North Carolina stakes its own course on Medicaid
RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory followed through on his promise, recently signing legislation that has North Carolina opting out of federal Medicaid expansion.
McCrory again backed up the decision by saying that he could not justify expanding a health insurance program that is already beset with waste and other problems.
The signing prompted more of the same from the left and right — dire predictions and hardy applause, respectively.
Those dire predictions focused not only on the uninsured, but on a health care economy dependent on the billions of dollars that flow through government programs Medicaid and Medicare.
The predictions include one from a N.C. Institute of Medicine study that the state will not see 25,000 jobs that otherwise would have been created.
The truth is that no one knows ...