Raleigh, NC - The North Carolina State Senate voted on Tuesday night to reject a large expansion of Medicaid, one of the cornerstones of President Obama's healthcare reform law.
In a party line vote, the Republican lead Senate moved forward against reservations from Governor McCrory, who had asked for more time to consider the ramifications of the bill, including millions of dollars that will have to be given back to the Federal government.
Under the new healthcare law, the Federal government had given the state $74 million dollars to build a healthcare exchange that would allow people to compare prices and plans for health insurance.
Among the items in the bill passed by the State Senate, the state would turn over the responsibility of building the exchange to the Federal government, as a result requiring the state to return all of the money sent to build it.
The reason behind this, according to Dr. Jason Husser, Asst. Professor of Political Science at Elon University, is to send a signal to President Obama that Republican leaders in Raleigh will fight his agenda.
WFMY News 2