Gov. Roy Cooper is wrong, absolutely wrong.

He has told the General Assembly that he’ll veto the state budget, holding it hostage, unless legislators agree to expand Medicaid.

Pointing out that in early May the Charlotte Observer editors discussed this possibility if Medicaid wasn’t expanded, N.C. Sen. Harry Brown of Onslow County said yesterday they wrote:

 “… Democratic Rep. Darren Jackson of Wake County, said this week that Cooper will veto any budget that arrives at his desk without Medicaid expansion. The governor’s office is a bit more reticent — spokesman Ford Porter told the News & Observer that it’s too early for Cooper to commit to a veto, but that the governor ‘hopes to see those issues addressed’ before the House and Senate send a final budget his way.

“As for a Cooper ultimatum: We’re wary of officials holding one legislative item hostage for the sake of an unrelated item. Tempting as it might be for the governor to threaten a budget veto if Republicans don’t move toward Medicaid expansion, he should resist.”

This past week, said Mr. Brown, the Observer editors urged Mr. Cooper to be an outspoken advocate for Medicaid, but they opposed using the state budget as a club to stop progress.

“Frustrated progressives would like Cooper to veto any budget that arrives at his desk without Medicaid expansion,” said the editors, “but to this point the governor has been reluctant to take that stand. We agree with Cooper. We’re not fans of political ultimatums, nor holding legislative items hostage for the sake of another.”

So the Observer editors are saying move on.

To refuse to collaborate on the state’s $24 billion budget simply because the General Assembly hasn’t expanded Medicaid, an “unrelated item,” stymies priorities and hurts all North Carolinians. It’s a wrong-headed political stalemate going nowhere. For the good of the state, Mr. Cooper must negotiate and get a budget passed.

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David Collins

Why is this an issue complete with hand wringing and all that. Cooper is a duly elected lefty governor. With that comes all manner of give away programs. Programs that must be funded by folks that actually pay taxes. Giveaways buy votes. Period. Make no mistake, this is a huge giveaway with lasting consequences.

Crabpot

So David, if Medicaid is a "giveaway" what is Social Security, Medicare, FEMA assistance and beach renourishment?

NC-Native-Son

This medicaid expansion is for people who are working full time jobs but still cannot afford health insurance. How about we just shut down social security and medicare. I'll take care of my parents and you take care of yours. Old folks who have no kids will just have to keep working.

Osprey

Don't blame the Dems, McCrory was such a douchebag he lost the election for the republicans hence Cooper.

NC-Native-Son

Harry Brown is a complete (insert your favorite term for low intelligence) and so is our editor. They don't like something but are unable to articulate any rational reason for the dislike. My elementary grandchildren can put out a more rational argument.

David Collins

Medicare and social security are Earned Benefits, working folks contribute to the account . Working folks, get it !! FEMA and beach renourishment are something else that politicians have dreamed up. Not related at all. Guess you could call it , targeted vote getting. For more info,look it up. Certainly a scheme to counteract Mother Nature. 0K ?

Crabpot

Medicaid is an earned benefit for working people and those that don't have the luxury of working because they were born both into impoverishment or with a substantial disability. My uncle worked his entire life for Duke University at their on campus coal plant (which provided heat to the entire university). He developed diabetes and eventually had to have both legs amputated at the knees. He didn't make much in his profession but was eventually bedridden until he died and was on Medicaid the entire time. Maybe you should spend more time educating yourself. I'll let this comment speak for itself, "FEMA and beach renourishment are something else that politicians have dreamed up."

DeadBolt

Because i breathe American Air, i deserve everything FREE! [yawn]

David Collins

This uncle story must have happened a long time ago, if at all. Payroll deductions for Social Security and FICA have been around for more than a few rears. Impoverishment and substantial disability are pretty much the golden keys to the kingdom of welfare. Some live their entire lives on the public dole and even pass that key to their spawn.

