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N.C. Opinions: Greensboro

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Health, not politics, please

From an editorial Thursday in the (Greensboro) News & Record:

North Carolina’s Republican legislative leaders aim to find out how much harm Obamacare is doing to the state’s economy.

Meanwhile, more than 100,000 N.C. residents signed up for Obamacare, possibly to avoid economic harm to themselves. Politicians have political agendas; people have personal agendas.

Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis see gains in attacking the Affordable Care Act. Berger’s son, Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr., is running for Congress on an anti-Obamacare platform. Tillis himself is running to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, an Obamacare supporter.

Creating a committee to “delve deeply into the problems Obamacare has caused to the health insurance marketplace and to our economy” first indicates they have drawn their conclusions before any study begins, and second means they hope to load more ammunition to use against Democrats.

Yes, the Affordable Care Act rollout has been beset with problems, and many North Carolinians who had private insurance have had their policies canceled because they didn’t meet coverage mandates under the federal law. This has been disruptive, to say the least.

At the same time, many residents who have lived without medical insurance now have the chance to get it. The number signing up through Dec. 31 – 107,778 – ranks fifth-highest in the country. That’s still not as many as proponents hoped for, but the number should draw the attention of naysayers who have turned a blind eye to the plight of people for whom a medical crisis can also mean financial ruin.

To be certain, the federal plan will be far from perfect. But compared to no plan, which is what the opponents want, it’s worth a try. Maybe problems can be smoothed out over time.

For now, the best course for N.C. leaders should be to work to improve the overall health of our population.

Who is doing that?

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