Press Release: Bipartisan Senate Farm Bill Will Protect Food Assistance for Millions of Working Families, Rural Americans, Seniors, Children, Veterans and People with Disabilities

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Contact: Morgan Williams Grogan, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890

Bipartisan Senate Farm Bill Will Protect Food Assistance for Millions of Working Families, Rural Americans, Seniors, Children, Veterans and People with Disabilities

Congress Should Reject House Republicans’ Attempts to Cut Food Benefits and Threaten the Health of Millions of Americans by Cutting Food Assistance

Washington, DC – In response to the release of the Senate’s draft 2018 Farm Bill, Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a crucial part of the American commitment to make sure no one goes hungry. But Republicans in the House turned the Farm Bill into a partisan attack on an essential program that helps keep nearly 8 million people out of poverty and fosters a strong economy. It’s encouraging to see that compassion and bipartisanship seem to be prevailing in the Senate – but the fight for food assistance for working families is far from over. Congress must continue to protect food assistance and resist partisan attacks on the program that protects millions of families from going hungry across the country.

“Rather than taking food away from people, we should be raising the minimum wage so low-wage workers don’t have to depend on SNAP. Congress should repeal the Republican tax giveaway, which puts the nation deeper in debt to give tax breaks to people and corporations who don’t need them, and instead invest in health care, education and jobs with good benefits.”

 

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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: DOJ Continues Trump Administration’s Sabotage of America’s Health Care

For Immediate Release: Friday, June 8, 2018
Contact: Morgan Williams Grogan, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890

DOJ Continues Trump Administration’s Sabotage of America’s Health Care

The Administration Refuses to Protect Millions with Preexisting Conditions, Affordable Care for Working Families, Women and Seniors, and Access to Preventive Care

Washington, DC – In response to the Department of Justice’s refusal to defend the Affordable Care Act against a legal challenge, Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“The Trump Administration is once again using every possible weapon in its arsenal to sabotage America’s health care and undermine the Affordable Care Act – without a single thought to the Americans who will be denied coverage for preexisting conditions, see their premiums and out-of-pocket costs skyrocket, be charged more for being women, and be priced out of preventive care. Despite repeated failed attempts to repeal the law in Congress and overwhelming bipartisan opposition to repeal in communities across the country, the administration continues its war on America’s health care. Their war has got to stop, and the DOJ should do its job – defend the law of the land.

“We cannot return to the days when insurance companies were in charge of our health care, without any rules to stop discrimination or hold them accountable for providing decent coverage. We need to expand access to affordable care, not relitigate a question the Supreme Court already answered years ago in a desperate attempt to undermine a law that helps millions of Americans get the care they need and provides protections to the more than 129 million Americans with preexisting 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: NJ’s New Health Care Law Will Keep New Jersians from Losing Health Insurance, Facing Higher Premiums

For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 31, 2018
Contact: Morgan Williams Grogan, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890
 
NJ’s New Health Care Law Will Keep New Jersians from Losing Health Insurance, Facing Higher Premiums
 
Washington, DC – In response to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signing a new bill into law that reinstates the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual responsibility provision in the state, Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:
 
“The New Jersey law is the latest example of how Americans are rising up and calling for leaders to protect their health care from President Trump’s sabotage. Trump and his Republican allies have done everything they can to dismantle our health care system piece by piece and as a result of their health care repeals in the tax law, premiums and uninsured rates are on the rise. But across the country, people are standing up and fighting back to protect their health care. As long as the GOP continues its war on health care, more Americans will stand up to defend affordable health care from political attacks.”

