Press Release: Bold Action Needed to Stop PhRMA’s Price Gouging

For Immediate Release: Friday, July 26, 2019
Contact: Becca Rose becca.rose@berlinrosen.com  202-290-2302

Bold Action Needed to Stop PhRMA’s Price Gouging 

Washington, DC – Ahead of today’s House Oversight Hearing on the devastating impacts of skyrocketing drug prices, Health Care for America Now Executive Director, Margarida Jorge, released the following statement:

“Bold legislative action to stop Big PhRMA’s price gouging is long overdue.  As long as drug corporations continue to retain the power to set their own prices, their greed will rob people of the life-saving medication they need and kill Americans. The time for tweaks on transparency, generic drugs or rebates is over. We need change that addresses the fundamental problem that prescription drug companies have rigged the rules and seized control over our medicines and our lives.

“Drug companies have raised the prices of thousands of drugs over the past six months, with average price increases five times the rate of inflation, while reaping higher and higher profits. Every day in the United States, millions of people go without medicines they need to stay healthy or treat sickness because they can’t afford the price of their prescriptions. It doesn’t have to be this way. No family should have to choose between putting food on the table or following their doctor’s orders to take basic medicines like insulin.

“It’s up to lawmakers to take real action, not just offer lip service. President Trump keeps touting  lower drug prices, but the truth is he has rewarded PhRMA again and again for ripping off patients in order to increase profit margins for themselves. Trump’s tax law rewarded industry giants with huge tax breaks last year: Eli Lilly paid no federal income tax in 2018 despite $9 billion in revenue from their diabetes medications alone. Trump may talk a good game, but behind the scenes he’s negotiated a NAFTA 2.0 deal that allows PhRMA to lock in high drug prices for the next decade. Enough is enough. It’s time to break up the pharmaceutical monopolies and put medicine for people ahead of massive PhRMA profit.”

 

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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 Title X Gag Rule Is An Attack On Women’s Freedom

For Immediate Release: July 11, 2019
Contact: Becca Rose, becca.rose@berlinrosen.com, 202-290-2302

Trump’s Title X Gag Rule Harms Women

Washington, DC – In response to the 9th Circuit’s refusal to block the Title X gag rule, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“President Trump’s domestic gag rule is a direct attack on the health and economic security of women, restricting their access to birth control, abortion care, cancer screenings and other life-saving medical services. This is especially true for women of color and low-income women who already disproportionately struggle with access to contraception and affordable health care.

“Since taking office, President Trump has time and time again acted to deny people’s fundamental rights to choose if, when and how to start a family; Trump has taken away their ability to determine their own destinies. Women and their families will pay the price for this latest misogynistic attack as long as the  courts fail to fulfill their responsibility and stop this partisan attack on women’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: Trump Taps Partisan Extremists to Help Dismantle Affordable Care Act

For Immediate Release: July 12, 2019
Contact: Becca Rose, becca.rose@berlinrosen.com, 202-290-2302

Trump Taps Partisan Extremists to Help Dismantle Affordable Care Act

Washington, DC – As the Trump administration convenes a listening session to discuss an Affordable Care Act replacement today, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“Partisan extremists should not be deciding our health policy. Groups like the Heritage Foundation and Americans for Tax Reform aren’t ‘health experts’ – they’re henchmen for the same industry that exploits patients, lobbying for watered-down junk insurance plans and drug pricing policy that lines the pockets of Pharma execs while robbing Americans of the life-saving medication they need.

“If the Trump administration was serious about making health care more affordable and accessible, they would fight for patients first. We need comprehensive benefits, patient protections and affordable prescription drugs, not partisan hacks looking to make a profit off the pain of American families who can’t afford the care they need.”

 

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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 Health Care Record Should Disqualify Him for 2020

For Immediate Release: June 18, 2019
Contact: Becca Rose, becca.rose@berlinrosen.com, 202-290-2302

Trump’s Health Care Record Should Disqualify Him for 2020

WASHINGTON — Ahead of President Trump’s 2020 campaign launch, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“President Trump’s announcement is more bad news for millions of Americans struggling with the high cost of health care. Even though lowering health care costs is a top issue for most voters, President Trump continues to do everything in his power to take away Americans’ health care by sabotaging the Affordable Care Act (ACA), trying to dismantle Medicaid and cutting Medicare. He has used every avenue to attack health care, calling on the courts to invalidate the ACA, ending protections for pre-existing conditions and effectively rolling back Medicaid expansion. He has intentionally thrown the insurance markets into chaos and gutted the ACA to pay for corporate tax breaks in his 2017 tax law.

