Doctors weigh in on Obamacare's future in NC

February 11, 2013 3:35:19 PM PST
Gov. Pat McCrory and Republicans in the State House aren't on the same page quite yet about the Affordable Care Act . It seems like doctors in our state are just as split.

In their  lab coats, doctors lambasted the Republican plan.

"[It's a ] travesty of justice. I call it malignant neglect," said one doctor.

The negative prognosis is over the GOP-backed plan to block a federally-funded expansion of Medicaid in the state. Senate Republicans passed the bill last week as a very public rejection of President Obama's health care law.

The expansion would have provided health insurance to nearly 500,000 low-income uninsured North Carolinans.

"Those uninsured patients are still going to come to our emergency rooms," said Charles . "They're still going to get admitted to our hospitals. Only who's going to pay for it, you and me!"

Republicans in the senate voted to block the Medicaid expansion. They insisted the state can't count on the federal government to keep its promises to cover the majority of the price tag.

However, the bill's not moving as fast in the house because of McCrory's unanswered concerns about the impact on future Medicaid funding.

"The question is how the money is being spent," said Rep. Jim Fulghum, a Wake County Republican.

Fulghum is not just a GOP house member. He's a brain surgeon.  Curious to hear what the doctors downstairs had to say about his party's plan, Fulghum took the news conference in for himself.

This loyal Republican and man of medicine is still making up his mind.

"We need to say fiscal policy people come talk to us. Tell us the impact," said Fulghum. "We haven't had those discussions on the house side and we will."

The bill may be moving slower, but it is still moving forward. It is slated for debate Tuesday in the House Health Committee.

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