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  • junkmail5 Feb 15, 2:39 p.m.

    One of five NCarolinians are on Medicaid now. The cost is $15 billion for the 105,000- djofraleigh

    You're suggesting there's only 525,000 people in North Carolina?

    (105,000 times 5)

    there's actually just under 10 million in the state, which would require almost 2 million to be on medicaid for it to be 1 in 5.

    15 billion divided by 2 million would be $7500 per person BTW.

    So you might want to revisit your math somewhere in there, but it doesn't add up at all.

  • djofraleigh Feb 15, 1:15 p.m.

    (GOP) goal of limiting Perdue to a single term --- COMMENT

    Obama rightly wanted Bev off the ticket in 2012, and got it. Bev would have been a great spending governor in times of plenty, but she was a terrible leader during cut back times.

  • djofraleigh Feb 15, 1:12 p.m.

    One of five NCarolinians are on Medicaid now. The cost is $15 billion for the 105,000, or about $88,000 per person, and the past years lack of proper oversight is in the news weekly, so maybe the state should let the Feds run the program. One thing the republicans are right on is that we can't trust an unfunded semi-promise of the feds since come March 1st they are probably going to cut across the board and will probably not pay as promised to get NC aboard. Politicians will, in the end, take the money. The Dems are going to have to propose more deals.

  • unc70 Feb 15, 10:32 a.m.

    The group receiving the largest percentage of Medicaid dollars are the elderly on Social Security, forced into "poverty" by the cost of nursing home care and such. Medicaid then becomes responsible for the cost of their care. Before Medicaid, their mostly middle-class children and other family would have become responsible for those costs.

  • unc70 Feb 15, 10:28 a.m.

    They seem in a huge rush to reject Obamacare, reduce the amount and duration of unemployment insurance (and senselessly reject the temporary extension of benefits -- Federally funded as part of the stimulus package and expected to expire without renewal as the economy recovers), and punish in turn various groups they (often mistakenly) believe are "underserving" or fraudulently receiving government benefits, and to enact every possible bill supported by the Koch brothers, ALEC, AFP, the oil and gas industry, private health insurers, and the opponents of environmental and other regulation, of public education at all levels, of our futures -- and squandering much of our collective shared heritage, work, sacrifice, and investment by generations of our People these past 350 years. Shame.

    In 1960, NC was with MS, AR at the bottom in nearly every measure -- poverty, health, education. Watch film "Change Comes Knocking". NC poverty rate from highest to 26th, now up to 12th among states.

  • junkmail5 Feb 15, 9:34 a.m.

    SS is only taxed if you make more than $25,000 a year.

    The majority of folks on SS get less than that in benefits... so you'd only be taxed if you had additional income.

  • bmac813 Feb 15, 8:40 a.m.

    Medicaid, Who get Medicaid, People who don't pay into the System. I paid into Social Security all my working Days and when I collect Medicare I still Have to pay PLUS I have to buy more Insurance to cover what Medicare Doesn't Cover. And than I get Taxes on what SS I do Get, Even though SS is a Tax. Don't make sence to me.

  • kermit60 Feb 15, 8:24 a.m.

    15 billion would create jobs? Which 15 billion is that, the one borrowed and added to our 16.5 trillion dollar debt or 15 billion more in taxes taken from the workers in this state? Larry Hall said. "Are we letting politics get in the way of helping our citizens?" My question is what are these people doing to help themselves besides collecting free stuff for doing nothing?

  • unc70 Feb 15, 7:51 a.m.

    Jeff, last year the legislature was also a GOP majority in each house. So why do you think this year is a refreshing change?

    The GOP members of the legislature spent the past four years, particularly the last two years, primarily focused on crippling the effectiveness of NC State government with the one goal, publicly stated, of limiting Perdue to a single term and electing McCrory. While a similar strategy failed nationally, it succeeded in NC. So what is now the goal of the GOP-controlled NC legislature, courts, and governor?

    I had hoped for some level of pragmatic competency from McCrory, more like his image as Mayor and not as candidate McCrory. Previous governors since Kerr Scott, Dem and Repub, have been reasonably competent stewards of that which we entrusted to them. They have all been fiscally conservative, business "progressives", with varying amounts of populism and social/religious conservatism. Now what?

  • oleguy Feb 15, 5:41 a.m.

    Look where land has been bought up By politicans, and track the road,,,Someone bought several tracks of land?

  • oleguy Feb 15, 5:37 a.m.

    Why dont they study a southern route say down on 42 and around, or run thru Fay and connect to the 295 that took forever,,
    Even money they build the red route if they study it

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 14, 7:43 p.m.

    This is again, how our elected leaders fail to take a balance approach to anything. One good thing, is this can be fixed in a few years. Sadly, it may end up costing NC citizens more then in the long run.

  • BigSteamnTurd Feb 14, 6:59 p.m.

    Awesome. Obamacare doesn't get its way in NC.

    See what can happen when you fire a pitiful leader.

  • hp277 Feb 14, 6:56 p.m.

    Complete hypocrisy by Republicans - a bill to block Medicaid funding because "federal money doesn't grow on trees", and a bill to allow the Red Route study so NC can get federal transportation dollars - which apparently DO grow on trees.

  • dontstopnow Feb 14, 6:32 p.m.

    Great work. About time someone fixed that leaking faucet.

  • iron fist Feb 14, 5:54 p.m.

    Citizens still lose. Government FOR and by the people is a thing of the past

  • jeffdewitt Feb 14, 3:58 p.m.

    Good news from the Legislature, what a refreshing change from last year!

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