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Cal Cunningham Renews Calls For Medicaid Expansion, Defending Protections For 1.7 Million North Carolinians Living With Pre-Existing Conditions

As the Washington GOP Aims To Dismantle The Affordable Care Act, Cal Speaks On The Need To Protect Health Care For All North Carolinians 

RALEIGH, NC – On the same day that Republicans will file briefs in the GOP lawsuit to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, Cal Cunningham renewed his calls to protect the Affordable Care Act, including pre-existing conditions protections, and expand Medicaid in North Carolina. 

Cal hosted a Zoom conversation this morning, joined by Robin Jordan, a public health nurse of 23 years and advocate for Medicaid, and Brian Toomey, CEO of Piedmont Health, who both highlighted the urgency of expanding Medicaid in the state. 

During the event, Cal said: “This pandemic, this crisis, is making even more urgent the need for us to deliver quality and affordable care to Americans. Here in North Carolina, it underscores how important it is for our state to expand Medicaid, close the growing coverage gap, and support rural hospitals.”

The economic and health impact of COVID-19, particularly the staggering unemployment and uninsured rates, emphasizes the critical need to protect health care, bringing into focus Thom Tillis’ record of voting to deny care to North Carolinians.

While Tillis has run ads claiming he “fights for the little guy,” he has stood behind this reckless lawsuit to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, at the expense of the 1.7 million North Carolinians who are living with pre-existing conditions, has voted 13 times against the Affordable Care Act, and even described one of those votes as “courageous.” 

As Speaker of the North Carolina House, he blocked Medicaid expansion preventing 634,000 North Carolinians from gaining coverage, and leaving our rural hospitals struggling to stay afloat. And one year ago this Saturday, he bragged about it

Cal Cunningham has been an outspoken advocate for Medicaid expansion, including providing an incentive to states that have not expanded Medicaid by giving them the 100 percent federal match regardless of when they expand. In the Senate, he’ll fight to protect and improve the Affordable Care Act by adding a public option and working to lower the cost of prescription drugs.