It’s time to improve Obamacare, not dismantle it

On October 13, League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to the White House executive order to end health care subsidies in the Affordable Care Act:
“President Trump’s executive order to end health care subsidies for insurance companies will raise premiums and leave more Americans without meaningful health insurance. These subsidies were put in place deliberately to keep costs down for everyday Americans. Removing them now is a dangerous step toward unraveling a fragile system.
 
“President Trump is attempting to dismantle the American health care system piece by piece, in the same dangerous and under-the-table manner that the American people made clear to their Congressional leaders is unacceptable.
 
“We have said many times that the Affordable Care Act is not a perfect law. Congress should work to improve it. The White House should not undo the positive impacts this legislation has had for millions of Americans who previously could not afford health care coverage.”

LWV Oregon Stands with Children to Address Climate Change

On September 6, the League of Women Voters of Oregon (LWVOR) joined the League of Women Voters United States (LWVUS) to file an Amicus Curiae Brief in Federal Court in the case of Juliana v. U.S. The press release from LWVOR states, “The Leagues support the 21 young people from across the United States who have filed a landmark constitutional climate change lawsuit against the federal government, via the Eugene, Oregon- based organization, Our Children’s Trust. The complaint asserts that, in causing climate change, the federal government has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources.” Read the entire press release here.

League of Women Voters statement on Charlottesville

The League of Women Voters of Portland extends its sympathies to the families and victims of the acts of domestic terrorism that took place in Charlottesville, VA on August 12. The League denounces these violent acts of white supremacy and works with others to advance racial justice. We reaffirm the League’s belief in equal rights for all and support those who speak out against hate and violence.

Below is part of a statement from Chris Carson, president of the LWV of the U.S. The entire statement may be viewed at http://lwv.org/press-releases/lwv-statement-charlottesville

“…while the freedom of speech and the freedom of assembly are some of our most cherished rights and must be protected, those rights do not extend to what we witnessed yesterday. The League of Women Voters stands in solidarity with the victims of violence in Charlottesville and against white supremacism.”

 

LWV Statement on Senate Health Care Bill

On June 22, League of Women Voters of the U.S. president Chris Carson issued the following statement on the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” unveiled by Senate leadership:

“The Better Care Reconciliation Act is even worse than the version we saw pass in the House of Representatives and is not worthy of this great nation. The cuts to Medicaid will be massive and will destroy the system that so many Americans rely on…”

Read President Carson’s full statement

The LWV position on Health Care begins “The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost should be available to all U.S. residents.” Read more here about the League’s study and work on health care issues.

Statement on Climate Agreement

The League of Women Voters of the U.S. president Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement that the United States will leave the global Paris Climate Agreement:

“Withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement is a giant step in the wrong direction for the health of the planet and all living beings. President Trump’s decision today will undermine global cooperation and have a harmful impact on U.S. relations with our most trusted world allies. The long-term effects of this decision will make more people sick, especially children and the elderly. The League of Women Voters is gravely disappointed to see the United States on the wrong side of history in the fight to protect our planet.”

Read the LWVUS Climate Fact Sheet