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Protect Our Care Applauds President-Elect Biden’s Selection of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for Secretary of Health and Human Services

AG Becerra, Who Fought to Pass and Protect the ACA, is Leading the Charge to Protect Americans’ Health Care Before the Supreme Court

Washington, DC — Today, reports indicated President-elect Joe Biden’s intention to nominate Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D-CA) as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services.

“Attorney General Xavier Becerra has all the skills and qualifications necessary to execute President-elect Biden’s bold plans to increase access to quality care, lower skyrocketing prescription drug prices, make health care more affordable, strengthen Medicare and Medicaid and work to get the coronavirus pandemic under control,” said Protect Our Care Executive Director Brad Woodhouse. “Becerra has the experience needed to lead a large federal agency which impacts the lives of nearly every American citizen. His background makes him an outstanding nominee for HHS Secretary.”

“President-elect Biden has selected a true health care champion in Attorney General Xavier Becerra. As a 12-term member of Congress, he was a leader in the fight to pass the Affordable Care Act, and as California’s AG, he is leading the states that are challenging the disastrous Trump-Republican lawsuit to terminate the law,” said Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach. “Protect Our Care has seen first hand Attorney General Becerra’s leadership defending the ACA in court to make sure Americans can get the care they need. He is a passionate and effective fighter for quality, affordable health care and is an ideal pick to lead HHS.”

Incoming House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers Has an Extensive Anti-Health Care Record

Despite relentless attacks on health care, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-05) was elected Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Throughout her time in Congress, Rep. McMorris Rodgers has voted time and again to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the protections it provides to 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions. She also supports the Trump administration’s lawsuit to completely dismantle the health care law which, if successful, would rip coverage away from more than 20 million Americans and throw the entire health care system into chaos — all in the middle of an ever worsening pandemic. Rep. McMorris Rodgers has done nothing to address skyrocketing drug prices and has voted to slash funding for Medicare and Medicaid. 

Cathy McMorris Rodgers Supports Repealing The ACA And Its Protections For 135 Million Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions

Cathy McMorris Rodgers has made it her “mission” to repeal the Affordable Care Act, including at least four votes for a total repeal of the Affordable Care Act with no replacement since 2011. 

Cathy McMorris Rodgers: “We Are On A Mission To Repeal And Replace Obamacare.” “Good morning, everyone. We are on a mission. We are on a mission to repeal and replace Obamacare. It’s a rescue mission to save families and patients all across this country.” [Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Republican Leadership Press Conference, 3/8/17

2011: McMorris Rodgers Voted For A Total Repeal Of The ACA. McMorris Rodgers voted for The “Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act” would have repealed all of the Affordable Care Act. [HR 2, Roll Call Vote #14, 1/19/11

2011: McMorris Rodgers Voted To Repeal And Defund The ACA. McMorris Rodgers voted for the fiscal 2012 budget that would have repealed and defunded the Affordable Care Act. [HCR 34, Roll Call Vote #277, 4/15/11

2013: McMorris Rodgers Voted For A Total Repeal Of The ACA. McMorris Rodgers voted for HR 45, an act “to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.” [HR 45, Roll Call Vote #154, 5/16/13

2015: McMorris Rodgers Voted For A Total Repeal Of The ACA. McMorris Rodgers voted for HR 596, an act “to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.” The bill also ordered House committees to develop a replacement that would “provide people with pre-existing conditions access to affordable health coverage,” but provided no specifics. [HR 596, Roll Call Vote #58, 2/3/15

2017: McMorris Rodgers Voted For AHCA. McMorris Rodgers voted for passage of the American Health Care Act. [HR 1628, Roll Call Vote #256, 5/4/17

McMorris Rodgers Claimed To Oppose The Trump Administration Lawsuit That Would Rip Coverage Away From More Than 20 Million Americans, But Voted Multiple Times To Allow It To Proceed 

2018: McMorris Rodgers Claimed To Oppose The Trump DOJ’s Decision Not To Defend The Affordable Care Act. “Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers criticized the Justice Department’s decision not to defend portions of the Affordable Care Act in court, calling it ‘an attack on pre-existing conditions protections.’ Her announcement on Wednesday followed criticism from her election opponent, Democrat Lisa Brown, that McMorris Rodgers isn’t doing enough to protect patients with pre-existing conditions in the aftermath of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to stop defending the Affordable Care Act against a lawsuit. Republican leaders of 20 states are seeking to invalidate the nation’s health care law.” [Spokane Spokesman-Review, 6/13/18

McMorris twice opposed blocking the Trump Department of Justice from undermining the ACA McMorris Rodgers voted against Lauren Underwood’s 2019 and 2020 legislation to prevent the Department of Justice (DOJ) from spending federal funds on litigation that undermines the Affordable Care Act, including Texas v. United States. 

McMorris Rodgers opposed allowing the House to intervene against the Texas lawsuit. McMorris Rodgers voted against a House rules resolution that allowed Congress to intervene against the Texas v. U.S. lawsuit. The resolution affirms the House Counsel’s authorization to intervene as a party in the lawsuit, asserting the House of Representative’s authority to defend laws it has passed and enacted into law.

McMorris Rodgers Voted For The Tax Bill Which Forms The Basis For The Trump-Republican Lawsuit. McMorris enthusiastically supported the Republican tax bill, which repealed a key provision of the Affordable Care Act that required most people to have health coverage and which is the basis of the Trump-Republican lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act. 

If the Texas lawsuit is successful:

  • 20 million Americans could lose coverage. According to the Urban Institute, 19.9 million people could lose coverage by repealing the Affordable Care Act, meaning the number of uninsured Americans would increase from 30.4 million to 50.3 million, representing a leading to a 65 percent increase in the uninsured rate.
  • 2.3 million young adults with their parents’ coverage could lose care. Because of the Affordable Care Act, millions of young adults are able to stay on their parents’ care until age 26. 
  • Americans would lose important federal health care funding — an estimated reduction of $135 billion in the first year. States would lose important federal health care funding — an estimated reduction of $135 billion in the first year. The Urban Institute estimates that a full repeal of the ACA would reduce federal spending on Medicaid/CHIP care and Marketplace subsidies by $135 billion, or 34.6 percent in the first year.
  • Insurance companies would be put back in charge, ending protections for the 135 million Americans with a pre-existing condition. 135 million Americans have a pre-existing condition, more than 17 million children, 68 million women, and 32 million people aged 55-64.

McMorris Rodgers Has Voted To Slash Medicare And Medicaid 

McMorris Rodgers Voted To Cut Medicare By $473 Billion. McMorris Rodgers voted for the FY 2018 budget resolution, which included $473 billion in cuts to Medicare over 10 years. [H Con Res 71, Vote #557, 10/5/17; Vox, 10/26/17

McMorris Rodgers Voted To Slash $1.3 Trillion From Medicaid. McMorris Rodgers voted for the FY 2018 budget resolution, which cut funding for non-Medicare health programs, most notably Medicaid, by 1.3 trillion, a 20 percent cut over the course of 10 years, increasing to a 29.3 percent cut by 2027. [H Con Res 71, Vote #557, 10/5/17; Vox, 10/26/17

McMorris Rodgers’ Vote For AHCA Cut $880 Billion From Medicaid. McMorris Rodgers voted for AHCA, which included $880 billion in cuts to Medicaid. [HR 1628, Roll Call Vote #256, 5/4/17]

  • Vox Called AHCA A “Sneaky” Reversal Of The Medicaid Expansion. “Medicaid, a government program that simply compensates health care providers at stingy rates, is much cheaper than private insurance. So the ACA’s authors chose to expand it to cover all families with incomes below 138 percent of the poverty line, rather than shelling out the money it would have cost to have the government pay for them to buy private insurance. The AHCA reverses this expansion. But to avoid the criticism that the law throws poor children off their health insurance, it reverses it in a somewhat sneaky way. Rather than taking Medicaid away from families who have it, it simply caps new enrollments in Medicaid so no new poor families can sign up. But the way this cap works, you can’t get back on Medicaid if you go off of it. So a poor family that gets a raise and becomes non-poor for a year will lose access to Medicaid permanently.” [Vox, 5/9/17

McMorris Rodgers Has Accepted Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars In Pharma Contributions, Voted Against Lowering Drug Prices For Millions Of Americans 

McMorris Rodgers Voted Against Historic Legislation To Lower Prescription Drug Prices. McMorris Rodgers voted against the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3), historic legislation to drastically reduce Americans’ prescription drug prices by up to 55% and save taxpayers nearly $500 billion over the next 10 years. H.R. 3 included the most comprehensive drug pricing reform in American history and the largest expansion to Medicare’s vision, dental and hearing benefits in decades. [HR 3, Roll Call Vote #682, 12/12/19

McMorris Has Received Over $350,000 In Contributions From Big Pharma During Her Career. Since 2007, Cathay McMorris Rodgers has received $355,250 in contributions from pharmaceutical companies. [Kaiser Health News, 5/22/20

Protect Our Care Congratulates Rep. Frank Pallone on His Election to Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee

Washington, DC — In response to the House Democratic Caucus unanimously electing Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ-06) Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for the 117th Congress, Protect Our Care Executive Director Brad Woodhouse issued the following statement: 

“Chairman Pallone is a health care champion who has shown tremendous leadership. He has overseen the passage of historic legislation to lower drug prices, strengthen Medicare, build on the protections of the Affordable Care Act by making health care more affordable and accessible, and used his oversight authority to hold Donald Trump and his administration accountable for their war on health care. The same leadership Chairman Pallone demonstrated the last two years is needed now more than ever as his Committee addresses health care affordability, drug prices, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and California v. Texas, the Supreme Court case which could throw the entire health care system into chaos. And Chairman Pallone’s leadership will be key in implementing the Biden administration’s vision to expand health care access and defeat the coronavirus. His unanimous selection is well deserved.”

Protect Our Care Congratulates Rep. Rosa DeLauro on Her Election to Chair of House Appropriations Committee

Washington, DC — In response to the House Democratic Caucus electing Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) Chair of the House Appropriations Committee for the 117th Congress, Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach issued the following statement: 

“No one fights harder to make government work for people than Rosa DeLauro. Rep. DeLauro is a tireless health care champion who has always been at the forefront of providing and protecting health care for all Americans. As Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. DeLauro will be at the forefront of securing sufficient funding for the response to the ever-worsening coronavirus pandemic, distribution of vaccines and PPE and funding America’s public health infrastructure. We look forward to Chairwoman-elect DeLauro’s continued health care leadership in the 117th Congress.”

NEW AD: Protect Our Care Launches National TV Ad on GOP’s COVID Relief Sabotage, Releases New Polling on Battle Over Relief Package

Washington, DC — Protect Our Care launched a new TV ad today showing the impact of Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans’ monthslong sabotage of meaningful relief measures Americans need during the coronavirus pandemic. “Relief Now” will run on cable, including on Morning Joe and Fox & Friends. According to new polling, the Democratic position on the content and size of a coronavirus relief package is considerably more popular with voters than that of Mitch McConnell and Republicans, who’ve placed a higher priority on looking out for big corporations than everyday Americans suffering the health and economic consequences of President’s Trump’s failed response to the pandemic.

Watch: Relief Now

“As the pandemic continues its uncontrolled spread, Americans are also facing a flatlining economy. Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are dead set on blocking robust relief for people who are unable to pay rent, put food on the table and are struggling to make ends meet. At the same time, we’re seeing skyrocketing unemployment and businesses closing,” said Protect Our Care Executive Director Brad Woodhouse. “New polling makes clear what we’ve known all along — Americans want and need comprehensive COVID relief immediately. Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are destroying our economy by obstructing meaningful measures to control the virus and provide economic relief to Americans.”

Read the New Polling Memo Here

SCRIPT:

Nine months into this pandemic, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are sabotaging our economic recovery. 

Historic levels of unemployment. 

Thousands of small businesses closed for good. 

Uncertainty about the future of our economy.

Millions of Americans have fallen into poverty.

Millions of hardworking families need meaningful relief now, but Mitch McConnell and Republicans in Congress are making things worse, refusing to take action that could get this virus under control and save lives and American jobs.

They are blocking real relief like a second stimulus check for qualified Americans, health insurance coverage for those laid off and urgent aid for Red and Blue states to pay for first responders and essential workers.

Without this robust relief package, our economy faces the prospect of another great recession that will hurt families and businesses.

Tell Mitch McConnell and Republicans in Congress that they must work with Democrats to take strong action now to combat the virus and fix the economy. 

Paid for by Protect Our Care.

Protect Our Care Looks Forward to Continued Leadership of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Washington, DC — As Democrats maintain their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, and ahead of the House Leadership Election where Nancy Pelosi is running uncontested for Speaker of the House, Protect Our Care issued the following statement:

“Speaker Pelosi is a true health care champion. In her time as Speaker, she has been leading the fight to make sure Americans can access affordable health care,” said Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach. “We have Speaker Pelosi to thank for the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and since then she has worked tirelessly to block Republican sabotage of the health care law and expand its protections. With continued threats to the ACA and the coronavirus crisis continuing to careen out of control, we look forward to Speaker Pelosi’s proven health care leadership.”

“Americans are tired of Republicans’ decade-long war on health care, and no one is a better choice to lead the Democratic caucus in building on the foundation of the Affordable Care Act to improve American health care than Speaker Pelosi,” added Protect Our Care Executive Director Brad Woodhouse. “Protect Our Care knows as Pelosi continues her historic speakership, her leadership and her commitment to health care are what we need to move forward. She is a strategic leader who will continue to lead the charge to protect and expand Americans’ health care.”

NEW VIDEO: Health Care Is at Stake in Georgia Runoff Elections

Watch the Video Here

The fate of Americans’ health care and control of the U.S. Senate hang in the balance of Georgia’s two runoff Senate races on January 5. Incumbent Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue have made their position on health care crystal clear. Since taking office, both have been relentless in their attacks on health care. Now, they are supporting Trump’s lawsuit asking the Supreme Court to do what Republicans couldn’t accomplish legislatively — completely overturn the Affordable Care Act. If successful, the lawsuit would rip health care from more than 20 million Americans, remove protections for more than 135 million people with pre-existing conditions and throw our entire health care system into chaos in the midst of an ever-worsening pandemic. Georgians can’t trust David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler on health care. 

