Trailing In The Polls, Tillis Flip Flops on Medicaid Expansion
With Speaker Tillis continuing to trail Senator Hagan in the polls, his campaign is getting increasingly desperate. After his strident opposition to everything related to the Affordable Care Act, particularly Medicaid expansion as Speaker, Tillis is now saying the state should explore expansion. The comments came during a Tillis appearance on Time Warner Cable News. From the News and Observer article on the remarks Tillis made last night,
Medicaid: Asked if he thought it would be likely that the state legislature would expand Medicaid coverage after refusing to do so previously, Tillis said it might make sense once the state has better control of the financing of the program, which is notorious for its cost overruns.
He said he didn’t have an ideological objection to expanding the coverage. But he said when the state auditor told the previous governor that money was being wasted on it, the appropriate response would not have been to make it bigger and more costly.
“I would encourage the state legislature and governor to consider it if they’re completely convinced they now have the situation under control,” Tillis said.
Same-sex marriage: Tillis said he had not seen Senate leader Phil Berger’s announcement earlier Tuesday that he would introduce legislation protecting state officials who refuse to perform same-sex marriages based on religious exemptions.
“We have to worry about an assault on religious freedom in this country,” Tillis said.