Is Signing a Petition Pleading McCrory to Expand Medicaid Prudent? (Or Just Great Propaganda?)
Despite, Governor McCrory’s hint a few days ago toward Medicaid reform, not Medicaid expansion, today, on Facebook, I noticed a virtual Petition circulating. The Petition is asking Governor McCrory to please expand Medicaid. I’ve copied the Petition’s language below, as well as, provided you a link in case you want to sign the Petition. For ease of reading this blog, I have italicized the actual Petition.
By Action NC (Contact)
To be delivered to: Pat McCrory, Governor
Gov. McCrory, the power to fundamentally change the health care system in our state is in your hands. By expanding Medicaid, low-income North Carolinians will have access to health coverage, and there is potential to undo the profound health disparities in our state.
As it stands, North Carolinians who are uninsured are likelier to develop serious health complications or die younger from diseases that are all too often preventable. By gaining health insurance through Medicaid, we would add health coverage for more than half-a-million North Carolinians within five years who otherwise would remain under insured.
We urge Gov. McCrory to implement the Medicaid Expansion for low-income individuals under the Affordable Care Act so that all of our state can remain healthy and strong.
End of Petition.
Period. That’s it. The end. That’s the extent of background information provided before the Petition expects, or the authors of the Petition, expect people to electronically sign their names. And people have. 4512 people have signed the Petition….and climbing.
Shoot, if that was all the research I did (merely reading the Petition Background) I would probably sign it too. I mean, who doesn’t want “half-a-million North Carolinians” to get health care coverage? Who wouldn’t want “all of our state to remain healthy and strong?” I want half-a-million of North Carolinians to have health care coverage!! The difference is that I want the health care coverage to be as good as private insurance. So, sadly, we need to be realistic.
Readers: BEWARE! Expanding Medicaid will not make our state healthy and strong. Expanding Medicaid will not provide half-a-million NC residents quality health care (Note, I said quality health care, not health insurance….HUGE difference).
I think what upsets me so much about this Petition is that it is propaganda. It appeals to emotion, not facts. Reading the Petition incites emotion. Most humans, I hope, want to help other humans. If all I did was read the Petition, the Petition would bear my name. So, in a way, the Petition is only disclosing partial facts. Hence the definition of propaganda.
Propaganda is defined as:
Historically, the Nazis were the best with propaganda. TThe Nazi’s used propaganda to incite anger toward Jews and create a feeling of superiority in whites. As you can see, propaganda is not always a good thing. To me (maybe not the Webster’s definition), propaganda is any misleading political information that incites emotion with zero basis in fact.
According to the Petition, “there is potential to undo the profound health disparities in our state.” (If we expand.) Wrong.
If North Carolina accepted the expansion of Medicaid, yes, approximately 700,00 more North Carolinainas would have health care coverage under Medicaid. However, the “profound health disparites in our state” will be exacerbated.
Let me explain:
Already today, approximately 60% of physicians and health care providers in North Carolina do not accept Medicaid. What does that mean? Why is that important? If you have Medicaid and cannot find a physician to provide care to you, what good is the Medicaid card?
If a health care provider does accept Medicaid, that health care provider is being compensated at a severely lower rate than what a Blue Cross would compensate. Just thinking logically, do you think that health care provider is providing equal service to the person with Blue Cross versus the person with Medicaid?
Fact: Some Medicaid recipients are unable to locate any health care provider to provide health care to them unless they drive hours to a non-rural county.
Question: Logically, if we add 700,000 more North Carolinians on Medicaid, do you think that the Medicaid recipients will have an easier time or a harder time locating physicians or health care providers?
The fact of the matter is that the Petition SHOULD have stated, something to this effect, sign here if you want more people to be eligible for Medicaid, but less Medicaid recipients to receive quality health care. My question is doesn’t Medicaid recipients deserve quality care?
If you agree, sign here:
Posted on February 5, 2013, in Division of Medical Assistance, Medicaid Expansion, Medicaid Recipients, Medicaid Reform, Medicaid Reimbursement, NC DHHS and tagged Facebook, McCrory, McCrory Stores, Medicaid, Nazi, North Carolina, Pat McCrory, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.