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THIS WEEK: Protect Our Care “Health Care Emergency” Bus Tour Continues With Stops in Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Georgia 

“Care Force One” Will Travel to Bangor, Portland, Concord, Raleigh, Charlotte, Asheville and Atlanta for Events Highlighting the Health Care Emergency Created By Trump’s Lawsuit and Democrats’ Agenda to Improve Care and Lower Costs

Washington, DC On the third and final week of Protect Our Care’s 5,800-mile, 21-event, 13-state nationwide bus tour, “Care Force One” is continuing across the country for stops in  Bangor (ME), Portland (ME), Concord (NH), Raleigh (NC), Charlotte (NC), Asheville (NC) and Atlanta (GA). During each stop, elected officials, health care advocates and storytellers will join Protect Our Care to call for an end to the GOP’s continued war on Americans’ health care and highlight the dire emergency created by the Trump-Republican lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Event participants will also discuss the Democratic agenda to lower costs and improve health care. 

Watch all bus tour stops live here. 

The week begins Monday morning in Bangor, ME:

WHO:
State Sen. David Miramant
State Rep. Joe Perry
State Rep. Barbara Cardone
Andrea Irwin, Executive Director, Mabel Wadsworth Center
Greg Marley, Clinical Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness
WHAT: “Protect Our Care Maine Health Care Emergency” Press Conference
WHERE: Care Force One, Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St, Bangor, ME 04401
WHEN: Monday, August 19 at 10:00 AM EST

And continues Monday afternoon in Portland, ME:

WHO:
State Rep. Sara Gideon, Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives
State Sen. Catherine Breen
State Rep. Thom Harnett
Nicole Clegg, Vice President of Public Policy, Planned Parenthood New England
Jenna Mehnert, MSW, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness
WHAT “Protect Our Care Maine Health Care Emergency” Press Conference
WHERE: Care Force One, Portland City Hall, 389 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
WHEN: Monday, August 19th at 2:00 PM EST

Tuesday, Protect Our Care heads to Concord, NH:

WHO:
U.S. Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02)
Dr. Randy Hayes, Kent Street Collation
Dr. Nick Perencevich
Carrie Duran, mother of a child with pre-existing conditions
Pepper Nappo, Granite Stater who relies on the ACA for coverage
Audrey Gerkin, Little Lobbyists
Granite State Progress
Rights & Democracy NH
WHAT: “Protect Our Care New Hampshire Health Care Emergency” Press Conference
WHERE: Care Force One, Concord City Plaza, in front of NH Statehouse (Main Street) – Concord NH
WHEN: Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 at 10:00 AM EST

Wednesday, Protect Our Care heads to Raleigh, NC:

WHO:  State Senator Terry Van Duyn and others to be announced
WHAT: “Protect Our Care North Carolina Health Care Emergency” Press Conference
WHERE: Care Force One, Senator Tillis’ Raleigh Office, 310 New Bern Ave Ste 122, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
WHEN: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 2:30 PM EST

Thursday morning, Protect Our Care heads to Charlotte, NC:

WHO:   
Mecklenburg County Commissioner at-large Pat Cotham
Stacy Staggs, Little Lobbyists
Kara Konrad, North Carolinian with a pre-existing condition
WHAT: “Protect Our Care North Carolina Health Care Emergency” Press Conference
WHERE: Care Force One, Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E 4th St, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
WHEN: Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM EST

Thursday afternoon, Protect Our Care heads to Asheville, NC:

WHO:
Mallorie Hatcher, Little Lobbyists
Jackie Kiger, Pisgah Legal Services
Others to be announced
WHAT: “Protect Our Care North Carolina Health Care Emergency” Press Conference
WHERE: Care Force One, Pack Square Park 22 S Pack Sq, Asheville, North Carolina 28801
WHEN: Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 2:30 PM EST

The third and final week concludes Friday morning in Atlanta, GA:

