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Supreme Court Announces They Will Hear Health Care Repeal Lawsuit This Upcoming Term

Advocates Demand Senators Burr and Tillis to Urge Supreme Court to Defend North Carolinians’ Health Care


Raleigh, North Carolina — Moments ago, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear the lawsuit that seeks to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its upcoming term, which begins in October.


Last month, Health and Human Services Secretary Alexander Azar confirmed in front of a US Senate committee that the Trump administration would not put forth a replacement plan until after the ACA is struck down, leaving tens of millions of Americans’ health care in limbo.


Over 500,000 North Carolinians obtain coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange, and since the passage of the ACA, the number of uninsured North Carolinians has declined by over 30 percent.


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


“It’s encouraging that the Court has finally stepped in to recognize the grave threat this lawsuit poses to the health coverage that tens of millions of Americans rely on. Overturning the ACA—a move both Senators Tillis and Burr support—would turn back the clock on lifesaving coverage for more than 500,000 North Carolinians. North Carolinians are tired of facing attacks on our health care — and we are demanding that Senators Tillis and Burr defend our care and call on the Court to protect our health care — and for the administration to drop its support for the health care repeal lawsuit.”


Background:

Senator Tillis and Senator Burr both voted for President Trump’s tax cut legislation in 2017, which removed the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act and allowed this lawsuit to happen in the first place. If the effort is successful, insurance companies will again be able to drop coverage when people get sick.


PRESS 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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