Press Release: Farm Bill Protects Food Assistance for Working Families, Older Americans, Kids and People with Disabilities

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Contact: Morgan Williams Grogan, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890

Farm Bill Protects Food Assistance for Working Families, Older Americans, Kids and People with Disabilities

Washington, DC – In response to the House and Senate releasing the text of the bipartisan Farm Bill that protects the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) continues to be one of the best tools our country has to fight against poverty and prevent another economic downturn like the Great Depression. There should be no compromise when it comes to making sure Americans can afford to put food on their tables and this Farm Bill rightly upholds our country’s long-standing, bipartisan commitment to ensuring no family goes hungry.

“Protecting food assistance for working families, older Americans, children and people with disabilities is not only morally right, it is a basic component of good health care. Far too often, Republicans have given away millions to those who have the most when they should be investing in good jobs, health care, and education for everyday Americans. The GOP spent $1.4 trillion on tax breaks for big corporations and the very wealthy in last year’s tax law, so it’s only fitting that Congress ensure that single moms, seniors and people with disabilities can afford dinner.”

 

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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: Voters Reject GOP Health Care Attacks, Elect Democratic Majority to U.S. House

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Contact: Becca Rose becca.rose@berlinrosen.com 202-290-2302

Voters Reject GOP Health Care Attacks, Elect Democratic Majority to U.S. House

Washington, DC – In response to the results of the November 6 midterm elections, Health Care for America Now Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“Tonight, voters rejected Republicans’ endless attacks on affordable health care and President Trump’s divisive rhetoric, giving Democrats control of the House of Representatives. Voters didn’t fall for the GOP’s last minute ploys to cover up last year’s votes to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and end protections for pre-existing conditions but instead rejected Republicans’ relentless assault on their constituents’ health care. Americans from coast to coast made it clear that taking away health care to pay for tax breaks for corporations and the rich won’t be tolerated.

“Now it’s up to our newly elected officials to address the damage that Republicans have inflicted on our health care and the continued sabotage of the ACA, perpetrated by the Trump Administration. Voters must stay energized and engaged to protect and expand the essential programs Republicans have worked to undermine like food assistance, Medicaid, Medicare and the ACA in order to improve life for more families.

“Grassroots women in particular, who led the charge to stop ACA repeal last year and to get out the vote this year, must continue to mobilize for health care and against the continued attacks on reproductive rights and abortion access from the President, Republicans at all levels, and the Supreme Court. Electing Democrats who support health care is a first step. Now, we must hold our elected officials accountable to defend our priorities.”

 

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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: On Medicare Drug Prices, Trump is All Talk, No Action

For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 25, 2018
Contact: Morgan Grogan, morgan.grogan@berlinrosen.com, 512-913-8875

On Medicare Drug Prices, Trump is All Talk, No Action
Trump Scapegoats Other Countries, Ignores Sabotage of ACA in his Medicare Drug Prices Speech

Washington, DC – Ahead of President Trump’s speech today with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Medicare drug prices, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“President Trump’s Hail Mary proposal to lower Medicare drug prices is full of empty promises and grand claims that voters will never see enacted. His plan scapegoats other countries, but does nothing to lower costs or hold prescription drug companies in the United States accountable for gouging consumers to maximize their profits.

“In fact, Trump and the GOP have done the very opposite: they have rewarded prescription drug companies for raising the cost of prescriptions drugs most commonly used by seniors with huge tax breaks, even giving the 10 biggest drug companies an extra $76 billion tax break on profits they stashed offshore. Meanwhile, drug prices here continue to skyrocket, increasing 130 times faster than general inflation for brand name drugs over the course of just one year.

“Every action President Trump and the GOP have taken on health care has put the reins in the hands of Big Pharma and stolen more protections and power from consumers. This eleventh-hour proposal is just a desperate political stunt to try to win the voters Trump has repeatedly betrayed by putting affordable, quality health care further out of reach and doing all he can to let insurance companies go back to charging people with pre-existing conditions more for their healthcare. But voters don’t need more lip-service at election time, they need policies that make a real difference in lowering the price of their prescription drugs.  After nearly two years in office, President Trump has failed to pass policies that require Medicare to negotiate fully and directly with drug companies and that protect Americans from corporate drug 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: Senate Republicans Put Big Insurance First: Vote to Protect Junk Insurance Instead of Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Contact: Morgan Williams Grogan, morgan.grogan@berlinrosen.com, 512-913-8875

Senate Republicans Put Big Insurance First: Vote to Protect Junk Insurance Instead of Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

Washington, DC – In response to Senate Republicans’ vote to support Trump’s expansion of junk insurance plans that hurt consumers, don’t cover basic services like maternity care and don’t protect people with pre-existing conditions, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“With just weeks to go to Election Day, Senate Republicans once again put big insurance ahead of the health of the American people. Their vote against Senator Tammy Baldwin’s proposal to reverse the damage done by President Trump’s expansion of junk insurance plans is an attack on every person living with pre-existing conditions, every family who has suffered because a loved one couldn’t get treatment for their substance use disorder or opioid addiction, and every woman who is or may become a mother.

