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  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 15, 2013

    They care nothing about more jobs for NC. They just hate President Obama and anything he proposes. Now all they whine about is spending but when they had a chance to do something about it, they did nothing. Spending is just a scape goat to push through what they want- making sure their rich friends and contributors are happy.
    free2bme

    time to stop being a victim and depending on government and be a viking and depend on yourself. But it is much easier to blame other people isnt it?

  • junkmail5 Feb 14, 2013

    Under the Affordable Health Care Act, a family of four earning $88,000 or less qualifies for medicaid- Morrigan

    Where'd you get that from?

    http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Blog/How-the-Affordable-Care-Act-of-2010.aspx

    ". In 2014, the ACA expands Medicaid eligibility for all legal residents to 133 percent of the federal poverty level (about $14,404 for a single adult or $29,327 for a family of four). "

    $29,327 is less than $88,000 isn't it?

    A lot less in fact.

    $88,000 is the cut off to get ANY help at all (some tax credits).. not to get medicaid.

  • Terkel Feb 14, 2013

    "Under the Affordable Health Care Act, a family of four earning $88,000 or less qualifies for medicaid."

    Some managers at DHHS in the Medicaid Division qualify for Medicaid.

  • Terkel Feb 14, 2013

    oleguy, you convinced me. I need an eye exam and glasses. I asked the Dr here in town if there was a cash discount and was told no. I'd heard often of cash discounts and was surprised: they have no form to file, no waiting for the money, and then they never get the full amount they "bill" anyway! They wouldn't even hear of accepting that amount from me. I guess when you live in a dying town with few services and the nearest option is an hour away, you do what you want. And I guess I'll drive an hour.

  • free2bme Feb 14, 2013

    They care nothing about more jobs for NC. They just hate President Obama and anything he proposes. Now all they whine about is spending but when they had a chance to do something about it, they did nothing. Spending is just a scape goat to push through what they want- making sure their rich friends and contributors are happy.

  • Terkel Feb 14, 2013

    "FairPlay - forgive me, but would you please cite a source for that "auditor was said to have found hundreds of millions of waste and incorrect bookeeping", so we can all feel good about believing it - Gork"

    Psst. Gork, there's ANOTHER story about DHHS fraud, this time with overtime payments to salaried, and VERY well-paid, people including the program manager. No link. Look it up yourself.

  • free2bme Feb 14, 2013

    The NC Legislature cares about nobody but their rich friends. They do not care about the low income families that would have benefited from this expansion. The solution is for NCarolinians go to the polls in record numbers in 2014 and 2016 and show them how disappointed and hurt we are by their actions.

  • aetius476 Feb 14, 2013

    "Almost all investments are in things other than currency so whilst high inflation has its bad sides its not exactly Armageddon." - Grand Union

    It is a heavy tax on the poor and those on fixed incomes. Inflation is a VERY regressive tax. something I thought you did not approve of.

    "And one good side is that it would make our National debt shrink in real terms." - Grand Union

    Well, if interest rates track inflation up, our debt service will be very painful indeed. Plus everything government buys will have gone up in price as well. All your precious "infrastructure projects" will cost much more.

  • rocket Feb 14, 2013

    "TAKE IT FROM THE POOR AND GIVE IT TO YOUR RICH FRIENDS."

    Government "takes" through taxation. The poor pay very little in taxes. You are confusing "taking" with giving less.

  • lasm Feb 14, 2013

    eddybal: "Here is a chance to get health care coverage for half a million uninsured North Carolinians, with very little money to pay, and the governor claims he is not ready for it."

    Did you not read or know "Without state support, state residents would have to use a planned federal health exchange". Same kind of coverage minus NC getting stuck with the bill later on. As quoted in the article: "This is their idea," Burr said of the federal government. "They should manage it instead of putting it on the state." He should have "their MESS".....

    "23,000jobs"??? That's not creating jobs because they would be gov't jobs-paid by taxpayers (taxes-which BO wants to increase AGAIN). We finally have people in our NC gov't that have some financial sense. We don't need anymore "tax & spend" or letting the federal gov't tell us how to run our state.

