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October 2020

Protect Our Care “Your Health, Your Vote” Virtual Bus Tour Week Six Wrap Up: North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia

Virtual Tour “Hit the Road” for Events with U.S. Senate Candidates Cal Cunningham, Jaime Harrison and Jon Ossoff, Members of Congress and Elected Officials in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia

On the sixth week of Protect Our Care’s 18-state “Your Health, Your Vote” virtual bus tour, Protect Our Care held events in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. During each stop, members of Congress, U.S. Senate candidates, elected leaders, health care advocates and storytellers from each state met in a virtual format to discuss President Trump’s complete mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic and highlight the danger of allowing President Trump to pick the next Supreme Court justice. California v. Texas, the Trump-Republican lawsuit to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, will be heard one week after the election. If successful, the lawsuit would take away protections for 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions and rip coverage away from over 20 million Americans in the middle of a pandemic.

To date, bus tour stops have included:

  • Seven United States Senate candidates including Speaker Sara Gideon (ME), Captain Mark Kelly (AZ), Dr. Al Gross (AL), Gov. Steve Bullock (MT), Cal Cunningham (NC), Jaime Harrison (SC) and Jon Ossoff (GA)
  • Nine incumbent United States Senate Democrats including Senators Bob Casey (PA), Tammy Baldwin (WI), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), Tina Smith (MN), Catherine Cortez Masto (NV), Jacky Rosen (NV), Jon Tester (MT), Maggie Hassan (NH) and Mark Warner (VA)
  • 16 Democratic Members of Congress including Reps. Matt Cartwright (PA-08), Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), Chris Pappas (NH-01), Dean Phillips (MN-03), Cindy Axne (IA-03), Abby Finkenauer (IA-01), Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), Jason Crow (CO-06), Dina Titus (NV-01), Susie Lee (NV-03), Colin Allred (TX-32), Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07), Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), G.K. Butterfield (NC-01), Joe Cunningham (SC-01) and Lucy McBath (GA-06)
  • Five Democratic Congressional candidates including Dr. Hiral Tipirneni (AZ-06), Dr. Cameron Webb (VA-05) and Justice Pat Timmons-Goodson (NC-08)

NORTH CAROLINA
Monday, October 19, 2020: Protect Our Care’s nationwide virtual “Your Health, Your Vote” tour arrived in North Carolina to highlight Republicans’ ongoing war on health care and failed coronavirus response. Headlined by Cal Cunningham, Attorney General Josh Stein, and Congressman G.K. Butterfield, the event highlighted how Trump’s health care sabotage, including a lawsuit to completely dismantle the Affordable Care Act during a pandemic, would impact North Carolinians’ care. They also called on Senator Thom Tillis to denounce Trump’s war on health care and discussed Democrats’ agenda to improve health care and lower costs for Americans. 

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Coverage
The News & Observer: Cunningham won’t talk personal scandal, keeps his focus on health care in Senate race
WJZY, WFXB, WGHP, WNCN, WNCT: Coverage of Event

SOUTH CAROLINA
Wednesday, October 21, 2020: Protect Our Care’s nationwide virtual “Your Health, Your Vote” tour arrived in South Carolina to highlight Republicans’ ongoing war on health care and failed coronavirus response. Headlined by Congressman Joe Cunningham and former South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison, the event highlighted how Trump’s health care sabotage, including a lawsuit to completely dismantle the Affordable Care Act during a pandemic, would impact South Carolinians’ care. They also called on Senator Lindsey Graham to denounce Trump’s war on health care and discussed Democrats’ agenda to improve health care and lower costs for Americans. 

 

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Coverage
NBC News 2: Congressman Joe Cunningham and Senate candidate Jaime Harrison participating in virtual tour stop
ABC News 4: Rep. Cunningham and Jaime Harrison headline virtual “Your Health, Your Vote” tour stop

GEORGIA
Thursday, October 22, 2020: Protect Our Care’s nationwide virtual “Your Health, Your Vote” tour arrived in Georgia to highlight Republicans’ ongoing war on health care and failed coronavirus response. Headlined by U.S. Representative Lucy McBath (D-GA-06), U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff (D-GA) and Andy Slavitt, former Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the event highlighted how Trump’s health care sabotage, including a lawsuit to completely dismantle the Affordable Care Act during a pandemic, would impact Georgians’ care. They also called on Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue to denounce Trump’s war on health care and discussed Democrats’ agenda to improve health care and lower costs for Americans.

