Protect Our Care on Nationwide Virtual Bus Tour Focuses on What’s at Stake for Virginians’ Health Care in November

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VIRGINIA – Today, Protect Our Care’s nationwide virtual “Your Health, Your Vote” tour arrived in Virginia to highlight Republicans’ ongoing war on health care and failed coronavirus response. Headlined by U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07), U.S. House candidate Dr. Cameron Webb (D-VA-05) and Marked by COVID founder Kristin Urquiza, the event highlighted Trump’s selection of an anti-ACA justice for the Supreme Court and his lawsuit to completely dismantle the Affordable Care Act during a pandemic, which would have devastating impacts on Virginians’ care. They also discussed Democrats’ agenda to improve health care and lower costs for Americans.

“Right now, in the middle of a pandemic, Trump is still fighting to dismantle the ACA in a case that the Supreme Court will hear one week after the election. Repealing the Affordable Care Act means eliminating protections for people with pre-existing conditions, including the millions of Americans who have been diagnosed with Covid-19. We have a lot of room to build on the ACA while protecting the American people. The stakes could not be higher, and improving upon the law, not throwing it out, should be our path forward,” said U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA).

“COVID-19 has created massive amounts of uncertainty for thousands of Virginians, including those who have lost their job and their employer-sponsored insurance. The administration’s continued sabotage of our healthcare system is the very last thing they need,” said U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07). “In Congress, I’m committed to protecting those with pre-existing conditions, defending our healthcare system, and lowering healthcare and drug costs for working families. Senator Warner and Dr. Webb understand that these are critical priorities at this moment, and I’d like to thank Protect Our Care for keeping up the fight on behalf of families and seniors in Virginia and across the country.”

“This pandemic has been a poignant reminder of how essential it is for everyone in our communities to have access to quality and affordable healthcare. Advocates like Protect Our Care have been critical voices in the fight to defend the Affordable Care Act and the progress that we’ve made, and I was thrilled to join them today to discuss the importance of this election for protecting and expanding access to care,” said U.S. House candidate Dr. Cameron Webb (D-VA-05).

“This is leadership failure, and this is policy failure. It has led us to losing 218,000 Americans,” said Marked by COVID founder Kristin Urquiza, who lost her father, Mark, to the virus. “The President of the United States continues to downplay the virus. He’s refusing to listen to experts. He is discouraging Americans from wearing masks, and he does not have a plan. His Republican entourage is completely in lockstep with him, and so that is why it is so critically important that we fire Donald Trump this election cycle.”

“In 2020, health care is on the ballot. We’ve seen failure after failure on health care from President Trump and his Republican enablers in Congress,” said Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach. “Now, they are trying to confirm an anti-ACA Supreme Court nominee to completely dismantle the Affordable Care Act in the middle of the worst public health crisis our country has seen, which would rip health care from more than 20 million Americans and leave 135 million people without protections for their pre-existing conditions. The stakes couldn’t be higher for health care, and voters know they don’t want another four years of Donald Trump’s health care sabotage.” 

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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