North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper Goes Against GOP To Expand Medicaid

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper Goes Against GOP To Expand Medicaid

Cooper, on his sixth day as governor, made his formal request Friday for the expansion, which could benefit more than 500,000 North Carolinians.

The congressional letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was very similar in nature to the letter sent Thursday by N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, and House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland.

Hudson and Pittenger said Cooper's move was illegal because a 2013 state law prevented the governor from seeking expanded Medicaid coverage without the state Legislature's support.

"It is common sense for North Carolina to keep its options open as we go into this new health care arena under a Trump presidency", Cooper said, the Triangle Business Journal reports. "We can receive between $3 billion and $4 billion to pay for care that hospitals and other providers now give away".

"This is something our state should have done long ago", Price said. "Governor Cooper doesn't have the authority to unilaterally make these changes - plain and simple".

The Obama administration pledged Monday to act quickly on North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans want to repeal.

Pittenger - who now represents Richmond and Anson counties after congressional maps were redrawn past year - said that approving Cooper's proposal after President-elect Donald Trump ran and won on a platform of repealing and replacing Obamacare would be "a slap in the face to North Carolina voters".

The signatories, all Republican, include Rep. Richard Hudson' Rep. Ted Budd; Rep. George Holding; Rep. Mark Meadows; Rep. Mark Walker; Rep. Robert Pittenger; Rep. Virginia Foxx; Rep. Patrick McHenry; and Rep. David Rouzer.

The letter was co-signed by North Carolina Republican Reps. It is that reason, according to his office, Jones refrained from signing the letter.

"There is little question that the General Assembly, in restricting access to health care for North Carolina's most vulnerable populations, acted out of partisan ideology rather than concern for good governance", they wrote.

Medicaid covers about 1.8 million people in North Carolina: low-income children and some of their parents, the elderly and the disabled.

"Right now, North Carolina tax dollars are going to Washington, where they are being redistributed to states that have expanded Medicaid", Cooper said in the January 6 statement.

The political battleground over expanding the state's Medicaid program took a predictable federal turn Monday.



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