Month-Long Drive for Our Lives Bus Tour Will Fight for Health Care, Hitting 18 States and Key Congressional Districts
On July 25, former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced they will join with Save My Care during the nationwide, month-long Drive For Our Lives bus tour to keep the pressure on Members of Congress who support taking away their constituents’ health care.
At each stop, progressive leaders, health care advocates, and grassroots activists will fight back against Republican attempts at a dangerous and irresponsible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, threatening the well-being and financial security of the most vulnerable Americans by stripping away their access to health care.
“Efforts by the Republican Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act will strip health care from millions of Americans and leave millions of working families, seniors, and children without coverage,” said Sebelius, who will join Drive for Our Lives at the Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio stops. “Instead of proceeding with this dangerous repeal bill, congressional Republicans should reach across the aisle and improve the current law—not work to decimate Medicaid and undermine critical protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions.”
“I am thrilled to take part in this important event and help amplify the voices of Americans who fear the impact of the irresponsible Republican-lead effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act,” said McAuliffe, who will join Drive for Our Lives at the Washington, D.C. stop. “While the Republican efforts may have stalled, the fight continues and I’m proud to stand with folks from Virginia and across the country who have resisted this dangerous bill that would strip millions of their health care.”
“If Republicans had gotten their way on repealing the Affordable Care Act, it would have hit home for millions of Americans, including my friends, family, and neighbors in South Bend. While these efforts have been unsuccessful to date, it doesn’t mean Republicans will stop trying,” said Buttigieg, who will join Drive for Our Lives at the South Bend, Indiana stop. “I know people whose lives depend on the Affordable Care Act, especially in rural communities across Indiana. Every day, we need to go out and make the case for the Affordable Care Act, because if repeal efforts succeed they will strip health care away from the most vulnerable people in our society—seniors, children, low-income individuals, and people suffering with opioid addiction—and make insurance unaffordable for too many working- and middle-class families.”
“President Trump and the Republican Congress are actively working to take away health care from millions of Americans, and there’s no sign they’ll stop any time soon,” said Kander, who will join Drive for Our Lives at the Kansas City, Missouri stop. “For President Trump, Senator McConnell and Speaker Ryan, this is not about improving health care–it’s about winning a political argument. We’re going to stand up and make it clear: there are lives on the line and if you undermine the Affordable Care Act, we’re going to fight back.”
The nationwide Drive For Our Lives bus tour is a reminder that the fight to secure affordable, accessible, and high quality health care coverage is not over. Despite legislative fits and starts, congressional Republicans remain committed to stripping millions of Americans of their health care coverage. On each leg, Drive For Our Lives will highlight local community members who are in danger of losing their health care.
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About “Drive for Our Lives”
After a two month bus tour at the beginning of the year that took us to over 50 cities and 15,000 miles, we are heading back on the road to hold Members of Congress accountable for voting to take away health care from millions of Americans. The five week long Bus Tour will launch on July 29, as part of the nationwide “Our Lives on the Line” Day of Action.
The Bus Tour will travel from coast to coast, visiting at least 18 states to tell the stories of the millions of Americans who will suffer under Congressional Republicans’ draconian health care repeal bill. The tour will run throughout the August recess, stopping in the congressional districts and states of members of Congress who voted to take health care away from their constituents.