Care Force One to Travel Across 16+ States, Make Over 30 Stops and Cover Nearly 8,000 Miles in Four Weeks Starting July 31
Washington, D.C. — Protect Our Care is announcing its fifth nationwide bus tour: Lower Costs, Better Care. From New Hampshire to California, elected officials, storytellers, and health care advocates will 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. Kicking off on July 31, Care Force One will roll 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 will travel to more than 16 states, make more than 30 stops, and travel nearly 8,000 miles.
Protect Our Care’s bus tour kicks off 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 will promote the work of lawmakers who are fighting tirelessly to improve health care and hold Republicans accountable for trying to roll back this progress and hike costs and rip away protections from the American people.
“Care Force One will crisscross the nation this summer to highlight how President Biden and Democrats in Congress have delivered on their promise to drive down health care costs,” said Protect Our Care Executive Director Brad Woodhouse. “We are working to make sure everyone understands how the Inflation Reduction Act could save them on their health care costs. This legislation touches nearly every household in America, whether you’re a senior or individual with a disability struggling to afford prescription drugs, a family purchasing coverage on your own, or a taxpayer who is sick and tired of lining the pockets of Big Pharma. Throughout the tour, people from all backgrounds will share what this bill means to them and their families and why they need their representatives to step up against any effort to roll back this monumental progress.”
This summer, President Biden and Congressional Democrats are celebrating 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
Keene, 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
Scranton, Pennsylvania on Thursday, August 3, 2023
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Thursday, August 3, 2023
Connellsville, Pennsylvania on Friday, August 4, 2023
Youngston, Ohio on Monday, August 7, 2023
Toledo, Ohio on Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Lansing, Michigan on Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Eau Claire/La Crosse, Wisconsin on Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Milwaukee/Madison, Wisconsin on Thursday, August 10, 2023
St. Paul, 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
Phoenix, Arizona on Thursday, August 17, 2023
Tucson, Arizona on Thursday, August 17, 2023
Albuquerque, New Mexico on Friday, August 18, 2023
Columbus, Georgia on Monday, August 21, 2023
Atlanta, 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
Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday, August 24, 2023