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Republicans Can’t Hide Their History of Opposing Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions

After Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee jammed through a vote to advance the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett and ahead of tonight’s presidential debate, Protect Our Care is setting the record straight about Republicans’ history of opposing protections for pre-existing conditions. They have voted time and time again to try to repeal the Affordable Care Act and its protections for more than 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions. Now, they are rushing Judge Amy Coney Barrett onto the Supreme Court to help them dismantle the ACA. On November 10, one week after the election, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in California v. Texas, the Trump-Republican lawsuit to terminate the ACA and throw the entire American health care system into chaos in the middle of an ever-worsening pandemic. No matter how Trump and his Republican enablers in Congress try to trick voters as they head to the polls, their health care sabotage record is clear. 

Top Ways Senate Republicans Have (and Continue to) Undermine Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions

During the week of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings, Senate Republicans lied about their health care records by claiming that they support protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said “every member of the Senate agrees we are going to protect pre existing conditions.” Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) said “Republicans are all clearly on board that we’re covering pre-existing conditions.” These blatant lies are just another election year stunt to try to distract voters from their decade-long war on American health care.

The reality is that President Trump and his enablers in the Senate see the nomination of Judge Coney Barrett as their opportunity to accomplish what they haven’t been able to do in Congress — completely dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its protections for more than 135 million people with pre-existing conditions. One week after the election, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in California v. Texas, the Trump-Republican lawsuit that if successful, would overturn the ACA, eliminate its protections for pre-existing conditions and throw our entire health care system into chaos. Trump and Senate Republicans want to send an anti-ACA Justice to the Supreme Court to rig the outcome of their lawsuit, and they believe Amy Coney Bryant will do just that. 

Here Are The Top Ways Senate Republicans Have Undermined Protections For People With Pre-Existing Conditions:

1. The Texas Lawsuit

Undoubtedly the most imminent threat to people with pre-existing conditions, California v. Texas could completely overturn the ACA and its critical protections for 135 million people with pre-existing conditions. The lawsuit was brought by Republican attorneys general and supported by the Trump administration. Before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies routinely denied people coverage because of a pre-existing condition or canceled coverage when a person got sick. Without the ACA, insurance companies could have the license to do this again. Every single Republican in the Senate voted for the Trump tax bill, which formed the basis of the entire lawsuit seeking to overturn the health care law. Senate Republicans refused to sponsor a resolution that would authorize Senate legal counsel to defend the Affordable Care Act. And earlier this month, Senate Republicans blocked a motion to advance a bill that would protect the ACA in the Supreme Court challenge.

2. Pushing Junk Plans

In 2018, the Trump Administration finalized a rule expanding the availability of “short-term, limited duration” plans that are not required to cover pre-existing conditions. Short-term plans offered bare-boned, skimpy coverage and were originally designed to be temporary coverage and limited to three months in duration, but the administration now allows them to be available 364 days and renewed up to three years. Junk plans can also deny coverage for prescription drugs, preventative care, and other essential health benefits. Experts warned that, in addition to hurting the people who purchase this substandard coverage, reviving junk plans could increase premiums and destabilize the market for everyone else.

Junk plans are particularly harmful during the coronavirus crisis: One analysis found widespread misleading marketing of short-term plans during the pandemic. Reports have already shown that patients covered by junk plans have been left with thousands of dollars in medical bills for seeking treatment for coronavirus symptoms. All but one Republican senator voted against a Congressional Review Act resolution to overturn the Trump administration’s expansion of short term health care plans.

3. Supporting ACA Repeal

Before the ACA became law, health coverage on the individual market was described as the “wild wild West” of health insurance marketplaces. That was because consumers were at the mercy of insurance companies that could deny coverage, drop coverage, or charge people more based on their health status, gender, and age. The ACA required “guaranteed issue” and “community rating” in the individual market — meaning insurance companies could no longer deny or drop coverage because of health status, and they could not charge people more based on health status or gender. It also imposed limits on how much more insurance companies could charge people over 50 compared to younger people. 

