Governing Magazine: health care interests could drive political campaigns in N.C.

From Governing Magazine:

Many political analysts have indicated the Supreme Court decision specifically and health-care reform generally will impact the 2012 state elections. While the economy has consistently ranked as the most important issue for voters, a July 2012 Gallup poll found that 74 percent of Americans think making health care more affordable is “extremely or very important.”

In North Carolina, Gov. Perdue has taken some steps to implement the ACA, including applying for health exchange establishment grants (the state has received more than $14 million) and signaling that the state will pursue a dual-eligible demonstration project. Perdue has elected not to seek a second term, which leaves her lieutenant governor, Walter Dalton, facing off against former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory, the Republican nominee, for the governor’s office. McCrory said after the Supreme Court’s ruling that he would join other GOP governors, including Texas’s Rick Perry and Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, in opposing the Medicaid expansion. Dalton has not taken a definitive position, although he has generally been supportive of the law. Opinion surveys show that Perdue is deeply unpopular in North Carolina, but tracking polls between Dalton and McCrory indicate that the race is fairly close.


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