Senator Tillis just now voted to confirm his support for a Republican-led lawsuit before the Supreme Court that would end the Affordable Care Act and with it protections for people with pre-existing conditions and other popular consumer protections North Carolina families rely on. The measure would have blocked the Trump administration’s Department of Justice from continuing to support the reckless lawsuit, but rather than stand up for North Carolina families, Senator Tillis voted against the measure even as other vulnerable Republican Senators voted in favor.
Senator Tillis helped pave the way for this lawsuit to advance by passing the 2017 Republican tax scam, and has been on the record in support of the Republican lawsuit. When asked specifically about the ACA lawsuit last summer, Tillis said, “I support anything that ultimately takes [the ACA] off the table.”
“Senator Tillis is desperately trying to hide the fact that he’s voted repeatedly to eliminate protections for North Carolinians’ with pre-existing conditions and supports a reckless GOP lawsuit to accomplish in the courtroom what he couldn’t in Congress, and when it came time for him to take a stand, he wilted,” NCDP spokesperson Robert Howard said. “North Carolinians’ health care and protections for families with pre-existing conditions like diabetes and cancer won’t be safe until Senator Tillis is out of office.”
Senator Tillis continues to desperately try to paper over his disastrous record attacking North Carolinians’ health care.
- Tillis tried to ram through his sham health care bill last night that is “really about protecting Senate Republicans” and is full of loopholes that provide insurers “another way of excluding coverage of preexisting conditions” and is a political prop that “would do little to protect people with pre-existing conditions.”
- Tillis voted to “take away” protections for pre-existing conditions, and has voted 15 times to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act. Tillis even said his vote to end protections for pre-existing conditions was “courageous” and said that “we need to take out the underpinnings of the Affordable Care Act.”
- Tillis blocked the state from expanding Medicaid. Tillis has taken seemingly every side of this issue, including boasting last year, “I am the Speaker of the House who signed the bill that made it illegal to expand Medicaid under Obamacare.”