A recent editorial in the Asheville Citizen-Times got me thinking. How will Dr. Jim Davis's vote to deny expanded Medicaid coverage affect citizens of Macon County. Surely a medical professional like Dr Davis would vote for the best interests of his constituents, or would he?
The N.C. legislature in its infinite wisdom voted to deny expanded Medicaid for the state. Basically, that will deny health insurance coverage to about 500,000 citizens of the state, cost the state about $1.3 billion in increased state domestic product, and create real financial difficulties for the state's health providers. Since this money comes from federal tax dollars, we as N.C. citizens have already paid our share of this money. Our tax money will now go to other states like New York. So how will this decision affect us living in Macon County?