Contrary to State Rep. Jamie Boles’ opinion, Medicaid expansion will be a boon to both state and Moore County citizens and economies. According to a study by the Health Policy Research Center at George Washington University, between 2020 and 2022, Medicaid expansion will increase federal funding for N.C. by $11.7 billion and allow us to cover 600,000 fellow citizens who desperately need health insurance.
In Moore County more than 4,700 of our neighbors would be covered. This will generate about 37,000 new jobs and $600 million in tax revenues statewide. In our county they estimate 428 new jobs, $90 million in economic growth and over $1.2 million in additional tax revenues.
So what’s not to like? Boles says we’ll lose his pet projects for Moore, but that’s not true, as the governor, I understand has agreed to include them.
Having been in business for almost a half century, I can tell you that if someone proposed to carry 90 percent of the costs of reaching people who could not otherwise afford our services as the Feds will in Medicaid expansion, I would leap for it.
So what’s really going on here? How about politics and power? During Gov. Cooper’s first two years, when the legislature had the power to override a veto, they simply worked in smoke-filled rooms and did what they wanted. Now they can’t. The legislature’s intransigence to work with the governor has brought us to where we are.
We as a moral citizenry cannot have people sick and dying for a lack of health insurance. We should not deny ourselves the economic benefits of this proposal for politics. Dear legislators, work with the governor and get this done.
Andrew Hendry, Pinehurst