WHO: U.S. Representative Lucy McBath (GA-06) and others to be announced
WHAT: “Protect Our Care Georgia Health Care Emergency” Press Conference
WHERE: Care Force One, Georgia State Capitol, 206 Washington St SW, Atlanta, GA 30334
WHEN: Friday, August 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM EST

*Additional speakers to be added throughout the week

For more information on the Protect Our Care Health Care Emergency Bus Tour visit  https://www.protectourcare.org/bus-tour/ 

THIS WEEK: Protect Our Care “Health Care Emergency” Bus Tour Continues With Stops in Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan and Pennsylvania

“Care Force One” Will Travel to St. Paul, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Lansing, Livonia, Harrisburg and Bethlehem, for Events Highlighting the Health Care Emergency Created By Trump’s Lawsuit and Democrats’ Agenda to Improve Care and Lower Costs

Washington, DC — On the second week of Protect Our Care’s 5,800-mile, 21-event, 13-state nationwide bus tour, “Care Force One” is continuing across the country for stops in St. Paul (MN), Des Moines (IA), Cedar Rapids (IA), Lansing (MI), Livonia (MI), Harrisburg (PA) and Bethlehem (PA). During each stop, elected officials, health care advocates and storytellers will join Protect Our Care to call for an end to the GOP’s continued war on Americans’ health care and highlight the dire emergency created by the Trump-Republican lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Event participants will also discuss the Democratic agenda to lower costs and improve health care.

Watch all bus tour stops live here.

The week begins Monday morning in St. Paul, MN:

WHO: U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (MN-04)
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison
Sarah Stoesz, CEO of Planned Parenthood North Central States
Laura Packard, stage 4 cancer survivor and health care advocate
Delores Flynn, SEIU member and mother of son with disabilities
Rachel Zemmer, TakeAction MN
WHAT: “Protect Our Care Minnesota Health Care Emergency” Press Conference
WHERE: AFL-CIO headquarters, 175 Aurora Ave St. Paul, MN 55103
WHEN: Monday, August 12 at 9:45 AM CST

And continues Monday afternoon in Des Moines, IA:

WHO: Emily Holley, executive director of Iowa Voices and patient
Laura Packard, stage 4 cancer survivor and health care advocate
Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa
WHAT:  “Protect Our Care Iowa Health Care Emergency” Press Conference 
WHERE: Care Force One, Outside the State House, Press Conference in Room 22
WHEN: Monday, August 12th at 3:00 PM CST

Tuesday, Protect Our Care heads to Cedar Rapids, IA:

WHO: Laura Packard, stage 4 cancer survivor and health care advocate
Robin Stone, Iowan with a pre-existing condition
Sara Kissling, Iowan with a pre-existing condition
Laura Wright, Iowan struggling with high prescription drug costs
WHAT: “Protect Our Care Iowa Health Care Emergency” Press Conference
WHERE: Outside Sen. Grassley and Sen. Ernsts’ offices, 111 7th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
WHEN: Tuesday, August 13th at 12:00 PM CST

Wednesday morning, Protect Our Care heads to Lansing, MI:

WHO: State Sen. Curtis Hertel (D-East Lansing)
State Rep. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing)
State Rep. Julie Brixie, (D-Meridian Township)
Dr. Farhan Bhatti, CEO and Medical Director of Care Free Medical Lansing
Tori Saylor, patient advocate
Laura Packard, stage 4 cancer survivor and health care activist
WHAT: “Protect Our Care Michigan Health Care Emergency” Press Conference
WHERE: Care Force One at Michigan State Capitol, 100 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933
WHEN: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 11:30 AM EST

And continues Wednesday afternoon in Livonia, MI:

WHO: U.S. Representative Haley Stevens (MI-11)
Dr. Mark LePage, CEO of IHA
Andrea P., health care advocate and member of Little Lobbyists
Laura Packard, cancer survivor and health care activist
WHAT: “Protect Our Care Michigan Health Care Emergency” Press Conference
WHERE: Outside St. Mary Mercy Hospital, 36475 5 Mile Road, Livonia, MI
WHEN: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 3:00 PM EST

