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North Carolina Legislator Profile: Senator Dan Bishop (R-Mecklenburg)

Dan Bishop (R- Mecklenburg) is serving his second term in the NC Senate. Prior to joining the NC Senate, Bishop was a representative in the NC House for one term.

Bishop repeatedly voted against making health care more affordable and accessible for North Carolinians.He was the only NC Senator to favor big pharmaceutical companies over North Carolinians and vote against H384, a bill that protected small community pharmacists and kept prescriptions affordable. Bishop, along with other Senate Republicans, chose to amend a school safety bill to include provisions intended to destabilize the Affordable Care Act, once again failing to protect North Carolinians’ health care.

Bishop was a primary sponsor of HB2, demonstrating how little he cares about protecting the LGBTQ+ community in NC. Not only did HB2 fail to protect the LGBTQ+ community, but it also cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars. Bishop was more than willing to prioritize his discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community above the NC economy.

In 2015 Bishop voted to increase taxes on NC families and small business owners, making it more expensive to do business, get a driver’s license, and have a baby. He also voted to cut food stamps for 100,000 North Carolinians. Read more here.

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Summary:

Bishop has a long history of voting against affordable and accessible health care for North Carolinians.

  • Bishop was the only NC Senator to vote with pharmaceutical companies and against North Carolinians struggling to afford their prescriptions.
  • Bishop voted to dismantle health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Senate Republicans amended a school safety bill to include provisions intended to destabilize the Affordable Care Act by allowing nonprofits to offer stripped-down health care plans that discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.

Bishop sponsored HB2 which eliminated discrimination protections for the LGBTQ+ community and cost NC between $450 and $630 million.

  • Bishop sponsored HB2 which eliminated discrimination protections for the LGBTQ+ community.
  • It is estimated that HB2 cost NC between $450 million and $630 million.

In 2015 Bishop voted for increased fees on families and small business owners, making it more expensive to do business, get a driver’s license, and even to have a baby.

  • Bishop voted to cut food stamps for 100,000 recipients in a “needless bill from heartless Republicans” that wouldn’t save the state money

Read the full profile here.