Letters to the Editor

1/26 Letters: North Carolina needs Carolina Cares

NC could move to require work for Medicaid” (Jan. 15) concludes with “there could be revived interest in Raleigh in the Carolina Cares bill.” I strongly support revival of interest in and legislative approval of this bill (HB 662) or similar legislation that would make health care coverage available to approximately 300,000 low-income North Carolinians who now lack access to health care.

Carolina Cares includes low premiums, co-pays, and work requirements. Its funding is designed to avoid any cost to taxpayers. Importantly, a recent decision by the Trump administration suggests that work requirements are now likely to be approved, which may make Carolina Cares or a similar bill acceptable to many of our majority state legislators.

Carolina Cares would probably now find bipartisan support, both in the legislature and among our people. The need to control our devastating opioid epidemic, which requires health care coverage to pay for effective acute and long-term treatment, makes it urgent that we act now. I urge our legislative leaders to bring Carolina Cares or a similar bill to the floor and support its approval during the short session of the General Assembly this spring.

James R. Foster, M.D.

Chapel Hill

Make judgeships fair

In “Stop blocking judges for ideological reasons” (Jan. 21), former Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr deplored the objections brought against nomination of Tom Farr to federal district judge, a candidate who has been charged with possible voter suppression during his service to Jesse Helms.

Judge Orr makes eloquent sense that blocking candidates to judgeships based on ideology is an execrable practice. But I do not remember Judge Orr writing any letters to newspapers concerning this matter when Senator Burr blacklisted every nominee made by President Obama. For there is nothing more important to preserving democracy from authoritarianism than the thin line made by the presence of an independent and ideologically unbiased judiciary, something Republicans in North Carolina and nationally seem bent on eradicating.

After already subverting the belief in fair elections and in a free press, eviscerating the judiciary by appointing judges on the sole principle of blind adherence to the dogmas of radical right ideology will be the last nail on the coffin of American democracy. Exhibit 1: The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing North Carolina’s unconstitutional congressional map to remain for a fourth consecutive election.

Gustavo Fernandez