Report on Philly Action

HCAN partners helped organize a FANTASTIC action in Philly in response to the GOP meeting with Trump held there on 1.26.  Thanks to leadership from CPD affiliate One Pennsylvania and participation from POWER (PICO), PHAN (Pennsylvania Health Access Network), SEIU, AFSCME, and AFL-CIO affiliates IBT, UNITE/HERE, IBT, USW and the PHL CLC for putting together two great days of events. On the 25th, PHAN and the Save Our Healthcare Bus Tour organized outstate health care events to help shape coverage and focus in on health care as the key theme of the protest on the 26th.

Then the 26th, CPD and partners turned out thousands for a rally in downtown Philly. The following groups in neighboring states sent people to the march: NYCC, Make the Road NY, VOCAL, Make the Road NJ, Make the Road PA, CASA, DE Alliance for Community Action, New Jersey Citizen Action , CWA, NJ Main Street Alliance, local unions and many more.

This was a great team effort. The Philly Enquirer estimated attendance at 5000, though organizers and the photos suggest many more!

See press, picture/social media and great video:

Great video from PICO and Philly We Rise here.

Clips are below:

HCAN in the News: Jan/Feb 2017 State Roundup


Even in Alabama, PICO is hard at work to fight the terrible proposals on health care. The PICO Alabama affiliate got this great in early February on an event they organized with Alabama ARISE:



Arkansas Community Organizations has been passing local resolutions in AR municipalities objecting to ACA repeal and highlighting the local impact. Pine Bluff resolution got some coverage below. See the link to press:



Health Access CA, AFSCME, SEIU, PICO and many others have been working together all over CA to respond to attacks on repeal. There’s been great coverage during the month of January.

In early January, AFSCME members and the clients they serve attended an ACA hearing in Bakersfield and offered testimony about the dangerous impact of repealing ACA. UDWA member Julie Otero’s testimony got widespread news coverage. See samples below: 

In mid-January, AFSCME, Health Access, SEIU, North Valley Labor Federation, CA Rural Legal Assistance Foundation and others teamed up for candlelight Vigil after the ACA Repeal vote in Cong. Jeff Denham’s district. Coverage of the event below:

  • Modesto Bee newspaper:
  •  KCRA News (CBS affiliate): A good segment was shown during the popular Good Day Sacramento morning program on 1/13/17, and a news “ticker” across the bottom of the screen commented on the protest vigil continuously throughout the morning

Finally, on January 15th, Health Access, AFSCME, SEIU, and many others joined Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, progressive activist and billionaire Tom Steyer, legendary singer Joan Baez, numerous other federal, state and local elected officials, as well as several individuals (from business owners to care givers to cancer survivors) who would be directly impacted by repeal of the ACA at a huge rally in San Francisco.  Almost every media outlet reported on the event:

A second huge event was also held on Jan. 15th in Los Angeles. There were great champions including newly elected Senator Kamala Harris in attendance as well as doctors, patients, nurses, union members, etc.

Nice quote from Nancy Gomez of Health Access included in this clip:

Nancy Marisa Gomez, organizing director of Health Access and a representative for #Fight4OurHealth Coalition, told the crowd that the broad coalition of more than 100 groups would “fight like hell” for their right to affordable health care.

“We’re not naive; we know the inevitable is going to happen, but we want them to delay the process and consider and put forth a realistic alternative so people don’t lose coverage and have the rug ripped right from under them,” Gomez said after the rally, which organizers estimated was attended by at least 700 people.



SEIU, Together Colorado and their coalition held a great rally on January 30th that included 500+ people! The rally opposed repeal of the ACA and a bill by state Senate Republicans to repeal the Colorado exchange.  Speakers included Sen Lucia Guzman, Senate Minority Leader, and Rep. Joann Ginal, and 4 people with personal stories.

See pictures here

Also great clips below:

Rally Held At State Capitol Over Affordable Care Act, Insurance Exchange

January 31, 2017 9:07 PM


DENVER (CBS4) – A crowd gathered at the state Capitol on Tuesday in favor of keeping the Affordable Care Act and the Connect for Health Colorado insurance exchange.


Groups Stand Up for Colorado Health Insurance Marketplace

January 31, 2017

Public News Services

DENVER – Groups are gathering on the steps of the state Capitol today to protest efforts by some lawmakers to repeal Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s health-insurance marketplace.


