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Essex County Demcoratic Chairman LeRoy Jones speaks at campaign event for U.S. Senator Bob Menendez in West Orange on October 25, 2018 where he received the backing of the nurses union

Nurses union backs Menendez

By David Wildstein, October 25 2018 2:49 pm

The Health Professionals & Allied Employees (HPAE), a union that represents over 13,000 nurses and health professionals in New Jersey, has endorsed Bob Menendez for re-election to the U.S. Senate.

“Senator Bob Menendez has consistently been there for us, supporting nurses, health professionals and most importantly patients,” said Ann Twomey, who founded HPAE’s and recently as president.  “Bob Menendez understands the individual’s need to have health care coverage.  He fully supports the ACA, and the need to protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. A vote for Bob Hugin is a vote for Donald Trump’s bad health care policies.”

Menendez accused Hugin, a retired pharmaceutical company CEO, of backing Trump’s health care reform plan that would end protections of patients with pre-existing conditions.

“We know exactly what Republicans are going to do if they maintain power this November,” Menendez said at a campaign event where he was joined by nurses and other health care providers.  “They’re coming for our health care.”

In last night’s debate, Hugin denied that he would vote to dismantle the Affordable Health Care Act, but said he would support certain fixes to it.

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