 

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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 ACA Sabotage Will Cause Higher Uninsured Rate and Increased Premiums

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Contact: Morgan Williams Grogan, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890

Trump’s ACA Sabotage Will Cause Higher Uninsured Rate and Increased Premiums

Washington, DC – In response to the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) latest report on federal health insurance subsidies that predicts the uninsured rate rising by 3 million over the next year and the premiums on the exchanges increasing an average of 15 percent in 2019, Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“For the millions of Americans who will see their health care costs increase or who lose insurance altogether, President Trump’s sabotage of the ACA is an attack on their families, their savings, and their health. Affordable health care can be the difference between life and death, between declaring bankruptcy and being able to afford your mortgage, but Trump and his Republican colleagues are intent on dismantling the law – no matter what the cost. As voters prepare to cast their ballots this November, they will not forget the GOP’s continued war on 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: Title X Funding Change is Part of Trump Administration’s War on Women and Women’s Health Care

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 18, 2018
Contact: Morgan Williams Grogan, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890

Title X Funding Change is Part of Trump Administration’s War on Women and Women’s Health Care

Washington, DC – In response to the Trump Administration’s announced changes to Title X funding, Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“This change to Title X funding that will restrict the care, advice and referrals physicians can provide is just the latest in a relentless effort by the Trump Administration to undercut women’s health care and interfere with women’s reproductive health decisions. From pushing for Affordable Care Act repeal bills that would have stripped access to birth control and affordable maternal health care to allowing insurance companies to charge women more for sham insurance that fails to cover basic care, this administration continues to make it harder for women to access the care they need. We should be working to improve access to affordable, quality health care for everyone, not looking for new ways to take it away. Undermining reproductive health care is an attack on women’s economic security.”

 

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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 Farm Bill Should Protect SNAP and Health Care Rather Than Attacking Working Families, Children and Our Most Vulnerable

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 18, 2018
Contact: Morgan Williams Grogan, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890

House Farm Bill Should Protect SNAP and Health Care Rather Than Attacking Working Families, Children and Our Most Vulnerable

Washington, DC – In response to the partisan vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on a version of the Farm Bill that includes new restrictions and cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“The failed House Republicans’ bill was an attack on working families, children, people with disabilities, and older workers.  Congress should reject any version of the Farm Bill that shirks America’s long-standing bipartisan commitment to feed the hungry. While Republican members of Congress were more than happy to spend $1.4 trillion on tax giveaways to millionaires, billionaires and big corporations, their bill proposed $17 billion in cuts to a program that helps Americans across the country put food on the table and pushed for changes that will undermine insurance markets, drive up premiums and reduce choices for rural communities. If we can afford to give the richest one percent of taxpayers an average tax cut of $48,000 this year, we can afford to help single moms, low-wage workers and poor families put food on the table.

“The Republican bill has the wrong priorities. Rather than taking food away from people, we should be raising the minimum wage so low-wage workers don’t have to depend on SNAP. We should repeal the Republican tax giveaway, which blows a hole in our budget and gives tax breaks to people and corporations who don’t need them, and instead we should invest in healthcare, education and jobs with good benefits.

“Food security is a basic component of good health care, and children with access to SNAP have much better long-term health outcomes than those who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. But SNAP does more than keep Americans healthy, it boosts our economy and lifts millions out of poverty each year. Lawmakers should continue to reject partisan bills that cut food assistance and threaten health care and develop a bipartisan measure that recognizes the importance of ensuring people have enough food to eat.” 

 

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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 All Talk, No Action on Drug Prices

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 11, 2018
Contact: Laura Brandon, laura.brandon@berlinrosen.com, 202-800-8690

Trump All Talk, No Action on Drug Prices

Trump’s “Plan” Fails to Implement Any of the Key Changes Needed to Lower Drug Prices

Washington, DC – In response to President Trump’s speech today on prescription drug costs, Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“President Trump’s speech was full of bluster, grand claims and empty promises that won’t add up to a thing. His plan will do nothing to lower prices or help seniors and millions of others who are struggling to afford the prescriptions they need to stay healthy. The only big winners are the drug companies that will continue to gouge consumers and enjoy lengthy patents.

“Despite his over-the-top rhetoric and campaign promises, Trump has taken no tangible steps to reduce drug prices since taking office. He’s afraid to take on Big Pharma and do what it takes to lower prices. Instead he’s letting them run the show. With a former Big Pharma CEO leading his effort, it’s not surprising this plan has no teeth and fails to take a major step that would actually reduce drug prices: allowing Medicare to fully negotiate directly with drug companies. That would change the entire pharmaceutical market and make medicines more affordable for everyone.

“To make matters worse, Trump and Republicans in Congress passed a $1.4 trillion tax law that rewards Big Pharma with millions in tax breaks while seniors struggle to climb out of the Medicare donut hole and afford the life-saving prescriptions they need. If President Trump is serious about reducing drug prices, he should abandon his empty rhetoric and push for policy changes that protect Americans from Big Pharma’s price gouging.”

 

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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 Spending Cuts Would Target Health Care, Foreshadow Deeper Cuts to Come

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Contact: Morgan Williams Grogan, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890 

Trump’s Proposed Spending Cuts Would Target Health Care, Foreshadow Deeper Cuts to Come

After a $1.4 Trillion Tax Giveaway to Wall Street Corporations and the Very Wealthy, President Trump and GOP Congress Seek to Cut Health Care for Children and Our Most Vulnerable 

Washington, DC – In response to President Trump’s proposed $15 billion spending cut package, Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“Forcing low-income families and children to pay for tax breaks for the wealthiest one percent and big corporations is unconscionable. President Trump’s proposal to cut health care and programs like the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is wrong. After wasting $1.4 trillion on a massive tax giveaway to those who need it the least, President Trump is now going after cuts to programs that help working families, seniors, people with disabilities and kids. This is step one in their draconian plan. First, Trump and Republicans will try to rescind funding from programs that help low-income families ensure their kids get the health care they need. Next, they will seek much more severe cuts to additional critical programs that America’s working families depend on. 

“We’ve seen this playbook before and working families cannot afford this one-two punch from the administration and Congressional Republicans. Americans across the country will make it clear to members of Congress in November that they cannot ask working families, children and seniors to pay for tax cuts for Wall Street corporations and millionaires and billionaires.”

 

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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: April 2018 – Connecting The New Tax Law With Cuts In Critical Programs

 
Connecting The New Tax Law With Cuts In Critical Programs
HCAN & HCANEF Tax Activities, April 2018

On Monday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 17, HCAN and HCANEF partners across the states came together to remind Americans around the country who really pays for tax breaks for Wall Street CEOs and the richest households in the new Republican law: our families and communities. HCAN and HCANEF partners held 24 events in 16 states over the course of two days, coordinating our activities with the Tax Day March and with Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF).

As part of each event, partners released a tax report co-authored by ATF and HCAN that highlights how the new tax law disproportionately benefits prescription and health insurance companies while forcing bit cuts to healthcare, SNAP, housing, education and other social safety net services.

Together HCAN and HCANEF partners demanded that Congress repeal the GOP tax and instead invest in improving and expanding health care, education and other essential services for working families.  Highlights from the Tax Day Activities are below.

ARKANSAS

On April 17th, Arkansas Community Organizations (ACO) members held an event in front of the Chamber of Commerce building in Little Rock. They tied the federal tax breaks to millionaires to the Governor’s proposal to cut the tax rate for the top income earners in the state.  The even received coverage on KUAR radio but link is not available.

Arkansas event photo

FLORIDA

Organize Florida held a press conference in Tampa on April 17 that included speakers Bruce Nissen (Retired University Labor Studies Professor and past Director of the Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy at Florida International University), Dr. Mona Mangat(Practicing Pediatric Allergy Specialist and member of Doctors for America) and Ace Padian (Project Manager, Network to End Hunger).

Organize Florida’s event highlighted effects of the new tax law on Medicaid and SNAP cuts on low income Floridians. See press coverage below. 

Tax deadline looms as Americans scramble to file, 4/17/18

Federal Tax Cuts and State Budget Will Harm Floridians, 4/18/18

ILLINOIS

Citizen Action IL turned out over 30 people to their tax day event at in front of the IRS building in Downers Grove on April 11. Their action focused on accountability on Rep. Roskam, one of the main architects of the tax bill in the House.