Protect Our Care Praises President-Elect Biden’s Choice of Ron Klain for White House Chief of Staff

Washington, DC — In response to President-elect Joe Biden’s selection of Ron Klain as White House Chief of Staff, former Health and Human Services global Ebola coordinator and Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach issued the following statement:

“While serving as the Ebola response coordinator for HHS, I worked with Ron Klain every day as we battled a global pandemic. I saw firsthand his deep grasp of policy, his strategic skills, his ability to get results and his dedication to the American people. Ron is an outstanding public servant, and he has the deep knowledge and invaluable skills needed to make America a more perfect union. President-elect Biden’s selection for White House Chief of Staff demonstrates how seriously he cares about this country and his commitment to steering the country forward through this public health crisis.” 

As Coronavirus Surges, Protect Our Care Holds Nationwide Events Criticizing GOP’s Continued Effort to Overturn the ACA in the Supreme Court

U.S. Senate Candidate Jon Ossoff, Elected Leaders, Legal Experts and Health Care Advocates Sound the Alarm on Trump-Republican Lawsuit to Terminate the ACA During COVID-19 Crisis

Washington, DC — With the Affordable Care Act under threat this week in the Supreme Court, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Governor Tony Evers (D-WI), Attorney General Keith Ellison (D-MN), U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff (D-GA), U.S. Representatives David Price (D-NC-04), Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ-01) and Chris Pappas (D-NH-01) along with other elected officials, legal experts and health care advocates joined Protect Our Care for 14 events nationwide to discuss the danger of California v. Texas — the Trump-Republican lawsuit to terminate the health care law. On Tuesday, November 10, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the lawsuit that could overturn the entire ACA, rip health care away from over 20 million Americans and end its protections for 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions — all as the ongoing COVID-19 crisis continues to escalate across the country.

ALASKA
Monday, November 9, 2020 — Alaskan Health Care Advocates Discuss What’s at Stake for Health Care Amidst ACA SCOTUS Oral Arguments
On Monday, ahead of oral arguments in California v. Texas, a case that, if successful, would overturn the entire Affordable Care Act, ending its protections for 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions and ripping health care away from more than 20 million Americans, Alaskans Mark Regan, Jessica Cler, Meda Dewitt, and Jason Lessard participated in a virtual roundtable to outline the potential risk to Alaskans health care if the Supreme Court were to overthrow the Affordable Care Act. You can watch the roundtable here.

ARIZONA
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 — U.S. Representative Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ-01), Health Policy Experts, and Advocates Discuss What’s At Stake for Health Care Amidst ACA SCOTUS Oral Arguments
On Tuesday, with oral arguments in the Trump administration’s lawsuit to eliminate the Affordable Care Act underway, Congressman Tom O’Halleran joined Protect Our Care Arizona and health care advocates to discuss what is at stake for Arizonans’ health care. Congressman O’Halleran and others criticized Republicans for failing to present a health care plan of their own while relentlessly working to eliminate the Affordable Care Act. You can watch the event here.

Coverage

  • Tucson Weekly: The Range: Arizonans Watching Closely as Supreme Court Takes Up ACA 
  • Prescott eNews: Arizonans Will Be Watching Closely When Supreme Court Takes Up ACA 
  • KPNX NBC12: Gilbert Family That Depends on Obamacare on Edge as It Goes Before SCOTUS
  • Tucson Sentinel: Arizonans Watching Closely as Supreme Court Takes Up Obamacare

COLORADO
Monday, November 9, 2020 — Colorado Health Care Advocates, Policy Experts Discuss What’s at Stake for Health Care Amidst ACA SCOTUS Oral Arguments
On Monday, as the Supreme Court prepared to hear oral arguments in the Trump administration and Republicans’ lawsuit to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, Protect Our Care Colorado was joined by health policy experts joined Colorado Protect Our Care to discuss how the Trump-Republican lawsuit to eliminate the Affordable Care Act would devastate Coloradans’ and rip health coverage away from millions of Americans in the middle of a public health emergency made worse by the Trump administration’s failure to confront the crisis head-on. You can watch the event here.

