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Rep. Chu Hosts Health Care Discussion with Speaker Pelosi, Local Leaders

June 17, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was in the San Gabriel Valley to discuss health care, including access and affordability. The event, hosted by Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) was part of the “Speaker in the House” series to engage communities across the country and ensure the voices of the American people are being heard in the halls of Congress. The conversation was held at East Los Angeles College and featured LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis, Louis McCarthy, CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, and Berenice Constant, the Vice President of Government Relations at AltaMed. They were joined by leaders representing LA Community College, Allied Pacific IPA, the CEOs of nine area hospitals, the Directors of local Departments of Public Health, and others. The moderated conversation addressed attempts to undermine the ACA and the need to protect it, proposals to reduce the price of prescription drugs, women’s health and access to abortion care, the proposed public charge rule and its impact on immigrant access to healthcare, and more. Rep. Chu, Speaker Pelosi, and Supervisor Solis issued the following statements:

“I am so honored and happy to have Speaker Pelosi join us in the San Gabriel Valley for this important conversation,” said Rep. Chu. “Struggles to cover the rising cost of health care, or fear that an unexpected illness or injury could force difficult financial choices are among the top concerns I hear from constituents every day. This is an issue for all Americans, as evidenced last Congress when so many voters called to oppose the Republicans’ planned ACA repeal that they overwhelmed the Congressional phone lines. Health care – both the wellbeing of our loved ones and our ability to access and afford the care we need – is a kitchen table issue for millions. That is why we have made health care a top priority in our For the People agenda. From defending the ACA in court to lowering the cost of drug prices, we are committed to ensuring that health care is a right accessible to all.

“As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, I’m privileged to be on the front lines for health care. Just this spring, we advanced a bipartisan package of prescription drug bills that requires greater transparency from drug makers, studies trends in inpatient drug costs, and more. We are also fighting back against rules from this Administration meant to keep poor women or immigrants from accessing safe and legal health care, like the proposed Title X rule which would lead to the shutdown of clinics women rely on for care, or the cruel Public Charge rule that penalizes poor or disabled immigrants. That’s only some of what we achieved in our first 100 days in the majority, including passing legislation to clean up corruption, guarantee equal pay for equal work, and combat gun violence. Today’s conversation was a chance to share the progress we’re making directly with the community and to hear from those most involved about how we can do more. I am so grateful to Speaker Pelosi and all our other guests who made it such a success.”

“House Democrats are accelerating a drumbeat of action across America to deliver on our promise For The People: to lower health costs by reducing the price of prescription drugs and protecting the pre-existing condition benefit,” said Speaker Pelosi.  “It is a pleasure to join Congresswoman Chu, friends and health care advocates at East Los Angeles College for this critical conversation about protecting every families’ right to affordable, quality health care.  In stark contrast to years of a special interest Republican Congress that put the wealthy ahead of working families, our Democratic Majority is ensuring that government works For The People.” 

“As the Supervisor for the First District of Los Angeles County, I have seen firsthand how the Affordable Care Act has benefited LA County residents along with millions across California and the nation. We must do everything we can to protect the gains we have made, but I also believe that we must do more to achieve health equity so that everyone can live long, healthy, and vibrant lives,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “Los Angeles County is home to over 10 million residents – which is more people than most states. We are a powerful voice. We are even more powerful when we join forces with leaders such as Congresswoman Chu and Speaker Pelosi to protect the progress we have made and do more to bring health care to all.”

A live stream of the event can be found HERE.