Balancing the budget on the backs of the poor:
The 2011-12 state budget cuts about $350M from the program. But because federal dollars match state spending 2 to 1, the resulting loss to NC’s Medicaid services is about $1B. Officials expect program rolls, now at 1,500,000, will add another 100,000 by 2013 – a growth rate of about 6.6%. During the same biennium, program funding is slated to shrink by $2 billion, or about 7.8%.
Hat-tip to Laura Leslie. Sometimes there's a fine line between austerity and irresponsibility, and it's not always evident the line's been crossed. But these actions are way beyond that, into the realm of criminal negligence with the intent to do harm. The word "shame" doesn't even cover it.