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Our Mission

Leading the Fight for Better Health Care and Lower Costs For All


Our Mission

Protect Our Care is dedicated to making high-quality, affordable and equitable health care a right, and not a privilege, for everyone in America. We educate the public, influence policy, support health care champions and hold politicians accountable. 

Our strategy combines a campaign mentality with a best-in-class earned media and communications program, a highly effective inside game with policy makers, and deep engagement at the state and local level.

Protect Our Care operates as a 501(c)(4) social welfare nonprofit. Our sister organization, the Protect Our Care Education Fund, operates as a 501 (c)(3) public charity that educates the public, the media and elected officials about health care issues.

We fight to…

  • Expand access to affordable, high-quality health insurance
  • Lower the cost of health care for individuals and families
  • Reduce inequities in health care based on gender, income, race, ethnicity, geography, or sexual preference.

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Our Issues

  • Coverage: We defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid and Medicare from legislative and legal attacks and lobby for policies that will strengthen and expand these vital programs.
  • Lowering Costs: We advocate for policies that will reduce what people pay for prescription drugs, out-of-pocket fees, insurance premiums and other health care costs.
  • Health Equity: We work with our partners to address systemic racial, ethnic and other inequities in the American health care system through legislative and administrative actions.

What We Believe

All of us at Protect Our Care believe strongly that:

  • Health care is a human right. 
  • Everyone should be able to get the health care they need regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, income or where they live.
  • The needs of ordinary people and families, not corporations or the wealthy, should drive health care policy making in America.
  • People should be able to purchase prescription drugs, health insurance  and pay other health care costs without putting their financial security at risk. 
  • We must protect and expand women’s access to reproductive health care including abortion and contraception.
  • Every child in America should be able to get the health care they need and deserve to get a healthy start in life.
  • Elected officials at all levels of government must be held accountable for their health care positions by informed and engaged voters and health care champions should be rewarded.

Our Impact

  • We defeated Republican efforts in 2017 to repeal the ACA and cut funding for Medicaid by as much as $880 billion.
  • We helped make health care a central issue in the 2018 and 2020 elections and, as a result, a wave of health care champions were elected to office.
  • We fought for passage of the American Rescue Plan in 2021. Thanks to this  once in a generation legislation a record 14.5 million people have health insurance coverage through the ACA. Also, families are saving an average of $800 per person per year on their insurance premiums. In addition, 34 states have extended postpartum coverage under Medicaid from 60 days to 12 months following pregnancy.
  • In 2024, 92% of Americans have health insurance, an all-time high.
  • We played a vital role in the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act in 2022. Thanks to this historic legislation, 13 million Americans will continue to save on their health insurance premiums and Medicare beneficiaries will only have to pay $35 per month for insulin and will have their out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs capped at $2,000 per year. Also, 80 of the most expensive prescription drugs will have lower prices because of Medicare price negotiations by 2030.