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Ethan Rome
Ethan Rome is a campaign strategist and former executive director of Health Care for America Now (HCAN), the national grassroots coalition that ran a $60 million five-year campaign to pass, protect, and promote the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Prior to HCAN, Rome directed national communications for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

For more than 25 years Rome has been a leader, coalition builder, strategic communicator and field director for legislative, political and issue campaigns, including efforts to protect Medicare and Medicaid, win better wages and benefits for child care and home care providers, and increase state revenues to support public services.

Earlier in his career, in Connecticut Rome served as legislative and policy counselor to Speaker of the House Thomas D. Ritter, built one of the first comprehensive political operations for a state legislative caucus in the country, co-directed the historic campaign to win a state income tax, and helped develop cutting-edge, bilingual voter registration programs in the Puerto Rican community.

Rome was recently featured on Moyers & Company as one of the 19 “Activists to Watch,” leading grassroots movements to change America.

Entries by Ethan Rome

While Trump Dumps on Women, Clinton Lifts Parents and Kids

(1) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 12:16 PM

While Donald Trump has spent much of the last week insulting all women by saying that the "only thing" one of America's most accomplished public servants has "going for her" is the "women's card," Hillary Clinton spent Tuesday promoting a bold new proposal to...

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27,000 May Die Next Year Because Republican Governors, Lawmakers Refuse to Expand Medicaid

(104) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 10:27 AM

A majority of Republican governors and state legislators, driven by relentless political opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), have rejected billions in federal funding, denied millions needed health care and consigned thousands to premature death by refusing to extend Medicaid to their own residents.

Governors and lawmakers in...

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Big Pharma Could Win International Price Monopoly, Unlimited Profits in 'Free Trade' Deal

(10) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 11:54 AM

Big Pharma has a new tool to make turbo-charged profits and insulate itself from efforts to rein in skyrocketing health costs. Under the emerging Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement with the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim nations, drug companies will be able to challenge any restraint on...

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Republican Obamacare 'Fix' Is Junk, Just Like the Junk Insurance Plans It Protects

(6) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 11:21 AM

In an effort to cynically score political points, the Republicans have taken up the cause of people who have received health insurance "cancellation" notices. The problem is that the Republicans aren't helping these people, they are exploiting them. They're peddling a "fix" that will stick consumers with lousy insurance policies,...

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Heritage Foundation's Health Care Report Is Another Big Lie

(271) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 10:12 AM

Do you remember the Heritage Foundation's recent report on immigration, the one that falsely claimed the cost of comprehensive reform would cost taxpayers trillions? The one written by a disgraced "senior policy analyst" who previously argued that there are inherent IQ differences between races and that...

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HCAN Report: How the Republicans Are Suppressing Obamacare Enrollment (Updated)

(43) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 4:54 PM

Republicans at the state level aren't counting on Congress to repeal Obamacare. That's why they've been systematically using a tactic of their own to blow up the health law.

Governors and state legislators are adopting state laws and regulations to sabotage the work of "navigators," the community organizations that...

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Cruz, Boehner and the GOP's Hostage Crisis

(99) Comments | Posted September 21, 2013 | 5:04 PM

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, the GOP's political opportunist and demagogue du jour, has successfully taken the Republicans in Congress hostage. With the aid of his tea party accomplices in the House, the most dangerous Canadian in America is leading his congressional comrades on a reckless mission to stop...

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The GOP's New Obamacare Attack: If You Can't Beat the Law, Beat the People Who Benefit From It

(313) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 12:40 PM

As Republicans come to terms with the futility of their incessant efforts to repeal, defund, undermine and otherwise trash Obamacare, they're turning to a new last-ditch strategy: make it harder for people who desperately need health care to get it under the new law. The tactic du jour is attacking...

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Ted Cruz, The Most Dangerous Canadian In America

(335) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 5:03 PM

It was a big surprise that Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, unlike President Barack Obama, was indeed born outside the United States and that he is a citizen of both Canada and the U.S. It makes things a little awkward for him inside the tea party that spawned the baseless, mean-spirited...

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Both Sides in GOP's Civil War Over Obamacare Want to Put Insurance Companies Back in Charge

(159) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 3:04 PM

The Republicans are calling each other names in a raging internecine battle over how best to blow up Obamacare and put consumers and small businesses at the mercy of the insurance companies. In an unusual week when the Republicans are at each other's throats, they're still on the...

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Obama Offers Jobs, Boehner Offers Sabotage

(180) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 3:42 PM

House Speaker John Boehner is leading what is arguably the most anti-jobs Congress in modern history, and he and his co-conspirators in the Senate have been systematically sabotaging the economy and the opportunity for millions of Americans to go back to work.

In his speech at Knox College in Galesburg,...

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GOP to Constituents: We Want to Deny Your Freedom to Start a Business

(23) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 3:29 PM

Among the many life-changing freedoms Americans gained under Obamacare was the option to leave jobs at big employers -- the only ones offering workers comprehensive, affordable health benefits regardless of sex, age or health condition -- to start their own businesses. The health care reform law ends this absurd social...

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Health Care for All Immigrants Now

(90) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 12:13 PM

If we want to take another giant step toward achieving America's promise of opportunity and justice for all, every immigrant in the United States should gain access to affordable health care through the historic, bipartisan immigration reform bill that the Senate Judiciary Committee has sent to the full Senate.

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GOP Again Tries to Take Away Health Care From Millions of Seniors, Women and Families

(14) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 3:30 PM

While Americans clamor for jobs, House Republican Leadership has instead opted to hold its umpteenth vote to deny families and small businesses access to quality, affordable health care. Despite the GOP's relentless opposition, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has already improved the lives of more than 100 million...

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John Boehner's Do-Nothing Congress to Hold Another Pointless Vote to Repeal Obamacare

(3) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 9:48 AM

House Speaker John Boehner set out to preside over a do-nothing Congress, and he has succeeded. As this week's scheduled repeal vote of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) shows, Boehner is an over-achiever. Depending on who's counting, this is something like the 38th Obamacare repeal vote.

"We've got 70 new...

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Big Pharma CEOs Rake in $1.57 Billion in Pay

(14) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 8:19 AM

For people who were blown away to learn recently that the 11 largest global pharmaceutical companies made an astonishing $711 billion in profits over the last decade, here's another measure of the industry's greed: the same companies paid their chief executive officers a combined $1.57 billion...

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Big Pharma Pockets $711 Billion in Profits by Robbing Seniors, Taxpayers

(190) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 8:24 AM

Here's an outrage that must be changed: Big Pharma has been systematically price-gouging the Medicare program for seniors and people with disabilities -- and raking in billions in excessive profits. The 11 largest global drug companies made an astonishing $711 billion in profits over the 10 years ending in 2012,...

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We Should Take On Big Pharma's Price-Gouging Machine

(25) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 7:06 PM

Prescription drug companies spend more than 19 times as much on marketing as they do on basic research. With prescription drug ads airing continuously in the U.S., the cost of medicines has soared. Drug makers charge customers in the U.S. -- especially the government -- vastly more for...

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Paul Ryan, GOP Try to Cover Up Plan to Force Seniors to Wait Longer for Medicare

(11) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 4:33 PM

We already knew House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan can't give up on his dream of ending Medicare as we know it to pay for tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and corporate special interests. What most folks didn't know, because the media haven't reported it, is that Ryan's 2014 budget...

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The Dishonorable Republicans

(233) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 4:23 PM

The editors of the National Review call Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich "dishonorable" for deciding to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. So much for the governor's status as an influential conservative voice and a potential GOP presidential candidate, say the mouthpieces of the extreme...

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