Election Week Analysis
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the November 3 Presidential Election. The House will continue to be controlled by the Democrats, although with a smaller majority and control of the Senate remains unknown until the conclusion of two runoff races in Georgia on January 5.
The 117th Congress and the Biden Administration will undoubtedly focus on combating the effects of COVID, particularly regarding the development of a vaccine, more effective treatments, and the need for economic recovery.
We can expect that the new Administration will be more favorable to NBCC’s broad public policy goals, particularly around access to healthcare for all individuals, protection of the ACA, and expansion of care for uninsured and underserved populations. However, if the Republicans maintain control of the Senate, it will be difficult to move those priorities without significant compromise. Cancer itself may play a central role since it is a strong priority of President-elect Biden. However, the broad focus might make disease-specific objections stronger.
For the Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act, NBCC will need to have the bill re-introduced and find new lead co-Sponsors in the House and Senate as former sponsors Peter King and Martha McSally are no longer in Congress. While we anticipate that it will be difficult to push any legislation not related to the pandemic in the first half of the year, NBCC will have an opportunity to focus on its highest public policy priority – access to quality healthcare – which is now more critical than ever.
Adding cosponsors in this Congress is still important to our success. You can use the Action Center to reach your Member of Congress and encourage them to support The Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act.
NBCC Reflects on 20 Years of Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act
On October 24, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed into law one of NBCC’s proudest accomplishments, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act. To mark its 20th anniversary, NBCC President Fran Visco spoke with the Clinton Foundation about her reflections on this important achievement for women’s health care. When asked what people can learn from the impact of the Act, Visco said, “We need access to the right, affordable care. We still have a nation where too many women and men are not insured and do not have access to the health care they need. This should not be a struggle — it should be recognized as a right.” Read the full story here.
Tell us your NBCC Advocacy Story
NBCC Advocates are fierce! Through training, education, and networking, NBCC Advocates have influenced policy on both the local and national levels, pushed for access to healthcare for all, and supported research focused on ending breast cancer. We are focused on the day when breast cancer is over and done. Impossible? We don’t think so.
We are part of NBCC for a reason, and that reason is different for each of you. You may be a survivor or the family member of someone who has breast cancer or has lost their life to breast cancer. Or, another reason entirely. We need your stories. Why are you an NBCC advocate? We want to share your advocacy story with others so they, too, can become a catalyst in our fight to end breast cancer. Let them know it is not only possible to change the world, but that each one of us can help make that happen.
NBCC hosts A Virtual Cabaret, bringing together Hollywood and Broadway performers for an evening of pre-recorded and live performances, from EastWest Studios, in Los Angeles. The evening is filled with song and dance numbers, along with special celebrity appearances, all for a good cause. Learn more and purchase your ticket here.
Join the tens of thousands like you who want to end breast cancer. For just $35 a year, you can become an NBCC member and receive exclusive benefits. For more information about being a member, click here.