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Protect Ohioans’ healthcare

Dear Congressman Renacci,

We are writing to urge you not to take away the access to healthcare upon which millions of Ohioans depend. As workers and retirees, parents and caregivers, people with disabilities, and healthcare advocates and providers, we approach this issue from a range of experiences and perspectives. But there is one thing we can all say with certainty: Ohioans cannot afford lawmakers who will work to weaken and undermine our ability to get the care we need.

July is an important month in the history of our work to make sure all Americans can get care. It was this month in 1965 that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law, expanding care to tens of millions of Americans, including more than 2 million beneficiaries here in Ohio today. We should be working to strengthen and protect that care, not — as you have done in the past — trying to cut, shrink, or voucherize this crucial program. We are calling on you today to reconsider your support for these misguided policies that only stand to hurt Ohio families.

This month is also a pivotal moment in our ongoing work to make sure each of us can access and afford high-quality care. Under the Affordable Care Act, 5 million Ohioans are protected from being denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. Currently, 20 states and the Department of Justice are working overtime against the recommendations of doctors and healthcare providers to undermine this guarantee. While the State of Ohio has stood on the right side of history and chosen not to join this devastating attack on Ohioans’ healthcare, you have declined to say whether you would continue to protect coverage for Ohioans with pre-existing conditions. Now is the time for political courage; we urge you to take a stand against this lawsuit that would roll back the clock and jeopardize Ohioans’ healthcare access.

Protecting access to healthcare for all Ohioans means making healthcare available for children, for working families, and for people struggling with addiction. We need to protect tried-and-true programs like the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Medicaid expansion that has helped so many of us access critical healthcare resources. Previously, you have voted to cut and dismantle these necessary programs. If you are truly dedicated to serving all Ohioans, we ask that today, you pledge not to vote against them again.

For millions across our state, access to affordable healthcare has never been a given. To this day, too many of us struggle to afford treatment and medications. And too often, rather than work to break down barriers or bring down the cost of care, you have taken positions that would push care even further out of reach. Today, we ask that you reconsider this record and commit to standing on the right side of history — working to improve and invest in high-quality healthcare for every Ohioan, not to making it harder than ever to get the care we need.

Will you stand with Ohioans by:

  1. Opposing efforts to cut or restructure Medicare?
  2. Speaking out against attempts to roll back coverage for people with pre-existing conditions?
  3. Refusing to support future attacks on CHIP and Medicaid expansion?
Sincerely,
Annette Blackwell, Mayor of Maple Heights
Cuyahoga CountyTito Brown, Mayor of Youngstown
Mahoning County

John Cranley, Mayor of Cincinnati
Hamilton County

William D. Franklin, Mayor of Warren
Trumbull County

Dan Horrigan, Mayor of Akron
Summit County

Wade Kapszukiewicz, Mayor of Toledo
Lucas County

Chase Ritenauer, Mayor of Lorain
Lorain County

Nancy Alkire, MD
Franklin County

Harriet Applegate
Executive Secretary, North Shore AFL-CIO
Cuyahoga County

Mark Binstock, MD
Cuyahoga County

Thomas J. Boes, MD, ACP, ACCP
Franklin County

Gayle Channing Tenenbaum
Child and Family Advocate, Founder, Advocates for Ohio’s Future
Franklin County

Joe Craft, RPh
Union County

Brad Cromes
County Treasurer
Portage County

Marsha Dumm
Neonatal Nutritionist
Pickaway County

Phyllis Elmo
Former Member, Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission
Franklin County

Robert Fisher
Canton City Council Member
Stark County

Kathy Giller
Breast Cancer Advocate

Iain Grant, MD
Franklin County

Mindy Hedges
Small Business Owner and Healthcare Advocate
Delaware County

Linda Hinton
Vice President, CWA District 4
Cuyahoga County

Patricia Kellner, MD
Cuyahoga County

Colin Killeen, DO
Cuyahoga County

Gregory Lam, MD
Franklin County

Joan Lederer, MD
Cuyahoga County

Crystal Lett
CHIP Parent and Advocate
Franklin County

Christopher Liebold
Fremont City Council Member
Sandusky County

Judy Maldonado, CNS
Lorain County

Mark McVey
Former Mayor, Powhatan Point
Belmont County

Donald Nguyen, MD
Montgomery County

Mark Owens
Clerk, Dayton Municipal Court
Montgomery County

Carolyn Peters
Disability Rights Advocate
Montgomery County

Jason Retzke, MD
Franklin County

Catherine Romanos, MD
Franklin County

Adrian Schnall, MD
Cuyahoga County

Anita Somani, MD
Franklin County

Bobbie Timmons, RPh
Madison County

Cheryl Weinstein, MD
Cuyahoga County

Melissa Yasinow
Vice Mayor, Cleveland Heights
Cuyahoga County

Michael Dylan Brennan, Mayor of University Heights
Cuyahoga CountyWarren Copeland, Mayor of Springfield
Clark CountyLuke Feeney, Mayor of Chillicothe
Ross CountyAndrew Ginther, Mayor of Columbus
Franklin County

Frank G. Jackson, Mayor of Cleveland
Cuyahoga County

Steve Patterson, Mayor of Athens
Athens County

James Anderson, MD
Cuyahoga County

John Begala
Former State Representative, Health & Human Services Advocate
Licking County

Penny Masters Boes, RD, LD, CNSC
Franklin County

Ellen Greene Bush, PhD
Ottawa County

James Clark
President, IUE-CWA
Montgomery County

Robin Craft, RPh
Union County

Valerie Cumming
Westerville City Council Member
Franklin County

Holly Elder
Fremont City Treasurer
Sandusky County

Ginny Favede
Former Belmont County Commissioner
Belmont County

Kristin Foley, MD
Franklin County

Arnold Good, MD
Franklin County

Jonathan I. Groner, MD
Franklin County

Jessie Hill, JD
Law Professor
Summit County

Moses Ijaz, DO
Franklin County

Kim Kelly
Parent Caregiver and Disability Advocate
Franklin County

Melissa Kritzell
Ovarian Cancer Survivor and Healthcare Advocate
Hancock County

Arthur Lavin, MD
Cuyahoga County

Debra Leizman, MD
Cuyahoga County

Cathy Levine, JD
Former Director, Universal Health Care Action Network
Franklin County

Larry Long
Disability Rights Advocate
Franklin County

Jennifer McNally
Board President, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio
Franklin County

J.A. Miller, MD
Cuyahoga County

Daniel O’Malley
Lakewood City Council Member
Cuyahoga County

Tamara Parson
Co-Founder, Diversity Coalition of Knox County
Knox County

Ann Reichsman, MD
Cuyahoga County

Tiffanie Roberts
Candidate for Union County Commissioner
Union County

Jim Ruvolo
Chronic Disease Advocate
Lucas County

Susan Smudz, Psychotherapist, LISW
Franklin County

Gloria Tavera, MS, MD/PhD Candidate
Cuyahoga County

Douglas Weaver, Medical Student
Franklin County

Meredith Weinstein, MD
Cuyahoga County