“Despite promises of ‘sweeping action’ to lower prescription drug costs, Trump panders to drug manufacturers and their PhRMA lobbyists at every turn. He has done nothing to stop their price-fixing – Some of Trump’s proposals will actually empower big corporations to reap even more profits by gouging patients, earning Trump praise from PhRMA while doing nothing to ensure affordable prescriptions for seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, and children.

“When it comes to health care, actions speak louder than words. President Trump has proven where he stands time and time again as he has relentlessly attacked affordable coverage, protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and programs like Medicaid and Medicare. All the while Trump lets big PhRMA off the hook for putting profits over patients. Voters were not fooled during the midterms by his attempts to cover up his war on health care. They aren’t likely to be fooled in 2020 either.”

 

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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 Anti-Trans Health Care Plan Is Pure Prejudice

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 24, 2019
Contact: Becca Rose becca.rose@berlinrosen.com 202-290-2302

Trump’s Anti-Trans Health Care Plan Is Pure Prejudice

Washington, DC – In response to the Department of Health and Human Services’ new proposal to rollback transgender health care protections, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“The Trump administration is systematically stripping away basic human rights for those who need health care protections the most. The newest proposal to eliminate the provision that explicitly protects trans patients from being refused care makes the administration’s nefarious intent to discriminate all the more obvious.

“This is part of a series of attacks by right wing extremists on Americans who conservatives believe are undeserving of equal rights – including women and LGBTQ people. These proposed rules are a dangerous step backwards in ensuring heath care as a human right for all people. The Trump administration makes these discriminatory rules under the guise of efficiency or simplicity, but the truth is they support extreme minority views at the expense of rights and freedoms for others.  What is simple is saying no to gender discrimination and rejecting Republican’s onslaught of threats to the health and wellbeing of trans Americans.”

 

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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 Democrats Take Action to Protect Pre-Ex Protections and Hold Big Pharma Accountable

For Immediate Release: May 16, 2019
Contact: Becca Rose, becca.rose@berlinrosen.com, 202-290-2302 

House Democrats Take Action to Protect Pre-Ex Protections and Hold Big Pharma Accountable 

Washington, DC – Ahead of the House vote on the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act package to address prescription drug costs and remedy the Trump Administration’s sabotage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“This package is a welcome contrast to the health care proposals we saw over the past two years. Democrats are clearly listening to the voters that made health care the number one issue in the 2018 elections. Democrats are taking action to make health care more affordable and accessible for millions more people after two years of damaging actions from the Trump Administration and GOP that raised costs and left more people uninsured.

“Elected officials on both sides of the aisle have recognized the importance of reining in pharmaceutical corporations, and this prescription drug package is a good first step in combatting some of the Trump administration’s efforts to sabotage the ACA. This bill would restore funding that helps people sign up for insurance and ends the expansion of junk insurance plans that don’t cover basic health care needs.

“This is also an opportunity to get past lip service on lowering the cost of prescription drugs. There’s bipartisan support for some of these measures that leverage generic brands to lower costs, and we expect that every lawmaker will support this first step to make prescription medicine more affordable for those who need it. Prescription drug companies have been allowed to inflate prices and game the system long enough: politicians need to hold drug manufacturers accountable for putting life-saving medicine out of reach. The Trump administration and GOP talks a big game about taking on PhRMA’s price-gouging; Now is their chance to join Democrats in a bipartisan effort to take meaningful action in the right direction.

“Politicians must stop cowering to the will of drug manufacturers at every turn. We need policies that wrestle control of health care and drug prices out of the hands of big corporations and put consumers and patients in the driver’s seat. President Trump and his allies in Congress claim to care about Americans’ health care and making prescription drugs more affordable – now we’ll find out if that’s true.”

 

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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: GOP Ramps Up War on Women’s Basic Rights, Economic Security with Attempt to Make Hyde Permanent

For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Contact: Morgan Grogan, morgan.grogan@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890

GOP Ramps Up War on Women’s Basic Rights, Economic Security with Attempt to Make Hyde Permanent

Washington, DC – As the Senate votes on legislation that would permanently enact the Hyde Amendment and prevent Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans from covering abortion in any case, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“This is a direct attack on women’s economic security and their basic bodily autonomy. Access to affordable health care and reproductive freedom are linchpins for women’s equality, opportunity and economic success. By attempting to take away women’s right to determine if, when, and how to have children, Republicans are also harming women’s financial independence, educational attainment – and their very health and wellbeing. Poor women and women of color who already face the greatest barriers to accessing reproductive health care will be the most hurt by this effort to turn back the clock on women’s equity and access.