Republicans defend plan to repeal health insurance exchange despite protests

January 31, 2017

Colorado Politics

As demonstrators called for keeping the status quo, Colorado Senate Republicans on Tuesday argued the case for what is so far a one-party effort to repeal the state’s health-insurance exchange.


Capitol crowd roars against proposed rollbacks of health care coverage: ‘Obamacare! What a wonderful word’

January 31, 2017

Colorado Statesman


Democrats rally in support of state, national health insurance programs

January 31, 2017

Durango Herald


And earlier in January, for the January 15th day of action, the coalition helped turnout over 500  people to a rally  with Reps. DeGette and Perlmutter,Lt Gov Donna Lynne, House Speaker Crisanta Duran, SEIU Local 105 President Ron Ruggiero and homecare worker Corletta Hithon.

Great coverage:



Citizen Action of IL and AFSCME Council 31 worked with the Save our HealthCare Bus Tour on two events in the state in late January. In addition, Citizen Action supported a great event in Roskam’s district with Sen. Durbin.

On the last weekend of January, Citizen Action of IL stepped up their work to organize members to attend Roskam’s town hall meeting. They successfully confronted the Congressman and he reacted, like other colleagues, by running from his constituents—resulting in the great coverage below.



While Republicans in Washington DC are busy trying to cut Medicaid through block grants and cuts, Maine People’s Alliance and their coalition are working on expanding Medicaid via the ballot initiative process. On January 25,  Mainers for Health Care steering committee delivered more than 67,000 signatures to the Secretary of State to place a referendum on the ballot to expand Medicaid coverage in Maine. The petitions pave the way for a public vote on accepting federal funding to cover tens of thousands of Mainers who currently can’t afford health insurance but have been denied coverage through Medicaid. Similar bills have been passed by bi-partisan majorities in the legislature multiple times in recent years, but have been repeatedly vetoed by Governor Paul LePage.

Press clips:

Maine People’s Alliance also continued work to challenge ACA repeal and cuts to Medicaid with activity and earned media around the state ithroughout January:



Michigan United recruited a great speaker to testify against the Price nominee in mid January. Her testimony was well covered back home. See the clips below:

In addition, Michigan United and Michigan People’s Campaign kicked off their Tuesday Turnout campaign, our strategy to resist and disrupt the Trump Agenda by putting pressure on members of Congress over the first 100 days of the Administration. In partnership with, they turned out over 100 constituents in Detroit to fill building which houses the Congressional Office of Representative David Trott (11th CD), demanding that he meet with constituents to discuss his position on the Affordable Care Act, a law he has repeatedly voted to repeal. Members in Kalamazoo carried out a similar action in where MU and MPC members demanded a meeting with Representative Fred Upton.

Michigan United has also been doing actions on Republicans Walberg, Bishop, and Mitchell in January and February. These events started escalation arcs and got a lot of new members involved. Great local press hit in Walberg’s district below. They also did good thank you events at Democrats Conyers, Levin and Lawrence office asking these members to be champions for saving health care.



MO Health Care for All, Jobs with Justice and Missouri Faith Voices have been doing events in January and February around the state to raise the visibility of ACA repeal and attacks on Medicaid. See coverage below:





West Plains

Most recently, PICO affiliate Faith Voices got great coverage on this mid-Missouri event:

Columbia residents rally in support of the Affordable Care Act



Allies including Rights & Democracy are quoted in this clip from in Manchester, New Hampshire:



NJCA and allies did several vigils in January targeting GOP House members who supported repealing the ACA and taking health care away from New Jerseyans. See coverage below.



There’s been continuous and widespread coverage of anti-repeal activities in New York state since the election and in the first month of 2017.

On January 5th, AFSCME, SEIU and CANY organized a press conference in response to a request from Senator Chuck Schumer that got great press coverage:

CANY, SEIU and their many partners at HCFANY also did a great series of events on January 12th that got a lot of press attention. The groups worked with the Save Our Health Care Bus Tour on some great events upstate that coincided with the inauguration of President Trump. See below.

