We started this beautiful Friday morning off with our good friend Tim Boyum from Capital Tonight. It has been one year since the NC legislature passed HB2. We discussed the newest “repeal/replace” for HB2 and what the republicans are doing. The past year we have seen how difficult it is to reach a solution on HB2. Many conservatives do not see a clear problem the legislature needs to solve. We talked about the lack of leadership by the republicans and why republicans are not willing to talk about the HB2 compromise publicly. How can they expect to get a 61 votes when they themselves are so divided?
Before Tim and I turned our attention to the national scene, we had a little debate on whether or not HB2 has cost the state economically. Yesterday, the US House failed to hold a vote on the American Health Care Act. It is very similar to what we see happening with HB2. If the AHCA doesn’t pass, President Trump said they will move on to tax reform and other legislation.
We discussed a poll released by CIVITAS on North Carolinian’s views on HB2. 69% of people think HB2 is hurting NC’s economy. When told that hotel occupancy has actually increased, only 58% say HB2 has hurt the economy. When told that NC was ranked #2 for business and leads the nation in virtually every measurable economic way only 53% believe HB2 is hurting the state. In the absence of facts, people believe the left’s narrative about HB2.
We turned our attention to the GOP’s health care debacle. Yesterday, the vote was canceled and the President has stated he is done negotiating and ready to move on. However, several in the Freedom caucus aren’t ready to give in on “Obamacare lite.” With all the repeal/replace talk, there has been little discussion on the Obamacare backfire.
We went through a piece that explored how the overdose death rate in the 22 states that expanded Medicaid has increased. Death rates due to drug overdose and suicide after the expansion have accelerated. While it is true correlation is not causation, it is an interesting comparison. We do not know all the facts, which has caused this increase.