“This extreme legislation is a clear extension of the GOP’s attacks on the ACA, public health and women’s economic security. Women and working families across the country will fight back against this outrageous bill, just as they did during previous GOP attempts to take away their health care and deny them basic rights.”

 

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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: Texas v. Azar Decision Hurts Millions of Americans, Attacks Affordable Health Care

For Immediate Release: December 14, 2018
Contact: Becca Rose, becca.rose@berlinrosen.com, 202-290-2302
Robyn Shapiro, robyn.shapiro@berlinrosen.com, 202-800-7407

Texas v. Azar Decision Hurts Millions of Americans, Attacks Affordable Health Care

Washington, DC – In response to the federal judge’s decision in the Texas v. Azar case today, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“With midterm voters overwhelmingly citing health care as their number one issue, the GOP has yet another unequivocal sign that Americans have rejected its war on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But instead of listening to American families across the country, Republican attorneys general have doubled down on their lawsuit and once again put health care for working families, veterans, people with disabilities, women, children and every single American living with a pre-existing condition at risk.

“President Trump has not only refused to defend the law of the land, he continues to do everything in his power to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Now with Judge Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, we have a justice who supports the president’s efforts to undermine the law he’s supposed to implement and protect. This lawsuit could end protections for people living with pre-existing conditions and cause the 20 million Americans who gained health insurance through exchanges and Medicaid expansion when the ACA was implemented to see their benefits stolen and life-saving care denied or made unaffordable.

“Despite so many wins for health care this past election cycle, it’s clear that the fight for access to affordable care is long from over. With this lawsuit almost certain to reach the Supreme Court, we are once again reminded who will pay the price for the GOP’s partisan efforts to stack the court with conservatives who will put the insurance and prescription drug companies ahead of our healthcare: women, people with pre-existing conditions, older Americans and families.”

 

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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: Farm Bill Protects Food Assistance for Working Families, Older Americans, Kids and People with Disabilities

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Contact: Morgan Williams Grogan, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890

Farm Bill Protects Food Assistance for Working Families, Older Americans, Kids and People with Disabilities

Washington, DC – In response to the House and Senate releasing the text of the bipartisan Farm Bill that protects the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) continues to be one of the best tools our country has to fight against poverty and prevent another economic downturn like the Great Depression. There should be no compromise when it comes to making sure Americans can afford to put food on their tables and this Farm Bill rightly upholds our country’s long-standing, bipartisan commitment to ensuring no family goes hungry.

“Protecting food assistance for working families, older Americans, children and people with disabilities is not only morally right, it is a basic component of good health care. Far too often, Republicans have given away millions to those who have the most when they should be investing in good jobs, health care, and education for everyday Americans. The GOP spent $1.4 trillion on tax breaks for big corporations and the very wealthy in last year’s tax law, so it’s only fitting that Congress ensure that single moms, seniors and people with disabilities can afford dinner.”

 

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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: Voters Reject GOP Health Care Attacks, Elect Democratic Majority to U.S. House

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Contact: Becca Rose becca.rose@berlinrosen.com 202-290-2302

Voters Reject GOP Health Care Attacks, Elect Democratic Majority to U.S. House

Washington, DC – In response to the results of the November 6 midterm elections, Health Care for America Now Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“Tonight, voters rejected Republicans’ endless attacks on affordable health care and President Trump’s divisive rhetoric, giving Democrats control of the House of Representatives. Voters didn’t fall for the GOP’s last minute ploys to cover up last year’s votes to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and end protections for pre-existing conditions but instead rejected Republicans’ relentless assault on their constituents’ health care. Americans from coast to coast made it clear that taking away health care to pay for tax breaks for corporations and the rich won’t be tolerated.

“Now it’s up to our newly elected officials to address the damage that Republicans have inflicted on our health care and the continued sabotage of the ACA, perpetrated by the Trump Administration. Voters must stay energized and engaged to protect and expand the essential programs Republicans have worked to undermine like food assistance, Medicaid, Medicare and the ACA in order to improve life for more families.

“Grassroots women in particular, who led the charge to stop ACA repeal last year and to get out the vote this year, must continue to mobilize for health care and against the continued attacks on reproductive rights and abortion access from the President, Republicans at all levels, and the Supreme Court. Electing Democrats who support health care is a first step. Now, we must hold our elected officials accountable to defend our priorities.”

 

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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.