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RALEIGH, NC — Cal Cunningham joined Tim Boyum on Capital Tonight Wednesday evening to discuss Medicaid expansion in North Carolina, and to call for expanded enhanced federal unemployment benefits and aid for state and local governments in the next coronavirus relief bill.
This week, Missouri voters approved Medicaid expansion, making North Carolina one of only 12 states that has not expanded Medicaid and leaving 634,000 North Carolinians without health coverage during a global health crisis. In the same segment of Capital Tonight, Thom Tillis defended his decision to block Medicaid and his record of voting against the Affordable Care Act.
Cal told Boyum: “We’re sitting here today without Medicaid expansion because Thom Tillis blocked it when he was the Speaker. He proudly took credit for that and then he went to Washington and he voted to take the option away from North Carolinians to expand it.”
As all eyes are on Washington to pass the next coronavirus relief bill, Cal discussed his priorities, including extending enhanced federal unemployment benefits to help North Carolinians pay the bills and put food on the table: “This is an incredibly important way that we stimulate the economy by putting money into the hands of those who need it most.”
Cal also emphasized the need to include federal aid for local and state governments as North Carolina cities and towns continue to face massive budget shortfalls. Through his discussions with local and state leaders, Cal highlighted that “they are at the end of their ability to use local tools to meet their budget needs without it costing people jobs.”
Thom Tillis’ record of gutting health care protections and creating “one of the stingiest” state unemployment programs have left North Carolinians unequipped to weather this crisis. Now his failure to act in Washington is inexcusable. North Carolinians are ready for a leader who will stand up for them, especially during times of crisis.