Former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius plans to be part of a 18-state bus tour in support for accessible, affordable and quality health coverage as federal lawmakers contemplate revision or repeal of the Affordable Care Act serving millions of Americans.
Organizers of the “Drive for Our Lives” tour said Sebelius, who was U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary for implementation of the ACA, will be part of stops in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, to highlight families, seniors and children in jeopardy of losing health care. Sebelius’ career in Democratic politics developed in Kansas, but she grew up in Ohio where her father was governor.
“Instead of proceeding with this dangerous repeal bill, congressional Republicans should reach across the aisle and improve the current law — not work to decimate Medicaid and undermine critical protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions,” Sebelius said.
The bus tour launches Saturday from Washington, D.C., to coincide with start of a congressional break that runs through Sept. 5. The month-long tour will stop in congressional districts and states of members of Congress voting for legislation undercutting the ACA.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate is expected to take a procedural vote on whether to allow debate on legislation narrowly passing the House that would repeal the ACA. In May, all four members of the U.S. House delegation from Kansas voted for that measure.
U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, both Kansas Republicans, said they would vote for repeal of the health law signed by Democratic President Barack Obama.
Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, a Democrat, intends to appear at the bus stop in Kansas City, Mo. Kander said U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and President Donald Trump were wrong to seek limits on access to preventative health care.
”For President Trump, Senator McConnell and Speaker Ryan, this is not about improving health care,” Kander said. “It’s about winning a political argument. We’re going to stand up and make it clear: there are lives on the line.”