Raleigh – President Trump forced health care back into the spotlight this week, telling reporters “hopefully we’ll win” a dangerous lawsuit that would gut the entire health care system, including protections for people with preexisting conditions. The renewed spotlight is raising the heat on Senator Thom Tillis and other vulnerable senators, putting them “on edge” and forcing Senator Tillis to defend his toxic health care record in Washington, on the campaign trail, and in the General Assembly.
In Washington, Senator Tillis paved the way for the Trump administration’s lawsuit through his tax giveaway, and then remained silent as North Carolinians, worried about its impacts, said “it feels like our government doesn’t care about us or our children.” Tillis also said he planned to vote for a health care repeal bill that would have cut billions from North Carolina and gutted protections for people with preexisting conditions. When it flopped, he whined that donations from special interests “had fallen off a cliff.”
On the campaign trail, Senator Tillis promised to “use every tool available” to tear down the Affordable Care Act. He also ran as the chief reason North Carolina blocked Medicaid expansion. His ads said, “Tillis stopped Obama’s Medicaid expansion cold. It’s not happening in North Carolina, and it’s because of Thom Tillis.” In a debate, he said he’d done “everything within our legal power” to block the ACA and would be the “51st senator, in the majority, who is going to repeal this bill.”
In Raleigh, Senator Tillis blocked 500,000 North Carolinians from access to lifesaving health care by passing a law blocking the state from expanding Medicaid, telling reporters, “I remain consistent in my opposition to both an expansion of Medicaid and the establishment of a state-based health exchange in North Carolina.”
It’s a long, toxic record that has left him on the wrong side of his constituents. No wonder Senator Tillis is on edge.
“Every step of the way, Senator Tillis has fought to block North Carolinians from access lifesaving care or gut important protections North Carolina families depend on,” NCDP spokesman Robert Howard said. “It’s a toxic record that begins with his time blocking Medicaid expansion and only ends when North Carolinians show him the door next fall.”