Today, North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Bobbie Richardson, Schquthia Peacock, a family nurse practitioner, Susie Evans, a Charlotte-based parent to two daughters with preexisting conditions, and DonnaMarie Woodson, a Charlotte-based cancer survivor and health care advocate, held a press call on the twelve-year anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act.
During the press call, speakers highlighted President Biden and Democrats’ efforts to lower the cost of prescription drugs and called out Republicans’ efforts to push an economic agenda of tax hikes and raised premiums to gut the health care North Carolinians count on.
“After reducing premiums by 40% through the American Rescue Plan last March – which, as a reminder, every Republican voted against – President Biden and Democrats are continuing our focus on reducing health care costs like the price of prescription drugs for North Carolinians. Meanwhile, Republican Senator Ron Johnson confirmed that Republicans still want to repeal the Affordable Care Act. That would mean that over 670,000 North Carolinians would see their costs increase,” said North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Bobbie Richardson.
“When the Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama in 2010, this was a huge game-changer for my patients and so many more in North Carolina and across the country. I’d be remiss for noting that while President Biden and Democrats’ American Rescue Plan has built upon progress made by the Affordable Care Act to lower health care costs, Republicans are running on an agenda of tax hikes and raised premiums,” said Schquthia Peacock, a family nurse practitioner.
“Despite the fact that North Carolina is one of the highest enrollment states in the Affordable Care Act in the country, these critical protections and programs continue to be under constant attacks by Republican politicians who want to represent me and my family in the U.S. Senate. That’s not surprising considering incumbent Republicans’ recent announcements that they’d repeal the Affordable Care Act if they regain power in November and raise taxes on families like mine,” said Susie Evans, a Charlotte-based parent to two daughters with preexisting conditions.
“We all want our families to be healthy and safe. We all need health care. Republicans have tried over and over again to repeal the Affordable Care Act since it was first signed into law in 2010. It’s more important than ever that President Biden and Democrats remain in power to continue their efforts to lower premiums, protect the Affordable Care Act, and lower costs for North Carolinians,” said DonnaMarie Woodson, a Charlotte-based cancer survivor and health care advocate.