Every single Republican senator has either voted against the initial passage of the ACA, voted in favor of ACA repeal, or explicitly expressed support for overturning the ACA at some point in their careers. Senate Republicans have repeatedly tried to enact legislation that would repeal the ACA and undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions. For example, the Graham-Cassidy-Heller bill would have allowed states to waive key parts of the ACA such as the “essential health benefit” provision. Chris Sloan, senior manager at the health research firm Avalere, said that under Graham-Cassidy, “you can be charged more for a specific condition.” And the Washington Post noted, “For example, if you are a cancer survivor, an insurance company can’t deny you coverage or increase your premiums because of that pre-existing medical condition. But if the state waived the essential health benefits package and insurers redesigned their plans, and the plans didn’t cover certain cancer treatments or prescription drugs, then the cost could fall on you.”

4. Pushing Sham Bills for Political Cover

In a blatant attempt to provide cover for himself and his colleagues, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) released bill text for the “The Protect Act.” During Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings, Senate Republicans repeatedly touted this bill as confirmation that Republicans have a plan if the ACA is overturned and that they support guaranteed coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. However, there is a huge catch: under Tillis’s legislation, insurance companies could once again impose lifetime limits and refuse to cover services related to a pre-existing condition. In other words, without the ban on annual and lifetime limits, a patient with cancer – whose costs for treatment average about $150,000 – could quickly reach their plan’s coverage limit and face the devastating choice of continuing treatment or facing financial ruin. Moreover, while Tillis’s bill claims to prohibit insurance companies from excluding coverage of treatments based on a person’s pre-existing condition, insurers could deny coverage of certain treatments across the board. So insurance companies could still refuse to cover this person’s chemotherapy drugs because they would no longer need to cover essential health benefits. This is all assuming that the patient wasn’t already paying higher premiums for being a woman or over the age of 50 — both of which are authorized under this legislation. 

Similar legislation from Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), the “Pre-Existing Conditions Protections Act of 2020,” would — despite its name– give power to insurance companies to deny coverage outright based on a pre-existing condition. The bill would not ensure coverage of essential health benefits like prescription drugs, maternity care and cancer treatments, and it would allow insurance companies to place yearly and lifetime limits on essential benefits

Fact Checks Confirm Senate Republicans Are Lying Through Their Teeth

Washington Post Fact Checker Gave “Four Pinocchios” To Senator John Cornyn’s Claim That He Supports Protections For Pre-Existing Conditions. “Cornyn has been silent on the lawsuit, but his Senate record speaks for itself: numerous votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act or replace it with weaker tea; a pair of proposals that could saddle sick patients with higher, and possibly prohibitive, costs; and voting against a measure just last month that would have barred the Justice Department from arguing to strike down the entire health-care law in court. Cornyn earns Four Pinocchios.” [Washington Post, 10/14/20

The Washington Post Fact Checker Gave Senators Steve Daines, Cory Gardner, And Martha McSally “Four Pinocchios” For False Claims On Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions. “Voters deserve straight answers when their health care is on the line, especially in the middle of a deadly pandemic. Daines, Gardner and McSally have voted to end the Affordable Care Act. People with preexisting conditions would have been left exposed because of those votes; insurers could have denied coverage or jacked up prices for sick patients. The three senators’ comments about the GOP lawsuit are woefully vague, but they can all be interpreted as tacit support. Asked about the case, a Daines spokesperson said ‘whatever mechanism’ to get rid of the ACA would do. McSally’s campaign ‘didn’t specifically answer, but pointed to her general disapproval of the ACA.’ Gardner avoided the question six times in one interview, but in another, he said: ‘That’s the court’s decision. If the Democrats want to stand for an unconstitutional law, I guess that’s their choice.’ Four Pinocchios all around.” [Washington Post, 7/15/20

Politifact Rated Senator David Perdue’s Claim That He Believes “Health Insurance Should Always Cover Preexisting Conditions” As “False.” “Perdue said that his policy is that ‘health insurance should always cover preexisting conditions. For anyone. Period.’ Perdue opposes the Affordable Care Act and weighed in on the side of short-term health plans that lack some of the ACA’s strong protections for people with preexisting conditions. Perdue’s bill to maintain those protections contains loopholes that insurance companies could use to avoid covering certain conditions. Perdue’s promise is sweeping and absolute. The policies he has backed offer some limited protections, but don’t match that promise. We rate this claim False.” [Politifact, 9/3/20

