Trump’s Toxic Health Care Agenda Puts Americans at Risk
Three years ago this week, Donald Trump lamented, “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.” It’s obvious that we have a president who is completely unprepared to deal with the issue of health care, and now he’s confronting a real crisis — a potential pandemic.
There are things we can all do to prepare for a potential coronavirus outbreak. In Scientific American, Professor Zeynep Tufekci suggests: “get a flu shot, if you haven’t already, and stock up supplies at home so that you can stay home for two or three weeks, going out as little as possible.”
Still, the Trump administration’s incompetent coronavirus response is putting our nation at risk. The president seems more concerned about the stock market than the health and welfare of millions of Americans.
In 2018, Trump fired his pandemic response team, and he has proposed cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.
He appointed Vice President Mike Pence to lead the Coronavirus Task Force, but when Pence was governor of Indiana, there was a massive outbreak of HIV infections in rural Indiana.
Despite Trump’s claims that a vaccine is being developed “rapidly,” a national health expert says it will be 12-18 months before it will be available to the public. Even then, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar — a former lobbyist for Big Pharma — can’t promise the vaccine will be affordable for Americans.
OHIO DEMS IN THE HEADLINES
Bringing Down Prescription Drug Costs
There’s a clear contrast between Donald Trump and Ohio Democrats on the issue of prescription drug costs. Trump made big promises to “get those prescription drug prices way down,” but he has failed to deliver. In contrast, Democratic lawmakers are pushing forward with proposals that would bring down the costs of prescription drugs for millions of Americans.
This week Ohio Capital Journal highlighted legislation by state Rep. Beth Liston and state Rep. Kristin Boggs that would cap the cost of insulin at $100 a month for patients.
In the Senate, Sen. Hearcel Craig and Sen. Nickie Antonio have also proposed requiring the Ohio Attorney General to investigate insulin pricing to ensure customer protections.
The Ohio Democratic Party is holding its annual Legacy Dinner on Sunday, March 15, in Columbus. Click here for info on tickets and tables.
We’re holding Democratic Unity Squad trainings ahead of the March 17 primary — find one near you!
- Tuesday, March 3 — Cleveland
- Tuesday, March 3 — Cincinnati
- Wednesday, March 4 — Akron
- Tuesday, March 10 — Toledo
- Wednesday, March 11 — Columbus
- Thursday, March 12 — Dayton
- Thursday, March 12 — Youngstown
Here are more upcoming events:
- Saturday, Feb. 29 — LGBTQ and Allies Canvass for Congresswoman Joyce Beatty with Special Guests Congressman David Cicilline and Columbus City Auditor Megan Kilgore
- Saturday, Feb. 29 — Wood County Young Dems Coffee, Conversation, Canvass, Calls with Reem Subei for Ohio Senate
- Saturday, Feb. 29 — Brunch Fundraiser with State Rep. Jessica Miranda in Cincinnati
- Saturday, Feb. 29 — Lucas County Hispanic/Latino Democratic Caucus Meeting
- Tuesday, March 3 — Lorain Democratic Women’s Club Spaghetti Dinner
- Tuesday, March 3 — Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio General Membership Meeting
- Wednesday, March 4 — Athens County Democratic Party Lunch and Learn
- Wednesday, March 4 — Tom Jackson for Ohio Senate Campaign Kickoff in Solon
- Thursday, March 5 — International Women’s Day Summit in Cleveland
- Thursday, March 5 — State Rep. Randi Clites Office Hours in Ravenna
- Saturday, March 7 — Marion County Democratic Club’s FDR Breakfast
- Saturday, March 7 — Mahoning/Trumbull County Democratic Women’s Caucus Canvass
- Sunday, March 8 — Butler County Democratic Party Gala Dinner
- Sunday, March 8 — Bedford/Walton Hills Democratic Party’s March Madness Fundraiser Featuring Hillary O’Connor Mueri for Congress
- Monday, March 9 — State Rep. Juanita Brent Office Hours in Pepper Pike
- Monday, March 9 — State Rep. Phil Robinson Town Hall in Moreland Hills
- Monday, March 9 — Richland County Democratic Women’s Caucus Meeting
- Monday, March 9 — State Rep. Casey Weinstein Campaign Kickoff with Mayor Nan Whaley in Hudson
- Tuesday, March 10 — Warren County Democratic Party Women’s Group Meeting
- Wednesday, March 11 — Fairfield County Democratic Party Happy Hour Dinner
- Wednesday, March 11 — Montgomery County Democratic Party Frolic for Funds
- Thursday, March 12 — Northwest Ohio Seven-County Democratic Dinner
- Thursday, March 12 — Summit County Democratic Party’s St. Patrick’s Party
- Thursday, March 12 — Wood County Democratic Party Meet and Greet with Judge Jennifer Brunner and Judge John P. O’Donnell
- Saturday, March 14 — State Rep. Phil Robinson Office Hours in Solon
- Saturday, March 14 — Clermont County Democratic Party Pancake Breakfast
- Saturday, March 14 — Franklin County Young Dems Volunteer at Early Vote Center
- Wednesday, March 18 — Clermont County Young Dems Meeting
- Thursday, March 19 — Wood County Young Dems Bowling Party
- Sunday, March 22 — Women’s Democratic Caucus of Rural Northwest Ohio March Meeting
- Monday, March 30 — Wexner Center for the Arts Roundtable Discussion with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Current and Former UAW Local 1112 Presidents Timothy O’Hara and David Green
- Wednesday, April 1 — Freedom of Choice Ohio Advocacy Day at the Ohio Statehouse
- Saturday, April 4 — College Democrats of Ohio Spring Convention
- Sunday, April 19 — Warren County Democratic Party Spring Gala with Judge Jennifer Brunner and Judge John P. O’Donnell
- Sunday, April 26 — Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Annual Dinner
- Wednesday, April 29 — Moms Demand Action Advocacy Day at the Ohio Statehouse
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