I may be a little biased here but I’m proud that my new Gov. has seen fit to reject Obamacare’s state medicaid exchange:
THE HILL – North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R ) made clear Tuesday that he doesn’t want any part of the coverage expansion under President Obama’s signature healthcare law.
McCrory rejected the law’s Medicaid expansion and said he doesn’t want to work with the federal government to retain some control over his state’s insurance exchange. He’ll cede that power entirely to the Obama administration.
States that want to run their own exchanges entirely have already had to announce that decision. Those that didn’t want to take it all on themselves have until Feb. 15 to decide whether they’d prefer a “partnership” exchange or an entirely federal marketplace.
“There has been a lack of preparation within state government during the past year to build necessary and reliable systems to implement a state exchange,” McCrory said Tuesday as he rejected a partnership exchange.
The governor also said he will not take part in the law’s Medicaid expansion. The expansion is initially funded entirely by the federal government, but McCrory said he doesn’t trust Congress to follow through on that funding commitment.
“Due to the ongoing political uncertainty of the federal budget deficit, there is long-term concern regarding the federal government’s continuing of its obligation for matching funds under the terms of the Medicaid expansion,” he said in a statement.