Kaiser Health News/Politifact Rated Martha McSally’s Claim That She Will “Always Protect Those With Preexisting Conditions” As False. “In her new TV ad, McSally claims she will ‘always protect those with preexisting conditions.’ But nothing in her voting record, which tracks closely with the Republican repeal-and-replace philosophy, supports this claim. And she has continually declined opportunities to oppose a pending legal threat to the ACA, including its provisions related to preexisting conditions, by a group of GOP governors and supported by the Trump administration. Meanwhile, the legislation her campaign cited to justify her stance falls short in terms of meaningfully protecting Americans with preexisting medical conditions. McSally has not in the past or present taken actions that back up her statement. We rate it False.” [Kaiser Health News, 6/29/20

NO PLAN: Trump’s Disastrous “60 Minutes” Interview Proves He Still Doesn’t Have A Plan to Replace the ACA If the Law Is Terminated at the Supreme Court

Washington, DC — Today, President Trump released footage from a “60 Minutes” interview with Lesley Stahl, which he abruptly walked out of this past weekend. It’s clear why he jumped ship. When asked about a health care plan and his lawsuit to destroy the Affordable Care Act in court, the president reaffirmed that he wants the Supreme Court to strike down the law. In response to the newly-released footage, Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach released the following statement:

“Once again, Donald Trump showed us that his only health care plan is his lawsuit, which would take away Americans’ health care in the middle of an ever-worsening pandemic, one week after Election Day. If successful, Trump’s lawsuit would rip health care from over 20 million Americans and end protections for 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions. Trump’s disastrous interview shows he and the GOP have never had any other plan than to completely destroy the ACA and throw the entire American health care system into chaos.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans Vote to Advance Anti-ACA Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s SCOTUS Nomination as Fate of the Law Rests in the Hands of the Court

A Vote for Judge Coney Barrett is a Vote Against Americans’ Health Care

Washington, DC — Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee voted today to advance Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination to a full Senate floor vote, despite her unwillingness to answer questions about Americans’ health care during her hearings last week and President Trump’s transparent intent to rush her onto the court to overturn the ACA. One week after Election Day, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in California v. Texas, Trump’s lawsuit to completely dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Senate Republicans are rushing through Judge Coney Barrett’s nomination while voters are already casting ballots for the 2020 election because they are confident she will be a reliable vote to overturn the ACA in court. In response, Protect Our Care Executive Director Brad Woodhouse issued the following statement: 

“With today’s vote, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have made crystal clear where they stand on the Affordable Care Act and the protections it provides for more than 135 million people with pre-existing conditions. As her nomination moves to the floor of the Senate, their Republican colleagues should bear in mind that a vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a vote against Americans’ health care. In a desperate bid to hold onto power, Republicans have been misleading voters ahead of the election about protecting voters with pre-existing conditions, but their actions speak louder than their lies. The truth is, they are in court right now trying to overturn the ACA, the gold standard for protecting people with pre-existing conditions, and they are rushing Judge Coney Barrett onto the court to help them do it.”

Report: Why the ACA Is the Gold Standard for Protecting People with Pre-Existing Conditions

Protect Our Care “Your Health, Your Vote” Virtual Bus Tour Week Five Wrap Up: Colorado, Nevada, Texas, Virginia and Montana

Virtual Tour “Hit the Road” for Events with U.S. Senate Candidate Governor Steve Bullock, Members of Congress and Elected Officials in Colorado, Nevada, Texas, Virginia and Montana

On the fifth week of Protect Our Care’s 16-state “Your Health, Your Vote” virtual bus tour, Protect Our Care held events in Colorado, Nevada, Texas, Virginia and Montana. During each stop, members of Congress, a U.S. Senate candidate, elected leaders, health care advocates and storytellers from each state met in a virtual format to discuss President Trump’s complete mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic and highlight the danger of allowing President Trump to pick the next Supreme Court justice. California v. Texas, the Trump-Republican lawsuit to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, will be heard one week after the election. If successful, the lawsuit would take away protections for 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions and rip coverage away from over 20 million Americans in the middle of a pandemic.

