the reason the Medicaid audit show agencies "overbudget" is because the last General Assembly made draconian cuts, and now they are doing a pearl clutch over this. No, they manufactured that problem. They were warned many times this would happen. They chose to ignore the warnings.
    < seeing as they have the largest budget of any state agency.> True, but administrative costs of the program are less than in the private insurance industry and Medicaid costs have increased less than private health costs.

    Medicaid is an expensive part of the state budget* because health care overall is expensive*. It has not been loser for us at all, but quite the opposite. It has been a reasonably efficient way to provide basic health care services to people who need help. Data has shown that expansion will actually *save* us money in the long run, about $63 million over ten years. Try again.

  • Terkel Feb 6, 1:38 p.m.

    Too bad the state never oversaw DHHS and DMA properly, seeing as they have the largest budget of any state agency. Now Apodaca is rightly saying, No more. Besides, with 0bamacare being free for the poor, why do we even need Medicaid? Or was it 0bamacare we didn't need?

  • affirmativediversity Feb 6, 10:41 a.m.

    There is a church on every corner in NC but these senators have no charity in their heart, as displayed by the recent unemployment cuts, and now this--both of which are federally and will bring much revenue to the state.
    per peace2u

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    What a joke...medicaid is NOT a money maker for the state. Medicaid has practically bankrupted every state AND Obamacare only makes it more expensive.

    McCrory needs to remember who voted for him...and here's a newsflash it wasn't the Obamacare folks!

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 6, 10:01 a.m.

    Maybe they'll listen to the governor, and he still has veto power. Hoping that they'll quit going to the extreme on things.

  • miseem Feb 6, 8:11 a.m.

    Thanks, Apodaca. With leadership like yours, North Carolina will be just like Mississippi in no time!

    Mississippi will seem like a big improvement. Try Guatemala.

  • ccsmith1902 Feb 5, 7:22 p.m.

    Thanks, Apodaca. With leadership like yours, North Carolina will be just like Mississippi in no time!

  • peace2u Feb 5, 7:19 p.m.

    There is a church on every corner in NC but these senators have no charity in their heart, as displayed by the recent unemployment cuts, and now this--both of which are federally and will bring much revenue to the state.

  • Terkel Feb 5, 2:46 p.m.

    Yes, I did. I loved the part where they didn't even know how much they were spending on contracts every month. Also good for grins was how the Asst Budget Dir claimed that DMA is unique and therefore doesn't need to observe a budget.

  • oldaltar Feb 5, 2:39 p.m.

    God help us all!

  • wral mods blow close my account Feb 5, 1:26 p.m.

    Morrigan, did you read and understand the auditor's report on DMA?

    It was overbudget because it was underfunded. When you ask someone they MUST do a $100 dollar job and only pay them $80 - guess what? It's gonna be overbudget.

  • wral mods blow close my account Feb 5, 11:12 a.m.

    "Gov. Pat McCrory says he is worried that a bill the Senate is scheduled to approve this afternoon could hurt the state's efforts to get a handle on Medicaid spending."

    LOL He's afraid that the GOP will screw up NC so bad he won't get re-elected. Good Luck Pat.

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