FRIDAY 7/28/17 CALL TO ACTION: Tell Us Your Story

I think we’re all suffering from a little resistance fatigue. At least I know I am. It seems like every day there’s some new embarrassment or horror coming down the pipe. Lately health insurance has been at the forefront.  When you have medical conditions that are not treatable by taking two aspirin and calling the doctor in the morning, it gets kind of panic inducing to see Republicans in Congress trying their damnedest to strip you of your access to insurance.

An actual picture of me.

So, here’s what I want to do. I’m going to tell you a little about why it is important to me that we keep the ACA and work to make it better or start to transition to a single-payer system. Then, I’m going to open up the comments on this post and I’d like for you to tell me your story. It can be as long or as short as you feel comfortable with.

Maybe you can pass this around to your friends also and they can tell their stories. I think this might help us figure out what we need to focus on when we engage with our elected officials. I hope you’ll join me in sharing our stories. Think of this as a big ol’ badly-needed group hug.

 

 


In about 2002, give or take, I tried to get Blue Cross Blue Shield to sell my husband and me an insurance policy.  I had been using the CHIP program for insurance on my son, so he was covered. They told my husband that they would gladly sell him a policy but that because of my weight and the fact that I have high blood pressure, they wouldn’t write a policy for me. He told them to take their policy and shove it. So we went without insurance for a lot of years and let me tell you, it was terrifying and it was very expensive. Even though most doctors will cut you a break if you self-pay, the break was just not enough.

On December 31, 2012 I was not feeling well. I had some dizziness and I thought maybe I was developing an inner ear infection. The next day, New Years Day, I stayed in the bed and couldn’t raise my head up because every time I did, I vomited from the vertigo. Forcefully. I lay in the bed for the next week, only getting up to use the bathroom. I had double vision. I couldn’t eat or drink because everything came right back up.

My husband managed to get me to my primary care doctor, who put me on antibiotics because she thought it was and ear infection too. After a few days with no improvement we went back and they sent me to the emergency room at Randolph Hospital. There, they did a CT scan on me. It was determined that I had hydrocephalus, which means that the ventricles in my brain were filling with cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) and not draining as needed. I would need be taken by ambulance to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem because they didn’t have the means to treat me at Randolph.

After the most uncomfortable ride in my life they checked me into Baptist Hospital and I was looked at by what seemed like a thousand doctors and interns. They did a spinal tap, which was awful, to determine how high the pressure in my brain was. It was determined that I would need emergency brain surgery; a shunt placement, to be exact. This shunt would help to drain the CSF out of my brain and down a catheter and dump out in my abdominal cavity. This was not a condition that was going to right itself. Failure to do the surgery could lead to a stroke. So, off to surgery I went.

All this transpired while I was uninsured. It took my a few days in the hospital to get back to normal. I hadn’t eaten anything that I could keep down in nearly two weeks and had been drinking just the bare minimum and praying I didn’t vomit. Someone from the hospital’s financial office came to talk to me about payment, since I was uninsured. They told me they’d get it worked out and she’d try to get me on Medicaid to help with the bills. I went home and waited.

When I received the bill I was completely in shock. $69,000+ More than my house was worth. By sheer luck, because I was not working and because my husband is self-employed, I managed to qualify to receive Medicaid for that one month. Medicaid covered the vast majority of my bill and what Medicaid didn’t cover, the hospital’s Charity Care helped out with.  Had it not been for the Medicaid program I am sure I would have had to file for bankruptcy because I simply could not pay a $69,000 hospital bill.

This, my friends, is why it is so important to save the ACA, improve it via legislation and expand Medicaid. This is also why the ACA must be just a stepping stone on the way to a national health system like every other industrialized nation on the planet. Because of the ACA, I have been able to buy affordable insurance in the marketplace. The two shunt revisions I have needed since my initial surgery have been covered by my insurance, which has made my hospital stays infinitely less stressful and my recovery much quicker.

