Protect Our Care's Lower Costs, Better Care 2023 Bus Tour
From New Hampshire to California, elected officials, storytellers, and health care advocates came together to demonstrate how recent victories by President Biden and Democrats in Congress are already “Driving Down Health Care Costs” by thousands of dollars a year — with even more savings on the way.
Protect Our Care launched its fifth nationwide bus tour: Lower Costs, Better Care. From New Hampshire to California, elected officials, storytellers, and health care advocates demonstrated how recent victories by President Biden and Democrats in Congress are already “Driving Down Health Care Costs” by thousands of dollars a year — with even more savings on the way. The tour officially kicked off on July 31, 2023 with Care Force One rolling into districts and states for events to educate Americans about how the Inflation Reduction Act and other health care measures will improve care and lower costs for the American people. Over four weeks, Care Force One traveled to more than 16 states, made more than 30 stops, and traveled nearly 8,000 miles.
Protect Our Care’s bus tour took place just as Republicans are ramping up their war on health care. After spending more than $100 million to kill the Inflation Reduction Act, Big Pharma and their Republican allies in Congress are hard at work sabotaging this monumental progress in order to put profits over people. Right now, big drug companies are suing in court to try to take away Medicare’s power to negotiate, and Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to repeal all of the Inflation Reduction Act drug pricing measures. Republican lawmakers are also considering legislation to slash vital health care programs and recently passed a bill to promote junk plans that can discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.
The “Lower Costs, Better Care” four-week tour helped promote the work of lawmakers who are fighting tirelessly to improve health care and held Republicans accountable for trying to roll back this progress and hike costs and rip away protections from the American people.
During the summer of 2023, President Biden and Congressional Democrats celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act. Between lowering premium costs by 151 percent on average, capping insulin costs, and stopping Big Pharma’s egregious price hikes, the new legislation is already working for the American people. Soon, seniors’ drug costs will be capped at $2,000 annually, and Medicare will finally be able to negotiate lower drug prices — no thanks to Republicans who unanimously voted to maintain the status quo and keep health care costs high.
The Inflation Reduction Act By the Numbers
- 13 million Americans are saving on their health insurance premiums keeping over 2 million Americans insured and saving an average of $2,400 per family.
- 52 million Medicare beneficiaries will no longer face Big Pharma’s outrageous price hikes that outpace inflation.
- $35 insulin copays per prescription for Medicare beneficiaries
- 19 million people with Medicare will save an average of $400 thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act’s $2,000 annual cost caps
- 80 of the most expensive prescription drugs will have lower prices because of Medicare negotiations by 2030.
Protect Our Care’s Care Force One will make stops in:
Manchester, New Hampshire on Monday, July 31, 2023
Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Monday, July 31, 2023
Syracuse, New York on Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Kingston, New York on Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Valhalla, New York on Wednesday, August 2, 2023
New York City, New York on Wednesday, August 2, 2023
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Thursday, August 3, 2023
Uniontown, Pennsylvania on Friday, August 4, 2023
Youngstown, Ohio on Monday, August 7, 2023
Toledo, Ohio on Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Lansing, Michigan on Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Trenton, Michigan on Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Eau Claire/La Crosse, Wisconsin on Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Green Bay, Wisconsin on Thursday, August 10, 2023
St. Louis Park, Minnesota on Friday, August 11, 2023
Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday, August 14, 2023
Bakersfield, California on Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Los Angeles, California on Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Orange County, California on Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Palm Springs, California on Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Tempe, Arizona on Thursday, August 17, 2023
Tucson, Arizona on Thursday, August 17, 2023
Albuquerque, New Mexico on Friday, August 18, 2023
Atlanta, Georgia on Monday, August 21, 2023
Macon, Georgia on Monday, August 21, 2023
Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Greensboro, North Carolina on Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Raleigh, North Carolina on Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Norfolk, Virginia on Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Richmond, Virginia on Thursday, August 24, 2023
Allentown, Pennsylvania on Friday, August 25, 2023
Manchester and Keane, New Hampshire
Syracuse, New York
Kingston, New York
Valhalla, New York
New York, New York
Green Bay, Wisconsin
St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Charlotte, North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina