Press Release: After 10 Years, the Affordable Care Act is More Important Than Ever

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 23, 2020
Contact: Kemi Giwa, 510-493-1766, kemi.giwa@berlinrosen.com,

After 10 Years, the Affordable Care Act is More Important Than Ever 

Washington, DC –  In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“As we mark the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act becoming law, the essential access to affordable care it provides millions of Americans has never been more important as the nation faces a pandemic that threatens our health and economic security.

“For the last decade, the ACA has saved lives, reined in insurance corporations that used to call the shots and helped families from going bankrupt due to health care costs. Thanks to the ACA, 20 million Americans gained life-saving health care and millions more, including the 135 million people living with pre-existing conditions, have been protected from the abuses of greedy insurance companies.

“Despite the overwhelming benefits the law has had for families, people of color, older Americans, children, women and veterans, Republican leaders have spent every day of the past ten years looking for new ways to undermine, sabotage and dismantle the law. Even in the midst of a pandemic, the Trump administration and Republican attorneys general from 20 states are suing to overturn the entire law and end its essential protections for millions without regard for the health and economic harm they will cause even to their own constituents.  Now more than ever, the GOP needs to drop this lawsuit and take action to ensure people have more access to healthcare and treatment, not take away what is already in place.

“At every turn, Americans across the country have fought back against the unrelenting sabotage campaign Republicans have waged against the ACA, and they will continue to stand up for these vital protections and access to care for millions. The law has survived despite relentless attack from the GOP because it touches millions of people. In this moment, as we mark 10 years of making America healthier, it’s time for President Trump and anti-ACA lawmakers to shift course and build on our healthcare system rather than continue their relentless repeal efforts. ”

 

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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: Supreme Court Rejects GOP Delay Tactics, Now They Must Uphold Obamacare

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 2, 2020
Contact: Kemi Giwa, 510-493-1766, kemi.giwa@berlinrosen.com

Supreme Court Rejects GOP Delay Tactics, Now They Must Uphold Obamacare

Washington, DC – In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to expedite consideration of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) lawsuit,  Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“We are pleased that the Supreme Court rejected President Trump and his Republican allies’ delay tactics. With the Affordable Care Act in danger, millions of Americans simply cannot continue to wait anxiously to see if they will lose their insurance or face increased costs because of pre-existing conditions, arbitrary life-time limits or being priced out by insurance companies charging whatever they want.

“The court must now reaffirm its previous decisions to uphold the ACA as the law of the land and curtail future partisan efforts to dismantle, overturn or weaken the law that 20 million Americans depend on for health care and hundreds of millions depend on for key protections from insurance industry abuses. The last three years have shown us that Trump and Republicans will stop at nothing to take away coverage and put insurance corporations back in charge  of our families’ health. The court acts as an impartial check on legislative and executive actions that sabotage the ACA and undermine security millions of American families who rely on the ACA to survive.”

 

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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 Proposed Budget: Plenty of Money for His Wall, More Cuts to Health Care

For Immediate Release: February 10, 2020
Contact: Kemi Giwa, 510-493-1766, kemi.giwa@berlinrosen.com

Trump’s Proposed Budget: Plenty of Money for His Wall, More Cuts to Health Care 

Washington, DC –  In response to President Trump announcing his budget plan today, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“President Trump’s 2021 budget proposal is yet another example of him saying one thing and doing another. Less than a week after proclaiming support for people with pre-existing conditions, Trump’s actions tell a different story.

“Trump’s 2021 budget proposal would strip away health care from millions of Americans and cut critical services while extending tax breaks that mainly benefit the wealthy, not working families. While Trump continues to posture as a health champion, his administration supports the lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA), effectively stealing health care from 20 million people, ending protections for the 130 million people living with pre-existing conditions, and restoring  insurance companies’ power to  enforce arbitrary ‘lifetime limits’ for coverage. Trump’s budget doubles down on taking away our health care, calling for additional cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security Disability Insurance and other services that people depend on for health.

“This budget is a nightmare for the 1 in 5 Americans that get their healthcare through Medicaid. Women, who rely on Medicaid more than men, particularly for maternity, pregnancy and family planning services, would be especially punished if this budget became reality. Medicaid is also the most important and effective tool we have in combating the opioid epidemic and treating people struggling with addiction, which President Trump paid lip service to but so far done nothing much about.

