Press Release: Expanding Junk Insurance is Trump’s Latest Sabotage of the ACA

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Contact: Morgan Williams Grogan, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890

Expanding Junk Insurance is Trump’s Latest Sabotage of the ACA

Washington, DC – In response to the Trump administration announcing that they will allow insurers to sell short-term policies that don’t adhere to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and last just under a year, Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“These short-term insurance policies are part of President Trump’s sabotage of the Affordable Care Act. These junk policies don’t even meet the minimum standards of care and once again allow insurance companies to discriminate against the millions of people with pre-existing conditions. By expanding these policies, President Trump continues his campaign to systematically dismantle our health care system and the Affordable Care Act. This expansion will hurt families and bring more instability to the insurance market and Americans’ access to quality, affordable care. Congress should do everything in its power to protect Americans’ health care by securing the ACA and fighting the president’s attacks on the law.”

 

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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.

HCAN in the News: Market Watch – Opinion: Seniors will pay the price for Trump’s Medicare cuts

On the campaign trail, President Trump made a lot of promises, including the declaration that he would not cut Medicare as president. But that’s exactly what he’s doing with his proposed budget for 2019.

Trump’s plan includes $554 billion in cuts to Medicare, the federal health care program that provides insurance to 55 million Americans who are over age 65 or living with disabilities. The program helps ensure that every American can afford doctor’s appointments, medications, and life-saving treatments after they retire or when they are no longer able to work.

Read: Read: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/seniors-will-pay-the-price-for-trumps-medicare-cuts-2018-02-14

Press Release: Trump’s New Budget is a Nightmare for Seniors, Children, Working Families

For Immediate Release: Monday, February 12, 2018
Contact: Morgan Williams Grogan, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890

Trump’s New Budget is a Nightmare for Seniors, Children, Working Families

The Budget Cuts Medicaid, Nutrition Benefits to Pay for Tax Breaks for the Wealthy and Wall Street

Washington, DC – In response to President Donald Trump announcing his 2019 budget plan today, Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“President Trump’s 2019 budget proposal is even more extreme than last year’s horrific blueprint. He once again lays out a dark vision for America that ends Medicaid as we know it and severely cuts or eliminates other essential services that help working families and seniors make ends meet. After signing a tax giveaway to the very wealthy and corporations that will add $1.4 trillion to the deficit, President Trump is now forcing working families, seniors, kids, and people with disabilities to pay for it with deep cuts to programs that help them get by. 

“And while Trump continues to talk a big game on fighting the opioid crisis, his budget cuts the legs out from underneath the country’s first defense against addiction: Medicaid. Rather than investing in treatment and programs that work, Trump’s budget takes our country backward and uses ineffective, punitive policies that will only further hinder communities struggling with the opioid crisis. The budget also includes cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which helps millions of working Americans put food on the table. Another supposed priority for the administration gets short shrift: lowering drug prices. His budget does nothing to help Medicare negotiate lower drug prices, a move that could save as much as $16 billion per year.

“This is also a nightmare for the millions of immigrants seeking a better life in our country.  Rather than fixing the broken immigration system and addressing the crisis he created by ending the DREAM Act, Trump’s budget doubles down on detention and deportation to tear apart families and put immigrants behind bars.  Congress should reject this backward vision for the country and develop a budget that invests in programs that help lift Americans out of poverty, grow the economy, protect families, and strengthen 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: GOP Continues to Play Politics with DREAMers as Deadline Quickly Approaches

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Contact: Laura Brandon, Laura.brandon@berlinrosen.com, 202-800-8690

GOP Continues to Play Politics with DREAMers as Deadline Quickly Approaches  

Washington, DC – In response to the U.S. House of Representatives passing another short-term bill to fund the government through March 22nd without providing long-term certainty and protections for hundreds of thousands of DREAMers or funding the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“Republicans continue their ‘kick the can down the road’ brand of governing with another short-term bill that fails to provide any certainty and protections to DREAMers and leaves thousands of poor babies and infants without home visitations that help them develop and get ready for school. This is irresponsible and unconscionable. Instead of making backroom deals and playing political games, Congress should take decisive action to ensure people brought to the United States as children get a shot to live without the shadow of deportation hanging over them. And it shouldn’t take more than four months to ensure millions don’t lose access to care they need at community health centers. Failing to fund critical programs while funding others only in short, temporary bursts is no way to govern. President Trump and Congressional Republicans created these crises, and it’s long past time they offer real solutions to fix what they broke.”