Thursday, Protect Our Care heads to Harrisburg, PA:

WHO: U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)
Laura Packard, stage 4 cancer survivor and health care advocate
Staci Ritter, Pennsylvania health care advocate with pre-existing condition
WHAT: “Protect Our Care Pennsylvania Health Care Emergency” Press Conference
WHERE: Outside the Pennsylvania State Capitol, 501 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17120
WHEN: Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 11:30 AM EST

The second week concludes Friday in Bethlehem, PA:

WHO: U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07)
Laura Packard, stage 4 cancer survivor and health care advocate
Mitch Lenett, Pennsylvanian with a pre-existing condition
WHAT: “Protect Our Care Pennsylvania Health Care Emergency” Press Conference
WHERE: Payrow Plaza, 10 E. Church Street, Bethlehem, PA
WHEN: Friday, August 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM EST

*Additional speakers to be added throughout the week

The Protect Our Care “Health Care Emergency Tour” Continues Its Third Week In:

Bangor, ME on Monday, August 19, 2019
Portland, ME on Monday, August 19, 2019
Concord, NH on Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Richmond, VA on Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Raleigh, NC on Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Charlotte, NC on Thursday, August 22, 2019
Asheville, NC on Thursday, August 22, 2019
Atlanta, GA on Friday, August 23, 2019

For more information on the Protect Our Care Health Care Emergency Bus Tour visit  https://www.protectourcare.org/bus-tour/ 

Senator Stabenow, Andy Slavitt Highlight GOP’s Refusal to Allow Medicare Drug Price Negotiation and Their Support For Trump’s Texas Lawsuit

On a Press Call, Senator Stabenow, Andy Slavitt and Protect Our Care Highlighted Priorities Heading Into August Recess; Democrats’ Agenda to Lower Drug Prices And Focus on Holding Republicans Accountable For Supporting Trump’s Texas Lawsuit

Washington, DC – Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee on Finance, former CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt and Protect Our Care held a press call today to highlight Republicans’ refusal to allow Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices and for their failure to denounce Trump’s disastrous Texas lawsuit to overturn America’s health care. On the call, Senator Stabenow made clear the dire situation of the crippling cost of prescription drugs facing the American people, and how Republicans continue to block meaningful legislation that would allow Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices. Nearly nine out of ten Americans support requiring Medicare to negotiate for lower drug costs, yet Republicans continue to reject legislation allowing it to do so, all while supporting a lawsuit that would strip millions of Americans of their health care and raise costs across the board. 

Both Andy Slavitt and Brad Woodhouse discussed the health care emergency created by the Trump-Texas lawsuit and why it represents the most clear and present danger to Americans’ health care today. The call also previewed Protect Our Care’s Health Care Emergency Bus Tour, which will be making stops in Michigan as well as 12 other states throughout the month of August to hold Republicans accountable for supporting Trump’s disastrous lawsuit. 

“Americans pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world,” said Senator Stabenow. “If Republicans were serious about lowering these prices, they would have stood up to the drug lobbyists and supported my amendment in the Senate Finance Committee to give Medicare the power to negotiate lower prices. This is the single most effective thing we can do to lower drug prices for American families today.”

“We must focus much more on the massive theft happening before our eyes as Trump and Republican state Attorneys General collude to rip health care away from millions of Americans,” said former CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt. 

“While Democrats go home this August recess and talk about the actions they’ve taken to lower the cost of prescription drugs and make health care more affordable, Republicans will have to answer for why they continue supporting Trump’s lawsuit and block meaningful progress to lower costs,” said Protect Our Care executive director Brad Woodhouse. “Throughout August, Protect Our Care’s bus tour will travel the country highlighting the health care emergency Trump and his Republican allies have created for the American people with their lawsuit to overturn health care.” 