To date, bus tour stops have included:

  • Four United States Senate candidates including Speaker Sara Gideon (ME), Captain Mark Kelly (AZ), Dr. Al Gross (AL) and Governor Steve Bullock (MT)
  • Eight United States Senate Democrats including Senators Bob Casey (PA), Tammy Baldwin (WI), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), Tina Smith (MN), Catherine Cortez Masto (NV), Jacky Rosen (NV), Mark Warner (VA) and Jon Tester (MT)
  • 13 Democratic Members of Congress including Reps. Matt Cartwright (PA-08), Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), Chris Pappas (NH-01), Dean Phillips (MN-03), Cindy Axne (IA-03), Abby Finkenauer (IA-01), Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), Jason Crow (CO-06), Dina Titus (NV-01), Susie Lee (NV-03), Colin Allred (TX-32), Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) and Abigail Spanberger (VA-07)

COLORADO
Monday, October 12, 2020: Protect Our Care Colorado was joined by Congressman Jason Crow, and Colorado health care advocates to discuss how Trump’s health care sabotage, including a lawsuit to completely dismantle the Affordable Care Act during a pandemic, would impact Coloradans’ care. Participants also called on Senator Cory Gardner to denounce Trump’s war on health care and discussed Democrats’ agenda to improve health care and lower costs for Americans. Advocates urged Senator Cory Gardner to take steps to protect them, and end his attacks on Coloradans’ health care. 

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Coverage
Colorado Times Recorder: Crow Criticizes Republicans for Trying to Kill the Affordable Care Act Instead of Working To Improve It

NEVADA
Tuesday, October 13, 2020: Protect Our Care’s nationwide virtual “Your Health, Your Vote” tour arrived in southern Nevada to highlight Republicans’ ongoing war on health care and failed coronavirus response. Headlined by Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen and Representatives Dina Titus and Susie Lee, the event highlighted how Trump’s health care sabotage, including a lawsuit to completely dismantle the Affordable Care Act during a pandemic, would impact Nevadans’ care. Speakers included Kevin Scott Carey, President SEIU Nevada Local 1107, Laura Martin, PLAN (Progressive Leadership Alliance Nevada), Raquel Cruz-Juarez, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, and Erika Washington, Make it Work Nevada, who also called on the GOP to denounce Trump’s war on health care and discussed Democrats’ agenda to improve health care and lower costs for Americans.

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Las Vegas Sun: Top Nevada Democrats Urge GOP to Put Health Care Above Court Politics

TEXAS
Wednesday, October 14, 2020: Protect Our Care’s nationwide virtual “Your Health, Your Vote” tour arrived in Texas to highlight Republicans’ ongoing war on health care and failed coronavirus response. Headlined by U.S. Representatives Collin Allred (D-TX-32) and Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX-07), the event highlighted how Trump’s ongoing war on America’s health care, his lawsuit to completely dismantle the Affordable Care Act during a pandemic, and his failed coronavirus response have had devastating impacts on Texans. They also held Sen. John Cornyn for his failure as part of the Republican Senate leadership to failure Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to negotiate or pass a meaningful coronavirus relief package for Americans who are suffering from the impacts of the pandemic. The House, including Reps. Allred and Fletcher, passed a relief bill 152 days ago, with no meaningful response from the Senate.

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VIRGINIA
Friday, October 16, 2020: Protect Our Care’s nationwide virtual “Your Health, Your Vote” tour arrived in Virginia to highlight Republicans’ ongoing war on health care and failed coronavirus response. Headlined by U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07), U.S. House candidate Dr. Cameron Webb (D-VA-05) and Marked by COVID founder Kristin Urquiza, the event highlighted Trump’s selection of an anti-ACA justice for the Supreme Court and his lawsuit to completely dismantle the Affordable Care Act during a pandemic, which would have devastating impacts on Virginians’ care. They also discussed Democrats’ agenda to improve health care and lower costs for Americans.

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MONTANA
Friday, October 16, 2020: Protect Our Care’s nationwide virtual tour arrived in Montana, headlined by Senator Jon Tester and Governor Steve Bullock, to discuss the importance of the Affordable Care Act to Montanans and to highlight what’s at stake for Montanans’ health care if the ACA is repealed. They also discussed the significance of access to affordable healthcare particularly in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Community members, including Dr. Anne Giuliano and Rep. Sharon Stewart Peregoy, carried messages from communities directly impacted by the ACA and Medicaid expansion, highlighting the importance of access to preventative and consistent care. Speakers included Amy Allen of the Forward Montana Foundation, Elizabeth Marum, a member of Big Sky 55+, and Emily Allison of Forward Montana and Bridgercare. 

