(AP) - Legislation to prevent North Carolina from accepting federal dollars to
expand Medicaid and run an online marketplace for private health insurance policies
could soon be ready for Gov. Pat McCrory's signature.
The House gave final approval Thursday to legislation that declines
participation in portions of the federal Affordable Care Act by a largely
party-line vote of 75-42. The chamber gave initial approval Wednesday. The
measure now returns to the Senate, which approved a slightly different version
McCrory and other Republicans argue the state Medicaid agency isn't
prepared to cover an additional 500,000 people starting next year and that
operating costs for the expansion aren't settled.
Democrats call the holdback a political move that denies care to the
uninsured, even though it would cost the state nothing through 2016.
Medicaid would have helped working families who are still struggling in this
economy," Rep. Susi Hamilton of New Hanover County said in a statement. "I voted
against blocking expansion because we
shouldn't let politics stand in the way of expanding health care coverage to
500,000 people, creating 23,000 jobs and preventing the cost of treating the
uninsured from being passed on to hard working taxpayers. This short-sighted
decision to reject Medicaid expansion will hurt our economy and the quality of
life for many citizens."
Hamilton and fellow Democrats William Brisson of Bladen County and Ken
Waddell of Columbus County voted against the bill. Republicans Rick Catlin and
Ted Davis of New Hanover County, along with Frank Iler of Brunswick County and
Chris Millis of Pender County voted for the bill.
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