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RALEIGH, NC — There are 15 days until Election Day — that’s one day for each of Senator Thom Tillis’ votes to partially or fully repeal the Affordable Care Act, including votes to gut protections for 1.7 million North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions.
Senator Tillis has said that he supports anything that takes the ACA “off the table,” even calling a vote to take away coverage for people living with pre-existing conditions “courageous.” Now, he stands behind the president’s Supreme Court nominee who could make that a reality. Amy Coney Barrett has signaled support for a “full invalidation” of the Affordable Care Act, but Tillis continues to try to downplay the risk of her confirmation.
The Affordable Care Act currently covers 20 million Americans, and the decision to repeal it would be catastrophic — especially during the pandemic. The Center for American Progress estimates that 607,000 North Carolinians would lose their health coverage if the ACA was repealed during the pandemic. That’s in addition to 634,000 North Carolinians that already fall in the coverage gap without Medicaid expansion, thanks to Thom Tillis’ efforts to block it as Speaker of the North Carolina House.
“From blocking Medicaid expansion as Speaker of the House, to voting 15 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Senator Tillis’ career has been peppered with attempts to rob North Carolinians of their health care,” said Kate Frauenfelder, a spokeswoman for Cal Cunningham’s campaign. “With just 15 days left until Election Day, North Carolina voters know that a vote for Cal Cunningham is a vote to protect their health care.”
Tillis’ health care record stands in stark contrast to Cal Cunningham’s promise to defend and build off of the Affordable Care Act by adding a public option, bringing down prescription drug costs, and finally expanding Medicaid in North Carolina.