Gov. McCrory Made the Right Decision on Health Exchange and Medicaid
Americans for Prosperity to discuss these policy issues at today’s 1:30 PM press conference
Raleigh, NC – Americans for Prosperity – North Carolina released the following statement in support of Governor McCrory’s decision not to create a state health care exchange or expand the state Medicaid program. AFP will discuss these policy issues and others in further detail at today’s 1:30 PM press conference at the State Legislatiive Building press room, joined by AFP President Tim Phillips and members of the General Assembly.
“We would like to congratulate Governor McCrory for his bold leadership with his announcement this morning to reject creating a state-based or federal partnership health insurance exchange and refusing to expand Medicaid,” explained Tim Phillips, President of AFP. “It is great to be in North Carolina, where the legislature and the new Governor are standing strong to protect taxpayers. These serious actions are being noticed across the country.”
Phillips continued: “As the President of Americans for Prosperity, a group dedicated to protecting taxpayers and advancing free market economics, we rarely see the type of bold leadership we are seeing here in North Carolina.
At every level of government, it is too easy for politicians to spend other people’s money. For far too long, states have fallen for the promises of “free” federal money ignoring the insidious federal strings and the long-term effects on state budgets. The Supreme Court ruled in June that the mandatory Medicaid expansion was a “gun to its [states] head.” It is refreshing to see North Carolina exercise the choice afforded to it by the Supreme Court.
By rejecting federal money for yet another extension of unemployment benefits, opting out of a state-based or federal partnership exchange, and declining to expand Medicaid, this General Assembly and Governor are serving as shining examples of the ways elected leaders need to address this nation’s spending and debt crisis. Our leaders in Washington should follow the example set by their North Carolina brethren.”