North Carolina Becomes Next Obamacare Battleground State
North Carolina was awarded a $74 million grant to help with the creation of a health insurance exchange, a marketplace for individuals and small businesses to purchase insurance that’s part of the Affordable Care Act.
The money is part of $1.5 billion in exchange establishment grants offered to 11 states by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and is designed to help ready the exchanges for use in 2014.
Before McCrory’s final decision, Republican lawmakers are making attempts to water down the state’s participation in the ACA as well. N.C. House Republican Leader, Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam said recently that removing the abortion provisions in ACA are being looked at seriously.
“There is a law being drafted to remove abortions from the health care exchange,” the Apex Republican said, adding that such a proposal likely would be introduced in the Senate. He said a “sex-selection” law is another strong possibility. “In North Carolina you can get an abortion for any reason, including sex-selection abortions,” Stam said. “That’s something we’ve got to deal with.”
The Impact of Obamacare on SeniorsLike most seniors, Ann Lorenz relies on Medicare as she copes with serious health care challenges, including Parkinson's Disease. Ann sees a number of doctors and depends on a variety of prescription drugs and therapies to stay independent. She worries that Obamacare threatens her access to doctors, treatment options and insurance plans - and her neurologist shares her concerns.
The SolutionGive seniors greater choice of doctors, private health plans, and services under Medicare.
- Nearly one-quarter of all seniors rely on Medicare Advantage, the private health care option in Medicare. However, Obamacare makes such deep cuts to that program that half of those covered will no longer be able to keep the coverage they have.
- New taxes on drug companies ($27 billion) and medical device makers ($20 billion), as well as new reporting requirements and regulations imposed on physicians, will make access to health care and services more costly and difficult for seniors under Obamacare.
- THIS INFORMATION IS PULLED TOGETHER WITH HASTE, AND WITH DIRE CONCERN OVER HOW OBAMA’S MISGUIDED, INSIDIOUS SCHEMES WILL IMPACT AMERICA – SENIORS IN PARTICULAR AS SOON AS IT IS ACTIVATED. TO BLOCK IT IS FAR MORE EFFECTIVE AND CERTAIN THAT TO DISMANTLE IT AFTER IT IS LAUNCHED.