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Virginians Sen. Warner, Rep. Spanberger, Dr. Cameron Webb Highlight What’s at Stake for Health Care in 2020 Election

Protect Our Care on Nationwide Virtual Bus Tour Focuses on What’s at Stake for Virginians’ Health Care in November

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VIRGINIA – Today, Protect Our Care’s nationwide virtual “Your Health, Your Vote” tour arrived in Virginia to highlight Republicans’ ongoing war on health care and failed coronavirus response. Headlined by U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07), U.S. House candidate Dr. Cameron Webb (D-VA-05) and Marked by COVID founder Kristin Urquiza, the event highlighted Trump’s selection of an anti-ACA justice for the Supreme Court and his lawsuit to completely dismantle the Affordable Care Act during a pandemic, which would have devastating impacts on Virginians’ care. They also discussed Democrats’ agenda to improve health care and lower costs for Americans.

“Right now, in the middle of a pandemic, Trump is still fighting to dismantle the ACA in a case that the Supreme Court will hear one week after the election. Repealing the Affordable Care Act means eliminating protections for people with pre-existing conditions, including the millions of Americans who have been diagnosed with Covid-19. We have a lot of room to build on the ACA while protecting the American people. The stakes could not be higher, and improving upon the law, not throwing it out, should be our path forward,” said U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA).

“COVID-19 has created massive amounts of uncertainty for thousands of Virginians, including those who have lost their job and their employer-sponsored insurance. The administration’s continued sabotage of our healthcare system is the very last thing they need,” said U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07). “In Congress, I’m committed to protecting those with pre-existing conditions, defending our healthcare system, and lowering healthcare and drug costs for working families. Senator Warner and Dr. Webb understand that these are critical priorities at this moment, and I’d like to thank Protect Our Care for keeping up the fight on behalf of families and seniors in Virginia and across the country.”

“This pandemic has been a poignant reminder of how essential it is for everyone in our communities to have access to quality and affordable healthcare. Advocates like Protect Our Care have been critical voices in the fight to defend the Affordable Care Act and the progress that we’ve made, and I was thrilled to join them today to discuss the importance of this election for protecting and expanding access to care,” said U.S. House candidate Dr. Cameron Webb (D-VA-05).

“This is leadership failure, and this is policy failure. It has led us to losing 218,000 Americans,” said Marked by COVID founder Kristin Urquiza, who lost her father, Mark, to the virus. “The President of the United States continues to downplay the virus. He’s refusing to listen to experts. He is discouraging Americans from wearing masks, and he does not have a plan. His Republican entourage is completely in lockstep with him, and so that is why it is so critically important that we fire Donald Trump this election cycle.”

“In 2020, health care is on the ballot. We’ve seen failure after failure on health care from President Trump and his Republican enablers in Congress,” said Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach. “Now, they are trying to confirm an anti-ACA Supreme Court nominee to completely dismantle the Affordable Care Act in the middle of the worst public health crisis our country has seen, which would rip health care from more than 20 million Americans and leave 135 million people without protections for their pre-existing conditions. The stakes couldn’t be higher for health care, and voters know they don’t want another four years of Donald Trump’s health care sabotage.” 

Read Virginia’s Voter Guide Here

The Protect Our Care “Your Health, Your Vote” virtual bus tour is making stops in:
Pennsylvania on Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Wisconsin on Thursday, September 17, 2020
Michigan on Tuesday, September 22, 2020
New Hampshire on Thursday, September 24, 2020
Minnesota on Friday, September 25, 2020
Iowa on Thursday, October 1, 2020
Maine on Friday, October 2, 2020
Alaska on Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Arizona on Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Colorado on Monday, October 12, 2020
Nevada on Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Texas on Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Virginia on Friday, October 16, 2020
Montana on Friday, October 16, 2020
North Carolina on Monday, October 19, 2020
Georgia on Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Florida on Thursday, October 22, 2020

*More dates will be added in coming days, including South Carolina and Illinois

Trump at NBC Town Hall: We’d Like to Terminate Obamacare

At tonight’s NBC town hall, President Trump said “we would like to terminate” the Affordable Care Act and “we have a very good chance of doing it.” For once, President Trump is telling a partial truth. He and his Republican enablers in the Senate are jamming through the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court so they can accomplish through the courts what they couldn’t do legislatively — completely dismantle the Affordable Care Act and its protections for more than 135 million people with pre-existing conditions. One week after the election, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in California v. Texas, the Trump-Republican lawsuit that if successful, would overturn the ACA and throw our entire health care system into chaos.

