Well, he did it! Governor McCrory actually signed the General Assembly Bill prohibiting both Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina and state participation in the Affordable Care Act.
This doesn’t mean that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is no longer the law of the land in North Carolina. It just means that fewer North Carolinians – especially those who live in low income households – will be able to reap the benefits of this new law by having paid health care insurance. And all of us will lose out as our leadership cavalierly rejects fifteen to twenty billion dollars in Federal Resources over the next 10 years and the health care jobs – estimated to be as high as 25,000 – that these dollars would fund.
What’s worse, North Carolina hospitals, especially those in rural areas, that have been counting on the Medicaid Expansion to increase resources, will have less money – starting in 2014 – to actually provide services. Some rural hospitals and community health centers may be forced to close. So thanks to our forward thinking legislature and Governor, North Carolinians will actually have less access to health care if this new state law is not turned around.
We can turn it around…
Every day. Keep writing those cards and letters to Governor McCrory. They make a difference. You can find his address and phone number on our website www.durhamdemwomen.org
Wednesday, March 13. Help us turn the General Assembly around too. Join us for a Phone Bank Wednesday March 13, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Beth’s house, 2212 W Club Blvd. We’ll be calling Democrats and Independents in districts with representatives who voted against Medicaid Expansion. We want to make sure they know about how their representative voted and urge them to do something about it! Please join us for the start of this very important campaign. Bring your cell phone and something to eat if you haven’t had dinner. You can park your car on Oakland, along Oval Park. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, March 16. Yes we can turn NC blue again. It’s the Democratic Women of North Carolina Region 7 Annual Meeting. Join Democratic women from Chatham, Franklin, Granville, Lee, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren Counties. We’ll hear from State Auditor Beth Wood about what’s going on in the Capital, elect new officers, and have a chance to strategize about what we can do together to turn NC blue. 10:00 AM- 12:00 noon at Pomodoro’s Restaurant, 1811 Hillandale Rd in Durham (entrance off Front St, at I-85). Stay for lunch. RSVP email@example.com
Sunday, March 17. Want to help stop fracking in North Carolina? Chatham County Democratic Women have invited us to a meeting “where we will have a thorough look at this environmental disaster in the making,” including comments by Elaine Chiosso, Haw River Association, and a discussion of S76, which lifts the moratorium on fracking. 3:00 PM at the Chatham Public Library off NC 87 in Pittsboro. For more information contact Bonnie Bechard at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, March 20. Time to Step Out and Stand Up with Other Women for Control Over Our Own Bodies. Join Democratic Women of North Carolina, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, Pro-Choice North Carolina, North Carolina NOW, and other organizations for a Not in HER Shoes Rally and Day of Action at 12:00 Noon at Halifax Mall just behind the General Assembly in Raleigh. Let’s make sure our voices are heard. And check out PP’s new Not in Her Shoes campaign athttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hVSFh__xss and www.notinhershoes.org
Tuesday March 12 is your chance to testify against the proposed new Voter ID Law. The House Committee on Elections is holding a Public Hearing at 4:00 PM to accept comment on these issues:
• Whether the requirement of a photo ID upon voting is good policy
• If required, the impact of the requirement of a photo ID on elections and other governmental services
• If required, suggestions and ideas of how to implement a requirement for photo ID, including how to assist voters in obtaining a photo ID
Go to http://www.ncleg.net/Applications/RTS/hce.aspx to sign up if you would like to speak at this meeting. Sign-up will close at 5:00 p.m. on March 11, 2013. Public comments will be taken on March 12, 2013 beginning at 4:00 p.m. in Room 643 of the Legislative Office Building. Audio of the meeting will be broadcast live.
Do you live in Precinct 39? Charlie Reece asked me to let folks know that the annual precinct meeting was delayed a week and will be held on Tuesday, March 12, at 7:00 p.m., at our precinct polling place, St. Stephens Episcopal. More information about the precinct meeting can be found at our new precinct website, http://www.durhamdems39.org.
We will be heard and together we will make a difference.
Sondra G. Stein
Durham Democratic Womenwww.durhamdemwomen.org
– Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.