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One Year Ago Today: Thom Tillis Bragged About “Making It Illegal” To Expand Medicaid In North Carolina

During A Global Pandemic & Historic Unemployment, Tillis’ Decisions Highlight His Failure To Prepare North Carolina For This Crisis

RALEIGH, NC – One year ago today, Senator Tillis fumbled his way through an interview, during which he bragged about blocking Medicaid expansion as Speaker of the North Carolina House.

“I am the Speaker of the House that made it illegal to expand Medicaid.”


Thanks for the reminder, Thom, but North Carolinians haven’t forgotten. Voters across the state know that his record attacking health care, caving to his corporate backers, and leaving North Carolina families behind has left the state unprepared for the public health crisis we face today.

If it weren’t for Thom Tillis, more than 634,000 North Carolinians that fall in the coverage gap could be insured today through Medicaid expansion. 

But despite the surge of unemployment and a global pandemic, Thom Tillis is still making it harder to gain access to health coverage by standing behind the GOP lawsuit that threatens to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, including protections for people with pre-existing conditions and the critical tool in the ACA toolbox — Medicaid expansion.

In a Zoom call this week, Cal Cunningham spoke about how the pandemic makes even more urgent the need to make sure every American has access to quality and affordable care, and underscores the importance of expanding Medicaid in North Carolina to close the coverage gap and support rural hospitals.

Cal has also called for an incentive in the next COVID-19 relief package that would give states that have not expanded Medicaid a 100 percent federal match regardless of when they expand.