And that’s where the truth ends. Trump claims they’re in the court to throw out the Affordable Care Act “in order to replace it” but the truth is there is no replacement. The bills Republicans have put forth claiming to protect people with pre-existing conditions aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. 

Report: Why the ACA Is the Gold Standard for Protecting People with Pre-Existing Conditions

NEW VIDEO: Senate Democrats Expose Trump and Republicans’ Rush to Fill Supreme Court Vacancy with Anti-ACA Judge Amy Coney Barrett

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During Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s three days before the Senate Judiciary Committee for her Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Senate Democrats exposed exactly why President Trump and Republicans are rushing to install her on the court — to accomplish what they couldn’t do through legislation and completely overturn the Affordable Care Act. One week after the election, the court will hear oral arguments in California v. Texas, the Trump-Republican lawsuit to dismantle the ACA. If successful, the lawsuit would throw our entire health care system into chaos by ripping away health care from more than 20 million Americans and ending protections for more than 135 million people with pre-existing conditions, all in the middle of an ever-worsening pandemic. Despite their claims to the contrary, Trump and Senate Republicans have no plan if the ACA and its critical protections are overturned.

Judge Coney Barrett dodged question after question from Democratic Judiciary Committee members about her history of hostile statements about the health care law. Senate Democrats continued to raise alarms about the consequences of dismantling the ACA during a pandemic, lifted up stories of Americans who depend on the law and explained to Americans that Trump and Republicans are rushing to confirm anti-ACA Judge Amy Coney Barrett in hopes she will help them accomplish their decade-long goal of eliminating the law.

Texans Highlight What’s at Stake for Health Care in 2020 Election

U.S. Reps. Allred, Fletcher and Health Care Storyteller Join Protect Our Care on Nationwide Virtual Bus Tour to Highlight What’s At Stake for Texans’ Health Care in November

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Texas – Today, Protect Our Care’s nationwide virtual “Your Health, Your Vote” tour arrived in Texas to highlight Republicans’ ongoing war on health care and failed coronavirus response. Headlined by U.S. Representatives Collin Allred (D-TX-32) and Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX-07), the event highlighted how Trump’s ongoing war on America’s health care, his lawsuit to completely dismantle the Affordable Care Act during a pandemic, and his failed coronavirus response have had devastating impacts on Texans. They also held Sen. John Cornyn for his failure as part of the Republican Senate leadership to failure Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to negotiate or pass a meaningful coronavirus relief package for Americans who are suffering from the impacts of the pandemic. The House, including Reps. Allred and Fletcher, passed a relief bill 152 days ago, with no meaningful response from the Senate.

“Health care is on the ballot in this election, so I encourage every North Texan to vote for your health care. Vote for your family’s health care. Vote for leaders that will put your health care first. That’s what’s at stake in this election. I have worked since day one in Congress to stop the attacks on your health care, and will keep working to expand access to care and lower costs across the board,” said U.S. Representative Collin Allred (D-TX-32).

“Our state has the highest rate of uninsured people in the country, but even during this pandemic, Texas Republicans and the Trump administration are intent on repealing the Affordable Care Act, and repealing vital health coverage for millions across our state and country,” said U.S. Representative Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX-07). “For Texans, there is no more critical issue on the ballot this year than protecting our health care. I have been proud to work with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to protect and build upon the ACA, fighting to protect coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and expand access to affordable and quality health care at a time when our communities need it the most.”

“We need to make sure we hold our leaders accountable. 200,000 Americans did not have to die,” said Chris Garcia, a San Antonio resident who lost his father, Carlos, to coronavirus in July. “This would have been the time to bring the country together for the common cause of prevention, but instead the virus was politicized. He peddled false statements, and we still have no national plans for testing or regarding PPE.”

