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Seven Years Ago Today, Thom Tillis Voted To Block Medicaid Expansion In North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC – Seven years ago today, Thom Tillis passed the law that prevented North Carolina from expanding Medicaid. By not expanding Medicaid, Thom Tillis has prevented over 600,000 North Carolinians from gaining health coverage, and cost North Carolina 37,000 jobs.

The law Thom Tillis passed is still standing in the way of Governor Cooper closing the coverage gap in North Carolina. Despite health care policy experts shining a light on the benefits Medicaid expansion would have for citizens of the state and local leaders urging Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly to move forward, he still brags about blocking progress on it, saying just last year, “I’m the Speaker of the House who signed the bill that made it illegal to expand Medicaid under Obamacare.” 

But Thom Tillis’ effort to dismantle health care coverage didn’t stop in Raleigh. 

  • Tillis Voted 13 Times To Repeal The Affordable Care Act: Tillis has voted 13 times in the U.S. Senate to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act.

  • Tillis Called It “Courageous” To Gut Protections For People With Pre-Existing Conditions: In an interview with Fox News, Senator Tillis described a vote to repeal the ACA as “courageous,” because it would have “significantly reduced protections for people with pre-existing conditions.”

Cal Cunningham believes that health care should be available to every North Carolinian, not just the privileged few. On health care, Cal will work to protect and improve the Affordable Care Act by adding a public option, bring down the cost of prescription drugs, and expand Medicaid in North Carolina.