Senator Tillis has blocked Medicaid expansion, voted repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, voted to take away protections for pre-existing conditions, and supports a dangerous Republican lawsuit — a disastrous record on health care that is now back in the spotlight today as national Republicans move forward with a reckless lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act.
Two new reports released yesterday reveal the full repercussions of the Republican lawsuit. A new analysis shows that 600,000 North Carolinians could lose insurance if the effort is successful. A separate report found the Republican lawsuit would be a massive tax giveaway to “the highest-income Americans and certain corporations” and “a massive transfer of resources from low- and moderate-income people to those at the top of the income scale.”
“In the middle of a pandemic, Senator Tillis and national Republicans are pushing forward with their dangerous attempt to upend our health care system and take away protections for people with pre-existing conditions,” NCDP spokesperson Robert Howard said. “This is what North Carolinians have come to expect from Senator Tillis, who in Raleigh and DC has consistently looked out for his corporate special interests donors even if it means threatening protections North Carolina families rely on. Our health care is not safe until Senator Tillis is out of office.”
Senator Tillis’ record of working to take away Americans’ health care is clear:
- Tillis confirmed his support for the GOP lawsuit last year, saying in response to a question about the lawsuit, “I support anything that ultimately takes [the ACA] off the table.” Tillis voted for the GOP tax law that made the entire lawsuit possible.
- Tillis voted to “take away” protections for pre-existing conditions, and has voted 13 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.”
- Tillis pushed a sham bill that “would do little to protect people with pre-existing conditions.” His sham bill “falls short” and “does not address other core parts of the health law that could be struck down” by the lawsuit he supports; reports have panned it as a “false promise” and “political cover.”
- Senator Tillis voted twice to expand “junk” health insurance plans that are “so skimpy that they offer no meaningful coverage.”
Health care is “consistently near the top of the list of issues voters care about,” a position that has only recently increased as the current pandemic raised concerns about lack of access to affordable health care. This year, the ACA’s favorability reached an all time high, and voters consistently trust Democrats on health care.