Berger's cold-blooded approach to Medicaid

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.


Hat-tip to Chris Fitzsimon,

and all the other folks at NC Policywatch. Your diligence and wisdom is needed now more than ever.

What he said

Chris and co. at NC Policywatch are invaluable. Keep up the great work folks!

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Makes me angry, too

And it doesn't help to see that smug look on his face. If you're going to shove tens (or hundreds) of thousands of people out of the doctor's office, at least show a little contrition. But no, he acts like he's doing somebody a favor. Makes me sick.

In fact

it will cost up to 1,145 lives per year. Berger doesn't care about that, because a whole lot of those people aren't able to vote.

It also will cost NC businesses about $100 million per year, which you'd think Phil would care about, but all he really cares about is proving that he hates, hates, hates Obama and punishing people.

Phil insists that a budget deal must cause thousands of very unfortunate people to suffer horribly and that teachers must give up due process in exchange for bribes.

Phil Berger ain't very nice (scroll down to August 9 entry).

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

The sad truth is

that North Carolina appears to be underwater (budget wise) than previously thought (unless you've slept through the time frame of the Republican controlled NC General Assembly.) Medicaid, along with most other health programs in the state (as well as other states) can easily be Googled as to what portion is paid, not by the state; but the federal government. Of course not accepting Medicaid funding (as right-wing, I hate Obama) truthers, associated right- wing ingnoramus(s), and infantile, tooth-picking puppets (Thom Tillis) allows North Carolinians (you know who you are; smile like a horse eating briars through a fence) to help the likes of Mississippi.