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RALEIGH, NC — Numbers released in a new report from Families U.S.A. reveal that the coronavirus pandemic has led to the “greatest health insurance losses in American history,” stripping 5.4 million Americans’ health care away between February and May. The analysis found that nearly half of these losses came from five states, including North Carolina.
The coronavirus pandemic and its economic impact have hit North Carolina families hard, infecting nearly 88,000 and leaving over a million out of work. Now, 20 percent of non-elderly North Carolinians are uninsured. Meanwhile, Thom Tillis continues to back the GOP lawsuit that would dismantle the Affordable Care Act and will not call for a special enrollment period.
But that’s not all. Thanks to Thom Tillis, North Carolinians have “one of the stingiest state unemployment programs in the country,” and still don’t have Medicaid expansion — a critical safety net for crises like this. In fact, the report found that in states that did not expand Medicaid, the percentage of laid-off workers that became uninsured nearly doubled.
“This stunning report lays bare the consequences of Senator Thom Tillis’ record of blocking Medicaid expansion in North Carolina and standing behind his attacks on the Affordable Care Act,” said Kate Frauenfelder. spokeswoman for Cal Cunningham’s campaign. “He has made a career for himself gutting unemployment benefits and attacking health care while pushing the interests of his corporate backers. Now, he has failed North Carolina families once again, leaving them unprepared and vulnerable during this time of unprecedented crisis.”
Cal Cunningham has repeatedly called to protect the Affordable Care Act and provide an additional Medicaid expansion incentive in the next COVID-19 relief package.