Governor McCrory Uninterested In Medicaid Expansion Session

Gov. Pat McCrory says he's not interested in bringing North Carolina legislators back to Raleigh to consider expanding Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul law.

McCrory said Monday that calling a special session on the topic was "out of the question." He made the comment after some Democratic lawmakers and liberal-leaning groups requested he do so to cover more people.

They held a news conference Monday in front of the Legislative Building and said they want McCrory to call lawmakers back to Raleigh to initiate the expansion to hundreds of thousands of people.

Sen. Mike Woodard of Durham says the decision was short-sighted and is hurting North Carolina's uninsured and hospitals. Woodard says other states are taking advantage of a federal injection of money by expanding Medicaid.

Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis say the advocates should be in Washington protesting the overhaul law if they are serious about wanting to reduce health care costs.

The Republican governor agreed with GOP legislators last winter with legislation blocking the expansion to cover hundreds of thousands of additional low income people. He reiterated Monday that he wants to repair problems to the current Medicaid system and doesn't want to risk further budget shortfalls with an enrollment spike.