N.C. gov­er­nor says he will ig­nore state law pre­vent­ing Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion

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North Carolina’s new Demo­cratic gov­er­nor says he’ll seek to ex­pand Med­i­caid even though a state law pre­vents him from seek­ing ex­pan­sion uni­lat­er­ally.

Gov. Roy Cooper said he would file pa­per­work with fed­eral reg­u­la­tors and that the state law in­vades the gov­er­nor’s “core ex­ec­u­tive au­thor­ity.”

A 2013 state law ap­proved by for­mer Repub­li­can Gov. Pat McCrory and GOP leg­is­la­tors de­clares that North Carolina won’t ex­pand Med­i­caid and says the Gen­eral Assem­bly must sign off on any pro­posal by state of­fi­cials to do so.

Cooper’s an­nounce­ment comes as Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump and Repub­li­can con­gres­sional lead­ers took the first steps at re­peal­ing Obama’s sig­na­ture health­care re­form law.

Repub­li­can State Se­nate leader Phil Berger called Cooper’s plans a “brazenly il­le­gal at­tempt to force” Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion upon state tax­pay­ers.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper

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