Listen to audio from the call here

Rep. Annie Kuster, Protect Our Care, Public Policy Polling Discuss New Poll Showing Broad Support For Democrats’ Health Care Agenda

Full press call audio HERE

New Survey From Public Policy Polling Comes As U.S. House Prepares to Consider Legislation to Protect People with Pre-Existing Conditions As White House Threatens To Veto Those Efforts

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH-02) along with Protect Ouhuur Care and Public Policy Polling held a press call today to highlight legislation introduced by House Democrats being voted on this week and next that will improve the nation’s health care system by strengthening protections for people with pre-existing conditions and lowering the cost of health care. Participants highlighted the results of a new poll that showed the majority of Americans support House Democrats’ lower costs, better care agenda.

Rep. Kuster’s bill H.R. 986, the “Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019,” is one of several bills introduced by House Democrats and being voted on this week to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions from the Trump administration’s health care sabotage and to lower the costs of health care. Rep. Kuster’s bill is scheduled for a vote on Thursday, but the White House has already threatened to veto it.

“We cannot go back to a time when Americans with pre-existing conditions can be charged more or denied care,” said Rep. Kuster. “My legislation provides the much-needed pushback against the Trump Administration’s repeated and ongoing sabotage of the Affordable Care Act and our healthcare system. I remain focused on how we can strengthen our healthcare system and I will continue fighting to make the ACA work better for all Americans.”

“Health care champions like Rep. Kuster are working every day to protect millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions from the ongoing sabotage from the Trump administration,” said Protect Our Care executive director Brad Woodhouse. “While the president is hellbent on destroying the nation’s health care system, poll after poll shows us that Americans are fed up with his constant sabotage and support legislation from Democrats like Rep. Kuster that protect patients with pre-existing conditions and make health care more affordable.”

White House Threatens Veto of “Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act”

Washington, DC – Late yesterday, the White House threatened to veto H.R. 986, the “Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019,” ahead of its scheduled vote on the House floor tomorrow. The bill introduced by Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) would protect patients with pre-existing conditions from abuse by insurance companies that is enabled by new Trump administration regulations that sabotage our health care. The Trump administration has also filled a lawsuit to overturn health care laws including protections that stop insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

In response to their shameless veto threat, Protect Our Care chair Leslie Dach released the following statement:

“Democrats are working to protect patients with pre-existing conditions like cancer, diabetes and asthma but the Trump administration is now threatening to veto those efforts. Trump and his Republican allies have tried to repeal these protections for people with pre-existing conditions, then they went to court to strike them down and now they’re threatening to veto them. No matter how many false promises they make to the American people, the record shows they’ll do everything they can to let insurance companies gut coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions.”

Trump Doubles Down on Support for Texas Lawsuit to Rip Apart Our Nation’s Health Care Laws in New Legal Filing

In its Legal Brief Filed Today in the Trump-Texas Lawsuit, the DOJ went further than their Previous Statements of Support to Reiterate Desire to Dismantle the Entire Affordable Care Act

Washington, DC – Today, the Trump administration’s Department of Justice filed its brief in the Texas lawsuit to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act. Unsurprisingly, the Trump administration offered a full-throated defense of ripping apart our health care laws. In response to the administration’s brazen support for dismantling the nation’s health care system, that would take coverage away from 20 million Americans, Protect Our Care executive director Brad Woodhouse released the following statement:

“While unsurprising, it’s still jarring that the President of the United States went even further to reiterate his steadfast determination to win a lawsuit that will dismantle our entire health care system, take health care away from 20 million Americans and strip protections for millions more with pre-existing conditions. It’s clear with the administration’s brief filed today that Trump and the Republican Party’s singular focus is sabotaging our nation’s health care laws no matter how many Americans are put at risk as a result of their reckless actions.”