So this is my story and this is why I feel so strongly about saving the Affordable Care Act and expanding Medicaid. We should not have people going bankrupt from doctor bills or dying because they won’t seek treatment because they can’t afford it. The way our legislators so flippantly tinker with our lives is criminal.

Diane

 

Call your Senators

Now, I’d like to hear your story. The comment section is open below.

 

WEDNESDAY 7/26/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Motion to proceed

 

Let’s start with a statement from poor, put upon Thom Tillis:

Well, that was three paragraphs of lies. I am shocked that a partisan hack like Thom Tillis would stretch the truth for his own ends. Tillis is doubly complicit. He was party to the denial of Medicaid expansion funds while he was Speaker of the NC House. Now, in the US Senate, he once again is using his skills as a partisan hack to make sure North Carolinians and Americans will not have access to health insurance.

We all know how this will go now. A bunch of old, white men will get together in a locked room, cobble together some concessions for certain Senators in the party to get them on board with it. Then they’ll all get together for a big partisan hack party and vote to throw millions off their insurance for the sake of some tax cuts and because they hate Barack Obama more than they love America.

Here’s some information that Thom Tillis and Richard Burr don’t really care about.  Use it in your calls to the Senators to let them know what they’re in denial about.  North Carolina is predicted to have the 4th highest number of additional deaths from loss of coverage.

Contact Your Senators

SCRIPT: My name is _________ from __________ in NC. I am calling to let Sen. _______ know that I am disgusted by the way Senate Republicans have handled the issue of healthcare for Americans.If and when this sorry excuse for a healthcare plan comes before the Senate, the only acceptable vote will be a “NAY.”  I am someone who has benefited greatly from coverage under the Affordable Care Act. I do not, however, benefit from the tax cuts for wealthy people which all the plans put forward so far contain. Please let the Senator know that I will be working diligently to make sure that he and his Republican colleagues will be on the unemployment line at the nearest opportunity.

 

Yesterday, shortly after Republicans voted to proceed with debate on a bill they have yet to see or read, Senate Democrats came outside to talk to protesters gathered there. Senator Bernie Sanders addressed the American people:

 

 

STATE:

From Stronger NC:

PUBLIC COMMENTS NEEDED FOR STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS

The North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics (NCSBOE) is seeking public comment to proposed rule changes now through July 31, 2017.

Stronger NC has created this toolkit to help you better understand the changes as well as our recommended responses so you can provide feedback and public comment.

http://strongernc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017-7-16-NC-SBOE-Rule-Changes.pdf

 

REDISTRICTING IN NORTH CAROLINA

Don’t forget Wednesday is the first NCGA redistricting meeting that no one seems to have an agenda for yet. Suspicions are high that this meeting was called merely as a check mark for the NC GOP ahead of the court hearing on Thursday. If you’d like to attend, details can be found here along with additional background info.

Be Right There is “calling for a General Protest Action with Progress NC, NC Voters for Clean Elections, Democracy NC, and ACLU  on Wednesday, 7/26, 1:30 PM at the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh.”

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Visit our new and improved calendar for more events coming up!

Banquet Committee & Executive Committee Meeting Tuesday August 8, 2017. Banquet Committee meets at 6:00pm, Executive Committee meets at 7:00pm  Location to be announced.

Lunch & Learn is back! – Pete Glidewell, former candidate for NC’s 6th District, will be joining us to talk about Gerrymandering. Join us at the Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM on Monday August 14th.

RC Democratic Women’s Monthly Breakfast Meeting – August 26, 2017 9:30am at the Archdale Public Library 10433 S Main St, Archdale, NC 27263  Bring a breakfast item to share if you like.

SAVE THE DATE: 9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala – Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00PM – The Exchange 204 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC  Speakers and entertainment to be announced.

🚨 Emergency Health Care Call to Action 🚨

Senate Majority Leader and angry turtle Mitch McConnell has said that he wants to hold a vote on Trumpcare today. This vote absolutely must fail. If Americans have any hope at all of being able to afford to visit their doctors in the future this vote must fail. Whatever it is Senate Republicans throw at us, it can’t be good and THIS VOTE MUST FAIL.

