Roy Cooper has announced his intention to expand Medicaid by executive action. Expanding medicaid is not only illegal under existing state law, but is bad policy for the health of the truly needy.
North Carolina law states:
“No department, agency, or institution of this State shall attempt to expand the Medicaid eligibility standards provided in S.L. 2011-145, as amended, or elsewhere in State law, unless directed to do so by the General Assembly.”
Even worse, Medicaid expansion in NC would soon cost taxpayers $600 million per year, with more than 80% of this new entitlement going to able-bodied adults (mostly men), not children.
Expansion would cost NC thousands of jobs and force people into an over-crowded program that already produces poor health outcomes. The truly needy would suffer from crowding out caused by the flood of new enrollees.
In taking this action, Roy Cooper is violating state law and disregarding the taxpayers of North Carolina.
Tell Cooper: Follow the Law – No Medicaid Expansion!