Illinois event photo

INDIANA

Faith in Indiana held a tax day press call on April 16 that featured Fran Quigley, People of Faith for Access to Medicines, tying the repeal of the ACA individual mandate in the tax law to increases in premiums and coverage losses in IN.

Without Individual Mandate, Report Predicts Many Hoosiers Will Opt Out of Insurance, 4/18/18

Later that week, Faith in Indiana held a large summit attended by Senator Donnelly in which the Senator committed to continue fighting to protect health care by rejecting efforts to repeal, replace or give away tax breaks to the rich paid for by cuts to health care and the social safety net. https://www.facebook.com/FaithinIndiana/

MAINE

Maine People’s Alliance released the ATF-HCAN report as protesters gathered outside the post office in Portland to remind taxpayers that corporations got a big new tax break this tax day. The promoted their blog and the action on Facebook.

Good piece is the Maine Beacon here linking to the new report:

As Mainers File Their Taxes, A Reminder that Corporations Got a Huge New Tax Break

 

Maine event photo

MISSOURI

MO JwJ worked with allies to place an op-ed in the St. Louis American in a faith leader voice leading up to Tax Day:

Clergy Challenge Congress to Heed Jesus

NEVADA

Battle Born Progress held a press conference in front of Senator Heller’s office in Las Vegas on April 17. After the event, they delivered 170+ petition signatures calling for Heller to repeal the Trump Tax & oppose cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, SNAP, & Disability Insurance.

Their press conference featured key allies including SEIU home care workers and also included a mock W2 form for Dean Heller, listing corporate campaign donations and the size of his tax break. Univision covered the event—no clip recovered yet (see screenshot pic).

Battle Born also published a blog post using Nevada’s data from the HCAN and AFT report on Nevada Forward.

http://nevadaforward.com/2018/04/17/tax-day-new-report-reveals-how-trumps-tax-giveaway-impacts-nevada/

In addition,  Battle Born created this video on Facebook Live highlighting Senator Dean Heller and the Tax Scam and were active on twitter throughout the day: https://www.facebook.com/BattleBornProgress/videos/1681213861946996/

Top Twitter posts:

Nevada event photo

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Granite State Education Fund (GSEF) organized a response to a visit from Ivanka Trump and Steven Mnunchin’s visit to the state to tout the new tax law in Derry, NH, on tax day.

Union Leader, Ivanka Trump, Steve Mnuchin tell Granite Staters that Tax Day will be less painful in 2019, 4.17.18

Eagle Tribune, Talking Taxes, 4.17.18

Eagle Tribune, Ivanka Trump and treasury secretary tout tax plan, 4.18.18

Manchester Ink Link, Progressives respond to federal tax reform session in Derry, 4.19.18

GSEF also released the ATF report and promoted the message on social media on April 16th, leading up to the Derry event.

Facebook Event: Report Release on Who Wins and Who Loses Under New Trump Tax Law, April 16th

NEW JERSEY

New Jersey Citizen Action (NJCA) organized a tax day accountability action outside Rep. MacArthur’s district in Toms River. He was the only NJ Rep. to vote against the tax bill. Their action featured small business owners in the district and constituents directly impacted by the forced cuts to Medicaid and Medicare.

Their Facebook Live video from the event garnered over 650 views.  https://www.facebook.com/NJCitizenAction/videos/2163191473697269/

NEW YORK

Citizen Action of New York (CANY) mobilized their coalition network and organized 6 tax day events in 4 Congressional Districts of Represenatives Faso, Tenney, Stefanik and Katko as well as two events in NYC between April 16 and April 17.

See clips below from events in Tenney and Katko’s districts.

Members of Indivisible Binghamton Rally Outside Congresswoman Tenney’s Office, 4/17/18

Local Activists, Elected Officals Protest Rep John Katko’s Support of Tax Bill, 4/17/18

Video of Tax Day Actions Here:

NORTH CAROLINA

Action NC organized a tax day event outside the Charlotte post office on April 17. The event featured senior women and their personal stories about Trump’s proposed cuts to Medicaid and the social safety net following passage of the tax bill.

