The Health Professionals and Allied Employees are backing U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10), stating that he is “one of our state’s strongest advocates for affordable health care access.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Congressman Payne is one of our state’s strongest advocates for affordable health care access and ensuring that health care is seen as a right and not a privilege, which supports HPAE’s mission of improving patient care, professional practices and working conditions in health care facilities,” said HPAE President Debbie White.
“As a former union member himself, Congressman Payne knows how important it is for our leaders in Washington to support organized labor and we can count on him to continue to be a critical ally.”
Since winning a seat in Congress in 2012, Payne has made healthcare and labor issues two of his top priorities. He has sponsored legislation to expand the Affordable Care Act and provide more access to care, cheaper prescription drugs and more investment in public health infrastructure.
Additionally, Payne supported legislation like the PRO Act to help unions expand their membership and advocate for their members.
“As someone who knows through first hand experience the critical importance of quality health care, it is humbling to earn the support of a union whose members go to work each day committed to providing the best care possible,” added Payne.
“As New Jerseyans, we know what it means to be Jersey Strong and no one has shown us that more than our healthcare heroes over these past few years. I’m honored to have the support of HPAE, and I look forward to continuing to improve our healthcare system and rights to organize alongside them.”
The Democratic primary is on June 7th, where Payne faces a challenge from Imani Oakley and Akil Khalfani.