BACKGROUND:

If the Affordable Care Act is struck down:

  • GONE: Protections for 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions. The uninsured rate will increase by 65 percent.
  • GONE: Medicaid expansion, which covers 17 million people.
  • GONE: Nearly 12 million seniors will have to pay more for prescription drugs because the Medicare ‘donut hole’ will be reopened.
  • GONE: 2.3 million adult children will no longer be able to stay on their parents’ insurance.
  • GONE: Insurance companies will be able to charge women 50 percent more than men.
  • GONE: Financial assistance that helps 9 million people purchase health care in the marketplace.
  • GONE: Key support for rural hospitals. As Americans lose coverage, already struggling hospitals will be hit even harder as their costs increase.
  • GONE: Ban on insurance companies having lifetime caps on coverage.
  • GONE: Requirements that insurance companies cover prescription drugs and maternity care.

U.S. Senators, Health Care Advocates Highlight Urgent Need to Protect Medicaid, Stop Trump’s Health Care Sabotage at Press Conference

Washington, DC – Speaking today at a press conference, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Doug Jones (D-AL) along with health care advocates and Protect Our Care highlighted the urgent need to protect Medicaid and demand that President Trump end his war on America’s health care. The press conference fell just one day before a key deadline in the Trump Texas lawsuit that would obliterate American health care and rollback Medicaid expansion. The press conference also closed out Medicaid Awareness Month, which has been used as a national call to action by concerned citizens about the importance of Medicaid and the urgent need to stop Republicans and President Trump from sabotaging it.”

“The Trump administration’s assault on the American health care system has reached unprecedented levels,” said U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT). “Medicaid is one of the most important and most popular health insurance programs in America today. Americans want Medicaid expansion to continue, and they don’t support the Trump administration trying to use the court system to try to strip away coverage and protections from millions of Americans who so badly need it.”

“This should be a bipartisan issue for all Americans and that’s why I’m proud to be here today,” said U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL). “We need to stop the partisan attacks on people’s health care and focus on the ways that we can improve their lives, that we can grow our economy and strengthen our families and our communities.”

“Medicaid is about our kids, it’s about our seniors and it’s about people with disabilities,” said U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). “If you’re a Republican politician in the Senate or the House and you don’t oppose cuts to Medicaid, you don’t oppose the Trump lawsuit and you don’t oppose sabotage, don’t tell us you support Medicaid or the health care of our kids or our seniors or our friends with disabilities. We have to make sure we continue to protect and defend Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.”

“For far too long, President Trump and his GOP allies in Congress have sought to sabotage the nation’s health care system with their war on Medicaid,” said Protect Our Care executive director Brad Woodhouse. “As communities and families across the country have been talking about the importance of Medicaid this Medicaid Awareness Month, Republican legislatures and President Trump are actively trying to gut it, hellbent on destroying the program relied on by millions of Americans. We are thankful to have leaders Congress like Senators Jones, Murphy and Casey who are fighting to protect Medicaid and understand just how damaging the Trump administration’s actions to gut it will be for American families.”

“My son Rob has a rare disease and he’s one of 35 million Americans for whom Medicaid has been a lifesaver,” said Jeneva Burroughs Stone, a health care advocate and member of Little Lobbyists. “Before Medicaid, medical bankruptcy was a real possibility for my family and nothing prepares you for the staggering costs of raising a child with complex medicaid needs. Survive and thrive, that’s what Medicaid gave my son and that’s what Little Lobbyists wants for all children with complex medical needs and disabilities.”

“I am alive because of Medicaid, and one of the 65 million plus Americans who has gotten necessary, vital medical care because of it,” said Matthew Cortland, a disabilities rights attorney. “I don’t know what I would do without Medicaid, and I don’t know what I would do to survive if the administration’s lawsuit seeking to destroy the entire Affordable Care Act succeeds. I hope the administration does the right thing and withdraws the lawsuit and the ACA continues to be the law of the land for me and patients like me.”

