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Re: “Medicaid expansion the wise and moral choice for our state,” by Jean Farmer-Butterfield, Saturday:
I appreciated the public response that Jean Farmer-Butterfield made concerning my question for her on Medicaid expansion in North Carolina.
She did acknowledge the fact that the state of Kansas was in financial trouble, and so therefore, Kansas had to have the federal government bail them out to provide Medicaid expansion. The state of North Carolina doesn’t need that support at this time because we have been fiscally responsible and don’t need the federal government to step in. You claim that the federal government would pay for 90% of the Medicaid expansion. Seems to me that you have been in Raleigh so long that you have forgotten where the money comes from that funds the federal government. It comes from the taxpayers. That would include me, my family, my neighbors and all the “working” citizens of our state and of the United States.
So, Medicaid expansion is not free. We, the working taxpayers, will still have to foot the bill, and most of us are saying no, we don’t want Medicaid expansion. If Medicaid is such a great deal, then I am assuming that you will publicly announce that you will be the first one to stand in line to give up your current health care package and accept Medicaid plan for you and your family. That I want to see!
Just because 35 other states have signed onto the Medicaid expansion doesn’t mean it’s right for North Carolina. Just because all of your neighbors are in debt and can’t pay their bills, it doesn’t mean we have to “keep up with the Joneses.”
You also claimed that the lowest 20% of taxpayers had their taxes raised. We know that the lowest 20% of taxpayers didn’t have their taxes raised. If those 20% are working, then they are only paying the required Medicare and Social Security taxes. They don’t pay income taxes in that bracket. And yes, they have to pay federal, state and local sales taxes like everyone else. Don’t forget, you and your fellow legislators have a hand in setting the state income tax rate and sales taxes.
Now to the second challenge about voter ID. I challenged you to bring forward people who are being discriminated against and are unable to obtain a valid ID to comply with the North Carolina voter ID law. So far you have failed to bring anyone forward, so your claim and the claim of the NAACP must be untrue. If that part of your claim is untrue, then how many other claims that you make are untrue?
If you make claims, you must be able to validate and confirm them to the voters, otherwise I and many other voters will have trouble believing what you say. As they say, the ball is in your court. The voters await.