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NAFC Statement on Capitol Violence

We want to take a moment to address the violence that occurred at our Capitol yesterday.

For the NAFC, the Capitol isn’t just a building seen on TV. It is where we work, it is where our friends work. We visit that building and meet with Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. We plead the case for millions of uninsured people. Our job isn’t about Republican or Democrat, our job is to help hard working people get access to health care. 

Do we get angry? Yes. Do we think many laws or actions are unfair? Yes. However, our job is to understand the laws and to work within those confines. 

Yesterday, our Nation’s Capitol Building was attacked. Not by protestors, but by those who wanted to cause chaos and damage not only to the building but to our democracy. People lost their lives, there was a noose hung on the lawn of the Capitol building, a confederate flag was carried through the halls of the Capitol, there were lives lost and so many were in lockdown praying they would live through the day. NAFC staff office and homes were under curfew. We were beyond heartbroken and disillusioned over these events.

Join #GivingTuesday on December 1, 2020

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone the power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on.

This GivingTuesday – December 1st – help the NAFC kick off our end of year giving campaign and help us reach our COVID-19 Response Fund Goal of $1.5 Million.

California v. Texas, a Supreme Court Case that Challenges the ACA

Today, November 10, 2020, the Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in California v. Texas, a case that challenges the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is very important to note that the ruling on this case will not be immediate, rather, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on California v. Texas by June 2021.

The main question in California v. Texas is whether the ACA should be struck down. A June 25th brief filed by the Trump Administration in Texas v. United States argues the entire ACA is invalid because in December 2017 Congress eliminated the ACA’s tax penalty for people who do not purchase health insurance.  

The administration's brief was filed in support of a group of Republican-led states seeking to undo the ACA. Meanwhile, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is leading a coalition of more Democratic states to defend the ACA before the Supreme Court. 

With respect to California v. Texas, the Supreme Court has three main options for a ruling:

  1. The court may rule to allow the ACA to stand as is, with no change.
  2. The court may rule the ACA in its entirety is unconstitutional.
  3. The court may rule that parts of the ACA are unconstitutional. 


In order for the Supreme Court to issue a ruling there are four main components that are going to impact their decision:

A Statement from NAFC Board Chair Stephanie Garris and NAFC President and CEO Nicole Lamoureux


Today we take a moment to reflect on the state of our nation, to recognize the pain being felt across the country from the killing of George Floyd and those before him, to share our support for the Black Community and all people of color, to reject any form of racism, hate, bigotry and violence, and to express our hope to be part of the solution and change that needs to occur to deal with systemic racism and oppression.

The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics was built on the fundamental premise that health care is a right and not a privilege. As an organization, we value human dignity and access to quality, compassionate health care. Our membership consists of Free and Charitable Clinics and Pharmacies who provide access to quality health care for medically underserved people and seek to address health equity for our patients.

As our nation reels from the recent events and deals with so much pain, we take this moment to share not only our support for the Black Community and the need to end systemic racism, but we also want to share how we hope to be part of bringing change, how we aspire to be part of the solution.