June 17, 2021/Media, Press

The Affordable Care Act Is Here to Stay for North Carolina Families Despite Republicans’ Latest Attack

From 2010-2015, over 500,000 North Carolinians signed up for health care coverage through the ACA and 70,000 were able to stay on parents’ insurance plans

The Supreme Court’s decision today to uphold the Affordable Care Act is a win for millions of Americans, including hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians, and a loss for Republicans who have spent the better part of the last decade trying to roll back, weaken, and eliminate the historic law. Thanks to Democrats’ work to ensure that health care is a right and not a privilege, North Carolinians will continue to have access to quality, affordable care.

Among many benefits, the Affordable Care Act: 

  • Protects over 1.7 million North Carolinians with preexisting conditions and disabilities who often previously faced obstacles from insurance companies.
  • Make it possible for young North Carolinians to remain on their parents’ plans until they’re 26.
  • Allow North Carolina to expand Medicaid. 

“Today is a win for hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians who can rest assured that their health care isn’t going anywhere. While we celebrate this victory, there’s much more work to be done to build upon the Affordable Care Act’s progress. President Biden is building upon the success of the Affordable Care Act by supporting the largest expansion of health care coverage since its passage through the American Rescue Plan. North Carolina families can depend on Democrats to protect their care at all costs––the same can’t be said about Republicans,” said NCDP Chair Bobbie Richardson. 

The American Rescue Plan: 

  • Significantly reduces health insurance premiums for North Carolina families who could not afford it under the original law, including guaranteeing that coverage costs less than 8.5 percent of income. 
  • Makes it possible for 4 out of 5 North Carolinians to now buy a plan for $10 or less per month, and the American Families Plan could make those premium reductions permanent – lowering North Carolina families’ monthly health care costs.
  • Provides billions in an incentive for North Carolina to pass Medicaid expansion, expanding coverage for over 600,000 North Carolinians.