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Call to Action – Lower Prescription Drug Prices + Expand Medicare

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Majority Leader Senator Schumer supports Senator Bernie Sanders’ plan to expand Medicare to include Vision, Dental and Hearing benefits. Senator Schumer says there must be an outpouring of grassroots support. We can help out with that!

Our message: “Please support lower drug prices, improving Medicare benefits and lowering the eligibility age, as called for by 155+ Congressional Representatives in their May 27th letter to the President. It is overwhelmingly popular with seniors. The time to act is now.”

➤ Constituents of Rep. DelBene (CD-1) and Rep. Schrier (CD-8), call or email your rep. In 2019 they voted to support this approach. We need them back onboard now.

➤  Everyone, urge Senators Murray and Cantwell to champion Medicare expansion paid for by negotiating lower drug prices.

➤ Constituents of Herrera Beutler (CD-3)Newhouse (CD-4), and McMorris Rodgers (CD-5), call or email your rep. They need to know that their own constituents support this.

➤ Constituents of Reps. Larsen (CD-2)Kilmer (CD-6)Jayapal (CD-7) or Smith (CD-9)Strickland (CD-10), thank your Rep for signing the May 27 letter.


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BIG NEWS! Momentum Building for Expanded Medicare

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155+ House Dems — including 5 WA US Representatives — have urged the Biden Administration to include the negotiation of Medicare drug prices and use the huge savings to improve Medicare benefits and lower the eligibility age in the American Families Plan. This is an important step towards universal, equitable, affordable health care that can be achieved this year. Of course, we will have to increase grassroots pressure, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, be sure to thank members of Congress who have signed on. If yours hasn’t yet, ask why?

Call your members of congress using the Congressional Hotline (202) 224-3121

Read more in the press release and the letter.


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Trump’s Ghoulish Threats to Medicare

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Pro-Corporation Rather Than Pro-Patient

Trump’s most recent Executive Order on Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors is the worst kind of evil: the evil you don’t see coming. Disguised as an effort to “save Medicare,” it is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It is a giveaway to corporate insurers who sell Medicare Advantage plans. Now, these corporate insurers have the green light to cherry-pick the healthiest of seniors and others relying on Medicare, and to use all of their tricks to avoid paying the bill — narrow networks, no out of state coverage, high deductibles, etc.
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It is no surprise that Trump would go after Medicare. It is something he campaigned on, after all. But don’t be fooled by the spin! It is actually an attempt to weaken Medicare by allowing Big Business to compete with Medicare and charge more, and make a big profit while they’re at it — and it is subsidized by the majority of beneficiaries who are in traditional Medicare.

“… to the extent there are improvements they are all focused on the private Medicare Advantage plans that are by most measures overpaid compared to normal Medicare,” Paul Van de Water of the liberal think tank Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said of the plan. “The Executive Order continues to privilege the Medicare Advantage plans and make some proposals that could disadvantage two-thirds of the Medicare enrollees.”

Vox, Oct 7, 2019

Read on for the October 3, 2019 Statement of Eagan Kemp, Health Care Policy Advocate, Public Citizen

Note: Today, President Donald Trump issued an executive order that would harm seniors and others who rely on Medicare by weakening protections for seniors in traditional Medicare and undertaking efforts to push more Americans into Medicare Advantage plans, where they may face denials of care and limited doctor or hospital choice. These changes would cost the government more while threatening the long-term solvency of Medicare.

It is unsurprising that this administration would mislead Americans with lies about “Keeping the Government’s Hands Off Medicare,” but that is exactly what this order does. It is just one more example of an administration focused on ending access to affordable health care, whether through sabotaging the Affordable Care Act, seeking to harm immigrants’ access to care or cutting Medicare. The uninsured rate has risen under this administration, due to its reckless and immoral actions.

This order serves only the powerful corporations that seek to profit off the health care of seniors. By continuing to allow Medicare Advantage plans to cherry-pick healthy seniors while leaving the sickest to be covered through traditional Medicare, these plans threaten access to health care for seniors and people with disabilities as well as the solvency of Medicare in the long term. By failing to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for price gouging and patent abuses, this order ensures that Americans will continue paying the highest prices in the world for drugs.

This administration seeks to ensure that health care titans can continue to line their pockets while seniors and working families struggle to get the care they need. As with so many other issues, the president’s health care agenda is bought and paid for by the corporate interests that profit off our broken status quo.

But the people are tired of getting a raw deal. That is why Medicare for All remains popular with a majority of Americans. By improving Medicare and expanding it to everyone in the U.S., Medicare for All would ensure that Americans can finally get the care they need when they need it, regardless of income.