Susan L. Eder: Medicaid meanness

09/04/2014 5:11 PM

09/04/2014 5:13 PM

The Sept. 3 news article “ Stance on Medicaid may cost N.C. $10 billion” on the very high cost to North Carolina of our legislature’s refusal to accept the Medicaid expansion was excellent.

It is breathtaking that our General Assembly, which regards itself as pro-business and fiscally conservative, could allow $10 billion to slip through its fingers and arrive safely in the hands of those states, mostly Democratic, that have expanded Medicaid. There is no fathomable reason for this beyond political posturing.

It is a tragedy that our legislators’ desire to poke a finger in President Obama’s signature accomplishment takes precedent over their desire to help the economy or the well-being of the residents in our state.

I am a child psychiatrist. I work in a clinic that sees children on Medicaid. It is all too clear that both physical and mental health affect children and families, and when the parents don’t receive the help they need, the children suffer. Our state’s refusal to expand Medicaid is harming working families and harming the economic recovery as well. It is meanness in the guise of policy.

Susan L. Eder, Raleigh

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