The state won’t have to pay for the increase coverage…
The Feds will for 90%….A benefit OF Obamacare….
The other 10% will be paid for by TAXES on hospitals and insurance companies….
(Who WILL likely raise their rates to get that revenue)
This action IS BY state REPUBLICANS!….
I guess they didn’t get the memo on cutting GOPer’s pushing for cuts in healthcare benefits?
House Speaker Tim Moore said that factor — as well as the fact that the federal government will also pay North Carolina $1.8 billion extra if expansion passes — was a big motivating factor for GOP leaders like him to change their minds and support Medicaid expansion, after spending over a decade fighting against it.
“I mean, it’s staggering numbers,” Moore said.
Democrats have pushed for expansion for years. The state had around 900,000 uninsured residents in 2021 — nearly one in every 10 people — and expanding Medicaid would allow most of those people to have health insurance.
But Republicans fought it, in part because of its association with former Democratic President Barack Obama — Medicaid expansion only exists because of Obamacare — but also because of fears that Republicans in Congress would repeal Obamacare, leaving states on the hook for the extra costs of expansion. After national Republicans failed to repeal Obamacare under President Donald Trump, despite controlling both Congress and the White House, it put local GOP leaders more at ease about the future of the program……
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