Sondra Stein: An economic aid, too

February 7, 2013 

Economic aid, too

I was happy to read about Gov. Pat McCrory’s note of caution (“Health law blockade advances,” Feb. 6) to the legislature regarding Senate Bill 4, the bill I call “Just Say No to Medicaid Expansion.”

North Carolina will lose so much if the governor does not agree to the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. We will lose the opportunity to meet the health care needs of 500,000 low-income individuals at a fraction of the actual cost. We save money and lives every time any one of us can afford to get regular preventive care instead of waiting for a crisis.

We will lose more than $20 billion in federal funds over 10 years. That translates into thousands of health care jobs across the state at every level. If the governor and the legislature are committed to growing jobs in one of the fastest-growing industries in the country, the easiest way to do it is to support Medicaid expansion.

We all lose when our leaders are willing to sacrifice good policy – the health of our neighbors, our communities and our economy – to shortsighted partisan politics. I hope they put us first this time.

Sondra Stein

Durham

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