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.

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.