Michigan Democrats Call Out John James’ “Cynical Deception” on Health Care

DETROIT, MI — Today, the Michigan Democratic Party hosted a press conference with Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist and State Senator Winnie Brinks where they called out John James for his empty promises and “cynical deception” on health care. 

The truth is James has vowed to dismantle the law that protects 1.7 million Michiganders with pre-existing conditions and said in his own words the law is a “monstrosity.” He’s also refused to condemn Trump and Republicans for pushing the ACA lawsuit which will be heard by the Supreme Court the week after the election and will gut health care if successful. And even as Michiganders’ health care is in jeopardy with the Supreme Court vacancy, James has no plan to protect Michiganders with pre-existing conditions. 

“As our nation is facing the worst health crisis in 100 years, Michiganders need someone who they can trust with absolute certainty to preserve access to health care during and after this crisis,” said Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist. “The contrast between Senator Gary Peters and John James couldn’t be more clear: Senator Gary Peters has a clear record of voting to protect and expand access to health care, while James stands “2000%” behind Trump, who is suing to kick millions of people off their health insurance. We can trust Gary Peters to be there for us time and time again.”

“James may try to distort his record on health care, including just this week in a Grand Rapids interview, but we know exactly where he stands. And it’s not with Michigan families who depend on access to affordable health care,” said State Senator Winnie Brinks. “Michiganders deserve a Senator who will be honest and always fight to protect our health care – and John James continues to show that he can’t be trusted to be the leader our families need.”

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