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Yesterday, Stacy Staggs, a Charlotte-area resident and mom to twin daughters with complex medical needs, testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ms. Staggs urged members — including Senator Thom Tillis — not to move forward on rushing through a Supreme Court nominee who has been hostile to health care and the Affordable Care Act, as the Court is set to take up a lawsuit that would invalidate the health care law in full in a matter of weeks.
Rather than working to secure badly-needed COVID-19 relief for North Carolinians, Tillis has spent this week rushing through a nominee whose views on health care mirror his own: hostile to the Affordable Care Act and supportive of invalidating the law entirely, including pre-existing condition protections.
“A vote for Judge Barrett is a vote to take away health care. And a vote for Judge Barrett is a vote to strike down the law that saved the lives of my daughters,” Ms. Staggs said during the confirmation hearing.
Tillis’ support for Judge Barrett is only the latest betrayal in a long record of working in opposition to the health care interests of the people of North Carolina. Tillis has voted 15 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act either partially or in full. Tillis also supports the lawsuit set to go before the Supreme Court that would invalidate the ACA entirely, including pre-existing condition protections.
And as North Carolina Speaker of the House, Senator Tillis blocked Medicaid Expansion, which has left 634,000 North Carolinians without health coverage during the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, Cal Cunningham has said that we need to build on and improve on the Affordable Care Act to make it easier for North Carolinians to access and afford quality health insurance. Cal has also always been an outspoken advocate for Medicaid expansion and has repeatedly called for Congress to pass a Medicaid expansion incentive to make sure states like North Carolina receive the 100 percent federal match regardless of when they expand.
Earlier this week, Cal released a list of questions he would ask Judge Barrett, including: “Given your past criticisms, how can you remain impartial on the case that is set to go before the Supreme Court in November to invalidate the ACA in its entirety, including pre-existing condition protections?”
Read more about Ms. Staggs testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday:
Kevin Frey – October 15, 2020