 

 

John Cornyn of Texas wants to make sure John McCain gets an opportunity to vote to take away health insurance from 23 million Americans while undergoing insured treatments for brain cancer. He’s even volunteered to rent an RV so McCain can ride to his Senate vote in comfort and safety. Too bad poor and middle-class Americans can’t get chauffeured rides. Hell, they don’t even want us to have access to health care. What happened to promoting the general welfare?

MAKE SOME CALLS

 

Contact Your Local, State and Federal Representatives

 

The Trumpcare Ten

We’re not in a state that has a Senator who is on the fence or who is in danger of losing their seat next year. You can, however, send this link to friends who live in the ten states who are in play: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. There are also things you can do if, like us, you live in a state with Senators who are already on the Trump Train.

22 MILLION PEOPLE ARE DEPENDING ON YOU TO SHOW UP. 

The Senate is trying to do what the House of Representatives did in May: jam through its TrumpCare bill without an honest and open discussion about its full impact on American families.

The TrumpCare bill (Better Care Reconciliation Act, or BCRA) would strip coverage from at least 22 million people and cut Medicaid by $772 billion, in order to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations. It would also undermine critical protections for people with pre-existing conditions, defund Planned Parenthood, and raise premiums for American families.

 

Die-In at the Capitol on Monday

MONDAY 7/24/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Another way to sabotage the ACA

FEDERAL:

Trump administration scraps Obamacare signup assistance in 18 cities“Two companies — McLean, Virginia-based Cognosante and Falls Church, Virginia-based CSRA — will no longer help with the sign-ups following a decision by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (which falls under DHHS) officials not to renew a final option year of the vendors’ contracts.” 

“But community advocates expected the vendors’ help for at least another year. “It has our heads spinning about how to meet the needs in communities,” said Inna Rubin of United Way of Metro Chicago, who helps run an Illinois health access coalition.”

Charlotte is one of the affected cities.

If the Trump administration can’t kill the ACA in Congress they’ll hobble it so as to make it unsustainable or just plain inaccessible. Then they can say it collapsed rather than what really happened: SABOTAGE.

Call all three members of Congress, Burr, Tillis & Walkerto let them know that cutting short this program will make it harder on people who may not have the ability or the knowledge to enroll in a health insurance plan without assistance. As members of Congress they all are charged with doing things that will help their constituents, not harm them. Closure of this program in NC will indeed cause harm.

 

STATE:

Protect the Vote

ACT NOW: Have Your Say on Rules Impacting North Carolina Voters – “The N.C. State Board of Elections is seeking public comments through July 31, 2017 on dozens of draft rules that affect various aspects of election administration. Some of the draft rules are completely new, others are existing rules up for review with no change, but all of them provide the opportunity for you to weigh in on how North Carolina’s election system works.”

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Visit our new and improved calendar for more events coming up!

Lunch & Learn is back! – Pete Glidewell, former candidate for NC’s 6th District, will be joining us to talk about Gerrymandering. Join us at the Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM on Monday August 14th.

RC Democratic Women’s Monthly Breakfast Meeting – August 26, 2017 9:30am at the Archdale Public Library 10433 S Main St, Archdale, NC 27263  Bring a breakfast item to share if you like.

SAVE THE DATE: 9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala – Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00PM – The Exchange 204 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC  Speakers and entertainment to be announced.

FRIDAY 7/21/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Just let it die!!!

Don’t forget today is the last day to file to run for municipal office in your town. The filing period ends at noon. Go to the Randolph County Board of Elections at 158 Worth St. Asheboro to file your paperwork.

 

FEDERAL:

Well, we knew it would be back. Republicans in Congress are still pushing to pass a healthcare bill which has nothing to do with “health” or “care,” well, unless you’re one of the 400 wealthiest people in the country. Then they’ll bend over backwards and kiss your feet.

