Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump
Remove health-care subsidies for Members of Congress and their families
Several years ago, my dad got the news that he had cancer. Sadly, he passed away. My dad had a job at the time, but his employer did not cover him, and without coverage, he avoided going to the doctor until it was too late. As Congress and President Trump try to pass a new healthcare law, I'm reminded of my father and whether he would have made it if he had early access to cost-effective health care. Affordable health care is in decline as premiums and health costs increase at exponential rates. Some politicians cannot relate to the cost burden experienced by families across the nation because they’ve historically received health benefits that most Americans have not. Like millions of people who are panicking about possible changes to their health insurance, I’m concerned the people elected to represent us won’t have to live with the consequences or expenses that the rest of us may have to face soon. I want lawmakers to commit to treating themselves just like those who will be impacted by ACA repeal or replacement. A lot of Members of Congress promote choice as an American value, which is all the more reason for them to have to continue to choose their own health coverage from the free marketplace. If private health care is good for the American citizen, it should also be good for the people that defend it. If Congress is willing to drastically cut healthcare subsidies for most people, are they willing to have the same rules apply to them and their families?
Petition to U.S. Senate
Mental Health Professionals Oppose AHCA
Please sign, share, and also call your U.S. Senator - 202 224-3121 - and urge them to oppose the health care bill passed by the House. May, 2017 Dear U.S. Senator, We are mental health care therapists and addiction counselors who are deeply concerned about the decrease in access to mental health services under the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in early May. We urge you to reject this bill, which would greatly diminish mental and behavioral health care at a time when treatment is urgently needed for those impacted by the opioid crisis, alcohol addiction, depression and other conditions. One out of five Americans experiences a mental health condition, but only half get needed treatment. Nearly one third of the people covered by Medicaid expansion live with a mental health condition. The AHCA will push our clients into costly emergency rooms and jails instead of providing the coverage for mental health services which helps people stay in school, on the job and in recovery. We are concerned about the following provisions in the bill: The AHCA allows states to opt out of requiring insurance companies to cover mental and behavioral health care, as well as to opt out of covering people with pre-existing conditions. The AHCA would no longer require Medicaid expansion to cover mental health care, abandoning Congress’s previous commitment to mental health and addiction treatment. The bill would reduce federal assistance to working families who buy health insurance, leaving millions of people, many of whom have mental illness, unable to afford mental health care. Families would be denied the counseling they need to heal relationships and stay together. People covered by Medicaid expansion before 2020 would be dropped from their plan if they are more than one month late paying their premium. This is a high price to pay for someone suffering from mental illness, who may be unable to pay a bill while in the hospital or experiencing severe symptoms. Investing in quality mental health care saves taxpayer dollars in the long term. We see the positive impact of our work on the people we serve every day, allowing people to be productive members of society. We ask you to vote against the AHCA and any other attempts to cut back mental and behavioral health coverage for our fellow citizens.
Petition to Anthem’s CEO, Joseph Swedish
My Son Has Muscular Dystrophy. His Insurance Company Is Taking Away a Breakthrough Drug.
When my son, Caden, was five years old, he was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. It was the scariest and worst day of my life. The day Caden was diagnosed, there was no hope. A few months later, I got a call asking if Caden would be one of 12 boys for a first-of-its-kind treatment for the disease. We went from despair to hopeful overnight.For the last five years, the progression of Caden’s disease has slowed due to this breakthrough treatment – Exondys 51 – which the FDA approved in late 2016. The drug helps his body make dystrophin, which is necessary for his muscles to function. Despite Caden playing a key role in the development of this drug, our insurance company, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, is now refusing to acknowledge its approval. Instead, the company is weaseling out of coverage by calling it “investigational” and “experimental.” I have helped my son fight this horrific disease for five years and I won’t let a greedy and malicious insurance company take away a drug that has changed his life. The reason insurance exists in the first place, is to cover health care for patients. Anthem should not be allowed to take this drug away from my son. Please sign my petition and send a message to Anthem that Caden doesn’t deserve to be harmed by his insurance company. He’s a young boy who has already been through a lot. Caden's daily struggles aren't just physical, they are emotional too. Teenage hormones along with having to deal with the emotional repercussions of living with this disease have taken a toll. When our initial claim was sent in for approval, Anthem didn't even have a clinical expert or even a neurologist on the deciding panel (I believe it was a Rheumotoligist, who won’t know anything about muscular dystrophy or this treatment). Caden's doctor demanded a neurologist be in the panel and in the denial letter they stated a neurologist was on that panel but they refused to provide evidence to this end. Highlighting their ignorance, they didn’t even refer to the disease correctly (calling it "Duchenne Dystrophy” instead of “Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy”). Since then, they Anthem has ignored us. They have refused to return my calls or e-mails. They’re pretending we don’t exist.My son’s life is at stake and Anthem will be liable. I’m asking Anthem’s CEO, Joseph Swedish, to look in the mirror and ask if the company is willing accept this. Please consider signing my petition and share with everyone you know. I’ve promised Caden that we will beat this. My heartfelt thanks for your time and support. Beth Perez
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Help make prescription drug pricing transparent
For patients relying on life-saving medication, this is the most important thing you can do. Pharmaceutical manufacturers, insurance companies, and pharmacy benefit managers negotiate pricing agreements on the medicines that matter most. But, what’s behind their pricing decisions? Patients like you spend billions on their medication, and deserve to know why it costs what it does. The current business model makes it difficult to know if drug intermediaries are putting profits ahead of patient care. But, increasing drug price transparency would help give patients the full story. Here are three things Congress can do: 1. Ensure that pharmaceutical companies disclose all costs that contribute to a medication’s price. 2. Demand health insurers increase transparency about formularies, prescription drug tiering and cost-sharing requirements. 3. Require pharmacy benefit managers to disclose formulary information to patients and physicians. Prescriptions aren’t like other products on the market. Like food and water, they can mean life or death. You have the right to know how drug intermediaries negotiate the prices of medication to better understand the cost behind the prescriptions you rely on. Stand up for patients – tell Congress to make prescription drug pricing transparent.
