Paul Stam: Factual gymnastics

October 3, 2013 

Factual gymnastics

You continue to let letter-writers and Point of View contributors commit factual murder. One example is Charles van der Horst’s Point of View piece from Sept. 27. He talks about cutting the AIDS drug assistance program by 25 percent and decreasing funding for poor pregnant women by a third. None of these allegations is true. According to an NCGA fiscal analyst, the reduction in the AIDS drug program was made to reflect actual spending and increased federal dollars. The budget is still $5 million higher than it was in fiscal year 2012-13. Our fiscal researchers could find no basis for his allegation about pregnant women.

In addition, van der Horst made other nutty allegations that are constantly repeated by your reporters, editorialists and letter-writers – such as an end to Sunday voting (not even in the bill) and a reduction in the number of early voting days (hours and locations will be expanded to an equivalent number of hours). Van der Horst says that not expanding Medicaid to 500,000 North Carolinians will lead to some of their deaths without mentioning that we increased Medicaid funding this year by $530 million and that the vast majority of the 500,000 will be on the federal exchange with heavily subsidized premiums for which the taxpayers will contribute $2.3 billion in North Carolina alone.

Your paper is rapidly losing credibility.

Rep. Paul Stam, Apex

The writer, a Republican, is the state House speaker pro tem.

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