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5.1.20

If Thom Tillis Supports Governor Cooper’s Response To Coronavirus, Does He Admit He Was Wrong To Block Medicaid Expansion?

Case For Medicaid Expansion Grows As Health Care Needs & Unemployment Soar Amid Pandemic; Now, Even Republicans In Legislature Are Considering Limited Expansion To Partially Fix Situation Tillis Created

RALEIGH, NC – Over seven years ago, Thom Tillis passed the law that stands in the way of Governor Cooper expanding Medicaid to more than 634,000 North Carolinians. Under today’s circumstances, a global pandemic that’s infected thousands in North Carolina and left even more unemployed, the case for Medicaid expansion could not be stronger. State legislators again filed a bill to fully expand Medicaid, and even Republican Speaker Tim Moore supports a temporary, limited expansion of Medicaid, to partially fix some of the gaps left by Tillis.

In recent weeks, Tillis has clung to Governor Cooper’s response in an attempt to save his own reelection by clinging to the most popular person in the state. But his newfound praise of his Governor puts him in a tough spot: will he have the courage to admit he was wrong to block Medicaid expansion? As recently as last year, Thom Tillis bragged about blocking expansion, saying, “I’m the Speaker of the House who signed the bill that made it illegal to expand Medicaid under Obamacare.”

“Thom Tillis’ transparent, election-year embrace of our popular Governor is getting more complicated by the day as the legislature renews calls for expanded Medicaid,” said Aaron Simpson, spokesman for Cal Cunningham. “North Carolina’s debate over Medicaid expansion is another reminder that Tillis is the reason why hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians don’t have coverage today — does he have the courage to admit he was wrong?”

Cal Cunningham has always supported expanding Medicaid in North Carolina and been clear that the COVID-19 pandemic makes it more important today than ever.

Cal’s campaign is following recommendations of health officials and Gov. Cooper, postponing in-person events and teleworking. Click here for the most up-to-date information about North Carolina’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the North Carolina Division of Health and Human Services or call 866-462-3821.