  • Nancy Feb 14, 2013

    And in other news not found here ... " RALEIGH — A dozen state Health and Human Services employees that don’t normally qualify for overtime pay made an extra $580,000 in overtime over four years under a special exemption, according to a state audit released Thursday.

    Most of the overtime went to managers and executive-level job-holders working on the new Medicaid billing system, and nearly half of the overtime, $237,500, went to the Medicaid Management Information System director."

  • Plenty Coups Feb 14, 2013

    "How is a raise if its their starting salary first offf"

    What kind of twisted reasoning is this? Of course its a raise and a large one at that. Every state worker and teacher hired over the last 5 years would love to see your "none raises" when they get hired. Why don't they?

    "Second their are 2 people on the cabinet that make 1dollar a year allowing for the increase for the others and add it all up and its less than our previous governors paid their cabinets"

    This is irrelevant. Giving political appointees 12% raises for doing nothing while not giving other underpaid state workers who have been doing hard work the last 5 years, essentially nothing doesn't go over well.

  • rcrdngcountry Feb 14, 2013

    the republicans are off to great start. as always they are hitting the poor with cuts, while giving their friends with new
    jobs with a higher starting salary to the tune of over $13000.00
    for some positions. TAKE IT FROM THE POOR AND GIVE IT TO YOUR RICH FRIENDS. thats a good way to save money, for your own good.

  • jhk0704 Feb 14, 2013

    I am a tax paying citizen in teh state of NC. We keep talking about spending, spendg and more spending. We have a newly elected govenor whom priority when he first got in office was to give each of his cabinet members 12% raises.

    How is a raise if its their starting salary first offf. Second their are 2 people on the cabinet that make 1dollar a year allowing for the increase for the others and add it all up and its less than our previous governors paid their cabinets

  • rocket Feb 14, 2013

    "Funny how every other Western democracy can do what the US, the richest country in the world, cannot......"

    We are $16 trillion in debt. That makes us the brokest country in the world.

  • rocket Feb 14, 2013

    "yeah and what about when pigs start flying??? Seriously I'm curious as to why exactly you think a lower value dollar would make that much difference? Almost all investments are in things other than currency so whilst high inflation has its bad sides its not exactly Armageddon. And one good side is that it would make our National debt shrink in real terms."

    The Federal Reserve is a Ponzi scheme. It cannot go on indefinitely. I am not going to attempt to predict the exact point in time but if the out of control spending and printing goes unchecked, the dollar will eventually collapse. How long do you think those investing in us will continue to do so when it becomes clear we are using inflation to decrease their rate of return?

  • scmae36 Feb 14, 2013

    I am a tax paying citizen in teh state of NC. We keep talking about spending, spendg and more spending. We have a newly elected govenor whom priority when he first got in office was to give each of his cabinet members 12% raises.Really!!! We have state employees whom haven't seen a raise in years. Yet that was our new govenors priority. Then he stated the money wasn't coming from tax payers it came from the state budget. Where is his priorities. They are already making 6 figures. So now he has less funds to work with in the NC budget. I just say, same old politics across the board. Democrats and republicans. All they care about is keeping holes out of there pockets.

  • mountainlover Feb 14, 2013

    "yeah and what about when pigs start flying??? Seriously I'm curious as to why exactly you think a lower value dollar would make that much difference? Almost all investments are in things other than currency so whilst high inflation has its bad sides its not exactly Armageddon. And one good side is that it would make our National debt shrink in real terms."

    No, there are some who have investments in currency. Try those who have reached the age where they cannot afford to take the risk of losing everything that they have worked a lifetime to earn. They are the ones who would be harmed greatly by the devaluation of the dollar. Of course, generations younger than them never, ever think of this because they are ENTITLED to have what they want when they want it. BUT, what goes around comes around. Everyone will get old and face what the elderly now face. And some of those elderly are fed up enough to spend that currency. Wonder who will pay for the ENTITLED then? The rich will leave first.

  • Grand Union Feb 14, 2013

    "Like McCrory and the legislature I too have taxpayer subsidized health insurance. For those of you who don't have insurance I suggest a career in politics. The pay and benefits are outstanding."

    but hopefully short-lived.....we can throw these sociopaths out in 2014 and 2016.

  • Grand Union Feb 14, 2013

    "Let them eat cake. It's a dog eat dog world."

    It is if you elect the GOP to power.

  • Grand Union Feb 14, 2013

    So we spend billions on wars we cannot win, cut revenue so that the rich can have more dancing horses etc rather than ensure good healthcare for all our citizens? Funny how every other Western democracy can do what the US, the richest country in the world, cannot......

  • aetius476 Feb 14, 2013

    "It was not about protecting citizens to cut unemployment during the worst recession since the great depression. It is about saving a few bucks for businesses" - kr2

    Did you not listen to your master speak Tuesday? He told you that the recession is long past and happy days are here again. In fact, he is ready to start spending, I mean "investing" again!

    Why do we need such generaous UE when the economy is fixed and jobs are flowing like milk from mama's breast? Get with the program son.....

  • Grand Union Feb 14, 2013

    "Bottom line. This country cannot afford to keep spending the way it is spending. That means hard decisions that may make some people uncomfortable. When the dollar collapses, where will the dependant people turn?"

    yeah and what about when pigs start flying??? Seriously I'm curious as to why exactly you think a lower value dollar would make that much difference? Almost all investments are in things other than currency so whilst high inflation has its bad sides its not exactly Armageddon. And one good side is that it would make our National debt shrink in real terms.

  • rroadrunner99 Feb 14, 2013

    Wait until the feds withdraw the funds for NC FAST since the state won't expand Medicaid.
    "The only changes made to the original Senate bill ensure that the state can continue to draw down federal funding for the NC FAST system, a computer system that will channel people to Medicaid and other benefit programs." Why "channel" people to a program you have no intention of expaning to begin with?, therefore you don't need federal funds for a new computer system to do it with.

  • rocket Feb 14, 2013

    Bottom line. This country cannot afford to keep spending the way it is spending. That means hard decisions that may make some people uncomfortable. When the dollar collapses, where will the dependant people turn?

  • junkmail5 Feb 14, 2013

    dollar bill says in "god we trust"- forgeteverything3428

    well, it does NOW... It didn't before 1957 though.

    It was among the things the republicans did to "protect us from those godless communists" in the 50s.

  • kr2 Feb 14, 2013

    With each passing day we go back a few more years and the alternative reality of the Republican distortion field grows. Anyone who thinks that preventing a half a million people from being able to get health care is good policy needs his or her head examined. Give this Governor and this Republican legislature four years and we will have fallen behind Mississippi. Like everything on the right it is all about greed, hate, and worrying that someone else might be getting something for free. I would venture a guess that the vast majority of those who will not now be able to get Medicare are poor white Republicans. When will you righties wake up and realize that you keep voting against your best interest and the only ones who benefit from all these new laws are not average citizens but are the big businesses and the very wealthy. It was not about protecting citizens to cut unemployment during the worst recession since the great depression. It is about saving a few bucks for businesses

  • mountainlover Feb 14, 2013

    "Doesn't matter whether you/they can afford it or not, the President says you're getting it or paying a fine."

    For the family of four making $31,000, the above statement may not be true if NC does not take the medicaid expansion. Under the Affordable Health Care Act, a family of four earning $88,000 or less qualifies for medicaid. If the state in which the family lives opts out of medicaid, I am not sure that the fine is going to apply. The family had no control over the state's decision to take or not take the medicaid expansion.

  • forgeteverything3428 Feb 14, 2013

    dollar bill says in "god we trust" , we believe in hope also , but we are bounced back in forth with the two parties with people breaking peoples hope.

  • lexusjones64 Feb 14, 2013

    just think he has been in office for just over a month.. we have 3 years 10 and 1/2 months left to go.. hopefully we will still have a shirt left on our back

  • downtowner Feb 14, 2013

    Like McCrory and the legislature I too have taxpayer subsidized health insurance. For those of you who don't have insurance I suggest a career in politics. The pay and benefits are outstanding.

  • Z Man Feb 14, 2013

    "I bet the so called "die hard" republicans will think again when McCroy is up for re-election. I heard Charlotte was more than glad to get rid of him. This hurts all low income people across the board. Not only the ones the republicans are trying to hurt the most. And yes, we all know who they are."

    Let them eat cake. It's a dog eat dog world.

  • Caveman93 Feb 14, 2013

    Oh 2013 is just going to be a mess! More this ..less that ...more here ..less there. So someone, somewhere has the secret sauce recipe for fiscally irresponsible state and federal governments to make this balance out just right...correct? Where is Col. Sanders when you need him? If only I knew the formula to turn worthless paper into real assets..trillion dollar coin would have saved us all!!

  • Z Man Feb 14, 2013

    All you libs that dislike this are welcome to move out of state. Tootleloo.

  • Krimson Feb 14, 2013

    Brittwood: "Now, it is time for our state to work with the private sector to set up affordable healthcare plans, while increasing revenue for new jobs and collaborative solutions to medicaid."

    Then why is the GOP telling everyone that they aren't going "to work with the private sector to set up affordable healthcare plans" and are just going to let the Fed Gov't do it for them???

  • Krimson Feb 14, 2013

    "Without state support, state residents would have to use a planned federal health exchange..."This is their idea," Burr said of the federal government. "They should manage it instead of putting it on the state.""

    Just wait for the harping about the Feds imposing their will over the State...

  • luv2funrun Feb 14, 2013

    I bet the so called "die hard" republicans will think again when McCroy is up for re-election. I heard Charlotte was more than glad to get rid of him. This hurts all low income people across the board. Not only the ones the republicans are trying to hurt the most. And yes, we all know who they are.

  • BigSteamnTurd Feb 14, 2013

    "How do you think a family of four making $31,000 at the max can afford health insurance?"

    Doesn't matter whether you/they can afford it or not, the President says you're getting it or paying a fine.

  • BigSteamnTurd Feb 14, 2013

    You haven't had health insurance since 2000? Boy, that's all about to change for you isn't it. And all the rest like you.

    Your President says so.

    Or pay your fines.

    Are you overweight? Your fines will be double. Do you smoke? Those fines will be triple.

  • tayled Feb 14, 2013

    People you are wrong about folks using the emergency room. I have not had medical insurance since 2000 and I choose that and pay out of pocket for my medical needs. Like others who have posted, it is much less cost that way and if you are rarely sick, much less expensive than medical insurance. When I did have medical insurance, I seemed to always need some sort of meds, according to the doctors, now I take nothing and I am NOT sick so think about that. Maybe going to the doctor is making a lot of people sick.

    I am glad that you are so healthy. My advice is to praise the Lord that you are and pray that you never have anything catastrophic because without insurance, that would be bad.

  • Spock Feb 14, 2013

    OUR legislators have taken one of many step to stop the "keep North Carolina in poverty" attitude. Many spins on the negative aspects, but nobody seems to standup and mention that if the state does not make it easy to be poor that many folks will either leave the state or get off their caboose and learn how to do better.

    What we all need to do is to lobby against free trade agreements that will cost more jobs and prosperity. In addition, pushing hard to enforce the existing laws on immigration will help.

  • carolinafan Feb 14, 2013

    A lot of the people on here do not know what they are talking about. Do any of you know how much it cost to buy private health insurance? I bet not, we are small business owners who dropped our company insurance years ago because it kept going up. We have private insurance on our family of four...we are all healthy, we exercise, we try to eat right and we do not take any kind of medicine. Our insurance is $1,200 a month...it was going up to $1,500 a month this year but we increased the co-pays and deductibles to keep it at $1,200. How do you think a family of four making $31,000 at the max can afford health insurance? The $31,000 is where they were wanting to move the upper limit for medicare but the republicans say no way. $31,000 for a family of four is nothing especially if they have to buy insurance which they will not be able to on that amount. Sure a lot of people cheat the system so do corporations that do not pay taxes or hide their money...a cheat is a cheat!