Capital Tonight (TV show broadcast statewide on Time Warner Stations; widely seen by political people):

January 12th Events:

Long Island

Daily Gazette (Schenectady)

Albany Times Union (appeared on blog; not sure about print edition):

Channel 10 (ABC, Fox)

Channel 9 (Time Warner Cable)

Channel 13 (NBC) (2 clips)

Also, there was a great protest at Faso’s office two weekends ago that has generated a lot of press–Faso didn’t run from his constituents, to his credit.  This seems to have originated as a grassroots (non-group led event) that CANY members attended. CANY staff have followed up with the leaders and doing some more work together!



Action NC organized two rallies for the January 15th day of action: one in Raleigh \co-sponsored with Progress NC, and one in Charlotte cosponsored with Health Care Justice NC. Both had 150+ people in attendance. Congressman David Price attended the Raleigh event, which was held at the offices of the North Carolina Association of Educators. Along with him, three ACA recipients and two doctors spoke. Four tv stations and the local daily paper turned out. In Charlotte speakers included two recipients, one doctor and representatives from several organizing and activist groups–Planned Parenthood, NAACP, NOW, Health Care Justice NC and Action NC. Several other recipients spoke when we did an open mike to end the event. See the press below:



Keystone Progress did a great event in Reading on Jan. 27th that got coverage below. Over 30 people show up in the cold to stand up for our healthcare.  We had some great stories, which are reflected in the media coverage below.



Earlier in January, Progress Ohio and Ohio Policy Matters did a great report release event with allies that got coverage on AP in 41 places. Columbus Business First hit the hospital employment angle hard; Dayton Daily News ran the local county breakdowns.



Rights and Democracy in Vermont and their allies held a great event for the January day of action. Over 1000 people turned out and there was good media coverage.



Virginia Organizing continued to organize health care events across the state in January that generated good earned media in different areas of the state. See some samples below.


Virginia Beach



Of particular note is the quote from a GOP Congressman making excuses about why he’s not having town halls:

“It’s all part of the Democrat strategy: They want to have these meetings so they can bring in a bunch of protesters,” he said. “There’s a group, (Indivisible Guide), and they’re encouraging people to do these things, and they’re pushing everybody to do this so they can show up with big banners and have press. I want to solve problems. I’m happy to make meetings with people who want to have meetings, who are constituents, and sit down and try to problem solve. But I’m not interested in showing up at what they hope will end up being a media event for the lynching of the local congressman.”


WACAN! worked with the WA State Governor on a large event in mid-January and also continued to recruit stories of impacted people to be featured in press clips like this one:



WVCAG and coalition groups did a great event on Jan. 12th to keep up the drumbeat on the dangers of repeal. Speakers included Doctors, Nurses, and folks covered who stand to lose coverage, even got a rural hospital admin to speak on how one provision of ACA enabled them to add new specialists to serve their county. CNN was there filming and some b-roll appeared on later segment which also features HCAN’s “Don’t Take My Health Care” yellow and black signs.

Video here


Just 2 weeks later on the 24th, the coalition released a great report that also got great coverage.



Citizen Action of Wisconsin turned out people to a huge Milwaukee event for the January 15th day of action and subsequently held 5 events later in January. The event in Milwaukee with Senator Tammy Baldwin and Congresswoman Gwen Moore packed a room designed for 300 with over 660 people, while another 200 were outside for a second impromptu rally. 4 tv stations, public radio and major paper covered it.

Milwaukee, January 15th:

Eau Claire Event:

Event in extremely Conservative Waukesha County:

Fox Valley


Main Street Alliance Update

MAIN STREET ALLIANCE: MSA is generating great press across the states (ME, PA, NJ, MN, WV) and doing a lot of lobby visits to weigh in with key legislators on how the terrible GOP proposals will hurt small businesses. Great Work!

Great Op Ed from MSA Small Business Owner in WV:

Maine: Maine Voices: Portland small-business owner supports the Affordable Care Act

Pennsylvania: Trump and GOP plotted in Philly to repeal Obamacare. The resistance was waiting

Minnesota: Minnesota business owners urge lawmakers to keep ACA

New Jersey: Small business Obamacare supporters speak out in NJ

Small business group fights health care repeal

Virginia: ACA needs to be improved, but not rewritten entirely

Dec 2016 State Roundup

Health Care for America Now state grassroots partners joined MoveOn and local allies to organize “Don’t Take Our Health Care” actions across the states on December 20th in response the dangerous Republican proposals to repeal the ACA, Implement block grants that would devastate Medicaid and hurt state budgets, and replace seniors’ Medicare benefits with skimpy vouchers for private insurance.

