Decision to Cancel Health Care Outreach Puts Americans at Risk
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to President Trump's order to the Department of Health and Human Services to halt public outreach regarding the Patient Accountability and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in advance of the January 31 open enrollment deadline, Working America Chief-of-Staff Tony Cheng issued the following statement:
“The Trump Administration’s move to prevent Americans from receiving the basic information they need to make vital decisions about accessing health care coverage suppresses participation and destabilizes the health care market. The Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land, and while it is, any attempt to muzzle enrollment education efforts plays politics with real people’s lives.”
“Working America Health Care will continue our outreach to inform working people about their health care choices and get them enrolled before the January 31 deadline. If President Trump seriously believes that everyone should have insurance, he should start by rescinding his order and ensuring that working-class communities are appropriately informed about the rights and options afforded to them under the law.”
Since it was passed and signed into law in 2010, the Patient Accountability and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has expanded access to health insurance coverage for more than 20 million Americans. Working America engaged millions of Americans in the campaign to pass the ACA, and since then has taken action to expand Medicaid in states where some politicians refuse to help their constituents most in need. Our efforts included winning Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania, benefiting 500,000 low-wage workers in the state.
CONTACT: Michael J. Brewer