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Today’s Supreme Court Arguments Could Lead to 600,000 North Carolinians Losing Their Health Care

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November 10, 2020

Today’s Supreme Court Arguments Could Lead to 600,000 North Carolinians Losing Their Health Care


Raleigh, N.C. - Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Texas v. California, a case that could overturn the Affordable Care Act and strip health care away from hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians. In a brief filed this summer, the Trump administration asked the Court to strike down the ACA in its entirety, including gutting consumer protections that prevent insurance companies from discriminating against Americans with pre-existing conditions. 


“The Trump administration’s last, desperate attempt to get the Supreme Court to wipe out the ACA would be devastating for North Carolinians who, in the middle of a global pandemic, are still struggling to afford premiums and prescription drugs or who have a pre-existing condition,” said Piedmont Rising Executive Director Casey Wilkinson. “Rather than delegitimize itself by striking down the ACA on flimsy partisan grounds, the Supreme Court should listen to the American people who are sending President-elect Biden to the White House with a mandate to protect health care for all.”


Background:

  • If the ACA is struck down, an estimated 607,000 North Carolinians would lose coverage, an estimate that has increased by 100,000 since the start of the pandemic

  • More than 1.7 million non-elderly North Carolinians, 28 percent of the state, have a pre-existing condition that would allow insurance companies to deny them coverage if the ACA is struck down

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