Making health care more affordable and accessible to all Americans
In these tough economic times, we need an effective leader with a proven record of fighting for all of our families and, on the issue of health care. Gary Peters got the job done when it mattered most. In Congress, Gary stood with President Obama and voted to pass the historic Affordable Care Act despite continual attacks from the Tea Party. Gary also successfully helped expand health care coverage to over 4 million low income children and pregnant women. And in recent months, Gary has fought back against far right attacks on women’s access to basic health services.
- Worked with President Obama to pass health care reform: When it mattered most and the stakes were at their highest. Gary Peters stood with President Obama to pass the Affordable Care Act despite immense Tea Party pressure. Gary warned from political consultants that it would cost him his seat. Now, two years later, Gary Peters continues to stand by his vote because it was the right thing to do for Michigan families and the numbers speak for themselves.
- 2.5 million more young adults have health insurance through their parent’s plan.
- 5.1 million seniors with Medicare saved an average of $635 on the cost of their prescription drugs. And everyone on Medicare can access preventive services like cancer screenings for free.
- Insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to children due to a pre-existing condition. And, by 2014, insurance denials based on pre-existing conditions will be a thing of the past for all Americans.
- Fighting against the GOP war on women’s healthcare: Being a woman should never be treated as a pre-existing condition by insurance companies to deny care. That’s why Gary Peters is leading the fight against extremist Tea Party attacks on women’s access to necessary health services. In Congress, Gary voted against Republican cuts to Planned Parenthood, opposed the anti-choice Stupak Amendment. Gary also has fought to protect women’s access to contraception.
- Giving our children the best start possible: Helping our children grow and succeed starts with ensuring that they can receive necessary health services. When Gary Peters and President Obama took office. One of the very first things they did was pass an expansion to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to fund health care coverage for 9 million low income children. And expand coverage to an additional 4 million low income children and pregnant women.