By Ciara Zachary
Last week, District Court Judge Reed O’Connor made a partisan and misguided ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Legal scholars from across the political spectrum have been shocked by the faulty legal reasoning, which jeopardizes the health care of millions of Americans.
It is crucial to note that the Affordable Care Act is still the law. This means that approximately 500,000 North Carolinians can still see a doctor when they need to. People in our state with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or cancer will not be denied the health care they need. Children can continue to remain on their parents’ plans until age 26. These are huge gains made under the Affordable Care Act, that we believe everyone needs in order to learn, work, and contribute to their communities.
This latest flawed decision does not stop our work. NC Child will continue to protect and strengthen the Affordable Care Act. We will still work to help the 119,000 uninsured children, as well as thousands of parents and caregivers in our state, gain health coverage. Most importantly, we’ll be calling on you to use your voice to protect children’s health in North Carolina. Stay tuned.
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