- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 22, 2014

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Richard Burr says North Carolina leaders were right both to decline expanding Medicaid and creating their own online insurance web site through the federal health care overhaul.

Burr made the comments Tuesday before a General Assembly committee looking at the effects of the law on insurance, business and health services. The panel met at UNC-Greensboro.

Republicans in the legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory passed a law last year refusing Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of additional residents. Democrats and allies want the expansion. Burr says expansion is not good policy when Medicaid is structurally broken and states have little ability to reform it.

Burr has co-sponsored legislation to repeal and replace the overhaul. He says he’s hopeful health reforms turn to containing costs and improving patient outcomes.