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10.23.20

President Trump, Senator Tillis Believe It Would Be Good For North Carolinians’ Health Care Protections To Be Repealed In The Middle Of A Pandemic

President Trump Praises Tillis-Backed Effort To Repeal ACA: “I Hope They End It, It’ll Be So Good If They End It” 

RALEIGH, NC — As Senator Thom Tillis continues fighting to take away health care protections for North Carolinians in the middle of a pandemic, President Trump outlined the final goal of Senator Tillis’ efforts earlier this week on national television. Praising a Tillis-backed lawsuit and reinforcing Republicans’ stance on repealing the Affordable Care Act and its pre-existing condition protections, President Trump told 60 Minutes: “It’ll be so good if they end it.” President Trump’s remarks echo what Tillis has said previously, calling his votes to repeal the ACA “courageous” and saying, I support anything that ultimately takes [the ACA] off the table.” 

Instead of working on issues that are front-of-mind to North Carolina voters like COVID relief, Tillis has been laser focused on a variety of efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which ensures North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions have access to affordable health insurance. This month alone, Tillis helped advance the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who has signaled support for full invalidation of the ACA, and reiterated his support for the Republican-led lawsuit that would repeal the law in full.

“This week, President Trump clearly laid out what’s at stake in the North Carolina Senate race: Senator Tillis wants to take away your health care protections while Cal Cunningham wants to expand and improve them,” said Kate Frauenfelder, a spokeswoman for Cal Cunningham’s campaign. “Health care is on the ballot and the best way for North Carolinians to protect health care coverage for themselves and their loved ones is to vote to send Thom Tillis home and send Cal Cunningham to Washington.” 

Tillis has voted to fully or partially repeal the Affordable Care Act 15 times and has said he would vote to repeal it “every time it comes to the floor.”As North Carolina Speaker of the House, Tillis also blocked Medicaid expansion for North Carolina, and has since bragged about it as 634,000 North Carolinians don’t have health care coverage in the middle of a pandemic. 

At a Senate debate last month, Tillis couldn’t offer a single plan to provide health care to North Carolinians. Tillis has since tried to push through a sham health care bill in an attempt to rewrite his record of denying North Carolinians care. But Tillis’ bill allows health insurers to exclude a number of critical health care benefits, reverses current protections that prevent insurance companies from placing limits on the annual and lifetime benefits they will pay, and could lead to higher premiums and health care costs for women and older Americans. 

Meanwhile, Cal Cunningham will protect North Carolinians’ health care and is fighting to strengthen and extend coverage under the Affordable Care Act, expand Medicaid in North Carolina, create a public health insurance option, support rural hospitals, address doctor shortages, support life-saving research to prevent and treat diseases like cancer and HIV/AIDS, and ensure no one loses their employer-sponsored coverage who wants to keep it.