Source: Press Release

Leaders from the North Carolina House Democratic caucus completed the first leg of their statewide tour, this time speaking in Raleigh. A number of House Democrats will be speaking at other tour stops that include Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville and Fayetteville.

On the Raleigh stop, Leader Darren Jackson, Deputy Leader Robert Reives, Rep. Gosa Gill and Rep. Gale Adcock all offered comments on the future of North Carolina. 

Leader Jackson emphasized the need for Medicaid expansion, a priority for North Carolina Democrats including Governor Roy Cooper. 

“Republicans and Speaker Moore have had over a decade to expand Medicaid and they have refused every time,” Jackson said. “The outbreak of COVID-19 has made North Carolina’s health care failings front and center.  If we want to start fixing health care, we need to elect people who will finally make meaningful change in North Carolina and vote out the politicians who do nothing.”

Deputy Leader Reives echoed the need for Medicaid expansion.

“Many working North Carolinians, such as child care center workers, grocery store clerks, bus drivers and home health workers have been at the front line of this crisis. Their sacrifices and dedication to their jobs have kept us safe and have allowed our economy to remain open,” Reives said. “Expanding Medicaid has always been the morally right thing to do. But now, more than ever, it is the financially responsible measure to take.”

Albert Kirby is a current candidate for North Carolina House. He says that Medicaid expansion is vital.

“I am in support of Medicaid Expansion because communities like mine have gone too long without it,” Kirby said. “Instead, North Carolinians across our state have to choose between paying their bills and putting food on the table. Rural Hospitals are closing and people facing addiction and mental health crises have lessening access to treatment.”

Read the full press release here.