In a June 9 letter, Diane New posed several old questions. Did she consider that the answers might conflict with Helen Mills’ narrative amid her permanent state Senate campaign?

Two queries address more state funding for Moore schools and more resources to battle opioids.

Schools: The current two-year Senate budget allocates $1.3 billion to education. The majority of state funding covers teacher pay/benefits and accounts for about two-thirds of Moore’s funding. Teacher pay will have risen seven consecutive years by 2020. This is not the result of a “bill.” This is responsible budgeting.

Opioids: Please Google HOPE Act and STOP Act. Both are law, taking dead aim at eliminating the scourge of opioids. Both were co-sponsored by Sen. Tom McInnis.

Then there was this: Where is a bill that expands Medicaid coverage in Moore? The Affordable Care Act incentivizes state’s Medicaid expansion by paying for 90 percent with federal dollars, for now. North Carolina did not participate in Medicaid expansion.

The left laments a so-called “coverage gap.” Yet, state Medicaid spending has increased from $2 billion to $4 billion since 2010 just to keep up with rising costs.

Expanding coverage is economically perilous. States which expanded Medicare are discovering this the hard way.

A solution would be relief for states by reallocating federal Medicaid payments as block grants.

Steve Woodward, Pinehurst

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