Petition to Vertex CEO Jeffrey M. Leiden
Stop price gouging our charity-funded drugs
My life changed for the better the second my son Eli entered my world. But shortly after his birth, we learned that Eli had cystic fibrosis, a fatal genetic lung disease. Without the right drugs, his life could be cut drastically short. So when I found out Vertex Pharmaceuticals had finally developed two Cystic Fibrosis drugs that could help extend his life, I was thrilled. But then I heard their price tags -- the cheapest one costs $286,000 a year. I was dumbstruck. How could my family -- how could any family, for that matter -- ever afford them? What’s worse -- supporters of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), like myself, have donated more than $75 million dollars to Vertex to fund its development research. We thought it was a partnership. We thought we were working toward the same goal -- to find a cure for a deadly disease. But I, like others who had been praying for these types of drugs, now feel betrayed. I am asking Vertex CEO Jeffrey Leiden to reconsider these unconscionable prices for drugs literally developed on the backs of the patients they claim to want to help. Vertex would not have discovered these drugs if not for the help of the CFF and others who cared about finding a cure. But now they have turned around and decided to charge more than the cost of a house for just one year’s prescription of this potentially life-saving medication. I am not the only one crying foul. In fact, a group of prominent cystic fibrosis doctors are urging Vertex to stop its “egregious” pricing. These drugs have the potential to treat tens of thousands of people, but they are priced for millionaires, people like Vertex CEO Jeffrey Leiden who earned almost $46 million dollars last year. We are grateful to Vertex for creating invaluable medicine that will help our loved ones live longer, more fulfilling lives. But if we cannot afford it, it's as if it doesn’t exist at all. These prices strain taxpayers and the healthcare system, keep drugs completely out of the hands of those suffering from CF in developing nations and hold the potential to bankrupt families. It’s time for Vertex to switch to common sense pricing so that we can all have a chance at a healthy life. Please consider signing my petition on behalf of my son, Eli, and the up to 100,000 people around the world who share his lethal illness. And please share and urge your friends to sign through social media. Thank you, Juliana KeepingJournalist, blogger and momwww.hithisiseli.com@hithisiseli
Petition to Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator Charles Schumer
Real people NEED The ACA-Obamacare. Don't play politics with people's health and lives.
My wife has pre existing conditions. Before the blessing that is Obamacare came along, because of those life altering pre existing conditions, we were only able to afford a health insurance policy that had a $10,000 deductible at a very high monthly premium. She couldn't afford to see doctors regularly and her health deteriorated. I remember counting the days to Obamacare and spending most of the night, and many frustrating days following, struggling to sign up, and once we did, the smile on my wife's face, the sigh of relief that she too can see a doctor, and there was hope. I remember tears of relief and hope. We celebrated the peace of mind this brought us with a hug, a smile and a good nights sleep. Today, there are tears again, fear instead of hope, anxiety instead of peace of mind, worries and sleepless nights (it is 3:42 am as I write this). I hear politicians exclaiming, speaking indignantly, waving their fists and wagging their tounges all preaching about what will happen when 25,000,000 get cut and have no insurance, the outcry there will be.....well, we are those 25,000,000, we are each a human being , not a number. You know us, we are your family member, your neighbor, your Uber driver, your friend, your classmate from years ago, your acquaintance of today.... STOP using our plights for political fodder and for so much fist waving and speechifying! STOP being resigned to the fact that there are not enough Democrats in the Senate to stop this lunacy and reach out to Republican Senators who are thinking individuals and STOP the insanity! Senators McConnel and Schumer, do the hard work that is your job and that you know how to do so well and make it known that this end of Obamacare tragedy and travesty will NOT happen. Don't let us suffer with anxiety and sleepless nights and worse ! For my wife, who is asleep as I write this while I am up worrying about her health and healthcare, for all of us , each one of us, real people - not numbers, DON'T wait to see and hear the outcry when 25,000,000 are left without insurance! Do the hard work of bringing sanity back now. Our health, and our healthcare is not, and should not be a partisan issue! DON'T LEAVE 25,000,000 PEOPLE WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS. SAVE OBAMACARE/ The Affordable Care Act! PS: If you say there will be insurance available for those with pre existing conditions, you know that premiums for those with any pre existing condition will go back to being astronomically expensive and unaffordable and high risk pools are either unavailable, most don't meet criteria eligibility, and those that do see high costs and even higher deductibles.
Petition to Donald Trump, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Tell Republicans: "Hands off Medicaid!"
Don't let Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans gut Medicaid. Donald Trump's budget, expected to be unveiled this week, will cut $800 billion from Medicaid. An estimated 73 million people rely on Medicaid for health insurance--many of them children and families. Access to this program can mean the difference between life and death. Tell Donald Trump and members of Congress that you stand with our fellow Americans who receive Medicaid and that they should reject this budget cut. **Add your name to this petition to let Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans know that you support Medicaid. By signing this petition, you agree that you may be contacted by the John W. Duncan for Congress campaign via e-mail.