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Protect Our Care, Along with Elected Officials and Health Care Advocates, Hold Events Nationwide Marking the 9th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

By March 23, 2019No Comments

This week, Protect Our Care and partners across the country marked the 9th anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by holding press events with elected officials and health care advocates to highlight the positive impact the ACA has had for millions of Americans. Leaders and storytellers in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, New Jersey, North Carolina and Ohio came together to discuss exactly what’s still stake in the ongoing battle against Republican’s continued efforts to repeal the law, and how Democrats in Congress can move forward with their agenda of lower costs and better care for all Americans. Speakers at these events discussed how this agenda will protect people with pre-existing conditions, lower drug costs, end price gouging for everyday drugs like insulin, and make health care more affordable for millions of people.

Throughout the week, Protect Our Care and our state allies held events and penned opinion pieces touting the benefits of the ACA and calling for an end to Republican sabotage. On Thursday, Congressman Andy Kim (D-NJ) joined health care storytellers on a press call stating, “Millions of families in New Jersey rely on protections from the Affordable Care Act to ensure they get the coverage they need. Congress should put partisan politics aside and work together to deliver the American people the health care they need and deserve.”

In addition to the press call, Protect Our Care was joined by state delegates and health care advocates at press conferences and rallies in Anchorage, Phoenix, Denver, Cleveland, Atlanta, Des Moines, Augusta, and Raleigh. Congressman Jared Golden (D-ME) held a health care town hall with constituents at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, Maine. Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) spoke at the event in Atlanta, stating, “The Republicans did everything they could to repeal and there was no replacement. In November of 2018, the people spoke, and we will make sure that excessive repeal does not happen again on our watch.”

In Ohio, the Dayton City Commission, led by Mayor Nan Whaley, passed a resolution affirming support for the Affordable Care Act, stressing the importance of the ACA to Ohioans and criticized constant efforts to repeal or sabotage the law. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) joined the press event in Cleveland saying, “As we recognize the anniversary of the ACA, we must recommit ourselves to fighting any form of health care sabotage – from junk insurance plans to provisions hidden in trade renegotiations that would make prescription drug prices soar. We need to work together to improve health care for all Americans, and not make it harder for them to access the care and medication they need.”

 

Alaska

Press Conference in Anchorage

Speakers: Valerie Davidson, former Lieutenant Governor of Alaska

                  Susanna Orr, former Commissioner of Health and Social Services

                  Alaskan health care storyteller who recently lost her husband due to medical complications

                  Representatives from the Alaska Nurses Association

                 Representatives Alaska Children’s Trust

 

Arizona

Press Conference at State Capitol

Speakers: State Rep. Kelli Butler

                   State Rep. Pam Powers-Hannley

                  State Rep. Dr. Randy Friese.

 

Colorado

Rally Outside Senator Gardner’s Office

Speakers: Laura Packard, co-chair Health Care Voter

                  Representative from ProgressNow Colorado

                  Representative from Colorado Common Cause

 

Clip: Steamboat Pilot & Today: Let’s make the Affordable Care Act better by Robin Schepper

 

Georgia

Press Conference in Atlanta

Speakers: Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-4)

                  Georgia House Minority Leader Bob Trammell

                  State Rep. Mary Robichaux

                  State Rep. Betsy Holland

                 State Rep. Erick Allen.

 

Clip: Athens Banner Herald: “On ACA’s 9th Anniversary, threats remain while popularity soars” by State Rep. Spencer Frye

 

Iowa

Press Conference in Des Moines

Speakers: State Sen. Joe Bolkcom

                  State Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell

                  Sue Dinsdale, Executive Director of Iowa Citizen Action Network

                  Emily Holley, Des Moines resident

 

Maine

Health Care Town Hall with Congressman Jared Golden in Farmington, ME

From the town hall: “I’ve been all around the Second District since taking office, meeting Mainers in their communities, listening to them, and finding ways we can work together to get things done for our state,” said Congressman Golden. “I’m looking forward to hearing from folks in Franklin County and discussing solutions that make health care more affordable for everyone in our state.”

 

Press Conference at State House

Speakers: State Sen. David Miramant

                  Anne Perry, nurse practitioner and former State Rep.

 

Clip: WVII (ABC): Nine years since the Affordable Care Act Passed

 

New Jersey

Press Call with Protect Our Care

Speakers: Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-3)

                  Protect Our Care chair Leslie Dach

                  Protect Our Care executive director Brad Woodhouse

                  Little Lobbyists mom Angela Eilers (Yorba Linda, CA)

                  Health care advocate Laurel Smith (Medford, NJ)

 

North Carolina

Press Conference at State General Assembly

Speakers: State Rep. Christy Clark

                   State Rep. Nasif Majeed

                  State Rep. Evelyn Terry

                  State Rep. Mary Belk

                  State Rep. Carolyn Logan

                  State Rep. Amos Quick

 

Clip: Spectrum News NC: Press conference marking the upcoming 9th anniversary of #ACA. Speaking about expanding Medicaid under Affordable Care Act.

 

Ohio

City of Dayton Passed Resolution Reaffirming Support for the Affordable Care Act [WATCH]

 

On Thursday, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley passed a resolution affirming support for the Affordable Care Act. The Dayton City Commission stressed the importance of the ACA to Ohioans and criticized constant efforts to repeal and sabotage the law.

 

Press Conference in Cleveland

Speakers: Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9)

                      Yvonne Oliver, local health care advocate

                     John Kennedy, Ohioan with a pre-existing condition