Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Cross-Country Bus Tour Aims to Save Affordable Care Act

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Cross-Country Bus Tour Aims to Save Affordable Care Act

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Liberal groups are launching a two-month bus tour starting from Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, an effort to muster public support for the Affordable Care Act even as Republicans begin to undo it. The "Save My Care tour - which plans to travel to as many as 20 states, from Maine and New York to Arizona and Nevada - will be accompanied by a multistate digital and print advertising campaign in "the high six figures, according to one of the organizers. The Alliance for Healthcare Security, a coalition of groups including Doctors for America and the Service Employees International Union, is leading the effort.

"The intent of the tour is to get beyond the talking points and sound bites to put the focus on the reality that millions of people rely on the Affordable Care Act to get health care, Alice Chen, Doctors for America's executive director, said in an email. "Doctors and medical students are joining stops throughout the bus tour to highlight our experiences and our fears for our patients.

The launch will come just two days after Sen. Bernie Sanders, I- Vt., headlined a rally called "Our First Stand: Save Health Care in Warren, Michigan, one of several events across the country aimed at fending off attacks on the law - and possibly Medicare and Medicaid. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., headlined a similar rally Sunday at Boston's Faneuil Hall, while Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., led one in Los Angeles.

"This is the wealthiest country in the history of the world, Sanders told thousands of supporters as they stood outside in frigid temperatures. "It is time we got our national priorities right.

President-elect Donald Trump said in a weekend interview that he is nearing completion of a plan to replace the ACA with the goal of "insurance for everybody. But as with other recent comments, he gave no specifics.

The bus tour will feature several mayors and will highlight the stories of Americans who have been helped by the ACA. Along with the rallies, it offers a lens on how Democrats hope to counter GOP moves to dismantle the health-care policies they established under President Obama's tenure. …

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