February 5, 2020/Media

State of the Union Proved It: Trump & Tillis Will Lie About Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions All Year

Axios: “Pre-existing conditions protections are popular… But only one of the parties has a track record of defending those protections, and it’s not the GOP.”

In the State of the Union last night, President Trump confirmed that he and Senator Tillis will spend the next year lying about their attempts to gut protections for North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions. In an echo of a previous “Pants on Fire” lie from the president, President Trump said that he will “always protect patients with pre-existing conditions,” a lie Senator Tillis parroted this morning.

But rather than guaranteeing protections for pre-existing conditions, Senator Tillis and President Trump have “placed them in jeopardy,” passing a tax scam that laid the foundation for a Republican lawsuit to gut those protections and refusing to offer “a plan to cover the gaps in case the court challenge is successful.” After dodging questions this summer when North Carolinians rallied to “call on Senator Tillis to take stand against ACA lawsuit,” Tillis reiterated his support for the lawsuit, saying he supports “anything” that takes the ACA “off the table.”

Senator Tillis also voted for Republicans’ repeal and replace effort in 2017, which “wouldn’t have preserved the same level of protections the Affordable Care Act provides,” including protections for pre-existing conditions. When the Senate debated repealing the health care law, Tillis said that he’d vote for “outright repeal” of the ACA “every time it comes to the floor.” He later called his vote to gut pre-existing conditions protections “courageous” and said that he wanted to “take out the underpinnings of the Affordable Care Act.”

In a clear sign that this is a huge vulnerability for him, Tillis has tried to paper over his toxic record by pushing a “false promise” that is long on “political cover” but “would do little to protect people with pre-existing conditions.” On top of that, he bragged this summer about blocking health care access for 500,000 North Carolinians, saying he “signed the bill that made it illegal to expand Medicaid.”

“Last night’s State of the Union proved what we already knew: President Trump and Senator Tillis will spend the next year lying to North Carolinians about their repeated attempts to gut important protections for people with pre-existing conditions,” NCDP spokesman Robert Howard said. “Senator Tillis may think he can hide from his record of pushing to take away our health care protections, but North Carolinians aren’t so easily fooled.”