Coverage

  • Colorado Times Recorder: Colorado Health Policy Experts Defend ACA Amid GOP Lawsuit to Kill It
  • The Denver Channel: Denver Woman Diagnosed with Cancer Says Repealing the Affordable Care Act Jeopardizes Her Future

GEORGIA
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 — Jon Ossoff, U.S. Representative-Elect Carolyn Bourdeaux (D-GA-07) and Concerned Georgians Discusses What’s at Stake for Health Care Amidst ACA SCOTUS Oral Arguments
On Tuesday, during the Supreme Court oral arguments regarding the future of the ACA, Jon Ossoff, Congresswoman-elect Carolyn Bourdeaux, Laura Colbert, executive director for Georgians for a Healthy Future, Erika Meyer, who works in infectious disease epidemiology at Emory, and Janel Green, a Decatur mother, joined Protect Our Care Georgia for an event at Liberty Park Plaza to discuss how the Trump-Republican lawsuit to eliminate the Affordable Care Act would devastate Georgians. Watch a recording of the event here.

Coverage

  • AP: Ossoff Condemns GOP Attempt to Ax Health Care Law
  • Decaturish: U.S. Senate Candidate Jon Ossoff Criticizes Attempt to Overturn the Affordable Care Act
  • WXIA (NBC): Georgia senate candidate Jon Ossoff attends rally to defend Affordable Care Act
  • WGCL (CBS): Democrats Blast Healthcare Lawsuit
  • Capitol Beat: Ossoff Rallies for Affordable Care Act as U.S. Supreme Court Hears Lawsuit
  • LeMonde: U.S. Elections 2020: Georgia at the Heart of the Battle for the Senate (translation here)
  • Georgia Recorder: Ossoff Says Health Care Is on Ballot as Supreme Court Weighs Obamacare
  • Georgia Health News: Justices’ Remarks Signal Affordable Care Act May Survive Latest Legal Challenge
  • The Atlanta Voice: #Election2020: Ossoff Says the Right to Healthcare Goes Beyond Politics
  • WSAV (NBC): Ga. State Leaders React to Obamacare Supreme Court Hearings
  • Griffin Daily News: Ossoff Rallies for Affordable Care Act
  • Courier Newsroom: ‘I Would, Quite Frankly, Become Disabled’: What the Affordable Care Act Means to This Georgia Woman
  • Rome News-Tribune: Ossoff Rallies for Affordable Care Act as U.S. Supreme Court Hears Lawsuit
  • Clayton News Daily: Justices’ Remarks Signal Affordable Care Act May Survive Latest Legal Challenge
  • KCEN (NBC): Live Updates: Biden’s Lead Has Grown to 14,000+ Votes
  • 11 Alive: Jon Ossoff Kicks Off Statewide Campaign Tour Ahead of High-Stakes Runoff Election
  • WAGA (FOX): Fox5 News @ Noon Clip
  • WAGA(FOX): Atlanta, GA FOX5 News @ 6:00 Clip
  • WAGA (FOX): Atlanta, GA FOX5 News @ 5:00 Clip
  • WXIA (NBC): 11 Alive News Clip

IOWA
Monday, November 9, 2020 — Iowa State Rep. Marti Anderson Joins Progress Iowa, Iowa Citizen Action Network and Protect Our Care Iowa to Discuss What’s at Stake for Health Care Amidst ACA SCOTUS Oral Arguments
On Monday, ahead of the Supreme Court oral arguments of California v. Texas, which will determine the future of the ACA, Iowa Rep. Marti Anderson, Sue Dinsdale, Executive Director of Iowa Citizen Action Network, and Matt Sinovic, Executive Director of Progress Iowa joined Protect Our Care, Progress Iowa, and Iowa Citizen Action Network for a press call to discuss how the Trump-Republican lawsuit to eliminate the Affordable Care Act would devastate Iowans and rip health coverage away from millions of Americans in the middle of a public health emergency made worse by the Trump administration’s failure to confront the crisis head-on. Listen to the recording here.

MAINE
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 — State Sen. Ned Claxton, State Rep. Donna Doore, Discuss What’s at Stake for Health Care Amidst ACA SCOTUS Oral Arguments
On Tuesday, during the Supreme Court oral arguments regarding the future of the ACA, Senator Ned Claxton, Representative Donna Doore, Marie Follayttar from Mainers for Accountable Leadership, and Wayne St. Peter, who received life-saving treatment with the ACA, joined Protect Our Care Maine to discuss how the Trump-Republican lawsuit to eliminate the Affordable Care Act would devastate Mainers and rip health coverage away from millions of Americans in the middle of a public health emergency made worse by the Trump administration’s failure to confront the crisis head-on. Listen to the recording here.

Coverage

MICHIGAN
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 — Michigan Health Care Advocates, Policy Experts Discuss What’s at Stake for Health Care Amidst ACA SCOTUS Oral Arguments
On Tuesday, with oral arguments in the Trump administration’s lawsuit to eliminate the Affordable Care Act underway, health care advocates and policy experts joined Protect Our Care Michigan to discuss how the Trump-Republican lawsuit to eliminate the Affordable Care Act would devastate Michiganders and rip health coverage away from millions of Americans in the middle of a public health emergency made worse by the Trump administration’s failure to confront the crisis head-on. You can watch the roundtable here.

