U.S. Reps. Allred, Fletcher and Health Care Storyteller Join Protect Our Care on Nationwide Virtual Bus Tour to Highlight What’s At Stake for Texans’ Health Care in November

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Texas – Today, Protect Our Care’s nationwide virtual “Your Health, Your Vote” tour arrived in Texas to highlight Republicans’ ongoing war on health care and failed coronavirus response. Headlined by U.S. Representatives Collin Allred (D-TX-32) and Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX-07), the event highlighted how Trump’s ongoing war on America’s health care, his lawsuit to completely dismantle the Affordable Care Act during a pandemic, and his failed coronavirus response have had devastating impacts on Texans. They also held Sen. John Cornyn for his failure as part of the Republican Senate leadership to failure Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to negotiate or pass a meaningful coronavirus relief package for Americans who are suffering from the impacts of the pandemic. The House, including Reps. Allred and Fletcher, passed a relief bill 152 days ago, with no meaningful response from the Senate.

“Health care is on the ballot in this election, so I encourage every North Texan to vote for your health care. Vote for your family’s health care. Vote for leaders that will put your health care first. That’s what’s at stake in this election. I have worked since day one in Congress to stop the attacks on your health care, and will keep working to expand access to care and lower costs across the board,” said U.S. Representative Collin Allred (D-TX-32).

“Our state has the highest rate of uninsured people in the country, but even during this pandemic, Texas Republicans and the Trump administration are intent on repealing the Affordable Care Act, and repealing vital health coverage for millions across our state and country,” said U.S. Representative Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX-07). “For Texans, there is no more critical issue on the ballot this year than protecting our health care. I have been proud to work with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to protect and build upon the ACA, fighting to protect coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and expand access to affordable and quality health care at a time when our communities need it the most.”

“We need to make sure we hold our leaders accountable. 200,000 Americans did not have to die,” said Chris Garcia, a San Antonio resident who lost his father, Carlos, to coronavirus in July. “This would have been the time to bring the country together for the common cause of prevention, but instead the virus was politicized. He peddled false statements, and we still have no national plans for testing or regarding PPE.”

“Health care is on the ballot in 2020. From President Trump and Republicans’ complete abdication of responsibility on passing coronavirus relief to their constant attacks on Americans’ health care, voters know what’s at stake when they cast their vote in this election,” said Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach. “Now Senate Republicans are trying to rush through his anti-ACA Supreme Court nominee to finally accomplish what they haven’t been able to do legislatively — completely dismantle the ACA. Voters will hold Republicans accountable for their war on health care.” 

Read Protect Our Care’s Texas Voter Guide Here

The Protect Our Care “Your Health, Your Vote” virtual bus tour is making stops in: 

Pennsylvania on Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Wisconsin on Thursday, September 17, 2020
Michigan on Tuesday, September 22, 2020
New Hampshire on Thursday, September 24, 2020
Minnesota on Friday, September 25, 2020
Iowa on Thursday, October 1, 2020
Maine on Friday, October 2, 2020
Alaska on Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Arizona on Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Colorado on Monday, October 12, 2020
Nevada on Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Texas on Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Virginia on Friday, October 16, 2020
Montana on Friday, October 16, 2020
North Carolina on Monday, October 19, 2020
Georgia on Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Florida on Thursday, October 22, 2020
*More dates will be added in coming days, including South Carolina and Illinois