Recently, I visited an N.C. Senate meeting to hear arguments from legislators for and against the expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina. I experienced the opening ceremony and the welcoming of visitors.
Included recognition was of a large contingency of doctors and nurses from the Durham medical community and others, donned in stark white lab coats atop their uniforms, who were there in silent testimony. They were wondering why the vote should be cast against the bill and were in favor of expansion, to provide continued care to North Carolina’s citizens.
There were moral, constitutional and financial arguments made from the floor.
They welcomed us as visitors. They thanked us as providers. They applauded us as professionals, and then most slapped us in our faces with their votes.
Cynthia Gallion, R.N.