Coverage

  • WXMI (FOX): Health Care Advocates Urge Supreme Court to Leave Affordable Care Act in Place
  • WWMT (CBS): Michigan health care advocates fight to protect Affordable Care Act
  • WXMI (FOX): Arguments Begin on Affordable Care Act
  • WLNS (CBS): Local Officials Fear Impact If ACA Is Struck Down
  • WWMT (CBS): Impact of Healthcare Decision
  • WPBN (NBC): Impact of ACA Repeal on Michiganders 
  • WSBT (CBS): SCOTUS Hears Case Challenging ACA
  • WEYI (NBC): The ACA in Michigan 

MINNESOTA
Monday, November 9, 2020 — Minnesota AG Keith Ellison and Andy Slavitt Join Protect Our Care to Discuss Trump-Republican Lawsuit to Terminate the ACA
Attorney General Keith Ellison (D-MN), former Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt and Andy Pincus, who has argued more than 30 cases before the Supreme Court, joined Protect Our Care to discuss California v. Texas, the Trump-Republican lawsuit to terminate the Affordable Care Act. Tomorrow, November 10, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the lawsuit that, if successful, would overturn the entire ACA, rip health care away from over 20 million Americans and end protections for 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions — all during the worst public health crisis in a century. You can watch the event here.

Coverage

  • MinnPost: What’s at Stake for Minnesota in the Affordable Care Act Case Before the Supreme Court
  • KTOE Radio: Ellison Urges Supreme Court to Uphold ACA as Justices Hear Oral Arguments 
  • West Central Tribune: AG Ellison, Others Implore SCOTUS to Uphold ACA
  • KBRF Radio: Ellison Opposes GOP Push to Strike Down ACA
  • Washington Times: Democrats Say Supreme Court Needs to Keep Election Results in Mind When Hearing Obamacare Case
  • KXRA Radio: Ellison Opposes GOP Push to Strike Down ACA in Supreme Court
  • Minnesota News Network: Ellison Urges SCOTUS to Keep the ACA as Justices Hear Oral Arguments
  • Perham Focus: MN AG Ellison, Others Implore SCOTUS to Uphold Affordable Care Act

MONTANA
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 — State Rep. Mary Ann Dunwell and Judy Shannon Discuss What’s at Stake for Health Care Amidst ACA SCOTUS Oral Arguments
On Tuesday, during the Supreme Court oral arguments regarding the future of the ACA, Representative Mary Ann Dunwell (HD 84) and Judy Shannon joined Protect Our Care Montana to discuss how the lawsuit to eliminate the Affordable Care Act would devastate Montanans and rip health coverage away from millions of Americans in the middle of a public health emergency made worse by failures to confront the crisis head-on. Listen to the recording here.

Coverage

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 — U.S. Representative Chris Pappas (D-NH-01), State Sen. Thomas Sherman, Lucy Hodder, Director of Health Law and Policy Programs at the University of New Hampshire, Dr. Patrick Ho, President of the New Hampshire Psychiatric Association, Discuss What’s at Stake for Health Care Amidst ACA SCOTUS Oral Arguments
On Tuesday, during the Supreme Court oral arguments regarding the future of the ACA, Rep. Chris Pappas joined legal and medical experts for a virtual press conference to discuss how the lawsuit before the Supreme Court to eliminate the Affordable Care Act would devastate Granite Staters and rip health care coverage away from millions of Americans in the middle of a public health emergency made worse by the Trump administration’s failure to confront the crisis head-on. Watch a recording of the event here.

Coverage

  • Seacoast Online: Pappas: Pandemic No Time to Kill Health Care Law
  • Union Leader: NH Obamacare Advocates: Expect Chaos If Supreme Court Strikes Down ACA
  • Concord Monitor: As Supreme Court Takes Up Affordable Care Act, Advocates Warn How Repeal Could Affect New Hampshire

NORTH CAROLINA
Monday, November 9, 2020 — U.S. Representative David Price (D-NC-04), State Sen. Natasha Marcus, Stacy Staggs Discuss What’s at Stake for Health Care Ahead of ACA SCOTUS Oral Arguments
On Monday, ahead of oral arguments in the Trump administration’s lawsuit to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, Congressman David Price, Senator Natasha Marcus, and Stacy Staggs joined Protect Our Care North Carolina participated in a press call to discuss how the Trump-Republican lawsuit to eliminate the Affordable Care Act would devastate North Carolinians and rip health coverage away from millions of Americans in the middle of a public health emergency made worse by the Trump administration’s failure to confront the crisis head-on. You can listen to audio of the press call here.

