Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-saving Good News. Trump Failure Edition

Oh, let us count the ways Mr. Trump has failed this week. There’s just sooooo much of it!

Trump fails at his attempt to penalize sanctuary cities. We’ve collectively made a lot of phone calls about this one! Keep up the pressure by calling about the “California Sanctuary State” bill.

It took Trump THREE tries to get his horrible healthcare bill through the House. The good news? The Senate is going to hate it and send it back to the House after many amendments.

What can YOU do to stop this? We are participating in three die-ins this week in neighboring districts to show Congressmen who voted for TrumpCare that we will not tolerate this twice. Click here for more info (carpooling available). Click here to see why these die-ins work.

Yet ANOTHER fail: No funding for Trump’s stupid wall in the federal spending bill. Yup, we were all over this one too. GREAT job everyone.

Oh, and there’s MORE: No funding cuts for Planned Parenthood, the NIH, PBS, NPR, and the EPA—will continue to receive funding. Many actions were taken for these issues, you can continue to support EPA protection here.

Although GOPs planned to exempt themselves from TrumpCare, they turned tail Continue reading “Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-saving Good News. Trump Failure Edition”

Just How Badly Did We get Reamed Thursday with the Obamacare Repeal? 

Get a big cup of coffee, make yourself comfortable and read this through…

(This is from www.govtrack.us. unless noted otherwise. IV = Indivisible Ventura, WTF = WTFJHT)

The American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA), H.R. 1628, is the House Republicans’ leading proposal to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare, but we’ll abbreviate it ACA) and “defund” Planned Parenthood.

A new deal among the Republican factions was reached. The changes to the AHCA, as reported by the Rules committee, are:

  • States may opt-out of providing the ACA’s essential health benefits. (This requirement was already dropped in the bill for Medicaid but not for the individual market.)
  • States may opt-out of requiring premiums to be the same for all people of the same age, so while individuals with pre-existing conditions must be offered health insurance there is no limit on the cost of that insurance. A new $8 billion fund would help lower premiums for these individuals.
  • States may opt-out of limiting premium differences based on age.
  • There would be a new $15 billion fund for risk sharing to help states lower premiums. (Many sources agree this is not nearly enough – IV)

After a fast-paced few weeks, the vote scheduled for March 24, 2017 was cancelled after the House Freedom Caucus, a band of some of the most conservative members of the House, pledged in block to oppose the AHCA because it did not go far enough to repeal the ACA.

What would stay the same: Continue reading “Just How Badly Did We get Reamed Thursday with the Obamacare Repeal? “

Important Events! Join us for die-ins. Carpooling Available!

Let our sister Indivisible districts’ Congressmen know that their votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act was the “nail in their coffins” for their re-elections in 2018.

Carpooling available for all of these events – contact us at indivisibleventura@gmail.com Let us know if you are available to drive too!

“You Suck” Rally and Die-In @ Congressman Steve Knight’s Office
When: Monday, May 8th, 4p to 6p,
Where: 26415 Carl Boyer Drive Ste 220, Santa Clarita
RSVP and more info: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/304915903254720/

Great Knight Drama and Die-in
When: Tuesday, May 9th, 5p to 6p,
Where: 1445 E. Los Angeles Ave. Simi Valley
RSVP and more info: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1239613946143028/

Repeal and Replace Royce
When: Wednesday, May 10th, 6p to 8p,
Where: 210 W Birch St Brea, CA 92821
RSVP and more info: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1936008306633930/

Learn why these events are so important

Let’s support our sister Indivisible groups and gather for a rally and die-in to express our anger regarding all the people in our district who will lose coverage under the new plan.

Savage votes demand a visceral response. Bring tombstone style signs with your message if you want to participate in the die-in. Also, folks in vampire costume (representing Congressional cronies who suck the most vulnerable members of our community dry) are needed.

Zombies are welcome too, because this bill was dead on arrival. We do not buy the story about what a good guy he is for adding $8 billion dollars to a pre-existing conditions pool.

The President of the American Medical Association told the New York Times on May 5, 2017 that Continue reading “Important Events! Join us for die-ins. Carpooling Available!”

We Lost Our First Healthcare Battle – Here’s How We Win the War: The 14 Congressmen we are “Dying” to Meet.

GAME ON! Update: We now have three die-ins scheduled – click in to join us!

We knew they had finally gotten all the support they needed when they announced they were bringing this monstrosity to a vote yesterday. In fact, they got 14 of the votes they needed from us, from California.  Now this circus of tragedies moves on to the Senate and we are lucky that our Senators, Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, are on our side (though we will be reminding them both that we are watching). But we’re a minority there too.

So now, what do we do about these 14 California congresspeople (see the list below) who cheerfully sold out women, older people, the sick, those with pre-existing conditions, Planned Parenthood and special needs kids to insurance company lobbyists, wealthy donors and a President who counts a “win” over a promise?

We fight them, of course! 

This will be a personal fight. We will all be dealing with the fallout of what happened today.

This will be a moral fight. No one deserves to be bankrupted after a lifetime of work because insurance companies executives demand a higher profit margin. More importantly, no one deserves to die of a treatable condition in a first world country because they can’t afford care.

So we will fight them, in a variety of ways. Don’t worry, there are enough battlefields for everyone.

