April 26, 2019/Press

Trump Blows Tillis’ Cover – Vows to Gut Protections for North Carolinians with Pre-Existing Conditions

Raleigh – Thom Tillis has tried to cover up his record with already widely panned legislation to try to save his reelection – but President Trump blew his cover Friday reaffirming in a speech that Republicans are “going for the rest” of the health care system.

The “rest” of the ACA that President Trump confirmed Republicans are gunning for includes important provisions that North Carolina families depend on, such as protections for patients with preexisting conditions, better maternity care, and allowing kids to stay on their parents’ insurance longer.

The “rest” also includes critical protections barring insurers from imposing annual and lifetime limits, charging women more just because of their gender, and offering skimpier coverage without essential benefits like maternity care – protections that Senator Tillis left on the “cutting room floor” with his sham health care bill that has already been panned as a “false promise” that “would do little to protect people with pre-existing conditions.”

“Senator Tillis is desperate to muddy the water on his toxic record on health care – a move no one is buying,” NCDP spokesman Robert Howard said. “Now, President Trump is confirming that not only will health care be on the ballot in 2020, but that Senator Tillis will have to explain to voters why rather than defend all current protections for North Carolinians facing health complications, he pushed a political bill meant to help his reelection chances.”

BACKGROUND

Washington Post: Trump renews vow to repeal Affordable Care Act weeks after GOP leaders urge caution on the issue
By John Wagner
April 26, 2019

Barely three weeks after congressional Republicans convinced him to hold off on a push to abolish the Affordable Care Act, President Trump renewed his vow Friday to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law during remarks to gun-rights advocates.

“Now we’re going for the rest,” Trump said, before once again blaming the late senator John McCain (R-Ariz) for his party’s failure to repeal the entire law last year.

It was unclear if Trump was referring to his administration’s involvement in an ongoing lawsuit aiming to declare the ACA unconstitutional or if he was pushing for congressional action before the 2020 elections.

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