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On the same day that Washington Republicans filed into a courtroom to submit legal briefs that seek to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, Cal Cunningham hosted a conversation on the importance of protecting the law — especially during a global pandemic.
Watch a clip from the call last week on Spectrum News:
While Tillis says, “I support anything that ultimately takes [the ACA] off the table,” Cal has been a steadfast advocate for the critical health care law that covers more than 600,000 North Carolinians today, and protects 1.7 million North Carolinians living with pre-existing conditions from being denied or charged more for coverage.
Tillis has claimed “for the life of me I can’t understand why anyone would be opposed” to protections for pre-existing conditions, but Kevin Frey points out that health expert have said Tillis’ Protect Act “just doesn’t stack up to what’s included in the ACA.”
That’s right. And independent fact checkers continue to rule that his sham health care bill falls short: “The bill, sponsored by Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), does nothing to provide subsidies or cost-sharing mechanisms — meaning people both with and without preexisting conditions wouldn’t necessarily be able to afford those plans. Without that framework, the act remains a ‘meaningless promise,’ argued Linda Blumberg, a fellow at the Urban Institute, a social policy think tank.”
Thom Tillis is too weak to stand up against this lawsuit, even when North Carolinians’ health care is on the line. As the coronavirus continues, North Carolinians need leaders in Washington like Cal who will work to protect and expand access to quality and affordable care, not take it away.