Press Release: Senate Republicans Plan to Strip Millions of Health Care, Increase Premiums While Giving Tax Breaks to Corporations and Very Wealthy

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Contact: Laura Brandon, laura.brandon@berlinrosen.com, 202-800-8690

Senate Republicans Plan to Strip Millions of Health Care, Increase Premiums While Giving Tax Breaks to Corporations and Very Wealthy 

Washington, D.C. – Today, Senate Republicans announced they want to pay for more than $300 million in tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations by taking away health care from millions and increasing premiums for working families. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), repealing the individual responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will take coverage away from 13 million and raise rates by 10%.

In response, Margarida Jorge and Ethan Rome, co-directors of Health Care for America Now, issued the following statement:

“Repealing the individual mandate is such an extreme proposal it begs the question, ‘Is there anything the Republicans won’t do to America’s working families to shower millionaires and billionaires with tax breaks they don’t need?’ Repealing the individual mandate will take health care away from millions and increase premiums for millions more to pay for just part of the Republicans’ tax giveaways to the very wealthy and big corporations. The tax plan will also force massive cuts to Medicare and Medicaid while increasing taxes on 47 million middle-class Americans. It’s unconscionable.

“This is no way to govern. It’s no way to reform taxes. And it’s no way to improve access to health care. America deserves better.”

 

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Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is the national grassroots coalition that ran a $60 million five-and-a-half year campaign from 2008-2013 to pass, protect, and promote the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and protect Medicare and Medicaid. HCAN has come back together to fight the Republicans’ all-out effort to take away America’s health care and put people at the mercy of the health insurance companies again.

Press Release: Senate Tax Bill Is Another Tax Giveaway to the Rich and Corporations

For Immediate Release: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Contact: Morgan Williams Grogan, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 512-913-8875

Senate Tax Bill Is Another Tax Giveaway to the Rich and Corporations

Just like the House bill, the Senate tax bill paves the way for huge cuts to Medicaid and Medicare

Washington, D.C. – The Republican Senate released its tax plan today, that like the House’s bill will lead to huge cuts to Medicaid and Medicare to pay for massive tax cuts for the rich and big corporations. In response,  Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“Just like the House GOP’s tax bill, the Senate Republicans’ will cut health care and force working and middle-class Americans to pay more in taxes to make way for huge tax breaks for the very wealthy and big corporations.

“Transferring more wealth to the richest people and corporations already making record profits won’t create jobs, reform the tax code or help America’s families in any way. All it will do is slash health care for people who need it to pay for tax breaks for people and corporations who should be paying more, not less.  

“Instead of slashing health care to line the pockets of millionaires, billionaires, and big corporations, Congress should be working to help everyday American’s make ends meet and live better lives. Enough is enough. It’s time for the Republicans to end their war on health care once and for all.” 

 

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Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is the national grassroots coalition that ran a $60 million five-and-a-half year campaign from 2008-2013 to pass, protect, and promote the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and protect Medicare and Medicaid. HCAN has come back together to fight the Republicans’ all-out effort to take away America’s health care and put people at the mercy of the health insurance companies again.

Press Release: House Tax Bill Cuts Health Care for Working Families to Give Tax Breaks to the Very Wealthy and Big Corporations

For Immediate Release: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Contact: Lindsey Giostra, lindsey.giostra@berlinrosen.com, 646-992-6303

 House Tax Bill Cuts Health Care for Working Families to Give Tax Breaks to the Very Wealthy and Big Corporations 

Washington, D.C. – After the House Ways and Means Committee released its tax bill that will cut Medicaid and Medicare to pay for massive tax cuts for the very wealthy and big corporations, Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“The Republican tax plan is just the latest scam to give big breaks to the rich and corporations at the expense of working families. For most of this year, Republicans have tried to repeal the ACA and dismantle Medicaid in order to then give big tax breaks to the rich, insurers and the prescription drug companies. This time around, they are working in reverse order with a proposal that first gives big tax cuts for the rich and corporations and then cuts health care to pay for it.

“Transferring more wealth to the richest people and corporations already making record profits won’t create jobs, reform the tax code or help America’s families in any way. All it will do is slash health care for people who need it to pay for tax breaks for people and corporations who should be paying more, not less.

