October 7, 2013
To the editor:
Have you wondered why you haven’t seen any advertisements in North Carolina about the Affordable Care Act exchanges and how to sign up?
When Pat McCrory was elected governor of North Carolina a year ago I was hoping that he would approach the governorship as he did the mayoral post that he had in Charlotte. He was very popular with both Democrats and Republicans during his 12 years as mayor of Charlotte.
My hopes were dashed, however, when he took office. There have been many things that he has done that have upset me but the worst has been his lack of support for the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) here in North Carolina.
You can argue about whether health care is an entitlement or not. It seems to me that if you pay “something” it would not be an entitlement and I estimate that most people would pay at least a minimal amount towards their premium.
North Carolina refused to take federal dollars to set up call centers and money for something called the Partnership Exchange, which would have advertised the ACA and assisted citizens to secure health care coverage. Now it is coming to light that that he has wrought more misery by refusing to bring a new category to the Medicaid program, completely paid for by the federal government for 3 years. After that time the feds would contribute 95 percent to North Carolina each year towards this program.
He has doomed the working poor to being without health care services. These would be the people who work but don’t make enough money to buy insurance in the market place. You say, “They can go to the exchange.” No they cannot, that group was designated in the law to get services through Medicaid and not from the exchange. This is unconscionable.
Shame on you Governor! There is still time to correct this mistake. Call the Secretary of Health and Human Service, Kathleen Sibelius, tell her you want to include the expansion of Medicaid for North Carolina. Take care of your people.