FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2017
Katie Smith, Communications Director
Advancement Project California’s Response to the Confirmation of Tom Price
Critical public programs and the health of millions of the most vulnerable Californians are in jeopardy.
Los Angeles — The appointment of Tom Price as our new United States Secretary of Health and Human Services creates painful uncertainty for over 5 million Californians due to his public commitment to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Tom Price has promised to eliminate two central consumer protections, such as:
- Ensuring insurance companies cover all customers, regardless of preexisting conditions;
- Ensuring same price plans to all patients, regardless of gender or age.
These provisions allow millions of individuals to gain coverage and receive affordable health care. Without such protections, insurance companies would be free to discriminate and price gouge our most vulnerable residents.
Even more concerning are his plans to overhaul Medicaid and privatize Medicare.
Tom Price has promised to introduce proposals which will dramatically reduce consumer access, coverage, and financial stability for older adults; those with chronic conditions and low-incomes.
“In collaboration with community members, advocates and elected officials, we will continue our fight for #Health4All and push for policies and public investments that ensure that access to health care is a basic human right, regardless of race, immigration status, or income,” states Megan McClaire, Director of Health Equity with Advancement Project California.
Advancement Project is a next generation, multiracial civil rights organization. In California, we champion the struggle for greater equity and opportunity for all, fostering upward mobility in communities most impacted by economic and racial injustice. We build alliances and trust, use data-driven policy solutions, create innovative tools, and work alongside communities to ignite social transformation! For more information, visit www.AdvancementProjectCA.org
Tags: ACA, Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance, Tom Price, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services