FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
CONTACT: Liz Doherty
#NCGovDebate: “No Plan Dan” on Health Care
RALEIGH — During tonight’s gubernatorial debate, Dan Forest just spoke in circles about his “plan” to insure North Carolinians in the coverage gap, but voters aren’t fooled. Forest is on the record for his plan on what he’ll do for people who need access to health care: nothing.
Instead of fighting to ensure over half a million North Carolinians, including veterans, families, and those who have lost their health insurance during the pandemic due to job loss, No Plan Dan continues to oppose Medicaid expansion and support Republican budgets that put corporate tax breaks over health care, schools, and jobs.
- “Although he’s made it clear he doesn’t support Medicaid expansion, Forest hasn’t offered a clear alternative. When asked by local reporters to flesh out his position, he refused to do so.” [National Journal, 9/29/2020]
- Forest believes that health care is not an “issue the people of North Carolina really care about.” [WRAL, 9/28/2020]
- During the pandemic, Forest indicated he believes there are some North Carolinians that deserve to be protected, but there are more than 4 million North Carolinians with a pre-existing condition that do not.
- Forest supports repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In 2012, Forest supported the state opting out of the ACA.
Roy Cooper knows that expanding Medicaid would provide coverage for over half a million North Carolinians using federal dollars and no additional state dollars. He knows it would help save rural hospitals, decrease the cost of health care for businesses, and boost the economy. 39 states have expanded Medicaid, including Indiana when Vice President Pence was governor, but Dan Forest? He’s hell-bent on opposing Medicaid expansion, with no plan of his own.