Republican lawmakers say the bills reflect a desire to assert states’ rights and tell the federal government to “stay out of our business,” said Rep. Mike Hager, a top-ranking House Republican from Rutherfordton.
“I think at some point we’ve got to draw the line,” he said. “The 10th Amendment is in the Constitution, and we need to exercise our rights under the Constitution.”
Critics said the GOP is hurting working-class people, people without jobs, and the economy, all for the sake of ideology.
“The best I can read it, it’s an ideological play to their base,” said Sen. Josh Stein, a Raleigh Democrat.
Refusing to implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act places North Carolina within the sphere of states that have gone as far as they can to reject the law.
from the Raleigh N&O Thursday: