Press Release: Latest Republican Repeal Bill Would Decimate American Health Care

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Contact: Robyn Shapiro, robyn.shapiro@berlinrosen.com, 202-800-7407
 
Latest Republican Repeal Bill Would Decimate American Health Care
 
The following is a statement by Margarida Jorge and Ethan Rome, co-directors of Health Care for America Now (HCAN), in response to House Republicans’ latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“The latest GOP repeal bill appeals to the most extreme Republicans in Congress, but it will be a disaster for America’s health care. It still takes health care away from 24 million people, puts every single American with a pre-existing condition at risk of losing their care or not being able to find care they can afford, and does so to give more than $600 billion in tax breaks to the very wealthy and the big insurance and drug companies.
“Speaker Ryan and President Trump’s race to pass a health care repeal bill at any cost will take coverage away from millions and raise costs for everyone. People will be stuck with huge premium hikes, caps on coverage, discrimination for pre-existing conditions, and junk insurance that doesn’t cover basic care.
“Clearly, Congressional Republicans care more about political games and providing giveaways to big corporations and the wealthy than Americans’ access to health care. Their cynical move to decimate health care for all Americans while carefully protecting their own is a disgrace.”

 

 

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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 Latest Republican Health Care Repeal Deal Makes a Bad Bill Even Worse

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Contact: Robyn Shapiro, robyn.shapiro@berlinrosen.com, 202-800-7407

The Latest Republican Health Care Repeal Deal Makes a Bad Bill Even Worse

The MacArthur Amendment would take us back to the days when consumers were at the mercy of the big insurance companies

The following is a statement by Margarida Jorge and Ethan Rome, co-directors of Health Care for America Now (HCAN), in response to a new health care amendment negotiated between House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Tuesday Group co-chairman Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“The MacArthur amendment makes a bad bill even worse. This attempt to appease the Freedom Caucus and the so-called Republican moderates spells disaster for Americans’ heath care.

“The only people this amendment will help are the Members of Congress scrambling to pass any repeal bill for partisan political reasons, no matter how bad it is for their constituents. Millions will still lose their health insurance. States can still avoid critical consumer protections. Insurers can still refuse to provide basic coverage, institute annual and lifetime caps on the care they cover, and charge people with pre-existing conditions more just because they need care, effectively pricing people out of the market.

“This bill take us back to the days when we were all at the mercy of the big insurance companies and when you could lose your coverage because you got sick, be denied coverage altogether because you had a health care condition, or be forced to pay eye-popping premiums for coverage because you actually needed health care.”

Just like the bill that didn’t have enough support to pass in March, the latest GOP proposal would take health care away from 24 million people, slash Medicaid, and raise health care costs for all families in order to give $465 billion in tax cuts to the very wealthy and the big insurance and drug companies. It will blow a hole in state budgets so the wealthiest 400 Americans can get a tax break of $7 million a year. It will allow companies to charge older people five times as much as younger consumers and increase costs for people in their 50s and 60s by thousands of dollars a year.

 

 

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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.

Huffington Post Op-Ed by Ethan Rome, HCAN Co-Director, Club for Growth Hits Airwaves to Make a Bad Health Care Bill Worse

“Obamacare repeal is being held up by Republican moderates who are trying to keep as much of Obamacare in place as they can,” says the Club for Growth in explaining its new $1 million television advertising campaign that takes aim at 10 “moderate” Republicans for being soft on repeal.

The Club’s analysis of the problem is straightforward – what’s wrong with the debate about how to destroy America’s health care is that some Republicans don’t want to destroy it enough. Specifically, the extremist Republicans in the Freedom Caucus want to repeal every bit of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) they can, but some of their colleagues are standing in the way because they want to protect people’s health care.

That’s why the Club for Growth has hit the airwaves – to build support for a repeal bill by targeting the so-called moderates in the Republican Conference. But the bill is getting worse all the time, thanks to a deal being negotiated by Vice President Pence and the hardline conservatives who want to take away America’s health care.

Under the latest deal, insurance companies would be able to charge whatever they want to people with pre-existing conditions, and they’d be able to sell junk health insurance – policies that take your money but barely offer any coverage in exchange. Here are three specific provisions that the conservatives want their moderate colleagues to swallow:

  • Insurance companies would be allowed to charge people with pre-existing conditions whatever they want. The Trump/GOP proposal guts the protection against health insurers hiking premiums for people with pre-existing conditions.
  • Insurers could sell barebones insurance that doesn’t require any coverage. This would allow companies to not cover hospitals, doctors, prescriptions, lab tests, mental health, maternity and newborn care, preventive care, and substance abuse. There’s a reason these are called “essential health benefits” in the existing law.
  • Insurance companies would be allowed to cap how much they pay for your care. Eliminating essential health benefits also eliminates the prohibition on health insurance companies putting annual or lifetime limits on how much they pay for your care.

The Republicans want to go backwards – way backwards – back to the days when we were all at the mercy of the big insurance companies, the days when you could lose your coverage because you got sick, be denied coverage altogether because you had a health care condition, or be forced to pay eye-popping premiums for coverage because you actually needed health care.

One of the big achievements of the ACA was an end to the biggest consumer abuses by the insurance industry, including discrimination based on age, gender and health status. And it’s these protections – and many more – that the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are going after.

Meanwhile, just like the bill that didn’t have enough support to pass in March, the latest GOP proposal would take health care away from 24 million people, slash Medicaid, and raise health care costs for all families in order to give $465 billion in tax cuts to the very wealthy and the big insurance and drug companies. It will blow a hole in state budgets so the wealthiest 400 Americans can get a tax break of $7 million a year. It will allow companies to charge older people five times as much as younger consumers and increase costs for people in their 50s and 60s by thousands of dollars a year.

Over the April recess, Republicans have been overwhelmed by the public uprising in support of Obamacare. Thousands have been turning out at town halls, the ACA is at its most popular ever, and the Republican bill has the support of only 17 percent of Americans.

Hopefully, when Republican lawmakers return to Washington, DC next week, they’ll remember what it was like to be home, and how much worse it will be if they vote to take away people’s health care.

Press Release: Trump Holds Health Care of Millions Hostage in Desperate Attempt to Get Votes for Repeal

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Media Contact: Morgan Williams, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890
 
Trump Holds Health Care of Millions Hostage in Desperate Attempt to Get Votes for Repeal
 
The following statement in response to President Trump’s threat to take away Americans’ health care as part of a political ploy to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can be attributed to Margarida Jorge and Ethan Rome, co-directors of Health Care for America Now (HCAN).  
 
“After failing to achieve one of his top political goals, Donald Trump’s latest desperate and cynical ploy for repeal would hold the health care of millions of Americans hostage and threaten them with higher premiums. 
 
“Donald Trump should be about upholding the law — not sabotaging it. He should be about helping people, not taking away their health care. Trump’s latest political stunt is unconscionable.  Like it or not, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, and people’s lives are depending on it.”
 

Specifically, Trump has said the administration may stop paying the ACA’s Cost-Sharing Reduction payments — which save consumers thousands of dollars a year — if Democrats won’t come to the bargaining table to discuss repeal. Average premiums would have to go up by 19 percent for silver plans if the cost-sharing payments were stopped. Trump’s reckless stunt could leave consumers without coverage, cause insurers to leave markets and destabilize the Obamacare marketplaces.

 

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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.

Huffington Post Op-Ed by Ethan Rome, HCAN Co-Director, 5 Reasons The Republican Health Care Repeal Bill Is In Trouble

The House Republican repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) appears to be in trouble, and it’s a good thing: it ends Medicaid as we know it, makes insurance unaffordable for millions of American families, takes coverage away from millions more, blows a hole in state budgets, defunds Planned Parenthood, and gives massive tax cuts to rich people and the big drug and health insurance companies.

Here are the five reasons:

1. It destroys Medicaid and the people who depend on it, and key Republican Senators don’t like that. Senators Portman, Capito, Gardner, and Murkowski outlined the need to protect Medicaid expansion, which provides coverage for 11 million people, in a powerful letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “We are concerned that any poorly implemented or poorly timed change in the current funding structure in Medicaid could result in a reduction in access to life-saving health care services,” they wrote. Hopefully these senators will be similarly concerned that the House bill radically restructures Medicaid, dramatically slashes funding, and ends the program as it has functioned since its inception. Eliminating the expansion alone will result in $370 billion in costs to states over the next ten years. It’s no wonder that Republican Governors like John Kasich from Ohio have expressed serious concerns.

2. The right-wing hates it. Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, a leader of the three-dozen strong House Freedom Caucus, dismissed the Republican leadership plan in a two-word tweet: Obamacare 2.0. “It’s Obamacare in a different format,” said Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, another member of the Freedom Caucus. Senator Rand Paul and other Senators are criticizing the proposal for failing to meet basic conservative principles. Powerful groups on the right have condemned the bill, including Heritage Action, the Club for Growth, Freedom Works and Americans for Prosperity. The staff of the Republican Study Committee, which boasts 170 members in the House, said in a memo that the tax credits amounted to “a Republican welfare entitlement.”

3. Unlike Obamacare, it fails America’s families. Thanks to skimpy tax credits and new insurance discrimination rules, virtually everyone will pay more and get less. According to an analysis by David Cutler, John Bertko, Topher Spiro, and Emily Gee, the GOP plan will increase costs for the average ACA enrollee by $2,409 in 2020, when the Republican tax credits take effect. As those four economists and policy analysts explain, the impact of the Republican bill would be particularly severe for older individuals, ages 55 to 64. Their costs would increase by $5,269 if the bill went into effect today and by $6,971 in 2020. Individuals with income below 250 percent of the federal poverty level would see their costs increase by $2,945 today and by $4,061 in 2020.

4. It’s a tax cut for the rich masquerading as a health plan. The House plan would repeal nearly all the taxes in the ACA, including taxes on drug companies, medical-device manufacturers, health insurance companies and the very wealthy. This is essentially a massive redistribution of wealth from America’s poor, working and middle-class families to big corporations and rich people, as legal scholar and health policy expert Tim Jost and others have noted. Jost points out that the Joint Committee on Taxation estimates the bill would cut taxes by almost $600 billion over 10 years. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explains that the Republican’s repeal of the Medicare taxes alone would give the 400 highest-earning American taxpayers a $7 million tax cut each. This aspect of the GOP plan simply shocks the conscience and will get more attention as the debate continues.

5. It won’t work. The Republican “coverage requirement” – a provision that penalizes people for having a lapse in coverage by allowing insurance companies to charge them 30% more – is a very poor substitute for the requirement that everyone has insurance and be given the opportunity to purchase affordable coverage. A new study by The Century Foundation outlines five reasons why the new House legislation will lead to a “death spiral” and the collapse of the insurance market. The most basic is that it encourages healthy people to leave the market and sick people to stay – the very cause of a death spiral. This isn’t an ideological or partisan point – it’s a point of fact about what happens when you replace a workable insurance pool with one set up to fail.

The biggest reason the House plan has problems, of course, is that the public is opposed to it. More than 100,000 people turned out at town halls over the February recess to drive that point home. This is going to continue.

Hopefully the fury over the many flaws of the Republican proposal will overwhelm the cynical and partisan politics behind it. The GOP made a promise to repeal the ACA that they cannot keep, but they’re going to try anyway, no matter who and how many people it hurts, and how much damage it causes to our health care system.

HCAN Statement on Failed House Effort to Repeal the Affordable Care Act, Slash Medicaid, Raise Costs, and Take Away Health Care from Millions of Americans

For Immediate Release: 
March 24, 2017 
 
Media Contact: 
 
HCAN Statement on Failed House Effort to Repeal the Affordable Care Act,
Slash Medicaid, Raise Costs, and Take Away Health Care from Millions of Americans
 
Here is a statement from Margarida Jorge and Ethan Rome, co-directors of Health Care for America Now (HCAN), in response to the decision by House Republicans to cancel today’s vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act:
 
“Today House Republicans failed in their effort to take health care away from 24 million people, slash Medicaid, and raise health care costs for all families in order to give $465 billion in tax cuts to the very wealthy and the big insurance and drug companies. This bill would blow a hole in state budgets and put consumers with pre-existing conditions at risk so the wealthiest 400 Americans can get a tax break of $7 million a year.
 
“This is a victory for democracy and for American families. Constituents have been speaking up and speaking loudly against the Republican repeal plan. Hundreds of thousands of people have participated in protests across the nation. The Affordable Care Act is more popular than ever. But Americans oppose the GOP plan by three-to-one.
 
The Republicans in the House and Senate should scrap their plans to take away people’s care to give tax cuts to the rich. Instead of playing politics, Congress should focus on improving and strengthening the existing 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.

Press Release: Thousands Protest Republican Repeal Bill Coast to Coast

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Media Contact: Robyn Shapiro, robyn.shapiro@berlinrosen.com, 202-800-7407

Thousands Protest Republican Repeal Bill Coast to Coast

Protesters in National Day of Action in Nearly 20 States Highlight Life-saving Benefits of Affordable Care Act, Dangerous Impacts of GOP Health Care Repeal Bill

Thousands of Americans came out in Washington, D.C., and held events in over 40 cities across the country to protest the Republican plan to take away health care from an estimated 24 million Americans, slash Medicaid and raise costs for consumers to give $465 billion in tax cuts to the wealthy and the big insurance and drug companies. This national day of action was organized by Health Care for America Now (HCAN) on the 7th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) becoming law and as House Republicans are expected to vote on the Republican’s American Health Care Act (AHCA).

“The Republican repeal bill provides major tax breaks to insurance and drug companies and the wealthiest Americans on the backs of America’s seniors and families,” said HCAN co-director Margarida Jorge.

And HCAN co-director Ethan Rome added, “This bill will devastate Medicaid, blow a hole in state budgets and put consumers with pre-existing conditions at risk so the wealthiest 400 Americans can get a tax break of $7 million a year.”

In Washington, D.C., nearly a thousand gathered at Freedom Plaza to share stories from those who stand to be harmed the most if the ACA is repealed. Prominent speakers, including Rep. Keith Ellison and Planned Parenthood Action Fund president Cecile Richards, called on members of Congress to abandon the bill and work to protect America’s health care. Planned Parenthood patient and organizer Grecia Magdaleno, who was able to receive a pap smear and a follow-up colposcopy at Planned Parenthood when she needed it, spoke out against provisions to block access to the critical care provided to women across the country by Planned Parenthood.

The bill would prohibit millions of Americans – mostly women – from accessing care at Planned Parenthood health centers. Every year, 2.5 million women, men, and young people rely on Planned Parenthood for essential health care services, like birth control and life-saving cancer screenings. Many of these patients will have nowhere else to turn to for care if Planned Parenthood health centers are forced to close their doors.

“Simply put, the American Health Care Act is the worst piece of legislation for women in a generation,” said Richards. “This bill would reduce access to affordable birth control and strip coverage for maternity care – making it harder to prevent unintended pregnancy and harder to have a healthy pregnancy. Republican leadership is taking aim at the same women who already face the greatest barriers to health care: immigrants, women with low incomes, women of color, and women in rural areas. Americans will not stand for this.”

After the rally organized by HCAN partner the Center for Popular Democracy, protesters marched to the White House to ramp up pressure on President Donald Trump to end his crusade to take away people’s health care. Along the way, they staged a die-in in front of Trump International Hotel to highlight the serious consequences of the Republican repeal bill. Symbolizing the 24 million who will lose health insurance under this disastrous plan, 24 protesters were arrested after refusing to cede their ground in front of the White House. Those arrested included Jennifer Epps-Addison, who is co-executive director and network president of the Center for Popular Democracy and whose husband has multiple sclerosis and could face discrimination for his preexisting condition, as well as higher costs, if this bill becomes law.

“The repeal of the Affordable Care Act threatens our communities and leaves our most vulnerable populations in fear for their health and safety,” said Epps-Addison. “Our democracy should serve all of our communities, not wealthy special interests. We must hold lawmakers accountable and urge them to stand with the people.”

In Chicago’s Federal Plaza, hundreds of protesters are marching to highlight the Republican bill’s $465 billion dollar tax cut for the wealthy and drug and insurance companies, and are holding a rally featuring speakers who represented the vulnerable Americans Ryan has chosen to leave behind.

And at Congressional district offices and events in more than 40 cities across the country, constituents staged “emergency health care” events, testifying to the life-saving benefits of the ACA and demanding that their representatives vote no on the Republican plan. Many of the events featured mock emergency rooms with protesters dressed as medical professionals to highlight how emergency rooms would be overrun with uninsured patients if the Republican bill is approved.

Protesters took to the streets in cities from coast to coast, including Allentown, PA; Ballwin, MO; Baton Rouge, LA; Binghamton, NY; Burnsville, MN; Chester, MD; Cleveland, OH; Columbia, MO; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Eden Prairie, MN; Flemington, NJ; Freehold, NJ; Gallatin, TN; Hartford, CT; Hudson, WI; Joplin, MO; Kalamazoo, MI; Kansas City, MO; Kingston, NY; Lancaster, PA; Lansing, MI; Lewiston, ME; Marlton, NJ; Mays Landing, NJ; Montpelier, VT; Morristown, NJ; Orlando, FL; Otsego, MN; Poplar Bluff, MO; Rolla, MO; Salisbury, MD; Springfield, MO; Tarpon Springs, FL; Tom’s River, NJ; Trenton, NJ; Warren, OH; Wausau, WI; Wentzville, MO; and Westfield, NJ.

According to experts, more than 40,000 people will die annually because they no longer had health insurance if the Republican bill became law. Older Americans will lose their coverage or be forced to pay thousands of dollars more per year for their health care. Premiums will increase by double digits.

“We should be celebrating the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act’s passage and the over 22 million people who have gained coverage, but instead we’re bracing for the crisis that this Republican bill could create for so many millions that will lose health care,” said protestor Jean Busby, a 61-year-old woman with diabetes who is threatened with loss of coverage and high prices if the Republican repeal bill becomes law. “Our representatives in Congress have an opportunity to stand up for people like me and protect our health care instead of cutting coverage and increasing costs while giving more tax breaks to big corporations and the richest 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.

Feb 24 State Roundup

A Cost Too High Report Releases

ARKANSAS

Arkansas Community Organizations, the Fight for 15 and others released the “A Cost Too High” report this week in front of the offices of senators Boozman and Cotton.  About 15 people attended.  Kendra Lewis, a fast food worker, spoke about her coverage through the ACA.  Camille Richoux spoke about lgrowing up poor in south Arkansas without health coverage, her mother’s bankruptcy due to medical bills and then later receiving health coverage through her mother’s plan when she was a college student as a result of the ACA.  Reporters from KTHV, KATV, KARK and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette came to the event.  Here is a clip from KARK below.

http://www.arkansasmatters.com/news/local-news/group-asking-ar-senators-to-keep-affordable-care-act/660477579

ILLINOIS

MICHIGAN

WASHINGTON

WISCONSIN

http://www.dailycardinal.com/article/2017/02/wisconsin-non-profit-releases-report-on-the-economic-effects-of-an-aca-repeal


REPORTS FROM STATE ACTIVITY

CALIFORNIA

There’s great coverage of the empty chair town hall meeting that Congressman Issa skipped in Vista. Great work on this event from PICO, SEIU, Health Accees and others. Pretty extensive coverage below.

COLORADO

HCAN partners in CO joined this rally lead by the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative  yesterday. See coverage;

ILLINOIS

Citizen Action of Illinois has been continuing great work to elevate Medicaid and hold the GOP accountable on repeal.

IOWA

Main Street Alliance organized a great rapid response to a Grassley town halls. Press below quotes MSA leader Chris Petersen. Lots of great coverage below. At one of those town halls, Grassley propped up fears about alleged “death panels” that many Republicans claimed would be included in the law.But on Tuesday, Chris Petersen, a pig farmer from Clearwater, turned to Grassley and asserted that he would own the creation of “death panels” if he voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, suggesting that the senator was prepared to cut health care insurance for millions of Americans.
Chris Petersen: “Sir, you’re the man that talked about the death panels,” said Petersen, the former president of a farmers’ union in the state. “We’re going to create one big death panel in this country that people can’t afford to get insurance.”

Petersen, who won applause from almost everyone in the room, offered Grassley a container of Tums, the antacid tablets. “You’re going to need them the next few years,” he said. “People are disappointed.” Grassley told reporters afterward that Trump’s presidency hadn’t warranted any reliance on the heartburn and gas relief drug.

 

MICHIGAN

Michigan United is keeping up the pressure on Trott, even it means using life fowl. Great story below mentions the live chicken the activists brought to the Town Hall . . . 

http://www.wxyz.com/news/angry-constituents-bring-chicken-to-town-hall

And in the days leading up to chicken, other great activity below:

Fox 2 News – shortened clip that was posted on the 11th District Indivisible page by a member. Claudia was on MU’s  constituent team.

Hometown Life (USA Today) –  Dave Trott: Meet Your Constituents (with video)

 

 

 

Yesterday, we hung banners off overpasses in Trott’s district: District 11 Constituents Hang Banners Ridiculing Rep. #ChickenTrott
Rep. Upton:  MU’s Kalamazoo team is partnered with Pro-Kzoo and Organize West Michigan to have vigils and events outside of Rep. Upton’s office
 

Thanks to HCAN Ally and Alumna Erin Knott for organizing the great town hall in Upton’s district that got great coverage here: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2017/02/kalamazoo_official_upton_aide.html#incart_river_mobile_home

MISSOURI

About 250 people in Columbia, MO, gathered to share their concerns, questions, and stories about the impact of the ACA, Medicaid, and Planned Parenthood on Missourians. Senator Claire McCaskill sent a statement and two staffers. Blunt ignored invitations, Hartzler declined, then claimed she wasn’t invited, then ignored follow up. The event was co-organized by Missouri Jobs with Justice, CoMo for Progress, Missouri Medicaid Coalition, and Planned Parenthood of the Great Plains. Video of event is here: https://www.facebook.com/CoMoForProgress/

Columbian Missourian:
  • Community members share personal experiences about health care during town hall: http://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/local/community-members-share-personal-experiences-about-health-care-during-town/article_7f3e7800-f8a7-11e6-ba31-cfb4acbf9097.html
KOMU:
More events this week:
  • St. Charles townhall Thursday, Feb 23 at 6:30pm targeting McCaskill, Blunt, Wagner and Luetkemeyer  (Leads: MCU, MO Health Care for All)
  • Springfield Street Townhall and Save Our Care Rally on Saturday, February 25th at 7:30am, outside of a Sen Blunt appearance (Broad group of organizations planning under the Missouri Medicaid Coalition)
  • Kansas City Townhall on Saturday, Feb 25th at 1pm, targeting McCaskill, Blunt, and Cleaver (Leads: Jobs with Justice

MINNESTOTA

PICO affiliate ISAIAH and their allies are keeping up the pressure on Emmer. . . good coverage below.

NEW JERSEY

Main Street Alliance member Kelly Conklin, who owns a 12-employee custom woodworking shop in Kenilworth, New Jersey, said his insurance costs have risen by single-digit percentages since the Affordable Care Act came into effect, compared with a 126 percent price increase in one previous year. “I never found out which worker caused that,” he said. “I think they were trying to dump us.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-22/obamacare-s-hungriest-large-market-goes-begging-for-attention

NEW YORK

CANY and their health care allies are chasing Faso in NY. Really good coverage below. He never showed so the CANY activists cornered him in his Kingston office. . . he refused to come out.

PENNSYLVANIA

There was a lot of activity led by partners of the PHAN coalition this past week, including a fantastic Town Hall meeting in Allentown that Toomey didn’t appear in and that got great coverage. Thanks to PICO Affiliate POWER NE for leading on this event. See coverage of the Toomey Town Hall. Also, SEIU did a great job leading and engaging partners in many of the events below.

Scranton Town Hall 

Allentown Town Hall 

Washington Town Hall

Erie Town Hall

Beaver Town Hall

Philadelphia Town Hall 

Harrisburg Town Hall

SWPA Town Halls

Duquense Action

National Coverage

TENNESSEE

Here’s a quick report on the the town hall organized by Tennessee Citizen Action Network this week:.

WEST VIRGINIA

WVCAG and WV Healthy Kids & Families turnout out with about 40 other people for a roundtable discussion with Senator Manchin. The meeting included: the Director of the WV Council of Churches, Sherri McKinney – president of SEIU-1199; Father O’Donnell, legislative liaison of the local Catholic Diocese; Perry Bryant with WV for Affordable Health Care and former State Senator Dr. Dan Foster, the WV Directors of DHHR and Medicaid, Planned Parenthood reps, veterans and retired coal miners and several people with personal stories. During the roundtable, Sen. Manchin agreed to attend the April 19th Town Hall meeting the groups are organizing.
 

WISCONSIN

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is putting two members of the Congressional delegation on notice–they want answers on repeal and commitments to expand health care, not cut it. Over a hundred people attended the HCAN partner’s empty chair Town Hall last night in Wausau, but as you can see from the picture, the politicians didn’t show. Good coverage below.