On Day One of the new legislative session in North Carolina, it’s clear who will be in charge of the asylum, and it’s not the governor.
I never thought of Pat McCrory as a moderate, but I suppose “moderate” is relative when you’re talking about the right-wing nuts in the General Assembly and their agenda.
I e-mailed McCrory last week and the week before, asking for him to agree to expand Medicaid. But now it appears that the nuts in the Assembly are considering a law that would make it illegal to comply with the federal Affordable Care Act.
Now, they can’t do that, of course. I mean, they can pass a law, but it won’t be legal because state law can’t supersede federal. Still, it sends the powerful message that these people are extremist and we won’t be able to reason with them.
What’s worse is that we’re stuck with them for the next two years because North Carolina has no provision for recalls.
And it’s not just anti-healthcare laws they want to promote; they want to enshrine the state’s regressive right-to-work laws in the Constitution the way they did with their anti-marriage-equality stance.
They want to reduce unemployment compensation to the point people who lose their jobs will have no means to pay their bills, even for a couple of months.
Apparently, they’re introducing these bills without even talking to Gov. McCrory.
I foresee a really nasty couple of years ahead, and I can only hope we can unseat the bastards then.
Leslie Boyd, a former newspaper reporter, is president of the health care advocacy nonprofit, WNC Health Advocates, founded in memory of her son, who died in 2008 because he couldn't access health care. E-mail her at leslie at lettersfromtheleft dot com or follow her on Twitter @leftyletters1, visit Letters from the Left on Facebook. For more information about WNC Health Advocates or to read Boyd's health care blog, visit wncha.org.