“Expanding junk insurance flies in the face of recommendations from consumer advocates and health experts and will only benefit big insurance companies that are already raking in millions in tax breaks thanks to the GOP’s tax giveaway. These plans don’t even meet the minimum standards of covering emergency room visits or prescription drugs. Republicans are once again helping corporations make more money when they should be protecting hard-working families and ensuring they get the care they need. Any politician who votes to undermine the Affordable Care Act and allow insurance companies to weaken the care Americans get will have to answer to their constituents November 6.”

 

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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: Judge Kavanaugh is Unfit for the Supreme Court

For Immediate Release: October 5, 2018
Contact: Becca Rose becca.rose@berlinrosen.com 202-290-2302

Judge Kavanaugh is Unfit for the Supreme Court 

Washington, DC – In response to the news Judge Brett Kavanaugh has enough votes to be confirmed to the Supreme Court, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“Judge Kavanaugh repeatedly lied under oath in the Senate hearing, revealing the very clear political bias that makes him unfit to be on the nation’s highest court. The allegations of sexual misconduct brought forth by multiple credible survivors as well as his outrageous demeanor and interactions with senators during the hearing should have automatically disqualified him from sitting on the Supreme Court.

“But instead of standing up for the rule of law, for women who have survived sexual assault and violence, or for the millions who could lose access to health care at his hands, Senate Republicans once again picked partisan politics over protecting their constituents and our democracy. Women and future generations will pay the steepest price of all for that partisanship.

“With an active federal case challenging the Affordable Care Act expected to reach the Supreme Court, the addition of Judge Kavanaugh as a Justice could result in women being denied treatment or charged more for healthcare if they have pre-existing conditions including pregnancy, mental illness, sexual abuse, or rape. Even if the law is upheld again, health care is in danger because Kavanaugh believes President Trump still has authority to disregard the court’s decision and continue his sabotage of the law. Despite his lies, bias, and lack of understanding of our democracy’s basic checks and balances, Republicans still granted Kavanaugh a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, further rigging the system against the rest of us.

“Senate Republicans have abandoned their moral responsibility to govern in the best interest of our nation, ramming through an ill-suited nominee for the sake of their political agenda, at the cost of the health and dignity of Americans who will face the consequences for decades. Now, voters should make sure Senators who vote for Judge Kavanaugh face the consequences in November.”

 

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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 Public Charge Rule Targets Immigrants’ Health Care

For Immediate Release: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Contact: Morgan Williams Grogan, 202-836-9890, morgan.grogan@berlinrosen.com

Trump’s Public Charge Rule Targets Immigrants’ Health Care

Washington, DC – In response to the Trump Administration’s announcement of a new public charge rule, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“Trump’s new rule is the latest racist attack on the health and wellbeing of immigrant families in America. It will strip health care from immigrant families and will discourage people who may be eligible from signing up for health insurance for themselves or their children out of fear of being separated from their families, losing status, or being deported. By cutting immigrant access to children’s health insurance, food assistance, and maternal and infant nutrition, Trump is making it nearly impossible for immigrants in need of basic benefits to obtain a green card.

“Hard-working immigrants are the backbone of the U.S. economy yet millions of immigrants are living paycheck-to-paycheck.  Safety net programs like Medicaid, EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) supplement their incomes, help them make ends meet and keep families out of poverty. No one should be forced to choose between jeopardizing their child’s health or jeopardizing their life in America, but that’s exactly what Trump’s public charge rule will do.  Rather than shutting out immigrants who strengthen our economy or punishing immigrants with inhumane policies, the Trump administration should be taking action to unify families and create a path to citizenship so immigrants can fully participate in our society.”

 

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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: Medicaid Expansion is Key for Combatting the Opioid Crisis

For Immediate Release: Monday, September 17, 2018
Contact: Becca Rose becca.rose@berlinrosen.com 202-290-2302

Medicaid Expansion is Key for Combatting the Opioid Crisis

Washington, DC – In response to the Senate’s vote on the opioid response package, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“While the opioid response package is a rare bipartisan feat, and a step in the right direction, it falls short of providing the kind of access to the treatment and recovery services that millions of Americans need. The opioid crisis cannot be solved with a one-and-done vote, and it cannot be solved as long as Republicans and President Trump continue to attack the ACA and undermine Medicaid, the leading payer of mental health and addiction services in the nation.

