Gov. Pat McCrory was the picture of health Wednesday when he posed with about 100 doctors on the steps on the Governor’s Mansion to tout his Medicaid proposal.
The physicians like the governor’s prescription for Medicaid reform. Doctors from the N.C. Medical Society (most in suit and tie) and the N.C. Academy of Family Physicians (in white lab coats) declared the Senate’s Medicaid plan as bad medicine for North Carolina.
The Senate proposes turning over the $13 billion Medicaid program to managed care organizations, most likely out-of-state companies.
The doctors favor McCrory’s plan to build on the existing networks of doctors and other providers set up by Community Care of North Carolina over the past 15 years.
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“For the life of me I cannot understand why anyone would want to destroy all this good work and start over with a managed care approach that has been tried and failed in so many places,” said Dr. Bill Dennis, a family doctor in Henderson.
McCrory made it clear that he shares the doctors’ view of the Senate proposal. Asked if he would veto a budget that contained the Senate’s plan, McCrory declined to show his cards, but added “I do have that option available.”