May the 4th: Two Years After Vote To Destroy Health Care, The GOP Remains The Party of Repeal And Sabotage

Washington, DC — On May 4, 2017 the Republican-controlled House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a disastrous piece of legislation that would have dismantled the Affordable Care Act, and ripped health care away from 20 million Americans. Luckily the GOP’s repeal effort was unsuccessful, and two years later, more than sixty of those Republican members who voted for it are no longer in office, and Democrats have taken control of the House. This week, in the days leading up to this two year anniversary of that infamous vote this Saturday, Protect Our Care will be highlighting how the GOP’s failed attempt to pass the ACHA has catalyzed their agenda of sabotage in the years since.

Since the now infamous “victory lap” photo in the Rose Garden after the House GOP vote for the disastrous repeal bill, which ultimately failed, they have continued to sabotage the law at every turn.

Source: Roll Call/Getty Images

Over the next few days Protect Our Care will hold events in states across the country and release fact sheets and digital content that will make clear the contrast between Republican’s sabotage and repeal agenda and Democrats’ lower cost, better care agenda. To kick off this week of activity around the May 4 anniversary, Protect Our Care executive director Brad Woodhouse released the following statement:

“Two years ago, Republican’s went to the White House to dance on the grave of the Affordable Care Act but as it turned out they were digging their own political graves in the process. While they patted each other on the back and swilled beer to celebrate the passage of a bill to strip protections for 130 million people with pre-existing conditions and rip health care away from 20 million Americans, the American people took note and elected a pro-health care Democratic Majority in the House by sending scores of Republicans packing. Even though the GOP bill crashed and burned, leading to a crushing defeat in the midterms, Republicans and President Trump have continued their all-out war on America’s health care in the courts, in Congress, and within the administration. To mark this infamous day in our history we will continue to hold Republicans accountable for their ongoing war on American health care.”

Background:

Fact Sheet: Two Year Anniversary of GOP’s Health Care Repeal

Two years ago, on May 4, 2017, the Republican House of Representatives passed the so-called “American Health Care Act,” or AHCA, a health repeal bill that would have cut coverage, increased costs, and eliminated protections for millions of Americans. The repeal plan allows insurers to charge people over 50 five times more for coverage – what AARP has called an ‘Age Tax’. And, the plan guts protections for people with pre-existing conditions, raising costs for a cancer patient by $150,000.

Last November, their votes on this bill lost Republicans the House in a landslide election for Democrats who ran on ending the the GOP war on health care and protecting people with pre-existing conditions.

Health Care Repeal Would Have Raised Health Care Costs, Especially For Older Americans

Raise Premiums By Double Digits. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that a key part of the American Health Care Act, repealing the requirement that most people have health insurance and was enacted as part of the GOP tax bill, will premiums 10 percent next year.

Impose An Age Tax – Older Americans Pay Nearly $12,000 More. The American Health Care Act would have imposed what the AARP calls an “age tax” on older Americans by cutting the amount of assistance older people receive and by allowing insurers to charge people over 50 fives times more. Nationally, out-of-pocket costs for older people could have increased by as much as $11,917 by 2026.

Surcharge For People With Pre-Existing Conditions. The American Health Care Act would have allowed states to eliminate community rating, meaning insurers would be able to charge people with pre-existing conditions more. This surcharge could have been in the tens of thousands of dollars and even six figures: up to $4,270 for asthma, $17,060 for pregnancy, $26,180 for rheumatoid arthritis and $140,510 for metastatic cancer.

Health Care Repeal Would Have Caused Millions of Americans To Lose Coverage

23 Million Would Have Lost Coverage. By 2026, 23 million U.S. residents would have lost coverage under this bill.

14 Million With Medicaid Would Have Lost Coverage. Under the American Health Care Act, 14 million with Medicaid would have lost their coverage by 2026.

441,300 U.S. Veterans Would Have Lost Coverage. Under the American Health Care Act, 441,400 veterans would have lost their Medicaid coverage nationally.

