John James won’t answer questions on his health care record; it’s been 334 days since he answered questions from MI TV, 228 days from MI print media
James has vowed to “work [his] tail off” to remove the ACA
Republicans are plowing forward to overturn the Affordable Care Act in the courts this week, even as Trump’s own Attorney General has urged them to back off. And though John James has refused to speak to Michigan press for months about his health care positions, James’ record is crystal clear.
John James has shown he’d be a reliable vote for Trump and Washington Republicans in rolling back Michiganders’ health care:
- James has called the Affordable Care Act a “monstrosity”: John James has made it clear time and again that he would stand squarely against protecting Michiganders’ care. In a since-deleted video, he has called the health care law that protects millions of Michiganders with pre-existing conditions a “monstrosity” and said that we need “someone who will go and work their tail off” to remove it.
- James would fall in line with Trump and Republicans: Amid the ongoing public health crisis, the Trump administration is still in court backing a lawsuit to take away health care for millions of people at a time when they need it most. James has made it clear that he supports Trump “2,000 percent” even while Trump supports the lawsuit that would rip coverage away from Michiganders.
- James earned key endorsements from far-right groups who are committed to full repeal of the Affordable Care Act: James has the backing of American Conservative Union, Senate Conservatives Fund, and the Koch-funded FreedomWorks – groups that only endorse candidates who are dedicated to “supporting full repeal” of the law that protects pre-existing conditions coverage and support “full repeal of Obamacare.”
“Washington Republicans are working overtime to take away Michiganders’ health care amidst a pandemic but as usual John James is nowhere to be found,” said Michigan Democratic Party spokesperson Elena Kuhn. “John James’ silence confirms once again that he would be a rubber stamp for Washington Republicans, and wouldn’t stand up for Michigan families.”
The Michigan Democratic Party launched JohnJamesRevealed.com to hold the failed U.S. Senate candidate accountable for his positions – including those made over the course of the 2018 campaign that he then tried to delete after losing that campaign. Since announcing he’d run again, just over six months after his last failed bid, James has been hiding from Michigan voters and refusing to answer questions from Michigan media.