I know you’re getting tired of me nagging you about healthcare. Believe me, I’m getting fed up with it too. But until we have buried this thing and until Congressional Republicans are done trying to pass these horrible pieces of legislation, we cannot stop.

Keep calling, keep writing, keep emailing, texting, tweeting, Facebooking, Instagraming and protesting until they are done with this folly.

Contact your state and federal elected officials

 

Today is National Call-in Day to Save Healthcare

The Senate’s efforts to repeal health care will destroy Medicaid for our country’s most vulnerable people and strip coverage from millions. These harmful proposals cannot be fixed with added sweeteners, try as Senate Republican leaders might. Tell your senators to vote no on the motion to proceed and to reject any effort to repeal the health law.

 

The Human Cost of Congress’ Antipathy toward the Poor and Sick

I have an article for you from 2010. As you probably know, Senator John McCain, Republican from Arizona, was just a couple of days ago, diagnosed with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. Notice below how in 2010 a young man who had the same form of brain cancer was treated by the Senator. Caveat: Senator McCain’s comments are unverified, as they were part of correspondence with the woman in the article. You may choose to believe or not believe her about what was said. I will say that the actions of Republican Senators do indeed reflect this level of callousness.

I don’t wish ill on Senator McCain, I wish enlightenment instead. I wish enlightenment and compassion and empathy and sympathy to rule his life from now on. He gets a lot of accolades for his survival as a prisoner of war. I’d rather give him accolades for being a champion for the survival of other Americans and for protecting them from things that kill many more people than the Viet Cong ever did.

Click picture to read their story.

 

LBJ on Medicare

I just wanted to throw this article out there, too, because for one thing, it’s got some great quotes from President Lyndon Johnson about healthcare and for another, it’s contemporary to John McCain’s tenure as a POW.

When It Came To Medicare Costs LBJ Concluded “What’s $400 Million Between Friends!”

“You want to put in another $400 or $500 million?  What did I say about it? I said we had an old judge in Texas one time…we called him Al Caldy…old Al Caldy Roberts, and he said, when they talked to him one time that he might’ve abused the Constitution and he said, ‘What’s the Constitution between friends?’  And I say ‘Tell Wilbur that $400 million’s not going to separate us friends when it’s for health.’”

 

So that brings us around to…

Not content to only screw us with their “healthcare” plan, they plan to utilize their budget to stick it to Medicare and Social Security recipients. Remember, Speaker Paul Ryan has been dreaming about cutting Medicaid since he was going to keggers in college. And thank goodness he never had to partake of that horrible Socialist Security program.  Oh, wait….

House GOP Budget Plan Cuts Medicare and Social Security

 

And finally, a very good opinion piece from the editorial board of the Charlotte Observer:

The last big Republican lie on health care – THE OBSERVER EDITORIAL BOARD

“Don’t believe Republicans about their health care solutions, because they have too often misled Americans about what their legislation would accomplish.”

 

Once again…

Contact your state and federal elected officials

 

In other depressing news:

Stop Betsy DeVos and her attacks on civil rights (Petition)

“DeVos is taking aim at the Department of Education’s vital Office of Civil Rights, which enforces numerous protections against discrimination in schools. They’ve even suggested gutting enforcement of Title IX, protecting women’s rights in college.

DeVos is re-examining the emphasis that the Office of Civil Rights places on investigating campus sexual assault — with the likely intent of helping more men get away with these crimes.

She has also said that the Office of Civil Rights will “scale back” all kinds of investigations, including into racial discrimination, bias against LGBT students, and other discriminatory acts against women.

Then her deputy in charge of the Office of Civil Rights, Candice Jackson, made horrible comments suggesting that most campus sexual assaults are made up.”

 

And finally, some good stuff:

Check Out Alison & Stephanie’s Small Victories Newsletter – sometimes the little things count the most.

