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RALEIGH, NC — In the middle of a global pandemic, the GOP is headed to court to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, gutting protections for the 1.7 million North Carolinians living with pre-existing conditions and ending the option for states like North Carolina to expand Medicaid.
Senator Thom Tillis has done nothing to stop this reckless lawsuit, even as the pandemic has underscored the importance of having access to quality, affordable health care and has caused the “greatest health insurance losses in American history.” Further, a Families U.S.A. report found that in states that have not expanded Medicaid, like North Carolina, the percentage of laid-off workers that became uninsured during the COVID-19 pandemic nearly doubled compared to states that had expanded Medicaid. Thanks to Tillis, North Carolina remains one of the 12 states that has not expanded Medicaid, leaving 634,000 North Carolinians in the coverage gap. And if Tillis is successful in repealing the ACA, the option to expand would be taken off the table
“This reckless lawsuit is another reminder for North Carolinians that even during a global pandemic where tens of thousands have lost insurance, Senator Tillis is willing to plow forward with a plan that could rip health care coverage away from North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions,” said Kate Frauenfelder, a spokeswoman for the campaign. “From Raleigh to Washington, Senator Tillis has worked to deny the people of our state needed health care, including blocking Medicaid expansion, and voters are ready to hold him accountable for that record this fall.
Senator Tillis has said: “I support anything that ultimately takes [the ACA] off the table.”
He’s voted 13 times to partially or fully repeal the Affordable Care Act and has said he would vote to repeal it “every time it comes to the floor.”