Expanding Medicaid has been a top priority for Democratic Gov.
The issue has been hotly debated and rekindled long-held animus among diehard conservatives over the Affordable Care Act, driven by lingering opposition -- and in some cases downright resentment -- of former President
But at what point do we forsake political stubbornness and divisiveness and look at what's best for our residents as a whole?
The Affordable Care Act gives states the option to expand Medicaid eligibility. It's an effort to close a widening gap in health care coverage.
The ACA initially mandated that all states cover people who have incomes that are too high to qualify for Medicaid but still cannot afford adequate health insurance. But the law was altered following lawsuits and a 2012
We're not talking about freeloaders taxing the system. We're talking about working families in low-income jobs who don't have access to adequate health care for themselves and their children. Cooper says many of these families come from rural areas.
And, not only are we hurting the working poor in
Like it or not, the Affordable Care Act is what we are operating under now. With no alternative yet in sight, it makes sense to allow the current system to help as many people as it can. It makes no sense to be against the expansion. As Cooper said on a recent visit to
It's should not be an issue of left or right. It should be a human issue, an issue of life and death, both for rural hospitals and the working poor. It's time to take the politics out of health care and come together for all North Carolinians.
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