For more calls to action, visit Jen Hoffman’s Weekly Activism Checklist – don’t forget the acts of gratitude

Pod Save America – this is one of the funniest but most informative podcasts I’ve listened to. Be a friend of the pod. Give it a try if you’re into the podcast thing. There’s also Pod Save the People about social justice and activism, Pod Save the World about foreign policy, With Friends Like These about the things that divide us and bring us together and Lovett or Leave It which is a weird and hilarious panel discussion, game show and current events class all in one.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Visit our new and improved calendar for more events coming up!

Lunch & Learn is back! – Pete Glidewell, former candidate for NC’s 6th District, will be joining us to talk about Gerrymandering. Join us at the Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM on Monday August 14th.

RC Democratic Women’s Monthly Breakfast Meeting – August 26, 2017 9:30am at the Archdale Public Library 10433 S Main St, Archdale, NC 27263  Bring a breakfast item to share if you like.

SAVE THE DATE: 9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala – Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00PM – The Exchange 204 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC  Speakers and entertainment to be announced.

WEDNESDAY 7/19/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Beware of Zombies

 

FEDERAL:

 

It’s dead….for now.

But…

 

 

 

Mitch McConnell refuses to pull the plug on stalled Obamacare repeal plan – autostart video

The opposition that trickled out into the public Tuesday reinforced a painful reality for many Republicans to swallow — that after years of railing against Obamacare, there is now not enough will within the party to pursue wholesale repeal of the law.

Oops. Well, what do you know. There might actually be a couple of Republicans who have begun to grow a precursor to a spine when it comes to standing up to their Majority Leader. I wonder what they have in common?

In short order, Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Susan Collins of Maine said they oppose McConnell’s proposal.

Oh, so the women of the Senate who were locked out of the process have killed this thing. Good for them. This is a Democratic page, but I’m adult enough to give credit where credit is due.

 

The House GOP is not happy about this failure by the Senate.

House GOP boils over in anger after Senate failure on healthcare – autostart video

“There is a lot of frustration, borderline anger I guess, at what really has to be described as some level of incompetence to be able to get together and get something done,” Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., who heads the conservative Republican Study Committee, told the Washington Examiner.

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“I’m kind of shocked because they bent over backwards to do a lot of compromising to get the moderate votes and even with all of that, a bunch of moderates couldn’t get there,” said Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., a conservative. “After seven years and 50 repeal votes, it strains credulity and rationality in my mind.”

So sorry your fun got ruined. We know how you dream about throwing 24+ million people off of their health insurance. You all have been frothing at the mouth for the implementation of the dreaded DEATH PANELS since Sarah Palin made them up.

And here’s a fun little Twitter thread, if you’re into laughing at Mitch McConnell’s pain – Longtime DC Insider Just Exposed A Republican Revolt Against McConnell (TWEETS)

Just because this version of the Republican Insurance Plan is dead, doesn’t mean we can be complacent. We must continue to hold Burr and Tillis’ feet to the fire.

SCRIPT: My name is _________ from __________ in NC. I am calling to let Sen. _______ know that I am absolutely appalled by not only the way Senate Republicans have gone about trying to repeal and replace the ACA, but that they would consider only repeal without any replacement at all. It is obvious to anyone paying attention that Republicans in Congress never had any plan, workable or otherwise, for replacement during all those attempts at repeal over the past 7 years. I am someone who has benefited greatly from coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Please let the Senator know that I will be working diligently to make sure that he and his Republican colleagues will be on the unemployment line at the nearest opportunity. Thank you for your time.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Visit our new and improved calendar for more events coming up!

Lunch & Learn is back! – Pete Glidewell, former candidate for NC’s 6th District, will be joining us to talk about Gerrymandering. Join us at the Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM on Monday August 14th.

RC Democratic Women’s Monthly Breakfast Meeting – August 26, 2017 9:30am at the Archdale Public Library 10433 S Main St, Archdale, NC 27263  Bring a breakfast item to share if you like.

SAVE THE DATE: 9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala – Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00PM – The Exchange 204 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC  Speakers and entertainment to be announced.

