Families USA

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Families USA is an American liberal non-profit consumer health-care advocacy organization.[1][2] It was co-founded by attorney Ronald Pollack, its current executive director, and Philippe Villers, the organization's current President.[3] Families USA is an influential health-care lobbyist in Washington, D.C. and has taken positions on every major piece of health care legislation, including the Medicare Part D plan.

In a 1994 article, The New York Times called Families USA "an unusual advocacy group, for using a careful mix of statistics, hard-luck stories and staged political events, playing an important behind-the-scenes role in shaping public perceptions of the nation's health care problems during the Clinton Administration".[4]

In 2013 Families USA was given a $1 million grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for publicizing ObamaCare success stories. They are also closely tied to the Obama administration and the ACA enrollment group Enroll America.[5][6]


Families USA's founder, Ronald Pollack, was Dean of Antioch School of Law, and argued cases involving food aid for low-income Americans before the Supreme Court. In 1997 Pollack was appointed by President Bill Clinton to be the sole consumer representative on the Presidential Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry, where he worked on the U.S. patients' bill of rights.

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