Together, HCAN groups and MoveOn volunteers generated nearly 80 events on December 20th that mobilized the real people impacted by these policies, challenged lawmakers directly in district, and engaged a broader community of grassroots groups in the fight to save our healthcare. Below are some highlights from the 36 events that HCAN partners and allies led in 19 states.


Arkansas Community Organizations and their allies held a press conference in front of Boozman’s and Cotton’s offices near the state capitol building. A mother of a child who receives insurance through the ACA Medicaid expansion, a Medicare recipient and recipient of premium assistance for insurance coverage shared their stories with the media. Link to tv coverage is below:


California Advocates including Health Access, SEIU and PICO’s San Diego Organizing Project, ARA and others worked together on two great “Don’t Take My Health Care Events” in Bakersfield and San Diego that garnered English and Spanish language coverage.

In San Diego, Univision covered an event targeting Congressman Issa that drew over 150 people:

In Bakersfield, an event targeting Congressman McCarthy got good media attention both in advance and following the protest.

Advance Coverage:

  • Bakersfield Californian: Worth noting: Coalition to protest McCarthy’s stance on ACA (also mentioned on California HealthLine)
  • ABC23 (Bakersfield): Constituents in support of strengthening Obamacare to rally outside of McCarthy’s Bakersfield office
  • Sacramento Bee AM Alert: Health care advocates urge GOP congressmen to save Obamacare

Event Coverage:

  • Bakersfield Californian: Protesters descend on McCarthy’s district office (Nancy pictured)
  • NBC17 (Bakersfield) 5:00 news segment (Nancy interviewed)
  • ABC23 (Bakersfield) 5:00 news segment

For more video and pictures from these events, visit:


In Florida, Miami Workers’ Center and Organize Now teamed up to organize three “Don’t Take My Health Care” Events on December 20th. The groups held three coordinated events in Orlando, Tampa and Miami.

In Miami, 50 leaders and activists from Miami Workers Center, the AFLCIO, New Florida Majority, SEIU-1199, the Women’s Fund, Community Justice Project and Florida Legal Services and Move On chanted and marched in front of Rubio’s office, distributed leaflets and shared stories before announcing the launch of an online petition asking Rubio to protect ACA:

The event got media coverage in both English and Spanish TV and print.

Links to more pictures and live videos from the event:


 New Georgia Project, Faith in Public Life, AFSC and Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda joined forces to organize an event in Atlanta featuring local faith and civic leaders.

Georgia groups proclaim ‘Don’t take my health care 


 Citizen Action of Illinois along with MoveOn, Alliance for Retired Americans and PPFA supporters gathered at Congressman LaHood’s Springfield office for a “Don’t Take My Health Care” event that got good coverage:

Video clip including both sides of the repeal debate

Health Care Advocates Protest Outside Rep. LaHood’s Office

Vigil Held in Springfield Urging Lawmakers Not to Repeal Obamacare 


 PICO affiliate IndyCAN organized dozens of diverse clergy and ACA recipients for a prayer vigil on the floor of Eskenazi Hospital, calling on newly elected Senator Young to protect over half a million Hoosiers who will lose coverage if the ACA is repealed.

See photos:


Michigan United organized about 40 people for a protest at Representative Trott’s office. For many, it was their first time taking action to demand a meeting with Trott. The event got radio coverage on NPR radio:

Protestors urge Republican Congressman not to repeal the Affordable Care Act


PICO Affiliate ISAIAH, Take Action Minnesota and their allies organized 40 leaders, including clergy and religious leaders, for two events at Congressman Emmer’s office and at Congressman Paulson’s office. Their message: “Keep your hands off our health care.”

See pictures:


Missouri Jobs with Justice, Missouri Faith Voices, Missouri Rural Crisis Center and Missouri Health Care for All organized three “Don’t Take My Health Care” events (St. Louis, Columbia, and Springfield) on December 20th to encourage Senators McCaskill and Blunt to oppose repeal of the ACA and changes to Medicaid and Medicare. There was good coverage of the event in Columbia and great photos from other events included.

