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3.2.20

Health Care Coverage Still Under Threat As Tillis-Supported Lawsuit Heads To Supreme Court

1.7 Million North Carolinians With Pre-Existing Conditions Could Lose Protections

RALEIGH, NC – The Supreme Court announced this morning that they would hear the GOP lawsuit that threatens the Affordable Care Act and protections for those with pre-existing conditions. In 2017, Thom Tillis voted for the GOP tax bill that set the stage for these legal assaults on the law. He has since shamelessly supported Republican efforts to dismantle vital protections for 1.7 million North Carolinians living with pre-existing conditions.

This announcement comes on the heels of Politifact’s ruling that Thom Tillis did in fact vote to take away protections for pre-existing conditions. Beyond Tillis being on the record for taking away these core protections, Politifact noted that “experts say” Tillis’ sham health bill “fall[s] short of offering the coverage in the ACA” and “have not ensured the same level of patients with those conditions.” 

The Affordable Care Act “has saved lives,” but as long as Thom Tillis is in Washington, North Carolinians can’t trust him to protect it. He has voted 13 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, even calling it “courageous” to take away protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

With health care being a top issue for voters in 2020, this lawsuit does not bode well for Tillis’ chances as one of Mitch McConnell’s most vulnerable incumbents.

Cal Cunningham has promised to build on the Affordable Care Act by adding a public option and will protect coverage for North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions.