FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 16th, 2019

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How are you Celebrating “National Healthcare Decisions Day?”
(BISMARCK, ND) – Every year on April 16th, communities around the country celebrate “National Healthcare Decisions Day.”  It is a great opportunity to get facilities, organizations and community groups talking about what is important to them. Let’s take a look at some of the “Healthcare Decisions” made by Senators Kevin Cramer, John Hoeven, and Congressman Kelly Armstrong.

In June of 2018, the Administration decided to no longer defend the provision in an on-going court case started by Texas. North Dakota’s Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem signed on to that lawsuit. The elimination of the individual mandate voted in place by Kevin Cramer, and John Hoeven gave this court case stronger merit according to those pursuing it. In December, the Texas court ruled the ACA unconstitutional risking healthcare coverage for millions of Americans.

Just this month, Kelly Armstrong voted no on the resolution condemning the Administration’s support of that same lawsuit. North Dakotans who gain healthcare through Medicaid expansion and 316,000 North Dakotans with pre-existing conditions might end up seeing their healthcare in jeopardy. With so much at stake, you would think Kelly Armstrong has a viable alternative to the ACA. He does not.

“The Republicans can spin all they want trying to convince North Dakotans that they will always protect coverage for pre-existing conditions,” said Alison Jones, Communications Director for the North Dakota Democratic-NPL. “The reality is they all support this reckless lawsuit that would throw our current system in chaos and risk patient protections for pre-existing conditions.”

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