While Medicaid expansion has been floated as a potential way to improve health care in North Carolina, it never really works out the way its proponents anticipate.
Medicaid expansion nearly always comes with heftier costs than the government plans. Beyond that, it tends to crowd out services for the truly needy by adding able-bodied adults with no children to the Medicaid pool — an effect that runs directly counter to Medicaid’s original purpose.
If North Carolina is serious about improving the state of our health care, our legislators should instead encourage pivotal innovations like telemedicine and direct primary care — and consider reforming scope of practice laws — which would be much more effective than Medicaid expansion.
Tell legislators to oppose Medicaid expansion and find better ways to increase health care access in North Carolina.