Raleigh – Access to health care is on the ballot this November, and Republicans are working overtime to deceive voters on their past positions to save their seats.
In an interview with WXII, Donny Lambeth tried to tout his position as the Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services as an example of his efforts to expand health care access to low income North Carolinians.
Lambeth forgot to mention that he voted against expanding Medicaid and against setting up a state-based health care exchange, two efforts that would lower costs and expand access. His position was so untenable that he later – and off-camera – admitted that a Republican-controlled General Assembly won’t expand health care access.
Nelson Dollar last month went even further to scrub clean his record on health care. More so than almost any single legislator, Dollar has been responsible for blocking Medicaid, writing several budgets that refused to expand health care to low-income North Carolinians.
Now, with his seat in jeopardy, he’s being dishonest about his record:
In an interview with The Washington Post, [State Rep. Nelson] Dollar also said he would vote to let North Carolina expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act — something he has opposed since Republicans took over in 2010.
Dollar once claimed that most people who would be covered by Medicaid expansion are “relatively healthy” and could always get care in emergency rooms. He also voted against expanding health care access.
Lambeth and Dollar aren’t suddenly converts to the benefits of expanding Medicaid – extending coverage to more than 600,000 North Carolinians, creating 40,000 jobs, and easing the burden on rural hospitals, like the one in Sen. Berger’s backyard that declared bankruptcy because of dwindling Medicaid reimbursements.
They’re trying to mislead voters on their record because of competitive challenges from strong Democrats. Like NC GOP Congressional incumbents, General Assembly Republicans are trying to pull the wool over voters’ eyes. It won’t work.
“Republicans across the state spent years blocking efforts to bring health care coverage to more North Carolinians. Now they’re trying to deceive voters because they know voters are ready to kick them out because they stood in the way of lower premiums and better care,” NCDP Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds said. “Republicans like Nelson Dollar and Donny Lambeth have for years blocked efforts to expand access to health care – and no election year back peddling can change that.”