Four years ago, the future of health care access in the United States was in extreme peril. The incoming Trump administration’s harmful and pervasive anti-health care rhetoric put the future of the Affordable Care Act – and the health care of millions of Americans – in jeopardy, with no clear plan to help those who may lose access to coverage as a result of its dismantling.
In an attempt to combat the misinformation being spouted by the Trump administration about the Affordable Care Act and to hold elected officials accountable, more than 50 organizations united to form Protect Our Care Illinois, including lead agencies Access Living, ACLU of Illinois, AIDS Foundation Chicago, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, EverThrive Illinois, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, Heartland Alliance, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Legal Council for Health Justice, SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana, the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, and Thresholds.
As the Trump administration sunsets and the incoming Biden administration rises to take its place, we hold fast to the hope that many of the wrongs and harms perpetrated against millions of our neighbors – especially those in low-income, immigrant, and LGBTQ+ communities – will be rectified in the coming weeks, months and years.
Protect Our Care Illinois is dedicated to seeing this work and healing through, just as we were four years ago. We invite you to join us on the journey to ensure every Illinoisan has access to quality, affordable, and equitable health care coverage.