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UAW President Rory Gamble Letter to membership on Coronavirus

Brothers and Sisters: As the United States is faced with the concern of the new Coronavirus known as COVID-19, I feel it is important to speak to this topic with all our UAW membership. I want to be very clear that we do not take this matter lightly. In detailing some important actions that our UAW is taking relative to the virus; I want to assure our brothers and sisters that we continue discussions daily to ensure the necessary steps are being taken to maintain a state of preparedness. In addition to focusing on preparedness, our leadership is asked to ... Read more

Election 2020: We must protect health care

President Rory Gamble I’d like to begin this blog with a couple of comments about an issue that I feel very passionate about. In my more than 40 years with the UAW, I have had the benefit of very good health care coverage. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for so many Americans across this nation.  Our national health care crisis is truly a disgrace and something we are compelled to remedy. When hard working men and women can’t afford to go to the doctor or are making decisions between buying food and filling life-saving prescriptions, we know something is ... Read more

Statement on House Passage of HR 3 from UAW President Rory Gamble

UAW Commends Passage of Drug Bill to Lower Prescription Costs Today, the UAW commended the House of Representatives, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for passing the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act (HR 3). This is a good day for our country, and it is long overdue. We proudly support HR 3 as it would lower the price of many high cost drugs, including insulin, which has nearly doubled in price from 2012-2016 despite being on the market for almost 100 years. UAW members, retirees and families are deeply concerned about the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs and ... Read more

We must lower drug costs!

As president of the United Auto Workers (UAW), I recently joined dozens of organizations from across the country in a coordinated effort demanding that Congress and the Trump Administration develop strong, REAL reform to lower drug prices for patients and end Big Pharma’s price gouging. More than a dozen organizations — including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Alliance for Retired Americans, American Medical Student Association, the Center for Popular Democracy, Health Care for America Now, People’s Action, Public Citizen, Social Security Works,  and many others — joined forces with us to make our voices heard, and be clear in our support of ... Read more

Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on Non-Partisan CBO Study on 22 Million Americans Losing Health Coverage

On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office confirmed what has been rumored and feared about the Senate Republican health care bill written behind closed doors in Congress. The Republican’s bill is heartless and deadly. According to the Congress’ own nonpartisan CBO experts, the mean-spirited bill would force 22 million Americans to lose health care coverage completely while tens of millions will be forced to pay a lot more money for much less coverage.  Premiums will rise by an additional 20 percent next year because of this bill. The cost of health care coverage for older workers with fixed incomes could rise by ... Read more

What the GOP health care bill really says about pre-existing conditions

President Trump says the revised House GOP health care bill would protect people with pre-existing conditions, but a multitude of experts and advocates beg to differ. The latest change to the bill, called the MacArthur amendment after its author, Republican House member Tom MacArthur, would allow states to opt out of several key Obamacare insurance regulations. Read more on money.cnn.com >>>     Photo by Calleamanecer (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Tell Congress Not to Take Health Care Coverage from Working Families

Virtually everything working people have gained to improve health and retirement security since the 1940s is now at risk, including Medicare, Medicaid, workplace health plans, the Affordable Care Act and Social Security. Republicans in Congress are rushing to approve legislation that effectively would end these programs without providing a replacement for the 30 million Americans who will become uninsured. Working People Shouldn’t Lose Health Care Coverage: Repealing the Affordable Care Act without any replacement would collapse the insurance market and strip coverage from 30 million Americans. Workplace Coverage Shouldn’t Be Gutted While the Wealthy Gain Tax Breaks: GOP proposals include ... Read more

House GOP health bill changes exempt members of Congress

A new amendment to the House Republicans’ ObamaCare replacement bill exempts members of Congress and their staff from its effects. The new changes to the bill would allow states to apply for waivers for certain ObamaCare provisions, such as a ban on insurers charging premiums based on a customer’s health and the requirement that insurers’ basic health plans cover certain services, like prescription drugs and mental health. Read more on thehill.com >>>