Action NC also published this blog post that highlights the ATF/HCAN tax report.

New report: GOP’s December tax giveaway is turning out to be just the disaster critics predicted, 4/17/18

 

North Carolina event photo

PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) held a community forum about the tax bill’s impact on Medicaid. The event featured 2 school board members to highlight the impact of Medicaid cuts on public schools and kids.

Medicaid Advocates Worry About Future of Program, 4/17/18

Bucks County Residents Called On to Help Save Medicaid, 4/18/18

PHAN also held a press conference call to release the ATF/HCAN Tax Report. See coverage below from Pennsylvania Legislative News Service.

PENNSYLVANIA HEALTH ACCESS NETWORK VOICES CONCERNS ON NEW TAX LAW

By Mike Howells, Pennsylvania Legislative Services | April 17, 2018

The Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) today released a report produced by Americans for Tax Fairness and Health Care for America Now assessing the impact of the newly passed federal tax law on Pennsylvania residents.

Patrick Keenan, director of Policy and Consumer Protections for PHAN, said the wealthiest this year are going to be collecting even more as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and state residents should be questioning how corporate tax cuts are going to be paid for.

Keenan contended the balance in fact will fall “squarely on the shoulders of working-class Pennsylvanians, and the safety net that they rely on.”

“We have to answer how we are going to address the new debt that they are going to create,” he said of the tax cuts.

Keenan said the new report shows that not only is the new tax law unfairly generous to big businesses and Wall Street, but also shifts more burdens onto individual Pennsylvanians. The richest one percent of state residents will receive 27 percent of the state’s total tax cut, Keenan said, while those in the bottom 60 percent will get just 12 percent, averaging about $400.

He added the repeal of certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act included in the tax law will increase the number of uninsured Pennsylvanians by 105,000 and drive up premiums for continuing enrollees.

Marc Stier,director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, emphasized that the tax cuts are “extraordinarily skewed” toward the top one percent of earners.

“These tax cuts were sold as a way of spurring economic growth,” Stier said, but contended that is not happening in reality. He said that investments are not going up and corporate plans remain largely unchanged from a year ago.

“Very few corporations have called for higher wages,” Stier said, and among those employees who have seen a benefit, many are getting one-time lump sum bonuses rather than raises. He indicated the bulk of investment has been in the form of stock buybacks and dividends.

“If we really want to generate economic growth, we’ve got to increase economic demand,” he said, adding any tax cuts should be focused on the middle class.

Ann Saunders, public policy advocate for hunger nonprofit Just Harvest, discussed the implications for the Farm Bill in its proposed renewal issued last week. She said there are proposed cuts to benefits as well as to eligibility that would target low-income workers.

Additionally, Saunders said work requirements and sanctions would also effectively cut benefits to a wide range of individuals.

“This is sort of a way to pay for these tax cuts,” Saunders said of the cuts proposed in the Farm Bill. She added work requirements at the state level are also being considered.

Pastor Tim Johansen from Temple Lutheran Church in Havertown discussed the opioid crisis and the lack of resources to combat addiction.

“It makes no sense to make cuts to Medicaid” in the context of the crisis, he said. “It really makes me wonder what it is that we worship.”

James Luby, a Medicaid consumer from Scranton, discussed how the program has helped him deal with an adult diagnosis of Asperger’s.

“I’m the everyday, real face of this condition,” he said, adding that thanks to Medicaid he has access to a therapist, medication, and preventive care.

Luby said that provides not only a safety net, but a solid foundation for being a productive citizen.

“What’s going on is a direct attack on me,” Luby said. He said work requirements have already caused him to lose his SNAP benefits, because his job does not comply with what he called “a very narrow standard.”

Luby criticized work requirement bills moving through the House for their lack of funds for things like job training and daycare.

“I’m the human consequence,” he said of the tax bill. The new report is available here.

