After passing into law in 2010, health reform, often called Obamacare by supporters and detractors alike, faced two existential threats. The question of whether the law would stand or fall was first put to the U.S. Supreme Court and then it was put to the electorate. Through both tests, Obamacare survived.
Now that the fog of election season has cleared we can see that the nation will move forward with health reform. That means that the state, and we as the community of Pitt County, must answer two questions of our own. First, will we take full advantage of the benefits of reform? Second, will we take control of how health reform is implemented in North Carolina?
We must consider these questions now because state legislators will take them up when they reconvene in January of next year.
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