 

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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 State of the Union Sweeps His Record on Health Care, Tax Giveaway Under the Rug

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Contact: Morgan W. Grogan, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890 

Trump’s State of the Union Sweeps His Record on Health Care, Tax Giveaway Under the Rug

President Presents Dark Vision for Our Health Care Future

Washington, DC – In response to Trump’s first State of the Union, Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“Rather than take this opportunity to lay out a positive vision for the future of our country, President Trump used the State of the Union to tell the wealthy and well connected he’s on their side. But as is often case, he didn’t tell the truth about his record on the issues Americans care most about.

“Trump’s remarks about his tax plan included one lie after another. The Republican tax giveaway isn’t about raising workers’ pay or growing the economy – it’s about giving a massive tax break to rich people and big corporations, paid for by tax hikes on the middle class and cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and other benefits working families depend on.

“Trump also didn’t tell the truth about health care, an issue where Trump and the Republicans don’t have a positive agenda – just a wrecking ball.  Trump has waged war on America’s health care from the day he took office, beginning with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He actively sabotaged the ACA, forcing consumers to pay more, weakening protections, and decreasing insurance options, and then he had the audacity to blame the ACA for the wreckage left in his wake. Trump and the Republicans in Congress also tried to slash Medicare and end Medicaid as we know it. As a result of their tax giveaway, 13 million people will lose their health care.

Tonight, Trump talked about a government that treats its people with love and loyalty. Is taking away people’s health care a way of showing love and loyalty? Americans know better than to believe Trump’s bold-faced lies or trust his false promises. Voters will remember everything he and Republicans did to destroy our country’s health care when they go to the polls in 2018 and 2020.”

 

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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 Confirms Big Pharma Profiteer to Lead HHS

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Contact: Morgan W. Grogan, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890 

GOP Confirms Big Pharma Profiteer to Lead HHS

Azar Will Pick Up Mantle of Sabotaging the Affordable Care Act, Ending Medicaid as We Know It, Favoring Insurance and Pharmaceutical Companies Over Everyday Americans

Washington, D.C. – In response to the Senate’s vote to confirm President Trump’s nominee, Alex Azar, as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS), Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“Alex Azar is unfit to be the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. He failed to assure Americans he will put their health care ahead of the profits of Big Pharma and he favors ending Medicaid as we know it. 

“Azar’s confirmation comes as our country battles the opioid epidemic perpetuated by pharmaceutical companies, everyday Americans fight for access to life-saving drugs like insulin made unattainable by corporate price gouging, and the number of uninsured has increased for the first time since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect. But instead of working to improve our health care system or vowing to execute the law, Azar has pledged to continue President Trump’s ACA sabotage campaign to dismantle the law piece by piece. His resume is a laundry list of attacks on working families, seniors, children, and people with disabilities. From working tirelessly to expand profits as a top executive at Eli Lilly to lobbying for deep cuts to Medicaid, Azar always puts profit above people.

“More than ever, Americans need a health care champion who will fight against big corporations and work to expand access to affordable care. Azar is the wrong choice.”

 

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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: Delayed GOP Vote to Extend CHIP Funding Comes at High Cost

For Immediate Release: Monday, January 22, 2018
Contact: Morgan W. Grogan, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890

Delayed GOP Vote to Extend CHIP Funding Comes at High Cost

Washington, DC – In response to the Senate extending long-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years, Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“The families who benefit from CHIP can finally breathe a sigh of relief and have some certainty about their children’s health care.  The vote to renew funding for this essential health care program is long overdue and has come at high expense. Children’s health should never be part of a political, partisan fight nor should politicians treat health care and protection for immigrant youth as items for barter.

