In my business I deal with many people who are at the bottom of the economic ladder. For them one car breakdown or one illness can mean financial disaster. Often it means the loss of a job, and any hope of climbing out of poverty. When Jim Davis and Governor McCrory denied over half a million N.C. citizens 100 percent federally paid for Medicaid coverage, they guaranteed that many of those 500,000 citizens would never climb out of poverty and that some of them would die.
When asked to justify this callous and spiteful act they argued that it was necessary because of the terrible state of the existing Medicaid program in N.C. As proof of this they cited a state audit of the North Carolina Medicaid program. The governor claimed that the audit showed high administrative cost, management problems and serious budget overruns in past years. As a result the governor said that N.C. was in no position to accept any more Medicaid recipients.