PENNSYLVANIA
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 — U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Pennsylvania Health Access Network and Health Care Advocates Discuss What’s at Stake for Health Care Amidst ACA SCOTUS Oral Arguments
On Tuesday, during the Supreme Court oral arguments regarding the future of the ACA, Senator Bob Casey, former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and health care advocates joined Protect Our Care Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Health Access Network for a virtual press call to discuss how the Trump-Republican lawsuit to eliminate the Affordable Care Act would devastate Pennsylvanians and rip health coverage away from millions of Americans in the middle of a public health emergency made worse by the Trump administration’s failure to confront the crisis head-on. Watch a recording of the event here.

Coverage

  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Supreme Court Justices Question Affordable Care Act Mandate, Yet Seem Willing to Leave Health Law Intact
  • 90.5 WESA: Obamacare Is Before the Supreme Court, But Health Care Is Still Available
  • KDKA (CBS): Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act Decision Could Impact Millions Of Pennsylvanians
  • WHYY (PBS): ‘It’s A Paralyzing Fear’: More Than 1 Million in Pa. Would Lose Coverage If Affordable Care Act Is Overturned

SOUTH CAROLINA
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 — State Rep-Elect Deon Tedder, CNN Contributor Bakari Sellers, Health Care Advocates Discuss What’s at Stake for Health Care Amidst ACA SCOTUS Oral Arguments
On Tuesday, as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Trump administration’s lawsuit to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, CNN Contributor Bakari Sellers, State Rep-Elect Deon Tedder, and The Rev. Dr. Jeremy Rutledge joined Protect Our Care South Carolina to discuss how the Trump-Republican lawsuit to eliminate the Affordable Care Act would devastate South Carolina and rip health coverage away from millions of Americans in the middle of a public health emergency made worse by the Trump administration’s failure to confront the crisis head-on. You can watch the event here.

WISCONSIN
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 — Governor Tony Evers (D-WI), Wisconsin Providers and Health Care Advocates Discuss What’s at Stake for Health Care Amidst ACA SCOTUS Oral Arguments
On Tuesday, as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Trump administration’s lawsuit to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers joined providers and health care advocates to discuss how the Trump-Republican lawsuit to eliminate the Affordable Care Act would devastate Wisconsinites and rip health coverage away from millions of Americans in the middle of a public health emergency made worse by the Trump administration’s failure to confront the crisis head-on. You can watch the event here.

Coverage

  • Up North News: Evers Goes To Bat for the Affordable Care Act as Trump Tries to Kill It at the Supreme Court
  • WDJT (CBS): State Leaders React as Supreme Court Considers Affordable Care Act
  • Wisconsin Examiner: As Court Debates ACA Future, Wisconsin Advocates Reiterate Why It’s Needed
  • WMTV (NBC): Gov. Evers Defends Affordable Care Act on Panel
  • PBS Wisconsin: Wisconsin Officials Stress Importance of ACA as Supreme Court Hears Arguments
  • WITI: Protect Our Care Wisconsin Virtual Conversation
  • WSAW: Panelists in Favor of Health Care

Health Care Will Be at the Center of the Georgia Runoffs

On January 5, 2020, control of the U.S. Senate will be determined by runoff elections in Georgia. Both tight races, Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff will face Senator David Perdue, and Reverend Raphael Warnock will go up against Senator Kelly Loeffler. Both Senators Perdue and Loeffler are strong supporters of President Trump’s disastrous health care agenda, while Ossoff and Warnock support President-elect Joe Biden’s agenda to lower costs, expand coverage, and defend the Affordable Care Act and its protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Polling from before and after the presidential election shows that health care has been a top issue for Georgia voters, and news coverage confirms health care could be central to securing a Democratic victory in both races. 

Health Care Is A Top Issue For Georgia Voters 

Exit Polls Revealed That 79 Percent Of Biden Supporters In Georgia Said Health Care Was Important To Their Vote. “Independents in Georgia broke for Biden by 7 points, 51 percent to 44 percent, according to the New York Times exit polls. (In 2016, Trump had won them decisively.) And health care policy was one of the top issues for Biden voters, just behind racial inequality and Covid-19, with 79 percent saying it was important to their vote.” [Vox, 11/6/20

In October, 74 Percent Of Georgia Voters Said Health Care Was A Very Important Or The Most Important Issue When Deciding Who To Vote For In The Senate Race. “A new Public Policy Polling survey finds that health care is a key issue for Georgia voters, with 74% considering it either a very important or the most important issue when deciding who to vote for in the US Senate race.” [Protect Our Care, 10/22/20

