ANA-Michigan to have Presence on Capitol Hill
Today, Thursday, June 22, 2017, at 1:15 p.m. American Nurses Association (ANA) is taking part in an, “Emergency White Coat Fly-in” with our coalition partners to #ProtectOurCare. Representative Raul Ruiz (D-CA), House Democratic Caucus Members, Leader Pelosi (D-CA) and Whip Hoyer (D-MD) are organizing a press event that will feature nurses and doctors. Following the event, the group will do a number of meetings with key Senators in NV, WV, AK, ME, AZ, OH, CO, LA and PA.
At 2:15 p.m., Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) will hold a press conference in the Capitol with members of the ANA. ANA President Cipriano will speak at the event along with ANA-Michigan member Jeanette Klemczak, BSN, MSN, RN, FAAN. Yesterday, Senator Stabenow requested a member from ANA-Michigan attend the press conference in DC. Klemczak currently serves as ANA-Michigan Public Policy Chair.
The Senate press conference will be live streamed here. You can track and promote the day with us by sharing the live stream link and following @RNAction on Twitter. #ProtectOurCare.
While ANA’s intel indicates the Senate bill will take steps to gain the favor of some moderates in the Republican caucus, the legislation will continue to fall well short of the principles we’ve stood by throughout this process.
- Tens of millions of Americans will lose health insurance coverage.
- Millions more will see their cost of coverage rise significantly without the counterbalance of an adequate income-based subsidy.
- Medicaid expansion will be rolled back, endure significant cuts over the next two decade, and be fundamentally restructured to a per-capita formula – shifting costs to already overburden state budgets.
- Critical protections, including Essential Health Benefits, for some of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens will be undermined or eliminated.
- Safeguards to guard against discrimination for pre-existing conditions will be watered down.
We are intensely engaged in the twists and turns of this ongoing debate and will continue to keep you updated. We continue to work closely with our partners and allies in the provider and patient communities and to voice our opposition to the current effort to reform our nation’s health care system, which has taken place behind closed doors.