“Health care is on the ballot in 2020. From President Trump and Republicans’ complete abdication of responsibility on passing coronavirus relief to their constant attacks on Americans’ health care, voters know what’s at stake when they cast their vote in this election,” said Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach. “Now Senate Republicans are trying to rush through his anti-ACA Supreme Court nominee to finally accomplish what they haven’t been able to do legislatively — completely dismantle the ACA. Voters will hold Republicans accountable for their war on health care.” 

Read Protect Our Care’s Texas Voter Guide Here

The Protect Our Care “Your Health, Your Vote” virtual bus tour is making stops in: 

Pennsylvania on Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Wisconsin on Thursday, September 17, 2020
Michigan on Tuesday, September 22, 2020
New Hampshire on Thursday, September 24, 2020
Minnesota on Friday, September 25, 2020
Iowa on Thursday, October 1, 2020
Maine on Friday, October 2, 2020
Alaska on Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Arizona on Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Colorado on Monday, October 12, 2020
Nevada on Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Texas on Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Virginia on Friday, October 16, 2020
Montana on Friday, October 16, 2020
North Carolina on Monday, October 19, 2020
Georgia on Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Florida on Thursday, October 22, 2020
*More dates will be added in coming days, including South Carolina and Illinois

Trump Picked Amy Coney Barrett Because He Knows She Will Overturn the ACA

President Trump has made clear that the litmus test for picking a Supreme Court nominee is the future justice’s intent to invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Amy Coney Barrett passes this test with flying colors, having criticized both major rulings that upheld the ACA. On Sunday, Trump reaffirmed his commitment to his lawsuit to overturn the health care law  — which would rip coverage away from more than 20 million Americans and eliminate protections for 135 million people with pre-existing conditions in the middle of a global pandemic — and his confidence in a victory if Barrett is seated. And that’s not even the first time he has said opposition to the ACA is nonnegotiable when selecting his judicial appointments.

Trump Has Repeatedly Promised to Appoint Judges Who Will Overturn the ACA 

As far back as 2015, Donald Trump promised that “my judicial appointments will do the right thing unlike Bush’s appointee John Roberts on ObamaCare.”  The Republican party platform for 2016 and 2020 clearly states that GOP-appointed judges will “reverse the long line of activist decisions – including Roe, Obergefell, and the Obamacare cases” and while running for president in 2016, Trump assailed Roberts’ rulings calling him a “nightmare for Conservatives” who “gave us Obamacare, almost as much as Obama himself.” 

Trump continues to stand by his promise to “terminate health care under Obamacare” by pursuing a lawsuit that could overturn the entire law to the Supreme Court. Trump has also said that he is “looking to appoint judges very much in the mold of Justice Scalia.” The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia opposed the ACA repeatedly, famously dubbing the law “SCOTUSCare.” 

Within hours of nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, Trump tweeted again about his hopes of overturning the ACA, saying “Obamacare will be replaced with a MUCH better, and FAR cheaper, alternative if it is terminated in the Supreme Court. Would be a big WIN for the USA!” The next day, Trump called Obamacare “terrible” and doubled-down on his goal of overturning the law: “‘If we can end Obamacare and come up with a much better health-care system that’s much cheaper and much better, which is what we’ll do.” 

Two Republican Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee Are Openly Rooting for Judge Barrett to Overturn the ACA

Senator Mike Lee told George Stephanopolus on ABC’s “This Week” that he hoped Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination would lead to the court declaring the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.  “I believe the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional when it was enacted. It was unconstitutional when it was litigated in 2012. The fact that Congress chose to enact an unconstitutional law shouldn’t tarnish Judge Barrett in this. Her job is to figure out whether it’s unconstitutional or not,” Lee said. 

Senator Ted Cruz Cruz claimed that it would not be a problem for Amy Coney Barrett and the Supreme Court to strike down the Affordable Care Act, because Republicans would immediately act to protect pre-existing conditions. “Every Republican agrees we’re going to protect preexisting conditions,” Cruz said, while criticizing Democrats for trying to make Barrett’s nomination into a referendum on health care. “What they’re talking about is what they think politically resonates, but 100 out of 100 senators agree we’re going to protect preexisting conditions regardless of what happens with Obamacare.”