From an editorial Saturday in the (Raleigh) News & Observer:
Nonpartisan foundation reports and poll after poll have shown both the sanity in expanding Medicaid and the public’s support for it. Such a policy would potentially benefit half a million North Carolinians.
Yet Republican leaders have steadfastly refused to expand Medicaid. Their excuse, not that it’s much of one, is that the federal government couldn’t be trusted to pick up the expense and that the cost would likely skyrocket.
Let’s translate that: The Affordable Care Act is a singular triumph for a Democratic president we despise and we don’t intend to do anything that makes him look good, even if it means denying health care to our own people.
Mark Hall, professor at Wake Forest University, assessed what expanding Medicaid would mean and concluded that the expense to the state would essentially be a wash, given the economic benefit of expansion to the state and the savings in health care costs.
The response to that finding by state Senate President pro tem Phil Berger? A spokesperson said Berger “has a well-known and established position against Medicaid expansion. If for some reason his position ever changes, we will be sure to announce it.” The sarcasm isn’t lost on anyone, nor is the cruelty.