As of Dec. 1, 600,000 uninsured North Carolinians will become eligible for lifesaving health care. While the move is to be applauded, we should remember that the state “reformed” (privatized) Medicaid for those on the rolls already, and that lawmakers resisted taking this federal money for nearly a decade while thousands of poor and low-wealth people died from lack of care – at the rate of one or two every day.
This week, Hickory is one of three locations scheduled for hearings on redistricting in North Carolina. While the current redistricting plan can be aptly analyzed as a partisan power grab by the General Assembly’s Republican majority, its purpose and its effects are far more devastating. It is an immoral effort to dilute and silence the voices of people of color, low-income North Carolinians, and other marginalized communities, so that the General Assembly can continue its war on education and the environment, and against Black and brown folks, women, LGBTQ+ people, and the poor.