  • britte Feb 14, 2013

    THANK YOU! This is why I voted Republican. States have to stand against the major deficit and the wasteful spending being imposed by the federal government, through programs like Obamacare. This program is going to destroy the best healthcare system in this country. Of course, it needed changes, but not a complete takeover that wastes taxpayer money and bankrupts America. Wake up, people, this is why we don't have jobs! These healthcare issues have increased under the Affordable Care Act. Now, it is time for our state to work with the private sector to set up affordable healthcare plans, while increasing revenue for new jobs and collaborative solutions to medicaid. This pediatric neurologist said it best: http://video.foxnews.com/v/2157865088001/doctor-slams-debt-health-care-in-front-of-president/?intcmp=obnetwork
    Thank you, Governor, and elected officials for standing up and doing what is right for our state, our citizens, our children and grandchildren.

  • etasdoug Feb 13, 2013

    This is the tea party agenda.... financed by the Koch brothers...Its time people wake up and learn that big business is running this show...and the battle is at all levels of government.. they are funding elections from the presidents level all the way down to judges. Just look at the battles in other states where these people have been successful and you will see the same agenda taking place... this is not an isolated incidence,

  • tjohnson27 Feb 13, 2013

    You people are so uneducated, you want less Government, yet you want this..and you believe all the BULL they tell you. NEWS FLASH...NC never cared for its people, it is by far the worst state, I have travel all over and this stuff about paying down debt for OUR children future is crazy...ASK your children what they would want!...They will tell you there is no future without the people. First off the cut in unemployment...#1 unemployment is not welfare, 80 percent of people on unemployment have worked 30 plus years, and have paid Taxes all those years, and the businesses have paid in all those years...IF I work 30 years what is 525 a week for 26 week!!!!Also most of you are correct, you pay for health already with your taxes...people will continue to use the emergency room and not pay...so why not use OBAMAcare to make them pay...wake up the repulicans only care about you if you have money...and yes I voted for BUSH, and Reagan...but they will never get my vote again!

  • vjoyoungblood Feb 13, 2013

    Stupid, stupid
    I want to see Gov Pat or Tom live on $350 -- after taxes $300 for 12 weeks -- righhhhhhhtttttt -- and the jobs are where?
    Stupid, stupid, stupid

  • TRUTHAISI Feb 13, 2013

    When I was younger their was a movie with George C. Scott that came up with scams to rob people of their hard earned money while at the same time making the prople think they were doing the public good. This is a great example of the medicaid extension. Obama and the dems in Washington would love to have the states fund the cost after drawing the states in with the lure of short term money. Thanks NC legislature for not falling for the scam. Obama will be leaving office in a little over three years but the states would be saddled with the cost forever. When the feds start a program it never ends.

  • oleguy Feb 13, 2013

    Sign of the times,, Correct,, Some doc just over medicate,, And our seniors are being over medicated,,I eat healthy,, watch my weight, get plently of rest, drink lots of water. In my mothers last years we started checking her meds, because she started forgetting to take them, We were shocked to see the amount of meds she was given,, When we addressed this issue with her doc,, About half of her meds were stopped,, and one other was reduced,,, Just look at any street corner, years ago there would be 3 gas stations and a food joint,,, Now there are 2 or 3 drug stores on these corners,, Drug stores out in rural areas at crossroads,, We as a nation are over medicated,,TV adds pushing OTC meds, that really do nothing

  • tracmister Feb 13, 2013

    Great Job! 25,000 health care jobs not created by the job creators. The feds only pay 90% after the first three years and doctors, typically Republican, were for expansion so we didn't loose the money generated from it. Guess what, the freebies in the emergency room are already paid for by us.

  • dontstopnow Feb 13, 2013

    People you are wrong about folks using the emergency room. I have not had medical insurance since 2000 and I choose that and pay out of pocket for my medical needs. Like others who have posted, it is much less cost that way and if you are rarely sick, much less expensive than medical insurance. When I did have medical insurance, I seemed to always need some sort of meds, according to the doctors, now I take nothing and I am NOT sick so think about that. Maybe going to the doctor is making a lot of people sick.

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