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Medical professionals' group, Durham City Council ask GOP to expand Medicaid

Doctors, nurses and physician assistants will advocate for expanding Medicaid in a Monday press conference and rally, 6:15 p.m. at Durham City Hall.

Held by the N.C. Medical Professionals for Expanded Health Access, the press event comes directly before a Durham City Council meeting, where council members will vote on a resolution asking the state legislature to expand Medicaid.

The Medical Professionals’ and city council’s efforts come on the heels of a tensely partisan legislative session. The groups will be continuing Democratic lawmakers’ fight against the GOP majority, which they say has ignored low-income North Carolinians. But the rally is unlikely to sway the legislature.

“Gov. McCrory and the state legislature refused federal funds that would have paid for 100 percent of the costs for Medicaid expansion, turning their backs on 500,000 uninsured North Carolinians,” the press release stated. “According to the N.C. Institute of Medicine, 48,000 people in Durham are uninsured — that's more than 18 percent of the city's population.”

Gov. Pat McCrory has said Medicaid is one of the most expensive parts of the year’s budget. He has also said he would consider expansion after North Carolina’s “broken” Medicaid system is fixed.

The state government would not be able to expand Medicaid until next spring, when it would have to decide to accept federal dollars for the program.


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Shezanne Cassim, the American jailed in the United Arab Emirates after posting a video parody, was sentenced Monday to one year in prison and a fine of 10,000 UAE dirhams (approximately $2,700).
The young American living in the UAE has been imprisoned since April, his family says, for posting what was intended to be a funny video on the Internet.
He was accused of defaming the UAE's image abroad, according to The National, the country's main English-language newspaper.
The video in question is a 19-minute short that pokes fun at a clique of Dubai teens who are influenced by hip-hop culture. In the 1990s, the label "Satwa G" was coined for a group of suburban teens who were known to talk tougher than they really were.
The video depicts a look at a "combat school" in the suburb of Satwa, where these "gangsters" are trained. The training includes how to throw sandals at targets, using clothing accessories as whips, and how to call on the phone for backup.Cassim's family says the 29-year-old has been charged with endangering national security.The charges were not read out in court. UAE officials would only say "Mr. Cassim was charged under the UAE's penal code. Anyone charged with a crime under the laws of the UAE is entitled to the fair trial protections contained in the UAE's constitution."
Cassim, from Woodbury, Minnesota, moved to Dubai in 2006 after graduating from college to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He and some friends made and posted the video online in 2012. He was arrested in April. He was interrogated and arrested in Dubai before being transferred to a maximum security prison in Abu Dhabi. His family says it was five months before he was notified of the charges against him.


NC can afford to refuse US Gov. aide from
Medicaid. Our citizens are dying for healthcare!!!!!!!!!

Taxpayers cannot afford medicaid !

Sorry but the medicaid gravy train is no longer available.

The TAXPAYERS of NC have been spent out by the long controlling evil democrackkks so we are done.

Government is NOT here to pay for your healthcare.

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