“Once again, the GOP is demonstrating their blatant disregard for the health of working families, seniors and people with disabilities by slashing Medicaid, Medicare, and other critical programs to make way for a tax giveaway to those who need it the least. Their plan will make life-saving resources and medications unaffordable and unattainable for millions while their rich donors get richer.

“It’s far past time for Republicans to listen to their constituents and reject this plan, end their war on health care, and work towards bipartisan solutions to expand access to affordable health care.”

 

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Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is the national grassroots coalition that ran a $60 million five-and-a-half year campaign from 2008-2013 to pass, protect, and promote the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and protect Medicare and Medicaid. HCAN has come back together to fight the Republicans’ all-out effort to take away America’s health care and put people at the mercy of the health insurance companies again.

Press Release: CBO Confirms Bipartisan Deal Would Help Stabilize Market, Address President’s Efforts to Dismantle the ACA

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Contact: Lindsey Giostra, lindsey.giostra@berlinrosen.com, 646-992-8303

CBO Confirms Bipartisan Deal Would Help Stabilize Market, Address President’s Efforts to Dismantle the ACA

Washington, D.C. – After the Congressional Budget Office released its score of the bipartisan Murray-Alexander deal to stabilize health care markets, Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“The CBO score confirms that this bipartisan bill would protect Americans’ access to affordable care while starting to address the reckless steps of President Trump’s sabotage campaign to dismantle the law. It would create much-needed stability in the market after the president’s actions decreased consumers’ choices, forced insurers to raise premiums, and reduced assistance to help consumers sign up for coverage.

“This bipartisan deal presents a path forward to counter President Trump’s destructive efforts to throw our health care markets into chaos, strip Americans of health insurance, and increase premiums and decrease basic protections for all of us. Congress should pass this bill without delay and look for other ways to work together to improve access to affordable care and prevent President Trump from doing more damage to America’s health care.”

 

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Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is the national grassroots coalition that ran a $60 million five-and-a-half year campaign from 2008-2013 to pass, protect, and promote the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and protect Medicare and Medicaid. HCAN has come back together to fight the Republicans’ all-out effort to take away America’s health care and put people at the mercy of the health insurance companies again.

Press Release: Senate Votes to Give Huge Tax Cuts to the Very Wealthy, Force Deep Cuts to Medicaid & Medicare

For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Contact: Morgan Williams Grogan, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890

Senate Votes to Give Huge Tax Cuts to the Very Wealthy, Force Deep Cuts to Medicaid & Medicare

Washington, D.C. – In response to the Senate passing its budget resolution today, Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“This vote was nothing but a massive tax giveaway to the 1 percent paid for by taking away health care from America’s poor and middle-class families. Any pretense that it was more than stealing health care from everyday Americans to give tax breaks for the rich and big corporations is nonsense. This was Robin Hood in reverse, plain and simple.

“In their relentless effort to give tax breaks to those who need them least, the GOP will force draconian cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and other critical programs for working families, seniors and the disabled, leaving the most vulnerable Americans out to dry. Given the chance to prevent deep cuts to Medicaid and Medicare during the amendment process, Senate Republicans doubled down on cutting $1.5 trillion from those programs and voted instead to protect tax cuts for the top 1 percent.

“Instead of taking health care away from millions to foot the bill for tax cuts for wealthiest Americans, the Republicans in Congress should end their war on health care and instead work towards bipartisan solutions to expand access to affordable health care, as Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray have begun to do.”

 

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Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is the national grassroots coalition that ran a $60 million five-and-a-half year campaign from 2008-2013 to pass, protect, and promote the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and protect Medicare and Medicaid. HCAN has come back together to fight the Republicans’ all-out effort to take away America’s health care and put people at the mercy of the health insurance companies again.

Press Release: Bipartisan Deal Marks First Step to Stabilize Insurance Markets, Undo President’s Health Care Sabotage Campaign

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Contact: Morgan Williams Grogan, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890

Bipartisan Deal Marks First Step to Stabilize Insurance Markets, Undo President’s Health Care Sabotage Campaign

Washington, D.C. – In response to the bipartisan deal to stabilize health care markets announced by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murry (D-WA), Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement: 

“The bipartisan health care deal is the first step toward stabilizing the insurance marketplaces and protecting access to affordable care that millions of Americans need. As President Trump continues his relentless effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act piece by piece – regardless of how many Americans lose health care or face skyrocketing premiums – Congress needs to come together to create commonsense fixes for the problems the President is determined to create.

