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North Carolinians Call on Senators Tillis & Burr to Oppose Lawsuit That Would Wipe Out the ACA

Updated: May 22, 2020

North Carolinians Call on Senators Tillis & Burr to Oppose Lawsuit That Would Wipe Out the Affordable Care Act


As Deadline to Modify Position in Case Passes, Administration Reaffirms Commitment to Overturn the ACA


Raleigh, N.C. -- Today, as opening briefs defending the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were submitted to the Supreme Court, the White House reaffirmed its commitment to overturning the health care law that millions of Americans depend on during this health crisis.


Piedmont Rising Executive Director, Casey Wilkinson, released the following statement in response:


“We need our leaders to take aggressive action to protect health care for all Americans, especially as the country faces a global pandemic. We need to expand Medicaid, open a special ACA enrollment period for the uninsured, and increase financial assistance for people purchasing health insurance. Instead, the Trump administration is doubling down on its attack on the Affordable Care Act.


North Carolinians are tired of their representatives in Washington playing politics with access to health care. Senators Tillis and Burr should denounce this partisan lawsuit. This lawsuit would take away protections for pre-existing conditions, increase the cost of care, and put life-saving treatment out of reach.”


Background:

  • Today, the Trump administration confirmed its position to encourage the Supreme Court to eliminate the ACA. “We want to terminate health care under Obamacare” and replace it, Trump said. “Obamacare – we run it really well...But running it great, it’s still lousy health care.”

  • More than 500,000 North Carolinians could lose their health care if the Affordable Care Act were repealed.

  • Over 1.7 million non-elderly North Carolinians, 28 percent of the state, have a pre-existing condition that would have allowed insurance companies to deny them coverage before the Affordable Care Act. Almost half of the families have at least one nonelderly adult member with a declinable health condition.

  • Senator Tillis said he supports “anything that ultimately takes” the Affordable Care Act “off the table,” — a slap in the face to millions of North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions who are also at risk.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Jessica Coscia

jessica@piedmontrising.org

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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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