A couple of thoughts regarding J. Peder Zane’s Aug. 27 column “ Nothing to dig about debt delusions”: If he’s that resentful of people who consider education, transportation and (gasp!) immunizations to be within the scope of the public good, then perhaps he should seek relocation to a country where these things are not provided. Such a country is commonly referred to as “Third World.”
Additionally, the 90 percent Medicaid reimbursement rate he refers to is actually the law, deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court. Referring to it as a “promise” that we can’t trust the government to keep is a duplicitous attempt by Zane to rationalize his ridiculous argument that North Carolina is justified in passing up billions in funding by failing to expand Medicaid.
Considering this with the fact that preventative care is cheaper than uninsured emergency room care, not expanding Medicaid makes zero financial sense. Or, to use Zane’s own words: “That’s not how economics works.”