RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina legislators are renewing the fight over whether the federal health overhaul law now being rolled out is a common-sense effort to hold down medical costs or a march toward socialized medicine.
The state House on Wednesday tentatively approved legislation that would refuse federal dollars to expand Medicaid coverage to an estimated 500,000 low-income residents. The measure also leaves it to Washington to manage an online marketplace for private health insurance policies for those who now have the hardest time finding coverage.
The measure passed mostly along party lines. Republicans who want to limit the state's contact with President Barack Obama's health care law have a veto-proof majority. Final House approval is expected Thursday. The Senate passed an earlier version last week.