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Advocates Observe Juneteenth with Call for Sens. Tillis & Burr to Address Disparities in Health Care

Advocates Observe Juneteenth with Call for Senators Tillis & Burr to Address Racial Disparities in Health Care


 Sens. Tillis and Burr’s Attacks on ACA could rip coverage away from Black North Carolinians, jeopardizing their health care in the midst of a public health crisis


Raleigh, NC – Piedmont Rising Executive Director Casey Wilkinson made the following statement in observation of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States:


“Juneteenth serves as a reminder that the struggle for racial justice is far from over. Black Americans are currently facing two pandemics – the systemic racism in our country, so evident in everything from our criminal justice system to our health care system, and the coronavirus pandemic.


“We’ve seen Black North Carolinians get hit harder by the coronavirus pandemic than their white neighbors. When we say that Black lives matter, we mean that Black lives matter in all arenas. Black lives can no longer be lost to police violence, and they can no longer be lost because health care is out of reach or inadequate. Senators Tillis and Burr have been almost single-mindedly focused on raising health care costs on North Carolinians but it’s long past time for them to stop their attacks on affordable health care and to answer the call to work toward the elimination of racial disparities once and for all.”


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About Piedmont Rising

Piedmont Rising is a 501 (c)4 issue advocacy organization built by and for North Carolinians to advocate for lower insurance premiums and prescription drug costs and to ensure that more people have access to safe and affordable health care. Through grassroots organizing, education, and engagement, we are amplifying our health care stories and holding our elected officials accountable to the people, and issues they were elected to represent. www.piedmontrising.org

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