September 16, 2020/Media, Press

Tillis Refuses to Give His Position on Medicaid Expansion as Health Care Stays “Front and Center” in NC Senate Race

Tillis “won’t comment on whether expansion should now go forward” and “hasn’t emphasized his health care positions”
Senator Tillis yesterday refused to say what he thought North Carolina should do about Medicaid expansion, the latest in a series of painful dodges from Senator Tillis on Medicaid expansion after he blocked expansion as Speaker of the House and bragged about it last year.

Tillis’ attempt to duck one of voters’ most important issues is raising eyebrows as health care again comes “front and center” inof the Senate race and as this election “will have dramatic consequences for health care in the coming years.” Senator Tillis “so far hasn’t emphasized his health care positions” despite running on health care in 2014, and only gave a vague answer that he prefers “a market-based solution” even though in six years in the Senate he’s been unable to come up with one.

Tillis’ refusal to talk about one of voters’ biggest issues comes as President Trump claimed last night that he would protect those with pre-existing conditions with a non-existent health care plan even as his administration – with the backing of Senator Thom Tillis – argues in court to end those very protections. Tillis has rubber stamped that lawsuit, saying, “I support anything that ultimately takes [the ACA] off the table.

“Senator Tillis can try to desperately dodge his position on Medicaid expansion, but he can’t outrun his record blocking expansion, bragging about it, and attacking North Carolinians’ health care,” NCDP spokesperson Robert Howard said. “In the middle of a pandemic when health care is top of voters’ minds, Senator Tillis is dodging his record and only offering vague platitudes after proudly supporting Washington Republicans’ effort to gut protections for pre-existing conditions. On one of voters’ biggest issues, Senator Tillis still won’t answer for his repeated attempts to gut protections for pre-existing conditions and to make health care more expensive for North Carolina families.”