Local activists pressure McCrory to act on Medicaid expansion

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Local activists are pressuring the governor to act on Medicaid on Thursday.

They’re coming together for a day of action, asking Governor Pat McCrory, “where’s the plan?”

Following a 2012 Supreme Court decision, North Carolina opted not to expand Medicaid, leaving 500,000 people without coverage.

McCrory originally said he’d make a proposal to close that gap after the Supreme Court ruled on provisions of the Affordable Care Act. That decision came down June 25, but McCrory still hasn’t acted.

Lawmakers opposed to the expansion say if we can’t afford our current Medicaid system, we shouldn’t be pursuing a bigger one.

Adam Linker is with the left-leaning North Carolina Justice Center. The group is coordinating the statewide Day of Action Thursday and says it’s time to move forward.

“500,000 people can’t wait in North Carolina. Rural hospitals can’t wait. Our economy can’t wait for some plan down the road. We need a plan now to expand coverage. And no state has expanded coverage without executive leadership,” Linker said.

The Day of Action is happening across the state Thursday. In Uptown Greenville, it takes place at 11 a.m. at Crave, the former Tipsy Teapot. The Justice Center invites anyone to attend.

WNCT will continue to cover this story, along with the governor’s response, if any.


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