Putting the health and safety of NC citizens at risk:
Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger told WRAL-TV that any budget deal must not only include the Senate’s estimates of Medicaid costs but must also reduce the number of people who are covered by the program. Berger said the Senate wanted “reductions in the welfare spending that is ongoing at the present time.” Medicaid, the health care safety net for the most vulnerable people in North Carolina, is now welfare in Berger’s far-right view of the world.
The budget the Senate passed earlier this session would kick at least 5,200 aged, blind and disabled people off of Medicaid. More than 1,600 of them have Alzheimer’s or dementia and are in special care units, which to Berger must be a new fancy way of saying welfare.
Bolding mine. As the rollout of the ACA has shown, our current level of engagement in Medicaid is going to cost lives for the 500,000 or so folks who fall into the donut hole with no coverage. What Berger is trying to do will amp that number up significantly, costing even more lives. He's been out of control for some time, but now he's endangering people. Taking back the Senate is not just a political goal for the Democratic Party, it's a moral imperative.