This Week in Sanity-saving Good News – “The Kids are Alright” Edition…

Lego welcomes the women of NASA.

The kids are alright.

First, let’s talk about this 11 year-old girl who’s been worried about the Flint water situation since she’s been 9. Along with playing piano, swimming, fencing and taking dance lessons, she has invented the cheapest, most effective test for lead in water and won “America’s Top Young Scientist”. God, what was I doing when I was 11?

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Then there’s Ames Mayfield, who in 14 years or so, will be running for office. Put in on your calendars now.

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The War on Women is on…Fight back! +3 Actions! (HHS Deadline Oct. 27)

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Chapters #1 – 100  “In the beginning…”

In case you haven’t been keeping track, the contraception and “pain capable” issues are just the tail end in a long line of federal assaults on the rights and interests of women.

Catch up here: tinyurl.com/100-ways-to-hurt-women

Amongst the states, almost 400 anti-abortion bills, of various types, were introduced last year.

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Battle #1 – Rolling back of ACA contraceptive coverage

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] ask Rep. [___] to take any and all actions to ensure all women have affordable access to healthcare, including no-copay contraception.

Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779

or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348

Other Rep Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

More info:  Continue reading “The War on Women is on…Fight back! +3 Actions! (HHS Deadline Oct. 27)”

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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Hello, Congress? Did you forget something? Like health insurance for 9 MILLION KIDS?!?

Renew Funding of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)


Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to tell Senator/Rep [___] how outraged I am that Congress failed to renew funding for the the 9 million kids who depend on CHIP. I want her/him/them to fund this vital program with a “clean” reauthorization bill.

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 (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884

Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779

OR Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348

Not sure if these are your Senators & Rep.?http://www.phoneyourrep.com

More Info:

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5,147,878 kids in CA without health insurance?!? Extend CHIP!

Script: Hi,  I’m calling from [___] and I’m asking Represenative [___]  to extend the CHIP program.

More script if you want it: There are [see link below] children in our state that are enrolled in the CHIP program, and if the federal funding for this program isn’t renewed before September 30, their insurance is at risk.

Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779

OR Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348

Not your Rep.?: http://www.phoneyourrep.com


More Info and a listing of how many kids are affected by state
:  https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/healthcare/news/2017/09/18/439136/congress-going-one-two-punch-taking-away-childrens-health-insurance/

 

Today’s Resistance post – “Between a rock and hard place” – Edition

(Call/write Actions at the bottom)

The GOP is caught between a rock and hard place and Senator Bill Cassidy wants a do-over.

“A new bill will be introduced tomorrow. (Today! Monday!) ‘Whatever the CBO score is will be superseded by another score'”.

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This is the rock.

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Submit Trumpcare Comments to the Senate Finance Committee by Monday, Sept. 25!

(From Indivisible Austin)

Here are instructions from our friends at Community Catalyst:

Working against the September 30th deadline for the budget reconciliation instructions, Senate republicans are trying once again to ram a repeal bill through the Senate. After some members of the Senate called for regular order – a public process with committee hearings, expert testimony and opportunity to offer amendments – the Senate Finance Committee will meet on Monday, September 25th at 2:00pm EDT in a hastily thrown together attempt at “regular order.” However, without a full CBO score detailing the impact on how many consumers will lose coverage and with no time for actual debate, this hearing is nothing more than a distraction from what is really happening: the latest attempt to gut Medicaid and strip health care from millions of Americans.

The hearing record needs to be filled with strong statements of opposition from organizations and individuals!

  1. Draft comments detailing the harmful effects of the Graham-Cassidy bill.
  2. At the committee’s request, be sure to submit comments with the following formatting instructions: a typewritten, single-spaced statement, not exceeding 10 pages in length, with title and date of the hearing and the full name and address of the individual or organization on the first page of the statement.
  3. Email to GCHcomments@finance.senate.gov by 12pm CDT on Sept. 25.
  4. We recommend that you also provide a copy of the letter to your own Senators.

Talking points from Community Catalyst (PDF)

If their phones are quiet…they’ll think they’re winning.

(Quote from  https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2017/09/21/sorry-i-cant-go-to-your-thing-i-must-call-my-senator-to-plead-for-my-life/)

Jimmy Kimmel  has responded to Sen. Bill Cassidy’s condescending rebuke that the comedian didn’t understand his bill…

Got a postcard? Say “Thanks” to Jimmy for taking time to do this here:

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Jimmy Kimmel Live!
El Capitan Entertainment Center
6840 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

So much for the entertainment portion of our post…back to business.

We’ve tried to compile all the best ways to communicate with legislators that this is a really bad idea…If you know of a method we’ve missed, please send it in. 

Step 1 – Put your own oxygen mask on first!

I’ve noted that I’m getting through easily on their lines! We must call our BLUE senators so they have big call tallies to show their RED state colleagues!

Minimal Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] calling to ask Senators [___] to oppose the Cassidy-Graham ACA repeal plan. Congress needs to improve the Affordable Care Act, not repeal it and leave millions of people without options. Thanks!

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 (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884

Not your senators? Click here. Continue reading “If their phones are quiet…they’ll think they’re winning.”