Tues 7/24: Healthcare actions – do today!

On Wednesday, the House will be voting on two (2) healthcare bills.

#1 –  NO on H.R.6199  – We’re not subsidizing spin classes for the rich, thank you.

H.R.6199 – “Modernizing health savings accounts”, allows those 20 million people with “Health Savings Accounts” (HSAs), allowable when one has a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), to use these savings accounts to cover prescription and over-the-counter medication, menstrual care products, gym membership and other expenses that contribute to an individual’s health.

What’s wrong with this? It’s the same thing as rich people getting the lowest interest rates for bank accounts and credit cards…it’s another discount program for the well-off. HSAs are tax shelters that do nothing for poor people. In fact, most Americans do not have enough savings to account for an emergency, medical or otherwise. The wealthiest Americans disproportionately benefit from these insurance arrangements. Indeed, families making in excess of $100,000 make up 70 percent of HSA contributions.

CNN Money called HSAs “the best tax-free investment account you’ll be able to find.”

Conservatives love HSAs because of their “skin in the game” fantasy. This is what that actually looks like for a disturbingly large number of Americans.

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Senator, Stop Trump’s Sabotage of the ACA!

Minimal Script#1:  I’m calling from [zip code]  to ask Sen. [___] to oppose Trump’s Executive Order for “Association Health Plans” that will flood the market with junk health insurance plans, and undermine the California insurance market.

More Info:
http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/12/politics/trump-obamacare-executive-order/index.html

Minimal Script#2:   I’m calling from [zip code]  to ask Sen. [___] to compel the Federal government to continue subsidy payments to stabilize the health care markets after Trump’s assault on our health care by executive order.

More Script if you want it: His actions will cause millions to lose access to affordable health care and will plunge ACA markets into chaos.

More Info https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/us/politics/trump-obamacare-executive-order-health-insurance.html

Contact info for both actions: Continue reading “Senator, Stop Trump’s Sabotage of the ACA!”

Indivisible’s Potluck Blowout – How do we Move Forward with Healthcare?

Join Indivisible Ventura, Indivisible Ojai Valley,  Indivisible Conejo, Physicians for Progress, the National Health Law Program, Grassroots Ventura, MoveOn, and a host of other Ventura County organizations on Saturday, October 21. Bring a dish, bring a friend, and get ready to socialize and hear from a spectacular line-up of speakers!

When: Saturday, October 21, 11:30 – 1:30 PM
Where: Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Figueroa Plaza, Ventura (directions here) 
Bring: Your favorite dish, a friend, and your unbridled energy!
RSVP (and SHARE) on our Facebook Event Page: facebook.com/events/1385884568176423 or by emailing indivisibleventura@gmail.com

Knowledge is key to understanding the options we have for moving forward toward the best healthcare our nation can deliver. Our aim is to learn about these options and share this knowledge into our communities.

Our line-up of incredible speakers (bios below):
Dr. Josephine Soliz will make the case that we as a country spend more money on poorer care on a smaller percentage of our population than all the other developed countries that have figured out, better than we have, how to provide health insurance and thus access to healthcare to 100% of their population.
Dr. Minako Watabe will present the case for universal access to health insurance from the patient harm perspective.
Dr. Clint McBride will key us in about single payer healthcare/insurance.
Michael Williams, Director of Grey Law of Ventura County will speak of the dangers to citizens currently on Medicare and Medi-Cal if the proposed changes to Obamacare are implemented.
Héctor Hernández-Delgado, Staff Attorney for National Health Law Program will give us an overview of our existing healthcare model, touching on single payer and legal implications/ramifications.
Afterward, we will screen the movie Fix it: Healthcare at the Tipping Point

Bios  (and detailed directions to the venue, including access to the rear entrance, due to construction):

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As Senator Murkowski said, “She did not come to Washington to hurt people.” Let’s thank her.

Thanks to three Republican women senators, Obamacare might just survive the GOP’s campaign to repeal it. The fight is not over, so keep calling our own senators with words of encouragement in this fight, but let’s thank these women for their courage to stand up against their own party and for wanting to see something better for their constituents and the rest of us.

1) Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV):  https://www.capito.senate.gov/contact/contact-shelley
2) Senator Susan Collins (R-ME): https://www.collins.senate.gov/contact

3) Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK):  https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/contact/email

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Protect our Health Care – Stop TrumpCare in the Senate!

Millions of Americans are worrying about what TrumpCare would mean for them and their families.  We need to keep the pressure up in the Senate.  

  • Don’t cut $880 BILLION from the safety-net Medicaid program;
  • Don’t reduce premium subsidies for moderate-income families
  • Don’t charge older Americans a huge increase, up to 750% increase above their current bill.
  • Don’t discriminate against people with pre-existing health conditions;
  • Don’t take away essential health benefits from insurance coverage; and
  • Don’t defund Planned Parenthood;
  • Don’t make women pay more than men;
  • Don’t put annual and lifetime caps back on the table;
  • Don’t cut Special Education funds for special needs kids (funded by Medicaid!);
  • Allows corporations to stop providing coverage without fines.

 Script:  I’m calling (____) to oppose any health care bill that (List your favorites from above)

Call Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430

AND Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (916) 448-2787, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884

More Info: Continue reading “Protect our Health Care – Stop TrumpCare in the Senate!”