The proposed House budget increases state Medicaid spending to $3.770 billion next year, a $240 million or 6.8% jump over the base budget . And then they hike Medicaid to $3.93 billion in 2016.

Despite what CCNC and their News and Observer shill Ned Barnett say, a double digit increase over the biennium is a Medicaid monster.

The House does allocate $2.5 million for Medicaid reform planning. That has all the punch of the medical industry’s suggestion that we reform Medicaid four or five years from now. Conservative reformers in the State Senate say the time for reform is now.

Republicans were elected to solve fiscal problems, not punt. It’s time to move on controlling the growth of Medicaid spending.