Activists gather to speak out about the possible repeal of Obamacare 

Organization says repealing Obamacare without a replacement will increase hunger in Missouri


Citizen Action of New York, MoveOn and HCFANY partners organized five “Don’t Take Our Health Care” Events. See below for photos from the Massapequa Park and Staten Island events.

Facebook video:


Action NC organized 35 people come out in the freezing cold to stand in front of Sen Tillis’ office and send the message “Don’t Take My Health Care.” A delegation of 5 people delivered fruitcake and holiday cards to the Senator, spoke with staff for about the importance of maintaining the core services of the ACA and urging him to leave Medicaid and Medicare alone in 2017.


Progress Ohio was part of a nice event outside Senator Portman’s office on the Day of action. The Plain Dealer covered the event:

With Obamacare on the line, new figures and lobbying efforts aim to keep it


Keystone Progress organized an event in Erie outside the Federal Building that got good coverage:

TV coverage here:


Main Street Alliance participated in events and actions in ME, MN, NJ and VT. Their members and quotes from MSA Executive Director Amanda Ballantyne featured prominently in the clips below. In addition to this great coverage, MSA generated over 500 signatures on their small business petition and nearly 100 calls to Congress.

Main Street Alliance calls for fixing not dumping ACA

“Our current health care system isn’t perfect, but rather than focus on strengthening the coverage, the Republican plan would do just the opposite: it rolls back the most important protections,” said Jen Kimmich, co-owner of The Alchemist and chair of the Board of Main Street Alliance of Vermont. “The Republican plan returns us to the bad old days when small business owners paid more for less coverage, got charged twice as much in administrative costs as larger groups, and small businesses had no leverage and no real choices. Small businesses will be vulnerable to continued price gouging by health insurers, and retain no bargaining power, risk pooling, or benefits of economies of scale.”

Roughly 80 percent of private sector businesses in Vermont employ fewer than 10 employees. Small businesses are the engine of our state’s economy, MSA-VT said in a statement. Being able to find health coverage without access to traditional employment benefits means that people aren’t tied to jobs — they have the freedom to start new and grow existing Vermont small businesses.

 Small Business Owners Speak Out And Tell Trump Not To Repeal Obamacare obamacare.html

“Let’s be clear: rather than focusing on strengthening the coverage, the Republican plan would destroy the insurance market and leave millions of business owners without coverage,” said Amanda Ballantyne, National Director of Main Street Alliance. “Stripping subsidies and removing the individual mandate could lead to the ‘death spiral’ of spiking premiums, dwindling healthy participants, and fewer insurance companies offering coverage. If we don’t fight back, we could witness the near collapse of the private insurance market.”

Small business owners won’t be the only people harmed by the Republican plan. It is estimated that 30 million Americans will lose access to their health care if Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“Mr. Trump and Republicans leadership in Congress are trying to push through a plan that would eliminate affordable health care for my employees and customers,” said Marilyn Sealy, owner of Wells Rugs Service in Morristown and a member of the Main Street Alliance of New Jersey Steering Committee. Marilyn called and spoke to Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (R). “That means less money in the pockets of people in my community, and fewer people were buying goods and services from small business owners like myself. It would be a disaster for our state economy.”


Twenty members of the Danville Chapter of Virginia Organizing gathered at Piedmont Access to Health Services (PATHS) in Danville for a “Don’t Take Away Our Health Care!” on Wednesday, December 21st. See the clips from the event:


West Virginia Citizen Action Group, West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families, along with MoveOn and the West Virginians for Affordable Health Care Coalition held three events (Morgantown, Martinsburg, Charleston) for the “Don’t Take My Health Care” Day of Action. About 75 people turned out for the Charleston event, braving the 30 degree weather outside Sen. Capito’s office bringing with them a vision of the 184,000 WV’ians who will lose healthcare if repeal moves forward. Smaller groups gathered in the other two locations. See press below.

Photos of the events are here:


Wisconsin Citizen Action got great member turnout at three events (2 Milwaukee and 1 Appleton) before the day of action, but no media. Last week the group generated

data on the health insurance inflation rate before and after ACA in Wisconsin as part of their annual Health Insurance Cost Ranking report. that drew large statewide media attention. Below are press clips covering the report so far: