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RALEIGH, NC — Today, WRAL reported on the story of Mrs. Bev Veals, a three-time cancer survivor who reached out to the office of Senator Thom Tillis for help securing health care coverage after her husband was furloughed and was coldly dismissed by a staffer who compared health coverage to a dress shirt and told the constituent “Yeah, just like if I want to go to the store and buy a new dress shirt, if I can’t afford that dress shirt, I don’t get to get it.”
When the constituent then followed up to ask what other options were available to her, the Tillis staffer then replied: “Sounds like something you’re going to have to figure it out.”
Meanwhile, the family is now left to use retirement savings to pay for insurance while they hope Mrs. Veals’ husband finds a new job.
Senator Tillis has long crusaded against North Carolinians’ access to quality, affordable care. In Raleigh, he blocked Medicaid expansion and continues to brag about it. In Washington, he’s voted repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, taking the option to expand Medicaid off the table, and threatening protections for the 1.7 million North Carolinians living with pre-existing conditions. And he continues to stand behind the GOP that would dismantle the entire health care law.
“For a Senator who’s built his career attacking health care, it’s no surprise North Carolinians get this response from his office,” said Kate Frauenfelder, a spokeswoman for Cal Cunningham’s campaign. “North Carolinians know they can’t trust him Thom Tillis to protect their health care, and that’s exactly why they’ll vote him out this November.”
In a statement, Senator Tillis also made a bizarre defense of his vote to, in his words, “stop Medicaid cold”, with his office claiming “the reason the North Carolina is in a position to discuss expansion is because of Senator Tillis’ leadership,” but as this reporter pointed out, if Tillis’ votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act were successful, it would have taken the ability for states to expand Medicaid off the table.