Nash board endorses Medicaid expansion – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: Now this is some great news especially coming out of Nashville NC.

NASHVILLE – The Nash County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to support Medicaid expansion.

If state leaders follow suit and agree to expand the federal program that covers health care costs for low-income families, North Carolina would see 43,000 new jobs and receive $21 billion in federal matching funds over the next five years, according to the resolution passed unanimously by county commissioners.

Commissioner Robbie Davis said Republicans on the board voted for the resolution because it was amended to include a call for Medicaid reform. (Source: Read more)

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Another Obamacare Win: Red State Montana House Passes Medicaid Expansion – Politicususa

Montana’s Republican-controlled House voted Thursday, 54-46, to approve federal subsidies for Medicaid expansion. Although Democrats are outnumbered 59-41 in the Montana House, a unified Democratic caucus joined forces with 13 Republicans who defected from their party’s leadership, to push Senate Bill 405 through the House chamber. The bill would expand Medicaid coverage to between 27,000 and 46,000 low-income Montanans who earn less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

All 41 House Democrats approved the Medicaid expansion. Republicans opposed it 46-13, but the 13 defectors were enough to tip the balance to pass the measure. House Republican leaders tried to kill the bill, but they were unable to keep their party unified in opposition. One defector, Rep. Geraldine Custer (R-Forsyth) argued in defense of the bill, noting that its main beneficiaries would be the working poor. Custer stated: (Source: Read more)

Kinston NC – Educational Forum & Community Conversation: Affordable Care Act Meeting in Kinston

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Educational Forum & Community Conversation: Affordable Care Act Meeting in Kinston

As the Affordable Care Act is being implemented in our state, North Carolina lawmakers have blocked the Medicaid program from being expanded. This means that 500,000 working adults remain uninsured this year.

Join us for a conversation in Kinston with the NC Justice Center, along with community partners to discuss:

1. the benefits of the Affordable Care Act

2. how Medicaid expansion would help your community

3. implementation of the online marketplace, including Special Enrollment Period and open enrollment

Help us spread the word and join us on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The event will be held at the Kinston Community Health Center, located at 324 North Queen Street in Kinston.
Click here to register, or call/email to reserve your place: Kinston Community Health Center, 252-522-4350, ext 252;  Nicole Dozier, 919-856-2146 or
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State should rethink Medicaid expansion – Rocky Mount Telegram

It certainly was encouraging to hear N.C. Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos tell a legislative committee last week that her agency is preparing information for Gov. Pat McCrory for possible options to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

McCrory and Republican legislative leaders last year rejected the expansion of Medicaid to more people under the federal health care overhaul, saying the state’s current system must be reformed first.

North Carolina’s $13 billion Medicaid program has been plagued by financial shortfalls for years, but Wos told lawmakers that the program had a $64 million cash balance at the end of the last fiscal year – setting the stage for possible expansion to include as many as 575,000 low-income, uninsured adults who earn too little to be eligible for federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act but too much to qualify for Medicaid as it currently is structured in the state. (Source: Read more)

State should rethink Medicaid expansion – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: This never made any sense and was only rejected because we have a black President. Because these ignants in NCGA rejected it, black, brown, white and other folks are suffering. The right thing to do is to go back and make it right. But then that ignant House Speaker Thom Tillis will say that our Governor that guy Pat McCrory is supporting our President. Hell it ain’t just about the President but it is all about doing what is right!

It certainly was encouraging to hear N.C. Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos tell a legislative committee last week that her agency is preparing information for Gov. Pat McCrory for possible options to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

McCrory and Republican legislative leaders last year rejected the expansion of Medicaid to more people under the federal health care overhaul, saying the state’s current system must be reformed first.

North Carolina’s $13 billion Medicaid program has been plagued by financial shortfalls for years, but Wos told lawmakers that the program had a $64 million cash balance at the end of the last fiscal year – setting the stage for possible expansion to include as many as 575,000 low-income, uninsured adults who earn too little to be eligible for federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act but too much to qualify for Medicaid as it currently is structured in the state. (Source: Read more)

Another ‘Red’ State Admits They Were WRONG About Obamacare, Quietly Accepts Medicaid Expansion

The Political Agitator response: Time will always take care of things. The problem I have with how things are played out is not from the point of how some white folks don’t want to do what is right but the problem I have is when Ignant A+s Safe Negroes sign off on their bullsh+t. But the same Ignant A+s Safe Negroes benefits from what is right but continue to walk around like they are on another level above most black folks. These Ignant A+s Safe Negroes can’t do sh+t for me but sit down and shut the hell up because I ain’t got to deal with them. When good white folks and good black folks begin to stand up for what is morally right then and only then will we move forward in the best interest of all folks. President Obama has tried to take this country to another level but he has been disrespected and the sad part is Ignant A+s Safe Negroes are in denial about what is going on around them.

Remember earlier this year, around the time news of the ACA roll-out’s success were starting to trickle in, when Republicans finally started revealing their true fears about it?

Rand Paul summed it up nicely:

“People get assumed and accustomed to receiving things, particularly things that they get for free.”

Or, to paraphrase: “We’re terrified people will like it, and then we’ll all look like idiots.”

After the roll-out, fully half the states in the U.S., all of them controlled by Tea-baiting GOP lawmakers refused federal funds to expand Medicaid in their states. A good move from a political demagogue’s point of view…maybe not so much for the people of those disproportionately impoverished states, who were left asking, “Why are we still dying because you won’t give us the medical care we’re legally due?

Of course, those with any degree of reason knew that that wouldn’t last forever, especially considering the fact that most of the poorest states in the Union are controlled by the GOP. Arkansas and Iowa were among the first opt-out states to opt back in under pressure from the public, adopting modified “private option” plans that can utilize the Medicaid money offered by the Fed to pay for or subsidize private insurance. (Source: Read more)

GOP mayor: Expand Medicaid or ‘more will die’ A mayor in NC tells fellow Republicans, “You can’t let hospitals close and people die to prove a point.” Ari Melber talks to Rev. William Barber and Jonathan Gruber–MBNBC

TONIGHT AT 10PM ON MSNBC the Republican mayor of Belhaven will be back on The Last Word discussing the need for Medicaid expansion.

GOP mayor: Expand Medicaid or ‘more will die’

A mayor in NC tells fellow Republicans, “You can’t let hospitals close and people die to prove a point.” Ari Melber talks to Rev. William Barber and Jonathan Gruber. (Source: Read more)