  • Voters Reported That They Trusted Democratic Challenger Jon Ossoff More On Health Care Issues Than Republican Senator David Perdue. “49% trust Ossoff more to protect health care for people with preexisting conditions, while just 39% trust Perdue more. 48% trust Ossoff more on the overall issue of health care, while only 40% trust Perdue more. 48% trust Ossoff more to hold health insurance and pharmaceutical companies accountable, while only 42% trust Perdue in this area.” [Protect Our Care, 10/22/20
  • Voters Were Less Likely To Support Senator David Perdue After Hearing He Voted To Repeal The Affordable Care Act. “Meanwhile, a majority (56%) of Georgia voters oppose the Trump administration’s attempt at striking down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in court without any replacement. Just 33% think the law should be struck down. When voters hear that Perdue voted four times to fully repeal the ACA, a plurality (43%) say they are less likely to support him in the election, while only 32% are more likely.” [Protect Our Care, 10/22/20]

October 2020 Monmouth Poll Found That Georgia Voters Trusted Joe Biden Over Donald Trump On Keeping Health Care “Affordable And Accessible” By A 10-Point Margin (48-38). [Monmouth University, 10/28/20

September 2020 Commonwealth Fund Poll In Battleground States Found That A Wide Majority Of Georgia Voters Said Joe Biden Was More Likely Than President Trump To Protect Insurance Coverage For People With Pre-Existing Conditions (63-30). “In each of the 10 battleground states, a majority of likely voters said Biden is more likely to protect insurance coverage for people with preexisting conditions. Likely voters favor Biden over Trump on this issue by between 6 percentage points in Ohio to 33 percentage points in Georgia.” [Commonwealth Fund, 9/24/20

Trump’s Attacks On Health Care May Have Been Key To Biden’s Lead In Georgia

Vox: Trump’s Efforts To Scrap Healthcare.gov Could Have “Pushed Biden Over The Top” In Georgia. “There are lots of factors in what made Georgia so competitive this year — including a fired-up Black voter base, college-educated suburbs leaning away from Republicans, and the legacy of the late John Lewis hanging over the election after his death this year. But elections are also decided on policy, and we know that health care has been a top issue for American voters for at least the past year. We also know that Democrats are more trusted by far on health care. I am going to forever wonder whether Trump’s decision to scrap HealthCare.gov in Georgia just two days before the election could have pushed Biden over the top.” [Vox, 11/6/20

Democrats Will Continue To Focus On Health Care In Georgia Runoff Races

Warnock Will Continue Focusing On Expanding Access To Health Care Ahead Of January Runoff. “For Warnock’s campaign, the strategy isn’t expected to change much, despite the national attention following last week’s election. Warnock’s campaign will turn again to expanding access to health care, protecting voting rights and ‘presenting a vision of the state that benefits all Georgians,’ according to a campaign spokesperson speaking on background.” [USA Today, 11/9/20

Ossoff Campaign Manager: Georgians “Are Going To Send Jon To The Senate To Defend Their Health Care.” “ Democrats, meanwhile, continued a focus on healthcare by accusing Republicans of a botched response to the still-raging coronavirus pandemic…Ossoff’s campaign manager Ellen Foster said Georgians “are going to send Jon to the Senate to defend their health care and put the interests of working families and small businesses ahead of corporate lobbyists.” [Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 11/7/20

The Hill: “The Stakes Are High, And Democrats Plan To Partly Frame The Races As A Referendum On Health Care.” “The stakes are high, and Democrats plan to partly frame the races as a referendum on health care. Without a Democratic majority in the Senate, Biden’s health care agenda would be severely limited to administrative action and bipartisan legislation which has become increasingly hard to pass in a gridlocked Washington. Democrats think if they can make health care the focus of the election in Georgia — one of the few states that hasn’t expanded Medicaid to low-income adults under ObamaCare — they have a decent shot at victory. Black people in Georgia has also been disproportionately dying of COVID-19, partly due to a lack of access to health care. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that will determine the future of the law Tuesday.” [The Hill, 11/8/20]

Stefan Turkheimer, Democratic Strategist In Georgia, Said That The Issue Of Health Care Is “Absolutely Resonating” In Georgia. “‘Health care has always been a big issue, but now that you’ve got ObamaCare going to the Supreme Court, and it’s such an important problem for so many people, especially given COVID. I think it’s absolutely resonating in Georgia,’ said Stefan Turkheimer, a Democratic strategist in the state.” [The Hill, 11/8/20]

The Head Of The GOP Senate Super PAC Called Democrats’ Focus On Pre-Existing Conditions “Particularly Effective.” “Democrats relentlessly hammered incumbent Republicans, regardless of state, for supporting the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and its protections for people with preexisting conditions. The head of the major Senate GOP super PAC, Senate Leadership Fund, conceded the ads had a significant impact. ‘If you were to turn your TV on in every state in the country that had a competitive Senate race, you would see exactly the same ad run by every Democratic candidate, every Democratic outside group and the DSCC,’ Steven Law said. ‘Our data suggests the Democratic attacks were particularly effective there.’” [Huffington Post, 11/9/20