In the Bubble with Andy Slavitt: One Shot / Who Are We Asking to Die

Today, 18-year-old Zach and his dad talk about how to get broader points of view on the podcast. To that end, they reach out to former congressman and presidential candidate, Beto O’Rourke, to hear how Texas’s approach to COVID-19 is going. Andy and Beto chat about how people’s own experiences dictate their views on the crisis. Then Peter Morley, an advocate for people with chronic illnesses, shares his lens on the crisis. And we hear from fan-favorite, Andy’s mom/Zach’s Nana, who has a special Mother’s Day message.

Medication I can’t live without’: Lupus patients struggle to get hydroxychloroquine, in demand for COVID-19

By Ken When Aimee Blou heard the lupus drug she has relied on for more than a decade promoted as a coronavirus antidote, she visited her pharmacist. The 40-year-old woman from Stockton, California, was told the decades-old antimalarial drug commonly prescribed for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis was in short supply. She Read more…

The very worst time to dismantle the disability safety net

I trust ALJs to decide which COVID-19 patients will be eligible for Social Security disability income.

Unfortunately, the Trump administration wants to put its thumb on the process through Executive Order 13843, which allows the Social Security Administration to discard the merit system for picking ALJs and instead allows it to choose any attorney with a license to make important disability decisions.

A distinguished group of lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate are pushing back against this power grab by supporting the ALJ Competitive Service Restoration Act; it would preserve due-process protections for the American public by restoring the fair and unbiased administered hiring process for ALJs.

As Congress debates future recovery and stimulus bills, it should recognize that not every COVID-19 patient will be able to return to the workforce. These patients have had to overcome a lack of treatments, ventilators and masks. The least we can do for them is to protect the disability system that we know works.

Morley is a patient advocate based in New York City; he has testified numerous times before congressional committees regarding patient rights and needs.

Center for American Progress Action Fund: 10 Years of the Affordable Care Act, With Patient Advocate Peter Morley

By Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Chris Ford, Dwayne Greene, and Adam Peck  March 19, 2020, 10:41 am On March 23, Obamacare—officially the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—celebrates 10 years as a law in the United States. This week, Ed and Daniella discuss some of the ways that the ACA has affected and saved lives, and the effort Read more…

Protecting the Affordable Care Act (feat. Peter Morley) S3E5

In this week’s episode, I have the honor of speaking with one of my personal hero’s Peter Morley. Peter is an amazing human being and someone I’m truly grateful to call friend. Peter has battled cancer, lives in chronic pain and faces many other health challenges. He’s devoted his life to fighting to protect our health care. He regularly travels to Washington DC in order to testify before congress or meet with Senators and Congressmen/women to advocate for Healthcare.

Peter Morley just revealed his vital campaign to stop Trump from harming our healthcare

Scott talks with healthcare activist Peter Morley about the start of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act on today. Best known as Obamacare, the law’s provisions protecting people with “pre-existing conditions” from being dropped by private insurance companies are under constant attack from Republicans in Congress, the White Read more…

The Pain, Passion and Purpose of Meeting Congressman Elijah Cummings

My name is Peter Morley. I am a patient and a patient advocate. In the last two years, I have traveled to D.C. from New York City twenty-five times to share my personal story and to advocate for thousands who shared their health care stories with me. I have met with Democratic and Republican Members of Congress, alike. I have worked with the offices and healthcare staffers, with almost 2/3 of Congress, and a multitude of legislators. I have had the privilege to create digital media with members to amplify the need to protect healthcare and calls to action.