NC House Developing Plan If Medicaid Money Fails

House Democrats are sticking with their North Carolina state government budget for now even though the plan contains nearly a half-billion dollars in federal Medicaid dollars that may never arrive.

House Democrats said Tuesday they're developing a contingency plan to take care of any shortfall that may develop should Congress fail to approve $24 billion for states to extend a more generous Medicaid formula for six more months.

The U.S. House of Representatives last week approved a measure that left out the extra money. North Carolina's share would be $490 million.

House Speaker Joe Hackney said he's still optimistic Capitol Hill will approve the money since many states are counting on it.

The House will debate its spending plan this week.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 2, 2010 at 02:04 PM
    You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."* Adrian Rogers, 1931*
  • by Concerned Reader Location: Greenville on Jun 2, 2010 at 05:49 AM
    I agree that there are too many illegal immigrants here. There are too many lazy Americans that want a "free check" so they do not want to work. Cut out some of the money and they will go back to work then will not need as many illegal immigrants. Also the illegals are costing us alot of money with all the free stuff they get ie medicaid, wic, food stamps, housing, etc. Also they need to monitor the money that is paid out for medicaid--I recently reported 2 Personal Care Agencies for fraud and when I spoke to the state worker I did find out that they are going to get the money back --but just imagine the times that these places get away.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Jun 2, 2010 at 03:09 AM
    There are too many people who are capable of working, but don't, on Medicaid. Let them go to work and pay for their health care like I do. There are plenty of jobs being done by illegals I'm sure they can take if only the government would do it's job and deport them. The job might not be what they want to do but at least it's a job and would give them incentive to better themselves. Advocates for illegals argue they are only doing jobs American citizens won't do. If the "entitlement" money flow stops then Americans will go back to work, like it or not. BAM!! TWO problems solved!
  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Jun 2, 2010 at 02:30 AM
    Penny, as a state employee I'm already working around 50 hours per week and only paid for 40. But still, I'll support your plan IF the state wants to pay us the same as folks in the private sector.
  • by penny Location: pincher on Jun 1, 2010 at 06:22 PM
    simple budget plan....fire half of the state workers and make the ones left work 60 hour weeks. Thats what they do in the private sector.....
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 1, 2010 at 04:20 PM
    When is Raleigh going to realize, illegals cost this state a lot of money? No wonder they want to come here, drop a baby, time for a free ride! You and I will pay for it...so, expect taxes to go up...again..since last year. I have no problem with hispaics, I have a problem with them not paying into the system. Then, if they drop a baby, now a US Citizen, they are legal and we have to pay for it...nice. It ran Arizona in debt, California and many other states, they cannot afford it. At least Arizona is trying to do something about it and the president, who didn't even read the bill, is against it. Holder and Pelosi didn't read it...I guess they are above all that.
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Jun 1, 2010 at 04:19 PM
    This is the type of decision that is made in a post government bailout era. Why balance the budget; surely the money will come from SOMEWHERE...
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