Source: Charlotte Observer

Wayne Goodwin wrote an op-ed for the Charlotte Observer calling for the Trump administration to reopen federal health insurance markets so North Carolinians can apply for health insurance during the coronavirus pandemic. Goodwin is the current chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party, served eight years as North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance and is the 2020 candidate for the same office.

As North Carolina’s Commissioner of Insurance for 8 years, I saw firsthand the struggles too many families face due to a lack of access to quality, affordable health care. For many, the financial burden that expensive insurance places on North Carolinians is unsustainable, leading to financial ruin for the sake of one’s physical health.

More than 1 million North Carolinians did not have health insurance in 2018, giving our state the unfortunate distinction of having the 9th highest uninsured rate of any state in the nation.

Sadly, the rate of uninsured people is not a new challenge for our state or our country. We have struggled to address this challenge for decades. But amid the global health pandemic gripping our planet, affordable health insurance is the commodity that supersedes almost everything else.

Goodwin says that being uninsured amid the coronavirus pandemic is too dangerous a proposition. Goodwin suggested that the best course for the president to take to protect North Carolinians would be to “reopen the federal marketplace immediately.”

Governor Roy Cooper joined with a coalition of other governors across the United States to call for the federal government to reopen the federal marketplace earlier in April. 

Read Chairman Goodwin’s full op-ed in the Charlotte Observer.