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January 2020

This week in Conway, Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01) joined health care providers and patients at White Mountain Community Health Center for a roundtable discussion with Protect Our Care to discuss ongoing efforts to protect the Affordable Care Act, health care for Granite Staters with pre-existing conditions, and the work being done to strengthen health care for Granite Staters in rural communities.  Read more →

Yesterday, President Trump made clear he is thinking about slashing benefits for vital programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security during an interview with CNBC at the World Economic Forum. The media quickly pointed out that Trump had made repeated promises to never cut these programs only to once again abandon that promise by threatening to cut Medicare and other benefits paid into by millions of Americans. He then walked it back. But, one wonders if he no problem cutting benefits from people who have worked a lifetime to earn them to fund his next round of deficit-busting tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. Read more →

Supreme Court Decision Supports Trump and Republican Effort to Hide the Disastrous Implications of Their Health Care Repeal Lawsuit From the American Public Read more →

Health coverage is especially important for African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities because they often have worse health status than their white counterparts,” according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Coverage losses incurred by overturning the ACA would be devastating for communities of color and reverse the significant gains in health care access made by the law. Read more →

American Hospital Association, Federation Of American Hospitals, The Catholic Health Association Of The United States, And Association Of American Medical Colleges: “A Judicial Repeal Would Have Severe Consequences For America’s Hospitals, Which Would Be Forced To Shoulder The Greater Uncompensated-Care Burden That The ACA’s Repeal Would Create. Read more →

Consumers could be forced to pay more for drugs. The ACA’s Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act paved the way for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve biosimilars, cheaper alternatives to expensive biologics. Without the ACA, approval of biosimilars will be in jeopardy, and drug companies may be less likely to invest in new biosimilar drugs. This change will make it harder for Americans to access low-cost alternatives to expensive biologic medications. It will also jeopardize the predicted $54 billion in savings that biosimilars are expected to produce between 2017 and 2026. Read more →

“The Fifth Circuit’s disastrous decision on President Trump’s Texas lawsuit puts the health care of millions of Americans at risk. The court’s decision will impact every corner of the American health care system, endangering health care for women and access to care for seniors, children, individuals with disabilities and LGBTQ Americans in communities across the country,” said Protect Our Care . “Over the course of these days of action, we will be reminding NH people what’s really at stake if the courts ultimately overturn the health care law.”  Read more →

Last month, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Trump administration and Republicans in Texas vs. United States, striking down as unconstitutional the ACA’s individual mandate and remanding to the lower court judge a final decision on what parts of the ACA should be eliminated – the very judge who has already ruled the entire law unconstitutional. If President Trump and Republicans have their way, 20 million Americans will lose their insurance coverage, 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions will be stripped of their protections, and costs will go up for millions.  Read more →