March 2, 2020/Media

NC Democrats, Families with Pre-Existing Conditions Hold Trump, Tillis Accountable for Broken Promises on Health Care Ahead of Trump Rally

Rally comes on the day the Supreme Court announces it will hear GOP lawsuit to end protections for pre-existing conditions

North Carolina Democrats and families with pre-existing conditions held President Trump and Senator Tillis accountable for their broken promises on our health care ahead of President Trump’s rally in Charlotte today.

This morning, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear a Republican lawsuit to end protections for pre-existing conditions coverage, putting President Trump and Senator Tillis’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and vital protections front-and-center this election. 

President Trump repeatedly promised North Carolinians that his administration would work to make health care more affordable, yet his administration is in court trying to gut protections and send costs skyrocketing:

  • In October 2016, Trump promised North Carolinians that “we’re going to have a new health care plan that’s going to cost much less money, both for you and for the country.” 
  • In August 2016, he said he would usher in “much better health care at a much lower cost.” 
  • In October 2018, Trump said, “prescription drug prices are going to come tumbling down… you’re going to get them a hell of a lot cheaper.”

Senator Tillis has voted to gut protections for pre-existing conditions and supports the administration’s lawsuit. Last week, an independent fact check from PolitiFact North Carolina exposed Senator Tillis’ record of voting to gut protections for preexisting conditions, writing, “Is it true that Tillis voted to take away coverage for people with pre-existing conditions? Yes.”

North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin:

“Health care is on the ballot this November – and North Carolina will hold President Trump and Senator Tillis accountable for working nonstop to tear down the Affordable Care Act and vital protections North Carolina families rely on. Their reckless lawsuit would end protections for people with pre-existing conditions and send health care costs skyrocketing. With the president and Senator Tillis in Charlotte today, they must explain to every North Carolinian family why they will not stop attacking their health care.”

Senator Natasha Marcus (SD-41):

“North Carolina families are worried about the rising cost of health care, the GOP threats to eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions, and the administration’s woefully inadequate response to contain and prepare for the spread of the coronavirus. Yet, rather than work on the health care issues important to my constituents, the president is holding a political rally to distract from his broken promises and cater to his base. Trump should stop trying to undercut health care and, instead, formulate a plan to get health care costs in check and to protect us from COVID-19.”

Kara Konrad, Charlotte-area mother who relies on the protections offered by the ACA after a spinal injury:

“This year, I am scheduling my ninth back surgery as a result of a catastrophic spinal injury I suffered in 2012. The Affordable Care Act, and its protections for pre-existing conditions and prohibition on annual and lifetime caps, has been a literal life-saver. If President Trump and Senator Tillis are successful in eliminating these protections, I don’t know if I will be able to afford my life-saving medication. I don’t know if my husband’s private insurance will reinstate a cap on our benefits. I don’t know what will happen. Tonight, I hope that President Trump and Senator Tillis explain to Charlotte area families like mine why they continue to target my health care and the vital protections I and so many rely on.”

Margie Storch, Charlotte-area health care advocate who affords health insurance for her young adult children through the ACA and is worried about losing coverage because of preexisting condition:

“My brother-in-law was in the health care gap, and died after not having health insurance and regular health care. If he had regular care, we would have caught his cancer earlier. President Trump and Senator Tillis’ attacks on our health care is personal to me. Thousands of North Carolinians depend on the Affordable Care Act and the protections it offers, including for people with pre-existing conditions. We can’t go backwards – but that’s exactly what President Trump and Senator Tillis will do for families like mine. We need to expand healthcare and reduce costs.”