Perdue announces Obamacare partnership

By on November 17, 2012

Outgoing Gov. Bev Perdue announced Thursday the state will establish a partnership with the federal government to support implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as “Obamacare.”

Perdue signaled her support of the grant application to begin North Carolina’s health care exchange planning process.

According to a news release, her decision gives North Carolina input and a degree of control over the health care decision-making process and provides greater flexibility for the incoming administration.

Perdue notified Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, legislative leaders and Governor-elect Pat McCrory about her decision to choose the state-federal partnership model for expanded health care.

“North Carolina is moving forward with implementing a process that provides much needed health insurance for every citizen,” Perdue said in the statement.

“It is critical for our state to participate in decisions that affect our state’s citizens,” Perdue said.

“We will not cede total control to the federal government. It remains my goal to pursue a state-based plan,” said Perdue, who did not seek a second term this year.

Under North Carolina Session Law 2011-391, the N.C. Department of Insurance and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services are charged with collaborating and planning in the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

The Department of Insurance is the lead agency in planning North Carolina’s work regarding a Health Insurance Exchange.

Thursday was the deadline for states to submit grant applications for two of the three options available, full state control or a state-federal partnership.

North Carolina missed the opportunity to set up a state-based exchange by 2014, since the legislature did not act on the issue during the last legislative session, said the statement.

North Carolina will collaborate with the U.S. Department of Human Service’s Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight in establishing a Health Insurance Exchange, which the governor said will expand access to health care coverage for hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians.

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Bob Samuels

November 21, 2012 3:50 pm

Continued – I question his (Robert’s) vote on “Citizen’s United”. Campaign spending is ridiculously out of control!

Bob Samuels

November 20, 2012 5:35 pm

Vballer – I never said the Federal Government; States have government as well, and Perdue’s proposal is to allow greater state control over Washington’s bureacratic decision making – once again a good idea no matter how you feel about ObamaCare.
Ongar – touche on the tax issue, however, here’s an interesting site you and many of the folks on the right should check out:
The Supreme Court has made a number of poor decisions throughout history (Dredd Scott, Plessy V. Ferguson, Bush V. Gore and Citizen’s United to name a few). Before being appointed to Chief Justice by George W. Bush, John Roberts argued more cases before the Supreme Court as a lawyer, than any other previous justice. I believe he knows Constitutional law. His legacy of interpreting it properly (instead of through political pressure) will be assisted by this decision.


November 20, 2012 4:33 pm

Good move. Lacking a single payer healthcare system, this is about as good as we can hope for right now The ACA provides for broader access, lower cost and improved medical outcomes. If anyone is against this then hopefully they have a good insurance plan because they should have their heads examined.

KDH Rezident Evil

November 20, 2012 10:49 am

Two numbers you naysayers need to remember:
332 206
If Obamacare was that bad, if it was so detrimental to our country, there would not have been such a crushing defeat of the Mitt. Rational people have looked at it and decided it isn’t such a bad thing afterall. There will be kinks to work out and like those other programs, changes will be made to improve it. But just like Social Security and Medicare before it, Obamacare will be opposed, will be implemented, and will become the new norm.

Anyone want to bet it will be a C-list campaign issue in 2016, if that?


November 20, 2012 4:06 am

@Bob Samuels

“How come all of you folks attacking Obamacare never whine and moan about paying automobile insurance which is also mandated by the government?”
Obamacare is NOT insurance! The supreme court said so themselves! It is a TAX!!! The minimum assessment for those without the govenment mandated insurance from a private corporate entity will be $695 per person (but no more than $2,085 per family) in 2016, when fully phased in. The government doesnt tax you extra for not having car insurance now do they!?

“Constitutional interpretation of ObamaCare was decided earlier this year by the Supreme Court”
The supreme cort also ruled that black people were not considered human, women didnt have the right to vote, and that prohibition was constitutional. Just becasue they say its constitutional doesnt mean it is.


November 20, 2012 12:06 am

Bob, get a grip bud, that argument has not held up in the past 3yrs!!! The Federal Govt DOES NOT dictate auto insurance the states do! That is your civics lesson for the day! Bev is going to fight to the end with stupid mother hen mentality that the typical liberal believes that they know what is better for you than you do! That, is NOT the American way!

Bob Samuels

November 19, 2012 8:47 pm

How come all of you folks attacking Obamacare never whine and moan about paying automobile insurance which is also mandated by the government?
I believe Governor Perdue did the right thing by being proactive about this situation. Rather than having Washington call all of the shots, this gives NC a greater voice in the process. Gov. elect McCrory should thank her for her actions.
Tanya, Constitutional interpretation of ObamaCare was decided earlier this year by the Supreme Court, with Chief Justice John Roberts casting the tie-breaking vote supporting it’s constitutionality. In addition, if the Supreme Court left interpretation of the tenth amendment up to the states, we’d probably still have slavery in the south.


November 19, 2012 8:21 am

Where is the single payer system? Did the Conservative Heritage Foundation come up with the individual mandate?


November 18, 2012 8:08 pm

Just something else we can undue once she’s gone.


November 18, 2012 1:15 pm

Dont worry it aint gona happin


November 18, 2012 11:36 am

Nullify Now! NC businesses and residents can’t afford this tax hike!

Johnny Cyclone

November 17, 2012 10:53 pm

Purdue sells out NC…again.


November 17, 2012 4:28 pm

ontherite, while I don’t agree with Obamacare, all states are being forced to implement it regardless of who’s the governor, so it’s not her fault.

Oh Please

November 17, 2012 1:51 pm

Adding to what I just said…almost every UNION as well as many large business, plus many US States applied for and received WAIEVERS. They realized just how costly OBUMMERCARE was going to be. Bev were you absent from school the day they taught addition and subtraction?

Oh Please

November 17, 2012 1:46 pm

Thank you so much to the Chicken Lady for her tireless efforts and supreme sacrifice for buying into the OBUMMERCARE lies. I so look forward to my health insurance rising even more than it has since it OBUMMERCARE went into effect. Don’t let the door hit you on your way out!


November 17, 2012 12:01 pm

thanks sooooo much bev…..NOT

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