“Trump’s budget is proof that, no matter what he says, his first priority is still to strip healthcare away from millions of people. Americans deserve 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: Supreme Court Decides to Leave Fate of ACA and Millions of Lives in Limbo

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 21,  2020
Contact: Kemi Giwa, 510-493-1766, kemi.giwa@berlinrosen.com

Supreme Court Decides to Leave Fate of ACA and Millions of Lives in Limbo

Washington, DC – In response to the Supreme Court’s refusal to fast-track a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA),  Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“Today, the Supreme Court gave President Trump and Republicans in Congress exactly what they wanted: a chance to continue to play politics with health care while millions of families remain in limbo, anxiously waiting to see if they will continue to have access to affordable care. With this delay, the future for people with pre-existing conditions and those who receive coverage from Medicaid expansion is completely up in the air. It’s not fair to keep fueling uncertainty and chaos in patients’ lives and the healthcare system so that politicians who have tried time and time again to take away our healthcare can skirt responsibility for their actions.

“President Trump and Republicans want to delay this case because they know taking away common sense protections and health care from millions is wildly unpopular and will cost them dearly at the ballot box this November. But the American people will not be fooled by these delay tactics and won’t so easily forget which politicians tried to repeal the ACA and dismantle Medicaid while at the same time giving massive tax breaks to the health insurers and prescription drug corporations.

The Trump Administration and its allies in Congress have spent the last three years working to dismantle the ACA piece by piece through legislative and administrative action, and now they are working to end the law in the courts, including  vital protections for people living with pre-existing conditions. Just as they did in 2017 when Congress tried to repeal the ACA, people across the country will fight back against this effort to take health care away from millions and put insurance companies back in control of our health.”

 

 

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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: The GOP’s Political Grudge Against the ACA May Cost Millions Health Care

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Contact: Morgan Grogan, morgan.grogan@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890

The GOP’s Political Grudge Against the ACA May Cost Millions Health Care

Washington, DC – In response to the Texas v. United States decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“With President Trump at the helm, the GOP has continued their endless war on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the essential protections it provides for millions of American families, seniors, veterans, women and children. Trump and Republican elected officials at every level – from attorneys general to senators – repeatedly ignored voters’ rejection of their attacks on health care and the grassroots calls to protect affordable care. And to what end? Only dire consequences for American families will come from the continued partisan grudge against Obamacare.

“Today’s decision leaves millions of families in limbo—still facing anxiety and insecurity about their health coverage. The ACA is not out of danger and without it, millions will lose their insurance, either because they are denied the basic right to health care or priced out by insurance companies that can charge them more based on age, gender or preexisting conditions. Striking down the ACA through any means necessary, including politicizing the courts which are meant to be a check on legislative and executive power, shows where President Trump and Republicans really stand on health care—it’s not with their constituents.”

 

 

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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: HCAN – Extreme Partisan Politics Has No Business in the Doctor’s Office

For Immediate Release: December 9, 2019
Contact: Laura Brandon, laura.brandon@berlinrosen.com, 202-641-8477

HCAN: Extreme Partisan Politics Has No Business in the Doctor’s Office

Washington, DC – Following the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear a case challenging Kentucky’s law forcing doctors to perform an ultrasound and show and describe it to patients before an abortion, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“Extreme partisan politics has no business in the exam room or inserting itself between a doctor and their patient. Today, the Supreme Court failed to fulfill its duty to uphold the constitutional right to an abortion for people in Kentucky. This unconstitutional and wildly unethical law forces doctors to ignore medicine and what is best for their patient. We cannot allow extreme policies from politicians hell bent on denying women the right to choose if, when and how to have a baby to dictate the care patients receive.”

 

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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 Abandon Millions of Americans with Pre-existing Conditions

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Contact: Kemi Giwa, 510-493-1766, kemi.giwa@berlinrosen.com

Senate Votes to Abandon Millions of Americans with Pre-existing Conditions

Washington, DC – In response to the Senate’s vote on a resolution to reverse President Trump’s move to strip protections from people with pre-existing conditions, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“Despite Republican Senators’ repeated promises to protect people with pre-existing conditions from higher costs and discrimination, today the Senate failed to protect those protections under the Affordable Care Act by voting instead to support Donald Trump’s continued attempts to undermine the law.  All but one Republican Senator supported keeping in place a Trump Administration policy that allows insurers to sell junk plans which can charge people with pre-existing conditions more, water down coverage and deny services to 130 million people with pre-existing conditions.  President Trump and Republicans in Congress have failed to live up to their promises, abandoning constituents when they needed their elected officials to stand with them.

