For Immediate Release: Monday, July 30, 2018
Contact: Morgan Williams Grogan, email@example.com, 202-836-9890
Medicaid and Medicare Keep Working Families Healthy
Washington, DC – On the 53rd anniversary of the creation of Medicaid and Medicare, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:
“Medicaid and Medicare provide essential health care to millions of working Americans, including seniors, veterans, people with disabilities and low-income families. Medicaid and Medicare save millions of lives every year, but President Trump and Republicans in Congress want to gut the important programs to make up for the nearly $2 trillion in debt they created with their tax plan. Instead of keeping working families healthy, the GOP is trying to cut Medicare and Medicaid and dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which strengthened the programs and expanded Medicaid coverage, in order to pay for millions in tax breaks for wealthy CEOs, and corporations like Big Pharma.
“Access to affordable health care, like Medicaid and Medicare, also keeps working families out of financial crisis in the event of a health emergency. Without the ACA and the coverage it guarantees, many Americans will once again find themselves bankrupt because a loved one got sick, or at the mercy of an insurance company. Medicaid and Medicare protect the health of our country, and instead of trying to gut these programs, undermine them through executive action or invalidate them in the courts, President Trump and other elected officials should be working to protect and strengthen them.”
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.