Dear Speaker Boehner


LIVESTRONG sent the following letter last night to The Speaker of the House, John Boehner, regarding our opposition to H.R. 2 – legislation that would repeal the Health Care Law passed last year. We ask that you send your decision makers a note as well in opposition. Click here to locate contact information for your decision makers. A vote is expected this afternoon.

January 18, 2011

The Honorable John Boehner
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Speaker Boehner:

On behalf of LIVESTRONG, I would like to express opposition to H.R. 2 – legislation which would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong and based in Austin, Texas, LIVESTRONG fights for the 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. LIVESTRONG connects individuals to the support they need, leverages funding and resources to spur innovation and engages communities and leaders to drive social change. Known for the iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG‘s mission is to inspire and empower anyone affected by cancer.

LIVESTRONG supported passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act last year and we believe that repealing this law now would have a negative impact on the lives of many Americans living with cancer. Study after study has shown that those who lack insurance or who are underinsured have higher cancer mortality rates than those who have insurance and therefore better access to care. A number of critical provisions of this law are already in effect and several more will be implemented over the next few years, including:

? Medicare patients and those who are enrolled in new private plans can now receive critical preventive services such as breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings at no cost to the consumer.

? Health plans are now prohibited from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions such as cancer up to age 19. Pre-existing condition exclusions will be eliminated for everyone with private insurance by 2014.

? Young adults can now remain on their parent’s insurance until their 26th birthday.

? Health plans can no longer drop people from coverage when they become sick.

? Individual and group plans are now prohibited from placing lifetime dollar limits on health insurance coverage, often an issue for cancer patients undergoing expensive treatments.

? Annual dollar limits for health coverage are now tightly restricted for most plans and these limits will be prohibited by law in 2014.

? By 2014, the law will prohibit new health plans from dropping coverage because an individual chooses to participate in a clinical trial and from denying coverage for routine care that they would otherwise provide just because an individual is enrolled in a clinical trial. It will apply to all clinical trials that treat cancer or other life-threatening diseases. People living with cancer depend on access to quality, affordable health care.

Passage of H.R.2 would roll back the clock on the important provisions that are improving the health care system for Americans living with this disease. LIVESTRONG encourages a ‘no’ vote on H.R. 2.


Doug Ulman
President and CEO


  1. Christina Jones says:

    Please do not repeal the HCR Thank you

  2. Mary Wilsey says:

    I am a cancer survivor and believe in the validity of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Thank you for your support.

  3. Jim Dibble says:

    Please do not repeal.

  4. Noel Kelly says:

    Please do NOT repeal the HCR act. You should broaden it!

  5. I am a 4 year rectal cancer survivor, diagnosed at the age of 38. I have been deeply involved in awareness activities and helping those in need of assistance with our foundation.

    When I was first diagnosed, I gravitated towards the Livestrong foundation and what it stands for. I have been VERY disappointed since then. I attended the Presidential Forum in Cedar Rapids back in 2007. I eagerly awaited follow up meetings, but the entire idea just disappeared.

    I’ve also eagerly watched to see what kind of an impact would be made on what I thought the main focus of the Livestrong foundation, and see funding increase for the NCI. Again, it seems that this focus has fallen by the wayside.

    Involving your organization with the politics of this bill is disheartening to say the least. I’m surprised that you can’t see the shortcomings in this bill, and the hypocrtical way in which it passed.

    Hopefully, if this new bill reaches President Obama’s desk, he’ll take the time to read it before he signs or vetoes it.

    Politicians are ridiculous, and those that follow them blindly are equally to blame.

    If you keep this up, then you will definitely lose my support, and the support of MANY others.


    David McCluskey

  6. Dear Speaker Boehner,
    I am asking you and your fellow Republicans not to repeal the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act. The number of U.S. citizens that have no health insurance coverage is abominable. I believe all citizens deserve to have health coverage and I also believe that the best way to provide it is to keep this law. The only changes to this Act should be to enhance and strengthen it, in my opinion.

  7. David Diamond says:

    GOP theatrics.
    It won’t pass the Senate and if it does, President Obama will veto it.
    All is well.

  8. Andrew says:

    Speaker Boehner has now snubbed President Obama twice — blowing off a State Dinner with the visiting Chinese president and declining a seat on Air Force One for a presidential trip.

    It’s this kind of Republican arrogance that is a disservice to the nation.

    The Republican action in the House today is political kabuki, designed to destabilize the Obama presidency at all costs. The nation should take note of the Republicans’ narrow goals. They are self-serving and they are cynical.

  9. Timothy Lunceford says:

    I am so disappointed in US CONGRESS for what the Republican members did today in trying to roll back healthcare in AMERICA. All enjoy their own healthcare courtesy of being a US CONGRESS member. This shows their cowardness. They could have resigned their own healthcare before they tried to take healthcare from Kids, the sick, and anyone else who benefits from the Healthcare offered last year. I hope all my Republican Cancer friends will consider voting against any member who voted today to repeal healthcare in America and kick the hypocrites out of office.

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