HCAN partner POWER, a congregation-based group in Philadelphia, also held an event on tax day in a local church to educate its members about the impact of the new tax law, who benefits from the law and how healthcare and public services are at risk because of it.

https://twitter.com/powerinterfaith/status/986345616220581889

Pennsylvania event photo

 

WEST VIRIGINA

West Virginia Citizen Action Group partnered with Wood County Indivisible for their tax day event outside Rep. McKinley’s district office in Parkersburg. They organized a creative action with members dressed as billionaires to demonstrate the winners of the tax bill and emphasized who really pays: working families.

Group Holds Tax Day Protest, 4/17/18

HCAN/HCANEF OP EDS

In addition to the on-the-ground activities highlighted above, HCAN and HCANEF partners also generated these great op-eds in April highlighting the Republican tax giveaway and cuts to critical services that working families depend on.

FLORIDA

Faith in Public Life produced this op-ed from Elder Lee Harris in the Florida Times Union

Tax Bill cruelly favors the rich over working Americans

ILLINOIS

With help from Citizen Action of IL, HCAN produced this fantastic op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times on April 15th. The op ed is from a firefighter who loses out under the new tax bill:

I’m a Chicago Firefighter Who’s Paying A Lot More Under the GOP Tax Plan

OHIO

Faith in Public Life also generated this opinion piece from local clergy leader Joseph Cherry contrasting corporate greed and big giveaways in the tax law with the needs of the community.

This Tax Day, corporate greed is beating out community needs

Also in Ohio, HCANEF worked with Marcia Dinkins of Ohio Organizing Collaborative on this op-ed from a faith leader that ran widely on religion news service that connects tax breaks in the new law to the timely proposed cuts to SNAP.

The lesson of the loaves and fishes is lost on the house agriculture committee

Press Release: Americans’ Health Care and Public Services at Risk From Trump Tax & Budget Cuts, New Report Warns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2018

AMERICANS’ HEALTH CARE AND PUBLIC SERVICES AT RISK FROM TRUMP TAX & BUDGET CUTS, NEW REPORT WARNS

Trump/GOP Tax Breaks for Wealthy, Rx and Insurance Companies, and Trump Budget Show Grim Future of Drastic Health Care and Other Service Cuts for Working Families

Washington, D.C. – This week in communities across the country advocates are holding events to educate the public about the harmful effects of the new tax law. Advocates at the events are releasing a new report from Americans for Tax Fairness and Health Care for America Now  that shows how much the tax cuts in each state favor the wealthy and prescription drug companies and health insurers, and how the $1.5 trillion hole the Trump-GOP tax law blows in the national debt jeopardizes funding for Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, education and more in each state. The national report is here and state reports are here.

“America’s working families are, as usual, getting the short end of the stick from the new Trump-GOP tax law. Most of the tax cuts benefit the wealthy and big corporations, which shows the power of special-interest lobbyists in Washington,” said Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness. “The biggest threat for working families is how the tax law puts Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and education at risk because it blows a nearly $2 trillion hole in the national debt. This report documents those effects based on President Trump’s proposed budget for next year. Tax reform should have helped working families get ahead, not tilted the playing field further in favor of the wealthy and well-connected.”

“Trump and his Republican allies are playing politics with the health and the lives of millions of Americans,” said Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge. “The new tax law hands tens of billions of dollars in tax savings to prescription drug companies and health insurers while repealing a key part of the Affordable Care Act that results in higher premiums for American families and 13 million losing coverage. Trump and the Republican Congress need to know that American voters are not going to take this lying down.”

National Report Executive Summary:

On Tax Day 2018, health care and other vital public services are much less secure for America’s working families due to $1.5 trillion in tax cuts enacted late last year by President Trump and the Republican Congress.

  • The tax cuts take revenue out of the federal budget that could be used for public services and investments and divert most of it to the richest households and largest corporations. When the new tax law is fully phased in, 83% of the tax cuts will go to the wealthiest 1%.
  • Moreover, these tax cuts will explode the national debt and thereby endanger future funding for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other public services working families rely on.

The Trump-GOP tax cuts put the interests of the wealthy and corporations over those of working families and local communities:

  • The richest 1% of taxpayers will get 27% of the nation’s total tax cut. The bottom 60% of taxpayers will get just 13% of the tax cuts.
  • The richest 1% will get a tax cut of $55,190, on average. The bottom 60% will get a tax cut of $440—about a dollar a day.

Prescription drug companies and health insurers will reap tens of billions of dollars in tax savings under the new tax law, but few are sharing the wealth with their workers, and none are planning to cut their drug or insurance prices:

  • Among the top 10 U.S. drug companies just Merck and Pfizer have said that they will share any of their new tax cuts with employees in the form of one-time bonuses, wage increases or fringe benefits.
  • Of the 10 biggest health insurance and managed-care companies just three—Anthem, Cigna and Humana—have said that they will share any of their new tax cuts with employees.

To pay for their $1.5 trillion in tax cuts that mostly benefit the wealthy and corporations, President Trump and the GOP Congress have targeted vital public programs, particularly health care, for service reductions:

  • The new tax law reaps $314 billion in savings by repealing a key part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), resulting in higher premiums and millions losing coverage. By eliminating the requirement that those who can afford it buy health insurance, the GOP will be responsible for 13 million Americans losing coverage by 2027 and insurance premiums spiking by 10%, or $2,000, on average in 2019 for the remaining insured who buy policies on the individual market.
  • In his budget for next year, Trump proposed more than $1.7 trillion in spending cuts. This would slash services that working families rely on:
    • Health care: The Trump budget proposes repealing the ACA, which would cause 32 million Americans to lose their health coverage by 2027.
    • Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps): Trump’s cuts to food stamps could cost more than 5 million households their benefits in 2019 and 5.5 million households could lose benefits by 2028.
    • Disability programs: Trump cuts a total of $72 billion over 10 years from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
    • Infrastructure: Trump proposes cuts of $240 billion over 10 years to infrastructure programs. This includes a $99 billion cut to highway funding and $39 billion cut to transit funding between 2021 and 2027. These cuts could mean the loss of more than 1.7 million “job years” (one job for one year) over this time.
    • Education: Trump’s budget eliminates federally-subsidized student loans, which could affect many of the 5.6 million college students who received $20.9 billion in aid last year.
    • Affordable housing: More than 198,600 families could next year lose the housing vouchers that help them afford rent in private housing. $3.1 billion could be cut in 2019 from a fund to repair and upgrade public housing facilities. The HOME Investment Partnerships Program would be eliminated, costing $958 million that helps provide affordable rental housing and homeownership opportunities. The Community Development Block Grant program would be zeroed out, cutting $3 billion that helps localities pay for a variety of community and economic development services, including affordable housing.

The Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan scorekeeper, now reports that the tax cuts will add $1.9 trillion to the deficit—one-quarter more than the $1.5 trillion estimated when the tax law was approved in December. This is close to the $1.7 trillion cut to Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security disability programs, SNAP and more proposed in Trump’s budget.

Top Six States with Most Skewed Distribution of Trump-GOP Tax Cuts, Effects of Individual Mandate Repeal on Insured Population and Premiums, and Effects of Overall ACA Repeal

Rank State Top 1% Share of Trump Tax Cuts Bottom 60% Share of Trump Tax Cuts Value of Top 1% Tax Cut Value of Bottom 60% tax Cut # Losing Health Care from Individual Mandate Repeal (2025) Avg Premium Increase from Individual Mandate Repeal (2019) # Losing Health Care from ACA Repeal 
1 WY 42% 9% $108,880 $420 22,000 $3,460 51,000
2 NV 41% 11% $104,700 $500 112,000 $1,730 243,000
3 FL 40% 8% $98,480 $320 873,000 $1,860 3,217,000
4 SD 39% 11% $88,650 $440 34,000 $2,080 70,000
5 GA 34% 12% $64,620 $370 392,000 $1,930 1,192,000
5 TX 34% 12% $80,350 $460 1,036,000 $1,730 2,759,000

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