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8 Times Sen. Tom Killion Voted Against Your Health

During his 12 years in the Pennsylvania Legislature, Sen. Tom Killion (SD-9) has worked to make health care more expensive and less accessible. After eking out a victory by just three points in 2016, Sen. Killion is now trying to hide his affiliation with the Republican Party, but Pennsylvania voters won’t be fooled this November. 

Here are the times Sen. Killion voted against the health of Pennsylvanians: 

  1. Last year Sen. Killion co-sponsored a bill that would let employers offer health care plans that don’t cover the essentials, like maternity care and prescription drugs. [SB 993
  1. Most Medicaid recipients are employed, but Sen. Killion still voted to add unnecessary work requirements that increase costs and jeopardize coverage for those who lost their jobs. [HB 59
  1. Sen. Killion voted to let insurance companies — not doctors — decide what drugs injured workers and telemedicine patients are prescribed. [SB 936] [SB 857, concurrence with House Amendments]
  1. Sen. Killion voted to let health insurance companies raise rates on small businesses as high as they want. [HB 746]
  1. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sen. Killion voted to end the emergency declaration and lift stay-at-home orders, even as cases rose in his district. [HR 836]
  1. Sen. Killion represents the City of Chester where rates of lead exposure were higher than Flint, MI. Still, Sen. Killion killed a bill in committee that would have funded lead contamination clean up. [SB 221]
  1. Sen. Killion also represents parts of Delaware County, which has some of the state’s highest rates of overdose deaths, but he still co-sponsored a bill to make it harder to access addiction treatment medicine. [SB 675]
  1. Before the Affordable Care Act became law, Sen. Killion voted against helping the 900,000 Pennsylvanians who were uninsured. He opposed making insurance affordable for those who didn’t qualify for Medicaid [HB 1] and voted against helping small businesses provide healthcare to their employees [SB 1137].