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Thom’s Magic Wand – Tax Edition: Tillis’ Vote For GOP Tax Bill Set Stage For Court Case To Repeal Pre-Existing Condition Protections

Ahead Of Friday’s Anniversary Of Tillis’ Vote For The GOP Tax Law, Team Cal Will Recap His Vote

RALEIGH, NC – As Senator Tillis launched his reelection bid he told WRAL that, “we’d be even better off” if he could “wave a wand and do everything we did in North Carolina up in D.C.” 

Today, we continue Thom’s Magic Wand: Tax Edition, a look at the impact of Tillis’ record on taxes ahead of the Friday anniversary of Tillis’ vote for the GOP tax law in 2017.

As both Speaker of the North Carolina House and as Senator, Tillis helped pass tax legislation that benefited corporations and the highest income earners the most. In contrast, Cal Cunningham is committed to tax policy that benefits North Carolina families.

We’ve already covered how Tillis’ vote helped his Big Pharma donors keep billions of dollars through the GOP tax law, and benefited Koch Groups who’ve helped prop up his campaigns.

Today, we’re reviewing how Tillis’ vote set the stage for a dangerous repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which would gut protections for 1.7 million North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions, like asthma and cancer.

  • For Tillis and Mitch McConnell, a massive tax break for wealthy campaign donors apparently wasn’t enough, so they added a provision to the bill to repeal aspects of the Affordable Care Act, which prompted the pending GOP lawsuit. 

  • A decision in the case is due any day now, and could overturn the entire Affordable Care Act. Here is what that would do:

    • Repeal pre-existing conditions protections, allow insurance companies to again refuse to cover people with conditions like asthma and cancer.

    • Eliminate a consumer provision that allows adult children to stay on parents’ health plans until age 26.

    • Drive up costs on consumers by repealing provisions that provided free preventive care and banned annual and lifetime limits on what insurers would cover.

    • Drive up prescription drug costs on seniors covered by Medicare and limit coverage for preventive care.

    • Limit the development of biosimilar drugs, a less expensive version of biologics, which have been effective in treating cancer, arthritis and other health conditions.

  • Tillis has condoned the lawsuit, despite growing evidence that the Affordable Care Act “has saved lives.”

  • Senator Tillis has repeatedly voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and as Speaker of the North Carolina House, he blocked Medicaid expansion. He even called it “courageous” to gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions. 

  • In the Senate, Cal is committed to protecting and improving the Affordable Care Act by defending protections for those living with pre-existing conditions, adding a public option, and bringing down prescription drug costs. He also supports efforts to finally expand Medicaid in North Carolina.