– We will make their lives miserable with media events such as die-ins. 
– We will add to chanting crowds outside their Town Halls, if they ever dare to have one again.
– We will help their districts replace them with reasonable, responsible representatives. We’ll need people to help phone bank, and walk precincts.
– We’ll build bridges to people who voted for Trump because they believed his bogus healthcare promises.

This is going to involve time, people, and transportation.

What can you do to help?

Read this. This is a one strategy…
https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/die-in-planning-guide/

– Will you be a “Die-In” Captain and coordinate the organizational effort?
– Will you help drive people to other districts to provide more people power?
– Will you participate in peaceful demonstrations in these members’ districts?
– Will you commit to phone banking for their opposition?
– Will you commit to precinct walking for their opposition?
– Will you write letters to the Editor?
– Will you participate in a coordinated social media campaign?
– Keep up-to-date with your local Indivisible chapter. We will be publishing protest opportunities. Send them in if you see some before we do to indivisibleventura@gmail.com

Send in your name and what you are willing do, plus any additional great ideas to indivisibleventura@gmail.com.

Politics is a messy business. We’re not sure if this whole thing was stage-managed to help Trump get his “win”, or to divert our attention away from the EPA mess, the regulation fiddling or even the Russian fiasco.

But we’re taking them all on.

Welcome to the Resistance!

The 14 Congresspeople we are just “dying” to meet (and a note from Indivisible National about how this all works!): Continue reading “We Lost Our First Healthcare Battle – Here’s How We Win the War: The 14 Congressmen we are “Dying” to Meet.”

Vote “NO” on Trumpcare 3.0. The Worst. Sequel. Ever.

This time it may actually happen. Republicans are feverishly trying to pass a new bill, which underfunds protections for people with pre-existing conditions, while letting states opt out of full insurance coverage. And without a CBO score, no one knows the extent of the devastation it will cause America’s health care. The vote is scheduled for tomorrow. Urge NO.

Script: I’m calling to ask her to vote NO on this ridiculous Trumpcare bill. It doesn’t even have a CBO report. This whole business smacks of desperation and carelessness with both our health and the economy.

Call Rep. Julia Brownley: DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779

More Info: Continue reading “Vote “NO” on Trumpcare 3.0. The Worst. Sequel. Ever.”

NO on TrumpCare 2.0: The revised bill is so bad that GOP legislators are trying to exempt themselves!

The revised health care bill is so bad that GOP legislators are trying to exempt themselves from its provisions.

The new healthcare plan with the MacArthur amendment takes all that was bad in the ACHA and makes it worse, removing protections that make insurance affordable for people with preexisting conditions, and not requiring plans to cover “essential benefits”, like prescription drugs. This plan is so bad that even GOP legislators are trying to exempt themselves from it.

Script: I’m calling to ask (____) to call out the AHCA with the MacArthur amendment as a very bad deal for us, so bad, in fact, that GOP legislators have exempted themselves from its provisions.

Call all three Members of Congress

Rep. Julia Brownley: DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779

Senator Feinstein: Continue reading “NO on TrumpCare 2.0: The revised bill is so bad that GOP legislators are trying to exempt themselves!”

Trump must not be allowed to use millions of people’s health insurance as a bargaining chip to fund his stupid wall

Don’t hold the ACA hostage: The ACA offsets the costs that insurance companies incur insuring low-income enrollees.  Trump is threatening to withhold these payments unless Congress passes a budget that funds his border wall with Mexico.  Holding the health insurance of millions of Americans hostage is not an acceptable way to fund this wall, or anything else for that matter.  
 
Script: I’m calling to ask (_____) to reject any deal that involves holding the ACA hostage in return for funding the border wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for in the first place.

Call all three Members of Congress

Rep. Julia Brownley: DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779

Feinstein Contacts Continue reading “Trump must not be allowed to use millions of people’s health insurance as a bargaining chip to fund his stupid wall”

Take a Moment Today to Send Rep. Brownley a Thank You for Holding our Healthcare Town Hall

Representative Brownley held a town hall meeting to address our concerns and fought hard to protect our healthcare. 

Let’s email or write to thank her for her time and passion.

Representative Julia Brownley
1019 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Click here for uber-cool postcards to print out

Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-saving Good News!

Trump Woes

Trump’s budget is getting blowback from Republican Governors

The NY Attorney General hires a public-corruption prosecutor to target the Trump administration

The Muslim ban is overruled by yet another judge

Ordinary people are suing Trump – and winning!

“A rank falsehood.” Federal judge says Aetna didn’t leave ObamaCare for the reasons it claimed

Our Environment Still Matters

A number of billion-dollar corporations say they’ll keep fighting Trump on climate change, whether or not the government sets carbon pollution standards.

A Texas court deals Exxon a major blow

Our endangered bees had a victory this week!

Yay California!

We kept our Continue reading “Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-saving Good News!”

No on HR 1215. You can’t place a federally imposed limit on the value of my life! (1 of 3 today)

For those with federally funded health care, HR 1215 caps medical malpractice payouts to $250,000, overruling any state laws that declare such caps unconstitutional. It punishes those insured by the ACA (or veterans insured through the VA) by placing a federally imposed limit on the value of their lives.

Call Congresswoman Julia Brownley: DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779

Script:  I’m calling from [zip] to ask Rep. Brownley to vote “NO” on HR 1215. ACA insurance doesn’t make me worth less than a privately insured person.

More Info:  Continue reading “No on HR 1215. You can’t place a federally imposed limit on the value of my life! (1 of 3 today)”