Source: Asheville Citizen-Times

In a column for the Asheville Citizen-Times, State Senator Terry Van Duyn writes about how the Trump Administration is making it more difficult for millions of Americans to access affordable health insurance.

“Over the last few months, access to affordable health insurance has been one of the main casualties of the coronavirus pandemic. By some estimates, as many as 27 million Americans have lost employer-sponsored health insurance as this public health crisis grips our country. In North Carolina, 750,000 of them fall in the coverage gap created by the failure to expand Medicaid,” she writes.

Van Duyn says that the Trump Administration and allies are making it more difficult to access health care by supporting a court case that would strike down the Affordable Care Act. That would be a mistake, she argues.

“As a former ACA Navigator, I was tasked with helping people get the information they needed to purchase insurance through the federal exchange. I saw the reactions of so many people who were gaining health insurance for the first time. For many, it was a mixture of joy, gratitude and immense relief,” she continued

The stakes are high for North Carolinians in particular, Van Duyn writes, citing the number who may face a loss of health care if the ACA were to be struck down.

“So what, exactly, is at risk in our state if the Republican scheme is successful? For starters, there are 4.1 million North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions whose care is protected by the ACA. Then there are the 1.8 million seniors on Medicare who now can afford their prescriptions, to say nothing of the 400,000 people here who receive tax subsidies that have helped them purchase insurance,” she writes.

“In North Carolina, families should never be forced to choose between filling a prescription they need and buying a load of groceries.”

Read the full column in the Asheville Citizen-Times.