RALEIGH – Democrats have been beating the Medicaid Expansion drum for years. Governor Roy Cooper and Democrats in the General Assembly made it clear last year that Medicaid Expansion was their top priority. They’ve filed bills to expand, made expansion a key thrust in the recent ‘teacher’ protest, and even pulled some Republicans into proving they ‘care’ by making proposals to create entirely new government healthcare entitlement programs aimed at the same population Medicaid expansion would affect.
Now it looks like Governor Cooper is preparing to veto the biennial state budget if it does not include Medicaid expansion.
The N.C House, after a bevy of appropriations committee deliberations this week, is expected to soon pass a budget bill over to the senate. That bill does not include expansion, which is reassuring considering Republican majorities wouldn’t exactly be sticking to the values their voters subscribe to if they were openly holding hands with Democrats and expanding Big Government entitlement programs.
The Left, though, is busy controlling the narrative, continuing their push for expansion of government healthcare.
From the Raleigh News & Observer:
“The governor’s going to veto it,” Wake County Rep. Darren Jackson, the top Democrat in the House, said at the start of Thursday’s hours-long debate over the budget. […]
Jackson proposed sending the budget back to a health care committee to be rewritten to include Medicaid expansion. He said that well over half of the members of the House support some sort of expansion, including both Republicans and Democrats.
And while they might not all agree on the exact details, he said, they ought to at least try finding a compromise that a majority could support. Jackson said the budget only needs 61 votes to pass the House, and he knows of “over 70 members” who support expansion.
“Lets put Medicaid expansion of some sort — what makes sense, what can get 61 votes on this floor — in this budget,” he said.[…]”
We would like to know who those 70 members of the N.C. House that support Medicaid expansion are. We’d like to know because it is important that voters across the Old North State know which Republicans actually believe in the limited government, liberty principles they espouse on the campaign trail, and which ones are more than willing to fold to pressure from the Left and give in to the hubris that often comes with holding office.
There are still lots of problems with healthcare, in this state and around the country. Many of those problems were exacerbated by Obamacare. The appropriate way to address these issues IS NOT WITH MORE GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE, BUT WITH LESS GOVERNMENT INTRUSION.
If Republicans give in to Medicaid expansion, either in this budget, or in a separate piece of legislation, they will be hammering a big nail in the coffin of the Republican majorities on Jones Street.
Grassroots Republicans are sick and tired of the selling out, the tentative stances, the lack of bold policy driven by truly Republican principles. Republicans on Jones Street should be loudly and proudly rejecting any mention of Medicaid expansion; snuffing out attempts by ‘Republican’ members to placate the Left and score compassion points by expanding government involvement in healthcare; and, offering real solutions to alleviate healthcare price inflation and accessibility bottlenecks.
There is PLENTY that can be done on the latter point, starting with a a repeal of the antiquated, ineffective, and disruptive Certificate of Need laws. These are the kind of pushes Republican voters expect them to make; you know, free market and freedom kind of things. Instead we have a Governor threatening to veto a budget that doesn’t include expansion of an entitlement program, and a gaggle of Republicans trying to best each other in proposing laws with a ‘Republican’ label that merely expand government all the same.
Conservatives expect Cooper and the Democrats to keep up the pressure to grow government, and smear people that get in the way. That’s just a fact of life when it comes to the Left. However, it’d be a lot easier to combat it all if we didn’t have so many on our side actually sympathizing with the Left’s goals and finding creative ways to carry their water for them.
As the budget progresses through the state legislature, we’ll keep you apprised of its broad strokes. We will also do our best to keep the pressure on Republicans to govern according principles, instead of the all too common drift toward Bigger Government with an ‘R’ beside it.