“While Republicans spent months trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act and make cuts to critical health care programs like Medicaid, the families of nine million children have been in health care limbo worrying whether they would be able to afford life-saving medication and services. We welcome the extension of CHIP funding, but it shouldn’t take giveaways to the very wealthy and big insurance and medical device companies to ensure kids have the care they need. It certainly shouldn’t take inaction on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which would protect America’s 800,000 DREAMers. It’s indefensible that the Republicans didn’t use this opportunity to address the urgent DACA crisis that President Trump created. We look forward to swift and strong action on DACA in the weeks ahead.

“The Republicans’ war on health care is far from over and Americans will continue to fight back at every step – whether it’s defending Medicaid and Medicare, fighting for their children’s care or protecting people with pre-existing conditions.”

 

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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’s Effort to Pit Children Against Children Creates Shutdown Crisis

For Immediate Release: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Contact: Morgan W. Grogan, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890

 GOP’s Effort to Pit Children Against Children Creates Shutdown Crisis

Washington, DC – In response to the government shutdown after Republicans refused to make a deal on extending long-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and provide immigration relief to DREAMers, Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

Tonight, the GOP showed the entire country that their idea of governing is pitting children against children and creating an unnecessary and morally reprehensible crisis. It turns out the only time the GOP can get anything done is when they are stealing from everyday Americans to give giant tax breaks to the very wealthy and big corporations. But when it comes to CHIP, which provides nine million children with life-saving health care, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which protects 800,000 young people who only know the United States as home, the Republicans would prefer to shut down the government than provide certainty to these kids and their families by passing a bipartisan agreement overwhelmingly supported by the public.

“Children should never be part of a partisan fight nor should politicians treat health care and protection for immigrant youth as leverage. For months, they have let funding for CHIP run out, leaving millions of families in health care limbo. At the same time, they ignored calls for action on DACA and immigration and failed to take any action when President Trump threw the future of DREAMers into jeopardy. Their inaction on these issues is indefensible.

“On the first anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration, the GOP proved that they are incapable of governing and will do whatever they have to – even put the health and safety of children at risk – to advance their political agenda. They are unfit to lead our country, and voters will remember how they used children and families for their political gain on Election Day.”

 

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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 New Medicaid Restrictions Are Just Cuts in Disguise

For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 11, 2018
Contact: Morgan W. Grogan, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890

Trump’s New Medicaid Restrictions Are Just Cuts in Disguise

Washington, DC – In response to the Trump Administration’s new policy that will allow states to stop providing Medicaid for people who cannot meet specific work requirements, Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“This new policy is vindictive and a transparent effort by the Trump administration to take health care away from seniors, children, people with disabilities and low-income Americans. When Republicans forced through a $1.4 trillion tax giveaway to millionaires and billionaires, cuts to life-saving safety net programs like Medicaid were always the next step in order to pay for the massive deficit they created. Medicaid recipients already face stringent requirements, and the overwhelming majority of Americans on Medicaid who can work already do so. Imposing additional restrictions is just the latest Republican effort to end the program as we know it. Instead of trying again and again to take health care away from people, our lawmakers should strengthen the Affordable Care Act and expand access to affordable 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.

HCAN in the News: CNBC – HHS nominee Azar needs to come clean on Obamacare, Medicare in Senate hearings

Since taking office, the Trump Administration has taken deliberate actions to systematically sabotage and dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) piece by piece, while the Republicans in Congress, with Trump cheer leading all the way, have worked hard to repeal the law. This has thrown American families and health care markets into a frenzy—who would be covered? What would it cost? What’s the future of America’s health care?

Read: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/08/hhs-nominee-azar-must-protect-medicare-obamacare-and-lower-drug-prices-commentary.html