Raleigh, NC — On Tuesday, WRAL reported on a three-time cancer survivor who reached out to U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis for help with her health insurance dilemma.  But when she asked how she was supposed to afford her insurance premiums, Tillis’ staff told her, “[It’s] 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.”

In response to Tillis’ completely unacceptable and out-of-touch response to his constituent, Protect Our Care North Carolina Director Jonathan Coby released the following statement:

“In the US Senate, Senator Tillis has consistently voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would rip away health care from hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians and eliminate protections for over 4 million with pre-existing conditions. As Speaker of the North Carolina House, he blocked Medicaid expansion and even bragged about denying care to North Carolina families.

“Thom Tillis’ record has made clear that he does not care about the health and wellbeing of his constituents, and the shameful way a cancer survivor worried about losing her health care was treated by his staff is just another example of this.

“COVID-19 has infected 180,000 North Carolinians and tragically taken 3,000 lives. Now more than ever, North Carolinians deserve a senator who respects them and protects their health care, something Thom Tillis has failed to do over and over.”