North Carolinians Call on Republicans to Protect Their Care from Pending Lawsuit

State Sen. Wiley Nickel, Protect Our Care Exec. Dir. Brad Woodhouse, and Local Advocates Join Press Call After Republicans Vote Against Resolution to Intervene in Texas vs. United States Lawsuit and Protect the ACA

Today, State Sen. Wiley Nickel, Protect Our Care Executive Director Brad Woodhouse, NARAL NC Executive Director Tara Romano, and Montica Talmadge, a North Carolinian with a pre-existing condition, joined a press call today following Wednesday’s vote in the House of Representatives to pass the Allred Resolution.

The resolution, which authorizes House Counsel to go to court and defend the ACA in the Texas, et. al. vs. United States, et. al. lawsuit, was opposed by nearly every Republican – including Rep. Ted Budd and Rep. George Holding.

Brad Woodhouse, Executive Director of Protect Our Care, urged North Carolinians to take action. “Protest. Get on the phone. Send emails . . . pour calls into Senator Burr and Senator Tillis’ offices.”

State Sen. Wiley Nickel added, “I applaud House Democrats for using their authority to intervene in the lawsuit and defend the Affordable Care Act. I’m disappointed that North Carolina Republicans have chosen to continue their war on health care and put the most vulnerable among us at risk.”

Montica Talmadge, a North Carolinian with a pre-existing condition, urged her fellow North Carolinians to step up for people like her, saying, “What’s personal is universal. . .this is not a small matter only affecting a few. This a huge issue that affects so many people. So, reach out to legislators, write letters, make phone calls, send emails… let your voice be heard, and make it personal.”

The vote followed a new poll from Public Policy Polling (PPP) for Protect Our Care released earlier this week showing that more than half of voters oppose the recent court decision striking down the Affordable Care Act and sixty-nine percent of voters say it’s a major concern to them that the court case would eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, and asthma.

You can listen to the full press call here.