Crabpot

Yes, it did happen along time ago. This sentence, "My uncle worked his entire life for Duke University at their on campus coal plant (which provided heat to the entire university)" should have been an obvious clue. I think I read somewhere that you mentioned that your daughter was a nurse. I'll bet you're so ashamed that she's probably had to take care of some of these leeches.

00rolf

Being an American is to: A: take care of your fellow citizens or; B: let your fellow citizens die in poverty from bad health that may be treated. B is the answer…

David Collins

I am not ashamed. Her choice, not mine and it comes with the territory. I would not last more than 30 seconds working there. Fired , even before my first cup of coffee , for certain . Yup, she has seen first hand the fleecing of the American taxpayers by those bent on handouts. They come from all manner of nationalities, races , and social economic backgrounds, all demanding a bite from the big apple that is America. Sadly, all these bites will soon leave nothing but the apple core.

David Collins

Oh my gosh ! I actually agree with OO . Yes we should indeed try to take care of our fellow CITIZENS . Of course there are limits to everything and all others pay cash .

NC-Native-Son

So you believe that social security and medicare are earned benefits. The medicaid expansion is designed for people who are working. ....

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David Collins

Son, sorry you were edited out but it happens. Medicaid, while it does give one a warm fuzzy feeling, is widely abused. You know, fraud and all that pesky stuff. Yup, folks are working for sure. The same ones that demand payment in cash are regular offenders, were the skin of the onion peeled back. Every locality has them with numbers rising. Those that chose to just live together, pop out babies without admitting legal parentage are some of the worst offenders. Harvesting a multitude of social benefits without contributing anything other than a bit of sales tax here and there. Medicaid just sweetens the pot, no pun intended. Sadly Medicaid pays the health care providers so little that the good ones have stopped accepting it. Not worth their time. That leaves the do gooders with second rate treatment but will guarantee their ticket into heaven. Just my take on all this but it comes from personal experience.

Core Sounder

I know several people that get SS and medicare that have never earned a paycheck in their life. They are called stay at home spouses. Our problem with medical care is the outrageous prices our prescription drug and hospital care cost each of us. Its almost as bad as the outrageous cost of getting and education. not to mention the 60K a year for each SRO officer to protect our schools. That's pretty good pay for less than a 10 month a year job and a load of days off during the school year

David Collins

Yes, stay at home SPOUSES can get SS and Medicare part A under certain conditions . Like all Govt. programs there are ifs and buts . If you had to give away a substantial part of whatever you produced , then the price for what you sold would have to go up , just to remain in business. The same goes for hospitals . Then there is the eye watering cost of Govt. regulations , requirements and lastly medical supplies . These are things that we seldom notice unless employed in the industry . Drug prices can be viewed as quite excessive but we as a nation have bought into the concept that there is a pill for everything and all lives are sacred and worth preserving , no matter the cost . I , for one , disagree with that train of thought . To darn many of us about to be special , unique or irreplaceable .

DeadBolt

Practice what you preach! Please list your mailing address so i can forward all my medical bills to those willing to pay! I beg of you, my fellow citizens! All of you taking care of your ,(well, there's your first clue of it's your subject, or less the you on the ladder ), 'CITIZEN'S, (a HUGE MISTAKE, BECAUSE NOONE BELONGS TO ANY OF YOU, WE IN THIS REPUBLIC ARE BORN FREE, you might want to remember that first rule), probably wouldn't allow someone in traffic squeeze in in a road scenario where there was a jam, hahahahahahahahaha. Leave your addresses please. (remember Uncle Sam is watching). ps....... i'd bet my life that all you do gooders would love to be removed of 40% of your current net worth , to take care of 'your citizen's' NOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT But, thx for the laugh. [beam]

DeadBolt

Wow, 2 days, and not 1 peep???????????? What happened to all the spreading of the wealth towards fellow citizen's?????????? Hypocrite Pickle Weasel PARTY MEMBERS. All you do gooders wouldn't even give a hungry neighbor a ham sandwich , i'd be willing to bet. [wink] Figures, like all other failed crummy policy/ ideals of your utopia. ps. see Collins, when its put up or shut up, they all go quiet, hahahahahah [yawn]

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