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The Old Bull Mooses in the State Senate had seen enough so they went on a rampage to repair Medicaid and, before they were done, they’d gored hospitals, doctors, the Governor and  just about everyone in sight except the people who’d written the budget that made them mad in the first place.

Surveying the carnage a reporter, respectfully, asked one of the Young Bulls, It appears to me you just passed a plan that ends care to 12,000 old and blind and disabled people – do I read that right?
The best answer the Young Bull could have given would have been to stop to explain why those blind people don’t need Medicaid.
A less happy (but still reasonable) answer would have been to explain why, even though they do need Medicaid, there wasn’t money to pay for it.
Instead, he said candidly, We didn’t cut care to 12,000 old, lame and disabled people – we only cut care to 5,300.
It was unfortunate.  It’s a safe bet every Republican Senator fighting a tough re-election campaign this fall is going to see that line again.
A moment later, the Young Bull must have felt a twinge of unease because he tried to put things in a better light but, instead, tripping over his own feet he turned a somersault head over heels, legs, hooves and tail flying.
A lot of the folks we’re cutting, he explained, won’t have a problem getting care because they can go on Obamacare.
That, of course, raised eyebrows.
Because the Old Bulls in the Senate are the most dead-set against Obamacare folks around. They voted down the Obamacare exchange. And killed President Obama’s Medicaid expansion, so the Young Bull’s answer didn’t quite ring true.
They’ve had a long and happy run ruling the roost in Raleigh but, this time, going on a rampage simply made the Old Bulls look ornery.



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One comment on “It Wasn’t 12,000 People…

  1. Anonymous says:

    All of this stuff about the old and the medically disabled somehow now not getting help because republicans are against expanding Medicaid and funding other programs is ludicrous. Did they get the help before Republicans came into power in NC? Of course not. Nothing has been taken away. And, the truth is, the reason for some of the cuts in funding for some of the medical help for many people that truly need it in North Carolina is because of the HUGE amount of money the democrats offered up to so many people that just didn’t deserve it in the first place. Much of what has been given out in this respect has been done for the sake of buying votes…it’s just true. Then, when there’s no money for those that actually DO need it, it’s all because Republicans are mean and cruel and don’t care about people.

    And, of course, the media and radical blog sites and even Facebook presents skewed and untrue so-called “facts” that make the low-information people believe it.

    America is becoming a country that is all about perception rather than truth.

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