“The Trump Administration has spent the last three years working to dismantle the Affordable Care Act piece by piece, and time and time again, Donald Trump’s GOP allies in Congress stand aside as their constituents suffer the consequences. President Trump has made it clear which side he’s really on when it comes to health care, and today’s vote drew that line in the Senate as well.

“Republicans and President Trump will continue to pretend like they care about Americans while working overtime to return to a system where insurance and drug companies are calling the shots. Our members of Congress should be working to expand health care coverage, not turning back the clock on vital protections and stripping people of 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: ACA Protections are Essential for Transgender Americans and Millions More

For Immediate Release: October 16, 2019
Contact: Kemi Giwa, 510-493-1766, kemi.giwa@berlinrosen.com

ACA Protections are Essential for Transgender Americans and Millions More

Washington, DC –  In response to a federal judge overturning the Affordable Care Act (ACA) protections for transgender patients, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“Today’s ruling to deny transgender Americans the same health care protections as everyone else is an assault on fairness. No one should be denied the health care they need, regardless of race, age, geography, gender or other arbitrary criteria. The ACA made meaningful progress by providing essential protections for millions of Americans from discrimination by health care providers and insurers, but this ruling turns back the clock on rights and protections we should be working to expand.

This decision is a preview of the damage to come as long as President Trump and the Republicans in Congress  continue to promote the interests of insurance companies and pharmaceutical corporations over the well-being of their own  constituents. Soon, we could see all of the protections in the ACA overturned in the Texas v. United States case, enabling insurance companies to once again charge more or refuse coverage for people with preexisting conditions, women and transgender people. Rather than continue the endless war on health care through attacks on the Affordable Care Act, by encouraging privatization of Medicare and by restricting access to reproductive health option, the Trump Administration should keep his promises to improve health care and lower the cost of prescription drugs.

 

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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: Democrats’ New Drug Plan Lowers Prices Through Negotiations, Holds Big Pharma Accountable

For Immediate Release: September 19, 2019
Contact: Morgan Grogan, 202-836-9890, morgan.grogan@berlinrosen.com

Democrats’ New Drug Plan Lowers Prices Through Negotiations, Holds Big Pharma Accountable 

Washington, DC –  In response to Democratic Leaders’ release of H.R. 3, a comprehensive proposal to lower drug prices for families struggling with the high cost of prescription medicines, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement in response:

“After almost three years of President Trump’s promises to lower drug costs with no results, there is finally a plan to make a real difference for the Americans that need prescription medicines from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic leaders. The proposal demonstrates that Democrats are ready to take on Big Pharma and take meaningful action to stop the industry’s rampant price-gouging.

“For decades, Big Pharma has gotten away with exploiting millions of patients across the country with little to no consequence. Drug corporations have raked in record profits while patients are forced to ration their doses, incur debt to get prescriptions or go without life-saving medicines. Many Americans have been forced to choose between paying for the medication they need to stay or get healthy and other basic necessities like paying the bills on time and putting food on the table.

“The Democrats’ new bill will lower prices by finally requiring drug corporations to negotiate fair prices for some of the most commonly prescribed medicines. The proposal takes steps to hold Big Pharma companies accountable for following new rules that prohibit them from charging many times more for drugs than people in comparable countries pay for that same drug.

“This proposal won’t fix everything, but it’s a much bigger step forward than we’ve seen from President Trump or the Republicans, who continue to profess concern over high drug prices but have done nothing so far to challenge the drug companies monopolies, force companies to negotiate prices or guarantee that patients can get the medicines they need to stay healthy. From the president’s NAFTA 2.0 proposal that would lock in high prescription drug costs for years, to the huge tax breaks for drug companies in his 2017 tax law or his constant sabotage of the Affordable Care Act that puts millions of American’s health care at risk, it’s clear that President Trump supports protecting the drug company profits over health care for families.

“We need aggressive action to rein in these companies’ corporate greed and the Democrats’ proposal takes us in the right direction. As one of the wealthiest countries in the world, the government should ensure that everyone has access to the prescriptions they and their families need. Congress should take immediate action to pass this legislation. The cost of doing anything less is far too high.”

 

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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: 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.