Jul 15 2017
07:53 am

Tucson Medical Center hosted a town hall thousands of miles away drawing roughly 700 people in person and 1,900 online. In its aftermath, hospital employees, doctors and members of the public sent nearly 2,900 emails to the state’s two senators, Republicans John ­McCain and Jeff Flake, urging them to reject any legislation that would jeopardize patient health care.
Community hospitals have held information sessions. Pediatricians have starred in videos. Patient associations have flown in hundreds of Americans with chronic illnesses to meet with lawmakers and their aides.
the coalition of organizations pushing to preserve the [ACA] law is broader than in the past. “Protect Patients First” encompasses most of the nation’s most influential provider and disease advocacy groups: AARP, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, Federation of American Hospitals, March of Dimes and American Nurses Association.

Thanks to all of these healthcare providers and patients for speaking up. Even though the GOP Senators continue to not listen, we must continue to speak up. The ACA, Medicaid, and Medicare are programs needed by the American people.


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