“Medicaid expansion can help combat the opioid crisis by expanding access to addiction treatment, yet the GOP repeatedly pushes for less funding for Medicaid and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) including Medicaid expansion. Instead of furthering Medicaid expansion and strengthening the ACA, Republicans are cobbling together small funding and marginal adjustments in this opioid package to address a vast epidemic while rewarding prescription drug companies that under the new tax law.

“If Congress is serious about addressing opioid addiction in America, they should approach ending the opioid epidemic with the same commitment and enthusiasm they have shown when it comes to tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations. After passing a tax law last year that gave over $2 trillion in tax breaks to the rich and corporations partially paid for with ACA cuts, the GOP is doubling down this year with follow up bill that costs even more and will lead to bigger health care cuts. It’s clear where the GOP’s priorities lie.”

 

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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: #TaxScam Sequel Gives More to the Rich and Cuts Health Care, Important Programs for Working Families

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Contact: Morgan Williams Grogan, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890

#TaxScam Sequel Gives More to the Rich and Cuts Health Care, Important Programs for Working Families

Washington, DC – In response to House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) releasing new tax legislation today that makes permanent the tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent and takes away important deductions for working families, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“Working families will see no relief from the Republicans’ sequel to their tax scam, which once again benefits millionaires and billionaires while forcing cuts to life-saving programs like Medicaid and Medicare. Like the original tax plan that gave trillions in permanent tax breaks to the nation’s largest corporations last year, Brady’s latest version will do nothing to create jobs, put more money in workers’ paychecks or stimulate the economy.

“This last-ditch effort to score political points won’t fool average Americans, who will bear the brunt of paying for the $2.8 trillion in new giveaways to the wealthy in the bill through cuts in essential programs that help working families afford health care and put food on the table.  Veterans, working families and people with disabilities will make their voices heard at the ballot box and make it clear that any member of Congress who puts access to affordable health care on the chopping block to further rig the economy in favor of the 1 percent will not be tolerated.”

 

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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: Farm Bill Must Protect and Strengthen Food Assistance for Working Families

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Contact: Morgan Williams, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890

Farm Bill Must Protect and Strengthen Food Assistance for Working Families

Washington, DC – In the response to the farm bill conference where members of Congress gathered to discuss the future of the farm bill and continued support for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), one of the nation’s most effective anti-poverty programs, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“The final version of the Farm Bill, like the Senate bill that passed most recently, should uphold our country’s bipartisan commitment to feed the hungry and invest in the health and wellbeing of all people. SNAP protects food assistance for millions of working families, older Americans, children, veterans, and people with disabilities. It’s one of our most effective tools in the fight against poverty because it enables people to work, expands in moments of crisis like natural disasters and supplements struggling families with the most basic support: food. Having enough food to eat is essential to good health care and improves long-term health outcomes. Congress must reject new work requirement barriers that cut food support for families or amendments to the legislation that erode the integrity and efficiency of this important program. Instead of partisan attacks on the nation’s social safety net, lawmakers should be working across the aisle to strengthen SNAP by passing the Senate bill in conference.”

 

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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: Kavanaugh and Texas v. Azar Threaten Affordable Health Care For Millions Of Americans

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Contact: Becca Rose becca.rose@berlinrosen.com 202-290-2302

Kavanaugh and Texas v. Azar Threaten Affordable Health Care For Millions Of Americans

Washington, DC – As the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings continue this week and opening arguments in the Texas v. Azar case begin today, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement regarding these looming threats to the Affordable Care Act (ACA):

“The Texas v. Azar lawsuit and the impending confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh seriously threaten public health and economic security for millions of American families. After repeated, failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act in Congress, the Trump administration’s Supreme Court nominee combined with DOJ’s refusal to defend the law against the Texas v. Azar challenge could be the most impactful elements of their sabotage campaign to take coverage away from twenty million Americans. If the law is overturned, it would strip millions of Americans of the coverage they’ve gained, shift huge new burdens to states that would lose Medicaid funding, and put insurance companies back in charge of our health care, allowing them to deny coverage or jack up rates for people with pre-existing conditions.

“We cannot go back to a time when millions of Americans had no health care, when families declared bankruptcy because their policies capped or limited coverage, and loved ones died because their treatment was too expensive. Approving Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, especially as the Texas v. Azar case to overturn the law is making its way to the high court, could enable the Trump Administration to steal health care from millions of Americans. American voters already made their voices heard loud and clear during the repeal efforts last year, and they will be watching this latest effort to take away our healthcare.

 

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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.