As described in our report, Putting a Face on Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina, the consequences of refusing to expand Medicaid are many. They are certainly economic. The state loses out on billions of dollars of federal funding, thousands of new jobs, and the bountiful economic stimulus this activity creates.
But the true crisis is a personal one. Lives are stunted and cut short by the lack of access to health care. Our report includes interviews with doctors, patients and would-be patients who are witness to--and struggling with--the consequences of the state's decision to deny expansion. As Gene Nichol states, the decision to turn down Medicaid expansion, "touches, dramatically and unforgivingly, the fabric, character, dignity and humanity of North Carolina life."
Read op-eds on the harm done by the state's refusal to expand Medicaid by Gene Nichol, Dr. Charles van der Horst and NC Policy Watch's Chris Fitzsimon. This brief but pointed Vice News video explains the Medicaid gap and features a doctor we interviewed extensively for our report.