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This is his response:

Dear Mr. Plummer:

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns about the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. I appreciate hearing from you.

I believe that Obamacare is on an unsustainable course and that reform is necessary before it gets worse. We must find a way to control health care costs and give Americans access to affordable care. Even some of Obamacare’s strongest supporters have acknowledged that the law has fundamental flaws that must be addressed, confirmed by the continued trend of insurers dropping out of Obamacare exchanges throughout the nation. Obamacare has been devastating for many Americans, resulting in the loss of plans, higher premiums, and less choice. The mandates and coercive penalties on health insurance have also placed costly burdens on families and businesses. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-partisan organization focusing on national health issues, premiums for the second-lowest silver plan for North Carolina saw a 40% increase from 2016 to 2017. This plan is the benchmark used to determine the amount of financial assistance individuals and families receive.

With these issues in mind, I support efforts to correct this flawed law to provide quality care and certainty to American families. Reform must be aimed at improving health care outcomes for hardworking Americans by controlling costs and providing access to affordable care without the burden of costly mandates. I do not wish to return to the status quo that existed before Obamacare was implemented and believe that we must learn from some of Obamacare’s greatest failures. That said, I still believe that we must maintain protections for those with pre-existing conditions and dependent coverage until the age of 26.

As you know, the Senate is currently debating health care legislation to replace the flawed Obamacare plan. I look forward to reviewing improvements to the bill. Standing by while Obamacare continues to collapse is not a viable policy position, and this legislation is the first step in a lengthy process needed to move toward a patient-centered system that returns health care decisions to patients, families, and medical professionals.

As I’ve said repeatedly, any replacement legislation must represent an improvement over Obamacare. Rest assured, as we proceed through this process, I will keep your thoughts in mind.

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with my office. Please do not hesitate to get back in touch with me if there are other issues of importance to you.


Thom Tillis
U.S. Senator

Just to note, I never once mentioned "Obamacare" in my message to him. All I said was that I urged him to not support the horrendous AHCA, especially given all the dubious secrecy surrounding it.

So, once again, same as before, Senator Tillis has opted to toe the GOP party line and be a part of the problem rather than the solution. I sincerely hope he is voted out of office the next time he is up for election, but then again, knowing this fucking state, he'll probably be reelected. *weary sigh*


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