I was struck by a number of quotes and observations brought into focus by your Sept. 3 news article “ Stance on Medicaid may cost N.C. $10 billion.”
I think it’s unbelievably disingenuous for Katherine Restrepo to say that North Carolina refused Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act so that we wouldn’t add to the federal deficit and that “it’s taxing future generations to provide benefits for our current generation.” A question for Restrepo and the John Locke Foundation she represents: Is an existing life that could be saved today due to Medicaid availability worth at least as much as a “future” life from the next generation?
The second issue that jumped out at me was the quote from Sen. Phil Berger about how the federal government is “unwilling to pursue innovative reform strategies that make good use of free market competition and private insurance” and that he’s oh so worried that the federal government might default on its promises so we shouldn’t participate.
I have one solution for Berger and our legislature: Let’s change the name from Obamacare to Romneycare, and they’ll all be happy to participate. The ACA was a Republican plan before it was Obamacare, and only then was it deemed dysfunctional.