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A new poll from West Health and Gallup found that half of all Americans are concerned that if someone in their family faced a major health crisis, they would go bankrupt. As the U.S. just surpassed six million COVID-19 cases, many North Carolinians are worried how they would be able to pay for care if a member of their family got sick.
This survey highlights the importance of health care in the North Carolina Senate race. And the contrast couldn’t be more clear — Cal believes health care should be available to all North Carolinians regardless of their income or where they live. He has been an outspoken advocate for expanding Medicaid, as well as protecting and strengthening the Affordable Care Act.
Cal has repeatedly called for Congress to pass a Medicaid expansion incentive to make sure states like North Carolina receive the 100 percent federal match regardless of when they expand. In a recent interview with WLOS, Cal said “We need to make sure that all of our people have quality and affordable health care. That means expanding Medicaid.”
In sharp contrast, Thom Tillis has spent his career chipping away at health care coverage for North Carolinians. Senator Tillis bragged about his decision to block Medicaid expansion as Speaker of the North Carolina House and still struggles to defend his decision which has left 634,000 North Carolinians in the coverage gap during a global health crisis.
Just last week, Tillis tried to explain away why he opposed providing critical health care coverage for North Carolinians even as he stands behind the GOP lawsuit that threatens to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and could take Medicaid expansion off the table.
North Carolinians need a Senator, now more than ever, who will work to provide accessible and affordable health care so no family has to worry about going bankrupt because of a medical crisis.
By Marina Pitofsky – September 1, 2020