Wisconsin is a national leader in quality accessible health care. I believe we must continue to expand and innovate within our health care system to provide all Wisconsinites access to health insurance and health care that meets their needs.
I believe the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will provide Wisconsinites with access to affordable, quality health care. Because of the ACA, individuals with preexisting conditions can no longer be denied coverage and 105 million Americans have gained access to free preventative care, including recommended cancer screenings and immunizations. I am committed to working with my colleagues on ways to strengthen and improve the ACA, but I refuse to support any legislation that guts the law for political purposes. Ensuring that all families and businesses in Wisconsin have the security of cost-effective health insurance without sacrificing the quality of care is one of my highest priorities.
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MADISON, WI—Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Charlie Crist (D-FL) will be introducing the COVID-19 Emergency Production Act tomorrow. The bill allows, by a vote of Congress, to force the President to use the Defense Production Act (DPA). Specifically, it requires him to use the DPA to designate PPE, all testing supplies and any future COVID-19 vaccine as critical material essential to the national defense.
MADISON, WI—Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) led a group of 29 Democrats demanding that this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorize a level of spending below last year’s budget, in a letter to House Armed Services Committee (HASC) leadership this morning.
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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) and David Cicilline (RI-01) today sent a letter to the Speaker of the House of the Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, requesting direct and immediate financial assistance to small businesses, independent contractors, sole proprietors, and gig economy workers in the House’s next legislative package to combat the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.
Washington, D.C.— U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) responded today to Rep. Pocan’s inquiry into lab capacity to process coronavirus tests in the United States.
“After questioning the CDC about lab capacity to process coronavirus tests in the United States, today they replied with the following answers:
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today sent a letter to Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, to follow-up on previous outreach to the Department of Defense (DoD) on the lack of coronavirus testing capabilities available to military personnel stationed abroad as well as seeking additional information about the DoD’s response strategies to the coronavirus outbreak.
Washington, D.C.— U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement after reaching out to the Department of Defense on the lack of coronavirus test kits at military bases abroad.
“We were contacted about a military base, 75 miles from the Iranian border, where a number of military personnel have flu-like symptoms but have tested negative for the flu. The base is only a few miles from a town in Afghanistan with 5 known positive cases for coronavirus.
Washington, D.C.— U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement after the Trump administration repeatedly was unable to answer questions about our country’s coronavirus testing capacity.
“At yesterday’s hearing with FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn as well as this morning’s briefing with members of the Trump administration, Commissioner Hahn was unable to confidently tell me what our capacity is to process the coronavirus testing kits we are now increasingly distributing.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) today sent a letter to Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), questioning why the CDC website removed public data on the number of patients tested in the United States.
See the full letter below and here.
March 2, 2020