John James Revealed: On Decade Anniversary of Affordable Care Act, John James Would Be Another Vote To Dismantle It

John James has made clear he would repeal the law protecting people with pre-existing conditions; has called the law with these protections a “monstrosity”

Today marks 291 days since James has done a MI TV interview, 184 days since answering questions from MI print media, 96 days since appearing at a public event

On the 10 year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act becoming law, here’s a reminder of where failed Senate candidate John James stands on the law that protects coverage for 1.7 million Michiganders with pre-existing conditions – which experts say is “particularly concerning during a public health emergency”: 

  • 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. Although James has hidden from questions on whether he supports the lawsuit, he’s 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: Senate Conservatives Fund, who endorsed James and already funneled over $500,000 to benefit his campaign, only endorses candidates who are dedicated to “supporting full repeal” of the law that protects pre-existing conditions coverage. The Koch-funded FreedomWorks who support “full repeal of Obamacare” have also thrown their support behind James. 

“At a time when health care is top of mind for Michigan families,  it’s clear John James’ position on health care is wrong for Michigan. His record demonstrates at every turn he’d be a vote to strip protections away from the 1.7 million Michiganders with pre-existing conditions,” said Michigan Democratic Party spokesperson Elena Kuhn. “Instead of hiding from Michigan press and voters, James should tell Michiganders why he wants to make it harder for them to get health coverage.”

The Michigan Democratic Party launched 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.



John James took nearly $2 million in tax breaks on the condition that he would create 108 jobs — instead, he cut 32 Michigan jobs. Why did John James break his promise and lie to Michiganders?