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In a press conference in Greensboro to announce NCLeftMeOut.org,
RALEIGH — A coalition of groups launched an effort Wednesday that is designed to put a face on their case to expand Medicaid in North Carolina.
And the face at a morning news conference was that of a Charlotte woman who said she would be one of the 500,000 people who would benefit from expansion.
Republican legislative leaders have declined to expand the federal health care program for the poor and uninsured. Under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government would pick up the costs for three years and most of the cost after that.
“We’re here to send a clear message that their dismissive attitude is out of synch with North Carolinians,” said Felicia Williams, associate campaign director for MomsRising.org.
Williams spoke for the coalition of progressive groups that includes Planned Parenthood, the state AFL-CIO, the NAACP and the League of Women Voters of North Carolina.
She and others were surrounded by posters citing figures from a George Washington University study paid for by the Cone Health Foundation and Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. The study found that North Carolina lost $2.7 billion in federal funding in 2014 and stands to lose $3.3 billion this year.
The study said expansion would create 43,000 jobs by 2020 and add over $1 billion in state and local tax revenue. And it said Mecklenburg County’s total economy by 2020 would be almost $1 billion less than it would be if Medicaid was expanded.
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