March 6, 2020/Media

Tillis “Can’t Understand” Why Anyone Would Oppose Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions After Voting to Oppose Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions

Tillis says “for the life of me I can’t understand why anyone would be opposed to” protections for pre-existing conditions… after voting to end those very protections and calling that vote “courageous”

Tillis was forced to confirm his support for ACA lawsuit this summer while battling a nasty GOP primary, and experts continue to pan his sham bill meant to give him “political cover”

From the department of you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up… Senator Tillis is now just straight up lying about his record on protections for pre-existing conditions, telling The Hill that “for the life of me I can’t understand why anyone would be opposed to” protections for pre-existing conditions.

Someone should introduce Senator Tillis to his entire Senate record. Tillis has not only voted to take away protections for pre-existing conditions, but he’s also said that it was “courageous” and that “we need to take out the underpinnings of the Affordable Care Act.”

WATCH:

Just last week, PolitiFact succinctly burst through Tillis’ desperate lies on this issue: Is it true that Tillis voted to take away coverage for people with pre-existing conditions? Yes.

Tillis has also already confirmed his support for this lawsuit this summer while battling a nasty GOP primary when he said “I support anything that ultimately takes [the ACA] off the table.”

Meanwhile, Tillis and other vulnerable Republicans continue to desperately hide behind a sham bill to paper over their disastrous record. That bill, however, “does not address other core parts of the health law that could be struck down.” Experts also say that bill falls shortand could even allow “companies to deny certain coverage,” while editorial boards exposed it as “false promise,” news reports found it is nothing more than “political cover,” and experts have warned it “would do little to protect people with pre-existing conditions.”

The Hill: Vulnerable Republicans dodge questions on support for ObamaCare lawsuit
By Peter Sullivan
March 6, 2020

Key Points:

  • Vulnerable Senate Republicans are dodging questions about whether they support a lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
  • The Supreme Court said this week it would take up the case, thrusting the issue to the forefront and posing a headache for Republicans in tough races this year.
  • President Trump supports the lawsuit, which would strike down the entire health law, but ObamaCare’s popularity has risen to a record high, posing a danger for Republicans in seeking to strike it down.
  • The lawsuit threatens coverage for roughly 20 million people and would also take away the law’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions, which are particularly popular.
  • Republicans don’t have their own alternative plan to ObamaCare, which makes them even more vulnerable to the attacks.
  • Some vulnerable Senate Republicans are pointing to a bill from Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), called the Protect Act, that would reinstate some of the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions if the law is struck down.
  • That bill, though, does not address other core parts of the health law that could be struck down, such as its Medicaid expansion or financial assistance to help people afford coverage.
  • Tillis did not directly answer when asked if he supports the lawsuit, but did point to his legislation.
  • “What I’m more focused on is how we get back to a rational discussion about protecting pre-existing conditions, the kinds of things that are potentially at risk that for the life of me I can’t understand why anyone would be opposed to, providing some certainty by just voting those provisions into law independent of the lawsuit,” he said.

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