Health Care Repeal Would Have Meant Weaker Protections For Americans

52 Million Americans Have A Pre-Existing Condition, And Were At Risk For Paying More. The American Health Care Act would have weakened key protections of the Affordable Care Act by allowing states to let insurers charge 52 million Americans with pre-existing conditions more, among other provisions. The bill would have made it more likely insurers would cherrypick young and healthier people, causing costs to skyrocket for older, sicker people.

Women’s Health Would Be In Jeopardy. The American Health Care Act would have blocked millions from accessing birth control, cancer screenings, and other basic health care at Planned Parenthood health centers, eliminated the guarantee of maternity coverage, and newborn care, and allowed insurers to discriminate against women.

Health Care Repeal Would Have Ended Medicaid As We Know It

Medicaid Would Have Been Slashed By $839 Billion. The American Health Care Act would have ended Medicaid as we know it, a 50 year old program that helps seniors, children, people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations get the care they need. It would have slashed Medicaid by $839 billion, ended the funding needed to expand Medicaid, and converted the program into a “per capita cap”, thus ending guaranteed coverage for everyone who has it. As a result, the Republican repeal bill put the health of 77 million, or one in five Americans, who count on Medicaid in grave danger. These cuts would have strained state budgets and undermined efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

Health Care Repeal Would Have Cut Health Care To Give Tax Breaks To The Rich

POLL: Majority of Wisconsin Voters Reject Trump and Republican Health Care Agenda Putting Trump’s Re-Election Prospects in Badger State in Doubt

From: Jim Williams, Public Policy Polling

To: Interested Parties

Subject: Majority of Wisconsin Voters Reject Trump and Republican Health Care Agenda Putting Trump’s Re-Election Prospects in Badger State in Doubt

Date: April 25, 2019

On the eve of President Trump’s visit to Wisconsin, a new Public Policy Polling survey finds that a majority of Wisconsin voters trust Democrats over President Trump on healthcare. Democrats have a 10-point lead in trust over President Trump on the overall issue of healthcare (52% to 42%) and a 16-point lead with independents (53%-37%). A further 55% trust Democrats more to protect people with preexisting conditions, while 42% trust President Trump.

President Trump’s war on Wisconsin’s health care results in 50% of voters in Wisconsin (and 53% of independents) saying they are less likely to vote for President Trump again in 2020, while only 29% (and 22% of independents) are more likely to support him again. A majority of voters aged 18-45 (56%) and pluralities of voters aged 46-65 (48%) and older than 65 (46%) say they are less likely to vote for President Trump again in 2020 due to the Republican efforts to repeal the ACA.

Trump’s health care agenda is widely rejected by Wisconsinites:

  • By 25-points (57% to 32%) people do not support Trump’s lawsuit to strike down the ACA. Support for his lawsuit falls to only 27% with independents.
  • A large majority (68% to 18%) further oppose Trump’s proposed budget that cuts $1- trillion from Medicaid and $845-billion from Medicare. A plurality of Republicans (45%) oppose it as do a majority of Democrats (92%) and independents (68%).
  • Wisconsin voters also support the Affordable Care Act itself. A majority of voters (58%) oppose repealing the ACA, with only 23% supporting repeal and only 13% of independents supporting Trump’s repeal.

PPP surveyed 762 Wisconsin voters from April 23-24, 2019. The margin of error is +/- 3.6%. This poll was conducted by telephone.

BREAKING VIDEO: Leading GOP Senator Unable to Defend GOP War on Health Care

Seriously.

Watch a leading GOP Senator, Chuck Grassley, completely unable to defend Trump’s indefensible health care repeal and his lawsuit that would overturn health care laws.

He’s confronted by an Iowan worried that the GOP’s health care agenda is “threatening her life”

Watch for yourself.

Grassley tries to convince his voters not to believe the GOP’s health care repeal will ever pass or that Trump’s health care lawsuit will succeed. He literally wants people to believe his words instead of his deeds.