Approximately 1.5 million people in North Carolina are uninsured. This comprises 19% of the state's non-elderly population. Many of these individuals work low paying jobs with few, if any, benefits. Their income goes toward paying basic living expenses (food, rent/mortgage, utility bills, automobile-related expenses, student loan payments, child care, etc.) and far too many live from paycheck to paycheck. On March 6, 2013, Patrick Lloyd McCrory, North Carolina's governor, signed Senate Bill 4 that rejected the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid for the state of North Carolina. Contrary to popular belief, most of these individuals are not lazy freeloaders who do not want to work. The vast majority are employed but are not paid a living wage. They live at or barely above the poverty line. This often results in their inability to afford medical treatment. They are employed as domestic workers, retail workers, janitors, busboys, waiters, waitresses, farm workers, fast food workers, home health aides, etc. and are in desperate need of health care. Providing affordable health care for the low-income will not explode the the deficit of either the state of North Carolina nor the United States of America. War spending and tax cuts for millionaires/billionaires did that.
Thousands of people die every year because they lack access to health care. If you are truly pro-life, you will try to preserve the life of all people, not just the unborn. Accept the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid and help save lives.
There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.
In memory of the late Mrs. Annie R. Wilson (1942-2004). Low-income domestic worker who did not have health insurance. She was a native of Columbus County, NC, which presently ranks as the state's unhealthiest county. 22% of Columbus County's residents are currently uninsured. In late 2004, she suffered a massive heart attack. While recovering at the Medical University of South Carolina, she fell from her bed in the intensive care unit. The fall resulted in her lapsing into a coma from which she never recovered. She passed away on December 29, 2004.