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6.26.20

Late Night Brief in GOP ACA Lawsuit Calls For Overturning Pre-Existing Condition Protections. Tillis Voted To Do Just That.

Tillis’ Toxic Health Care Record In Stark Contrast With Cal Cunningham’s Repeated Calls To Protect The ACA & Expand Medicaid

RALEIGH, NC – Late Thursday night, the Trump administration filed a brief calling for the Supreme Court to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, including “a section pointedly arguing that the Affordable Care Act’s pre-existing condition rules must be overturned as well.” Not only has Thom Tillis done nothing to stop the lawsuit in the middle of a global pandemic that has impacted the United States more than any other country, he’s actually voted to take away health protections for the 1.7 million North Carolinians living with pre-existing conditions. 

Tillis has claimed “for the life of me I can’t understand why anyone would be opposed” to protections for pre-existing conditions. Neither can we. That’s why Tillis’ repeated votes to repeal them are so outrageous:

  • Tillis has voted 13 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act in part or in its entirety, and even called one of those votes “courageous.” 
  • Independent fact checkers have ruled that he voted to take away protections for pre-existing conditions and experts said his 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.”

From Raleigh to Washington, Thom Tillis has attacked health care, blocking Medicaid expansion as Speaker of the North Carolina House, and now doing nothing to stop this critical health care bill from being wiped from the books. 

This week Cal Cunningham renewed his calls to protect the Affordable Care Act, defend protections for those living with pre-existing conditions, and expand Medicaid in North Carolina as the coronavirus pandemic exacerbates existing health disparities.  

“Thom Tillis has repeatedly worked to strip health care protections from the 1.7 million North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions, and during a pandemic, that’s not just bad for public health, it is downright cruel,” said Kate Frauenfelder, spokeswoman for Cal Cunningham’s campaign. “The contrast couldn’t be clearer — Tillis has made a name for himself trying to take care away, while Cal Cunningham will work to protect it in the Senate.”