Last Week! – Release the Kraken!

Mitch McConnell is rightly worried that vulnerable senators might be swayed by discussions of real-life healthcare issues with their constituents.  He wants this national trauma wrapped up in a bow before the summer recess, so they can present it to us as a done deal. Continue reading “Last Week! – Release the Kraken!”

This Week In Resistance – “The Empire Strikes Back” Edition

As you know, the Senate 13 have crept into the daylight with a “healthcare” bill which will  destroy the middle and lower classes, as well as the elderly, special needs children and people with HIV or disabilities.

Here’s what our Secretary of Health and Human Services DOESN’T have to say about it… Continue reading “This Week In Resistance – “The Empire Strikes Back” Edition”

Medicaid is not “somebody else’s” insurance.

Who does Medicaid serve?

Surprisingly, the answer is most likely you.

“Roughly one in three people now turning 65 will require nursing home care at some point during his or her life. Over three-quarters of long-stay nursing home residents will eventually be covered by Medicaid. Many American voters think Medicaid is only for low-income adults and their children — for people who aren’t “like them.” But Medicaid is not “somebody else’s” insurance. It is insurance for all of our mothers and fathers and, eventually, for ourselves.

Continue reading “Medicaid is not “somebody else’s” insurance.”

“The Definition of Insanity…”

The definition of insanity, commonly (and possibly mistakenly) attributed to Albert Einstein, is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Indeed, the GOP should be considered a bit touched, if not criminally negligent, for proposing to replicate the failed taxation scheme of Kansas on a national scale. The five year experiment in “trickle-down” economics was such a bust that even Kansas Republicans gave it up as a bad job and voted for more taxes.

Similarly, a health insurance plan very like the GOP’s darkest fantasies already exists as a small-scale real-life experiment in Iowa. Continue reading ““The Definition of Insanity…””

Pink it up, people!

Today, Wednesday, June 21, people are coming together across the country to fight for Planned Parenthood.

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As part of the GOP’s strategy to pander to religious conservatives while removing actual healthcare, especially for low-income women, from their “Taxcare for the Wealthy” plan, Planned Parenthood would be defunded for one year unless it stops offering abortions, a legal and safe medical procedure. This will cause an estimated 2.4 million patients to lose access to care, the majority of which does not include abortion services. Every year, PP health centers provide birth control for nearly 2 million people, over 4.2 million STD tests and treatments; over 320,000 breast exams; and nearly 295,000 Pap tests. A Quinnipac poll released Jan. 27 found that 62 percent of American voters are against defunding Planned Parenthood, and 80 percent are opposed if they knew federal money was being used only for nonabortion health services, as is the case. If we lose this struggle, women will be paying with their lives. Continue reading “Pink it up, people!”

No Hearing, No Vote. Drag TrumpCare into Public View!

The No Hearing, No Vote Act requires any bill being passed under reconciliation to go through at least one committee and one hearing. A low bar but TrumpCare can’t clear it. Ask our Senators if they support this bill, and thank them if the answer is yes. In the meantime, they need to withhold-consent and filibuster-by-amendment to drag this monster into public view.

Script:  I’m calling ask Senator [Feinstein/Harris] if she is planning on cosponsoring the “No Hearing No Vote Act”, as well as committing to a withhold-consent and filibuster-by-amendment strategy to get expert and public reaction to the GOP’s healthcare bill.

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

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 “No Hearing, No Vote. Drag TrumpCare into Public View!”

It begins…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his all-male Gang of 13 have been working hard behind closed doors to put finishing touches on a healthcare bill that has the potential to devastate one sixth of our economy and millions of people.

Last night, our Democratic senators took to the floor for an all-night talk-a-thon to protest a process that offered, according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, “no committee hearings, no debate, no amendments and no input from the minority”.

Although McConnell had railed against Democrats for allowing only 25 days of consecutive Senate hearings, ±169 hours of debate and numerous minority amendments in the fight over the ACA in 2010, he has, astonishingly, changed his mind. Continue reading “It begins…”