RALEIGH – Governor Roy Cooper thinks the margin of his election victory gives him a mandate to push Medicaid expansion. That sense of deja vu you’re experiencing is understandable.
Apparently, North Carolina Democrats really struggle to come up with new ideas to incorporate into their agenda. It could be that the newer ideas are really just recycled and radically Woke ideas, and that the old ones are a little more subtle.
Medicaid expansion is an old idea; as in a decade old. It has been rebuked by the Republican controlled legislature ever since Democrats began pushing it as part of the Obamacare. And Cooper and the Democrats have recognized a new opportunity to exploit the fomented Pandemic Panic to push this expansion of government healthcare entitlements.
At a press conference last week, Cooper said:
“There is a lot of status quo, but I do think that my election, and by the margin, it shows that people do want us to close this healthcare coverage gap, particularly in the middle of a pandemic when so many people don’t have access to affordable health care. I want us to try and find new strategies to work together to move forward.”
Remember, ‘Never let a crisis go to waste,’ is a Democrat’s mantra.
That status quo he is referring to is a split state government. In addition to Cooper being re-elected governor (by the cities), the citizens of North Carolina, in their respective districts, also reaffirmed a Republican majority in the General Assembly for the sixth election in a row.
Such a dynamic might send the message that North Carolinians aren’t necessarily in favor of ‘new strategies’ to push the state farther Left. Cooper does not get that message.
The Republican leaders of the General Assembly, however, will repeat it for him.
“[…] Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore said at a Wednesday news conference that they didn’t view Cooper’s win as a directive to offer more Medicaid coverage. They pointed to a few Democratic legislative candidates losing after campaigning heavily on the issue. […]”
If anything positive can be taken from Cooper’s delusion of a Medicad expansion mandate, it’s that the politics of this debate are familiar. This year, as you are well aware, has been surreal. In some way, a fight over Medicaid expansion hearkens back to simpler times; times in which Marxists we masked, and the general public was not.