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Fighting Back: “Democrats believe that access to affordable health care is a basic human right”

 
 

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Congressman Frank Pallone of New Jersey.

(Congressman Frank Pallone of New Jersey, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, delivered the Weekly Democratic Address. In this week’s address, Pallone highlighted the dangers of Republicans’ latest attack on the protections that ensure more than 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage.)

“Today, too many Americans are concerned about the costs of their families’ health care.

“The anxiety is justified considering the ongoing efforts by Republicans in Washington to undermine and sabotage the health care system.

“And last week, Republicans directly threatened the health care of millions of Americans when the Trump Administration asked a federal court to strike down key patient protections included in the Affordable Care Act.

“If successful, the Trump Administration’s action will eliminate protections that ensure more than 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage. It could also eliminate protections that prevent insurance companies from charging women or anyone between the age of 50 and 64 outrageously high premiums because of their age or sex.

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

Fighting Back: “Health care is a right, not something reserved for just those who can afford it.”

 
 

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia.

(Senator Tim Kaine (VA) delivered the weekly Democratic address and talked about health care.)

You deserve the peace of mind that if you or a loved one gets sick, you can get health care when you needed without facing mountains of debt. Because health care is a right, not something reserved for just those who can afford it. […]

Last year’s elections in Virginia paved to the way for the state legislature and state officials to right this wrong. I am so proud that last week, the Virginia General Assembly cast legislation to expand access to health care for up to 400,000 additional Virginians. […]

My Democratic colleagues in the Senate are working together to do all we can to protect health care. I hope our Republican colleagues will join us in efforts to make health care more affordable and accessible to all. We will keep encouraging the Trump administration to stop playing games to drive up health care costs for American families. The only way to get health care right in this country is to focus on real solutions that work for folks across the country. It is time to strengthen, not weaken our health care system.

Fighting Back: “Republicans are trying to sabotage your health care.”

 
 

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Senator Jeanne Shaheen from New Hampshire.

(“Republicans in Congress have tried repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They failed, but they’ve found other ways to weaken – and, frankly, to sabotage – the law.” -Sen Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH))

“The [actions of the administration] have destabilized the market. As a result, health insurers say they have no choice, in the weeks ahead, but to sharply increase premiums. This will have a devastating impact on consumers in the individual marketplace,”

“The sharp rise in health care premiums is a crisis that was manufactured in Washington, and Washington can fix it”

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

Fighting Back: “Graham-Cassidy would cause untold suffering in every community in America”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread.

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY). In it he calls the Republican Senate’s bill “monstrous. Cruel. Even deadly”.

(In this week’s Democratic Address, Congressman John Yarmuth asks why Republicans continue to ignore Trumpcare’s devastating impacts.)
Rep. Yarmuth:

This past week, we learned that the Senate’s latest iteration of Trumpcare, ‘Graham-Cassidy’ they call it, would likely take health coverage away from approximately 32 million people – a staggering ten percent of the American public. […]

If Republicans in Congress are so desperate to take action on health care, Democrats would be more than happy to work with them on any proposal, provided it meets just one single condition: it has to make things better for the American people, not worse.

[T]he bill Mitch McConnell could hold a vote on next week – with no debate and only a sham hearing – will unquestionably cause untold suffering in every community in America.

President* Trump was onto something when he called the House bill ‘mean.’ But he stopped too soon. The Senate bill is monstrous. Cruel. Even deadly.

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)

It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: Back to Work 9/5/17

February 1943: A real life Rosie the Riveter.  Women were called on to do the work; the call is alive again.

Even though the calendar tells us that summer doesn’t end for another 17 days, for most of us, Labor Day is a key line of demarcation. It’s getting dark earlier; the evenings (in most places) are cooler; and here in Michigan, the kids are headed back to school. For me, August was a month of scaled-back Resistance. My calls were less frequent, and since my freshman rep refuses to hold town halls, there were a few days of picketing his office…but very few sightings of him were reported. (After Charlottesville, and after intense, vocal outrage expressed on his Facebook page, he did give a clear, unequivocal denunciation of white supremacists, but then disappeared again.)

Now recess is ending, and there’s a full plate for Congress coming up. Our Resistance is more important than ever: between funding for Harvey-hit regions; raising the debt limit; funding the government for the upcoming fiscal year; ensuring the ACA is strengthened, not gutted; and defending DACA through legislation, our legislators have a full plate…and lots of opportunity for making mischief. We’re not going to get quiet now. With so much at stake, we can’t get quiet now.

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Keep strong, keep fighting, and give yourself permission to laugh. Palate cleansers to help…

Fighting Back: “Raise your voices, engage with your congressmembers, and spread the word about this bill”

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Democratic Weekly Address — Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Congressman from Maryland:

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

[This past week] we saw the Republican-led Congress at its worst, and deeply out of touch with the people it serves. On Thursday, Republican leaders decided, against strong objections from across the country, to bring their dangerous and deeply flawed Trumpcare bill to the Floor for a vote – and this time, President Trump and Republican leaders went all out to scrape together just enough Republican votes to pass it by a razor-thin margin.[…]

“The bill now moves to the Senate, where it will face very strong opposition. It’s critical that all Americans who are concerned about Trumpcare make their voices heard and let their Senators know how harmful this bill would be to them and to their families.

“House Democrats will continue to highlight the dangers of Trumpcare, and we will keep fighting on behalf of the American people to preserve and strengthen health care reforms that make quality, affordable health coverage accessible to all.

“I hope all of you will raise your voices, engage with your Senators and Representatives, and spread the word about this bill that will hurt millions of Americans.

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)

The Affordable Care Act is STILL under attack

Today, as the Affordable Care Act turns 7 years old, Republicans in Congress will be voting to repeal it. Not because the law does not make great strides in delivering on its promise of providing affordable care to all Americans but because it does deliver on that promise – the number of uninsured Americans is at an all-time low. Without the ACA, 36,000 people a year would die from treatable illnesses and thousands of families would be plunged into medical bankruptcy, forced to choose between caring for a loved one or paying the mortgage. The value of the social safety net has never been “settled law” in America and as long as Republicans are willing to put profits over people, tax cuts over children’s health, deficit reduction over common decency, Democrats will have to keep fighting with everything we have. We may not have political power right now but we have the power of the people behind us.

Here is a reminder of what happened seven years ago.

On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. For over 60 years, Democrats had been trying to pass a law that finally and firmly declared that health care was a right and not a privilege.

This historic piece of legislation was possible because we had Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress and a Democratic president.

It is why Elections Matter … and why all the rest is noise.

Fighting Back: “Protect Our Care” – Democrats Call For ACA National Day of Action

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Found on the InternetsHouse Democrats’ Press Conference Ahead of ACA National Day of Action

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Co-Chair of the DPCC, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Congressman Matt Cartwright and Congressman Darren Soto to hold a press conference call ahead of House Democrats’ National Day of Action on Saturday, February 18.

Nancy Pelosi:

Good morning, everyone. This is a pretty exciting time for us. Four weeks since the Inauguration of a new President. Eight years ago, on this day, President Obama signed the Recovery Act, which got us down the path already for moving toward health care for all by having the electronic medical records contained in it already. He had signed SCHIP to cover many children in our country. Progress was already made on this four-week anniversary. Oh, and Lilly Ledbetter – did I mention that?

“But I didn’t want the morning to pass without acknowledging what this date meant eight years ago. It also began our path toward health care for all Americans as a right, not a privilege for the few. Inspired by so many and seeing the urgency – and captured best by Dr. Martin Luther King when he said, ‘Of all the forms of injustice, of all forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most inhumane.’ […]

“[February 18th] will be our centerpiece day for events – town halls, real hospital visits, roundtables and many things in between. The American people are mobilizing against the Republican assault on affordable health care, but Democrats will keep fighting to ensure that health care is right of every American, while Republicans want to Make America Sick Again.

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)

The Affordable Care Act is still under attack

Today, as the Affordable Care Act turns 6 years old, one of its provisions is being challenged in the Supreme Court of the United States. The contraceptive mandate guaranteed that women would have access to affordable birth control as part of their insurance coverage. But women’s reproductive rights have never been “settled law” in America and those attacking a woman’s right to choose the size of her family seem to always find judges willing to rule in their favor. Today, arguments in Zubik v Burwell will be heard by the 8-person Supreme Court; they will decide if religious freedom includes freedom to deny contraceptive coverage to your employees.

Here is a reminder of what happened six years ago.

On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. For over 60 years, Democrats had been trying to pass a law that finally and firmly declared that health care was a right and not a privilege.

This historic piece of legislation was possible because we had Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress and a Democratic president.

It is why Elections Matter … and why all the rest is noise.

Weekly Address: President Obama – The Affordable Care Act is here to stay

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From the White HouseWeekly Address

In this week’s address, the President called the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act a victory for hardworking Americans across the country, whose lives are more secure because of this law. The Affordable Care Act is working, and it is here to stay. So far more than 16 million uninsured Americans have gained coverage. Nearly one in three Americans who was uninsured a few years ago is insured today. The uninsured rate in America is the lowest since we began to keep such records. With this case behind us, the President reaffirmed his commitment to getting more people covered and making health care in America even better and more affordable.