|By Wes Wolfe, The Free Press, Kinston, N.C.|
The bill to prohibit state government involvement in the Affordable Care Act -- commonly known as "Obamacare" -- and to reject any expansion of
And it's only the third official day of the 2013 session of the
Thursday morning, the
Apodeca is a primary sponsor of the bill, as are Sens.
Apodeca explained that in the Republican majority's belief, it was better for the federal government to run a state health benefit exchange if it wishes, instead of the state dealing with all the strings and constraints that come with operating under the federal government's parameters.
"I think we still have states' rights, and as well as I recall, we're supposed to," said Pate, whose district includes a large portion of
SB 4 would also block the ACA's federal expansion of
Brown, whose district includes part of
"The only way most hospitals can survive today are people with insurance who can offset some of the
Brown went on to say the state budget couldn't handle it either, adding, "Look at what happened last year. We had about a
"Now we're talking about expanding things, and I've seen numbers that say it may impact our budget by a billion dollars. Can anybody tell me where you're going to find a billion dollars to offset that expansion in our budget today?"
After about 30 minutes, the question was called and the Insurance Committee reported the bill back to the
"I sat through the committee, and this thing seemed to be on the pretty fast track. You either jump on or the train keeps on moving," Davis said. "Right now, I think it would be good if we could slow the train down and have honest debate and discussion about it, and its impact especially on rural communities, such as
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