Gov Perdue Decides on State-Federal Health Exchange

Governor Bev Perdue today said it was her intent to form a state-federal partnership to run a health exchange under Obamacare. It was one of three choices, the others being a state run exchange or letting the federal government run it. She told a press conference she couldn’t speak for Governor elect Pat McCrory but the incoming executive said he had been talking to Perdue about a decision. Perdue said her decision would give the state a say…

Update: Governor elect Pat McCrory released a statement on Perdue’s announcement.

“Governor Perdue’s decision leaves flexibility for North Carolina in the future when it comes to the delivery of health care. I will be discussing this with more governors today, and will continue those discussions in the coming weeks to ensure the best results for North Carolina.”

Update: Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) issued the following response Thursday to Gov. Beverly Perdue’s press conference declaring her intent to establish a state-federal partnership exchange.

“Let’s set the record straight – it is not necessary or appropriate for Gov. Perdue to prematurely declare her intent to establish a state-federal partnership exchange.  The initial deadline for the state to make this declaration is February 15, 2013 – three months from today.  The voters elected a new legislature and governor last week and policy decisions of this magnitude should be left to them.”

Berger said he thinks it was reasonable for Perdue’s administration to apply for federal grants to keep the state’s options open, as long as it does not frivolously spend the tax dollars until the new leaders determine the next steps.

State House Speaker Tom Thillis spokesman Jordan Shaw sent an email with the Speaker’s position on Perdue’s decision.

Speaker Tillis had a conversation with Gov. Perdue about this latest step in a long process.  He looks forward to working with Governor-elect McCrory, Sen. Berger and other officials over the months ahead to make the best decision for North Carolina taxpayers.

That leaves the door open for the new Governor and the legislature to make the final decision on the health exchange and the possible expansion of Medicaid. Legislative leaders said during the last session of the General Assembly they did not want to expand Medicaid. So those decisions will be important priorities when the new session begins in January.

McCrory had not released a statement at the time this was posted. When he does we will update this post.

CBO Report Shows ObamaCare Will Cause Massive Future Budget Deficit

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its new 10 year baseline, which shows “daunting economic and budgetary challenges” facing the United States.  Without change, the nation could potentially face a Greece-like economic crisis according to Heritage budget expert Brian Riedl.

One such policy driving the deficit is the “doc fix.” Ever year, doctors are scheduled to receive severe pay cuts under Medicare, which threaten seniors’ access to care. As a temporary fix, Congress continually passes a fix to delay the cuts. The CBO warns if the cuts are extended indefinitely, deficits from 2012 through 2021 would average about 6 percent of GDP.

Federal spending on health care is also a prime culprit in the future bankruptcy of our country. According to the CBO:

Spending on the government’s major mandatory health care programs—Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and health insurance subsidies to be provided through insurance exchanges—along with Social Security will increase from roughly 10 percent of GDP in 2011 to about 16 percent over the next 25 years. If revenues stay close to their average share of GDP for the past 40 years, that rise in spending will lead to rapidly growing budget deficits and surging federal debt.

As America continues to face economic instability, ObamaCare seeks to expand our deficit by billions each year.  A federal healthcare law devastating the US economy, further spiraling America into an uncontrollable debt, surely cannot lead to a path of prosperity and “quality” healthcare access for all.