“For months, Congressional Republicans have stuffed cotton in their ears, ignoring their constituents’ pleas to protect and strengthen the Affordable Care Act and repeatedly working to strip millions of health care, force Americans to pay more for less, and weaken important consumer protections. This is a welcome change. 

“While we don’t expect the GOP to end its efforts to repeal the ACA and slash Medicaid and Medicare, we do expect our elected officials to enforce, and not undermine, the laws of the land. That includes the ACA. We hope that this is just the first bipartisan deal to help undo President Trump’s efforts to prevent Americans from signing up for health care coverage, force everyone to pay higher premiums, end guarantees of basic health care services, and throw the markets into chaos.

“This deal shows that progress can be made when Congressional Republicans put politics aside and unite with Democrats around the common purpose of improving access to affordable care. Congress should take immediate action to support Senators Alexander and Murray’s deal and prevent further damage by President Trump and his administration.”

 

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Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is the national grassroots coalition that ran a $60 million five-and-a-half year campaign from 2008-2013 to pass, protect, and promote the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and protect Medicare and Medicaid. HCAN has come back together to fight the Republicans’ all-out effort to take away America’s health care and put people at the mercy of the health insurance companies again.

Press Release: Failing to Repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Congress, Trump Continues Relentless ACA Sabotage with End of Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments

For Immediate Release: Friday, October 13, 2017
Contact: Lindsey Giostra, lindsey.giostra@berlinrosen.com, 646-992-8303

Failing to Repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Congress, Trump Continues Relentless ACA Sabotage with End of Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments

Trump’s Action Will Raise Rates for Consumers and Destabilize the Market

Washington, DC — Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge, co-directors of Health Care for America Now, issued the following statement in response to the announcement that President Trump is ending Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments.

“President Trump continues his vindictive assault on America’s health care. Having failed repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act in Congress, he is now systematically working to dismantle the law. Ending Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments will raise rates for consumers and destabilize the individual health insurance market. It could cause insurers to flee the market, reducing the choices for consumers.

“This partisan, political act of sabotage is a direct attack on the millions of Americans who depend on the ACA for their health care. It’s part of the president’s campaign to administratively destroy the ACA by forcing premium increases, creating instability in the market, allowing the sale of junk insurance, actively interfering with the ability of consumers to sign up for coverage, and rolling back the guarantee of no-cost birth control for 55 million women.

“The last thing people should have to worry about is the president using his power to try and take away their health care in every possible way, but that’s exactly what’s happening. This move comes after issuing an executive order to let insurance companies discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions and sell junk insurance that doesn’t even provide basic coverage. He called that executive order ‘starting the process’ of ACA repeal.

“President Trump and Congressional Republicans need to face the fact that Americans have overwhelmingly rejected every attempt to repeal the ACA – as has the Senate. The answer is not taking executive action to destroy America’s health care, as the president seems to think. Instead, Congress needs to create a bipartisan plan to expand access to affordable care – and that starts by guaranteeing CSR payments, which are already included in the federal budget baseline.  Enough is enough. It’s time to move forward.”

 

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Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is the national grassroots coalition that ran a $60 million five-and-a-half year campaign from 2008-2013 to pass, protect, and promote the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and protect Medicare and Medicaid. HCAN has come back together to fight the Republicans’ all-out effort to take away America’s health care and put people at the mercy of the health insurance companies again.

Press Release: Trump’s ACA Sabotage Executive Order Will Gut Protections, Force Sickest to Pay Skyrocketing Prices

For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Contact: Lindsey Giostra, lindsey.giostra@berlinrosen.com, 646-992-8303

Trump’s ACA Sabotage Executive Order Will Gut Protections, Force Sickest to Pay Skyrocketing Prices

“This is a transparent attempt to destroy the Affordable Care Act.”

Washington, DC — Today, President Trump issued a new executive order that will expand the availability of junk insurance plans in a direct attempt to trigger the collapse of the entire private health insurance market and destroy the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In response, Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge, co-directors of Health Care for America Now, issued the following statement:

“This executive order is a transparent attempt to destroy the Affordable Care Act. It takes the president’s sabotage campaign to a new level by trying to force the collapse of the entire individual health insurance market and leaving our sick and most vulnerable to pay the price. This strips the most important consumer protections from the ACA, allowing insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions and sell junk insurance. The president is attempting to do with the stroke of a pen what Americans have rejected overwhelmingly and what he failed to do in Congress five times. 

“This partisan, political act is part of Trump’s relentless campaign to sabotage the ACA by forcing premium increases, creating instability in the market, actively interfering with the ability of consumers to sign up for coverage, and rolling back the contraceptive coverage mandate. 

“It’s time for Trump and the Republican Party to end their war on health care. Instead of working to take health care away from millions or explode costs, our elected representatives should work to find bipartisan solutions to expand access to affordable health care.”

 

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Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is the national grassroots coalition that ran a $60 million five-and-a-half year campaign from 2008-2013 to pass, protect, and promote the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and protect Medicare and Medicaid. HCAN has come back together to fight the Republicans’ all-out effort to take away America’s health care and put people at the mercy of the health insurance companies again.

Press Release: Trump and the GOP Continue Health Care Destruction with Roll Back of Birth Control Mandate

For immediate release: October 6, 2017
Contact: Morgan Williams Grogan, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890

Trump and the GOP Continue Health Care Destruction with Roll Back of Birth Control Mandate

Trump’s Action is Mean-Spirited and Denies Women Basic Health Care 

Washington, DC — Today, the Trump Administration issued a sweeping new rule that guts the federal requirement that employers include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans.  The decision will impact the more than 55 million women who have access to birth control without co-payments because of the contraceptive coverage mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In 2013 alone, the mandate had saved women $1.4 billion on birth control pills.  

In response, Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“The Trump Administration’s new rule is a direct attack on women’s health care. On the heels of repeatedly failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, this is another act of mean-spirited, destructive and brazen sabotage. Access to birth control is basic health care. Women should not have to pay the price of partisan political games. This is a discriminatory and unconscionable effort to deny women basic health care and economic security. Enough is enough.

“It’s time for Trump and the Republican Party to end their war on health care. Instead of working to take health care away from millions, our elected representatives should work to find bipartisan solutions to expand access to affordable health care.”

 

 

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Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is the national grassroots coalition that ran a $60 million five-and-a-half year campaign from 2008-2013 to pass, protect, and promote the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and protect Medicare and Medicaid. HCAN has come back together to fight the Republicans’ all-out effort to take away America’s health care and put people at the mercy of the health insurance companies again.

Press Release: House Votes to Strip Millions of Health Care to Give Huge Tax Cuts to Millionaires, Corporations

For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 5, 2017
Contact: Lindsey Giostra, lindsey.giostra@berlinrosen.com, 646-992-8303
 
House Votes to Strip Millions of Health Care to Give Huge Tax Cuts to Millionaires, Corporations
 
Budget Makes Savage Cuts to Medicaid, Radically Restructures Program
 
Washington, D.C. – After the House passed its budget resolution, Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:
 
“The House Republican budget resolution is a shameful document powered by the Republicans’ guiding principle that it’s okay take health care away from poor and middle-class families to give tax breaks to big corporations, millionaires and billionaires.
 
“The House budget resolution calls for savage cuts to Medicaid and radically restructures and starves the program. It slashes and privatizes Medicare. It tears health care away from the most vulnerable for wasteful tax giveaways to people and companies that don’t need them. It strips health care from millions by repealing the Affordable Care Act. All told, this budget resolution cuts $2.9 trillion from services working families depend on. These cuts are draconian, and this vote was reprehensible.
 
“House Republicans have shown they are willing to do whatever it takes, including destroying America’s health care, to pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. It’s time for Republicans to end their war against health care.
 
“Instead of working to take health care away from millions to foot the bill for tax cuts for the 1 percent, our elected representatives should work to find bipartisan solutions to expand access to affordable health care.”

 

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Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is the national grassroots coalition that ran a $60 million five-and-a-half year campaign from 2008-2013 to pass, protect, and promote the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and protect Medicare and Medicaid. HCAN has come back together to fight the Republicans’ all-out effort to take away America’s health care and put people at the mercy of the health insurance companies again.