The Cooper for NC campaign released a new television spot highlighting the need for North Carolina to expand Medicaid. 

“Half a million North Carolinians. That’s how many of our neighbors are being denied health insurance,” Governor Cooper says in the beginning of the video. Experts indicate that Medicaid expansion would bring health care coverage to half a million people in North Carolina.

“As Governor, I’m determined to expand Medicaid like 39 other states have already done, including Indiana when Mike Pence was governor,” Cooper continues. “Dan Forest is okay leaving half a million people behind in the middle of a pandemic. I’m not.”

Lt. Governor Dan Forest remains opposed to Medicaid expansion despite its overwhelming popularity in North Carolina. Recent polling showed nearly 4 in 5 North Carolinians support expanding the program.

“We have to do better in North Carolina,” Cooper concludes in the commercial.

Watch the video here. Read the full transcript below.

Roy Cooper: Half a million North Carolinians. That’s how many of our neighbors are being denied health insurance.

Veterans, essential workers, people laid off during the pandemic.

As Governor, I’m determined to expand Medicaid like 39 other states have already done, including Indiana when Mike Pence was governor.

Dan Forest is okay leaving half a million people behind in the middle of a pandemic. I’m not.

We have to do better in North Carolina.