 

MONDAY 7/17/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Holdup on the Hill

Filing period for the 2017 municipal elections is still going on. The deadline is Friday July 21. Get on down to the Board of Elections and throw your hat in the ring.

FEDERAL:

So, this happened over the weekend:

The Senate vote on the BCRA has been delayed because John McCain had to have surgery to remove a blood clot from his eye. The reason the Senate can’t carry on with the vote without him is that without his vote there will not be enough “yeas” to win a procedural vote to go forward with the vote on the BCRA. Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky have both said they will not vote in the affirmative on this Motion to Proceed. One more “nay” vote and the bill won’t be brought before the Senate, effectively killing it before it sees the light of day.

Were John McCain not a Senator but instead a regular, working class American like most of us, it is likely that his insurance or Medicare under the BCRA, which he intends to vote for, would not cover this surgery.  McCain to miss week, likely delaying healthcare vote 

 

 

 

Somebody Deserves a Pink Slip…

We still need to work on Burr & Tillis, even though they are both partisan hacks. It doesn’t hurt to remind them often of who the work for. They are not our leaders, they are our employees. As such, we tell them what to do, not the other way around. And when employees don’t do what they’re asked, they get fired.  Get those pink slip ready, folks.

 

 

Tell Your Story

If you have a healthcare story you’d like to submit, share your story with your Congressperson.

Trumpcare Stories

 

 

 

STATE:

Just a heads up. Republicans in Raleigh are not finished disenfranchising us just yet. If they can’t do it one way, they’ll regroup and try another way. This is why it is imperative that we have great Democratic candidates for State Senate and State House when the time comes. We need legislators who are committed to doing the right thing and not beholden to big money influences who want to ruin our state for everyone but the wealthy and well connected.

NC Lawmakers Consider Another Voter ID Bill – “In July 2013, North Carolina lawmakers passed the Voter Information Verification Act – known more commonly as voter ID.  It’s a controversial law that was ultimately struck down in federal court for being unconstitutional. Nearly four years later, state legislators are now working on another voter ID bill that would be taken to voters as a constitutional amendment, according to sources.”

This article from Alternet Democrats Better Focus on the Races That Matter in ’18 or We Will Have Another Decade of Right-Wing Extremists in Charge contains an interview with author David Daley who wrote the book  Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind The Plan to Steal America’s Democracy about gerrymandering. It focuses more on gerrymandering at the federal level, but there are some lessons to be learned that apply to our state level gerrymander as well. “Daley’s take is sobering. He doesn’t think Democrats understand the obstacles to retaking the House, nor do they really appreciate how GOP mapmakers created super-majorities in red states that keep passing far-right legislation. Worst of all, these red state-level super majorities are poised to monopolize the next round of political mapmaking, which will set the national stage for the 2020s.”   

 

SIGN THE 6TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS’ PETITION FOR NON-PARTISAN REDISTRICTING

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Visit our new and improved calendar for more events coming up!

Lunch & Learn is back! – Pete Glidewell, former candidate for NC’s 6th District, will be joining us to talk about Gerrymandering. Join us at the Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM on Monday August 14th.

SAVE THE DATE: 9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala – Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00PM – The Exchange 204 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC  Speakers and entertainment to be announced.

FRIDAY 7/14/17 CALLS TO ACTION: As if your life depends on it…

Remember back when everyone thought the Senate was the “grown up” house of Congress and how we thought they’d moderate the House’s AHCA? Good times.

via GIPHY

 

They’ve amended the bill to add in Ted Cruz’s amendment that will allow sub-par insurance policies to be sold. Paige Winfield Cunningham writes in The Health 202: Doctors make last-ditch effort to sink GOP health-care bill:

“The Cruz/Lee amendment, called the “consumer freedom amendment,” would allow insurance companies to sell cheap health plans that don’t meet the ACA’s coverage requirements as long as insurers also agree to sell a plan that does. The idea is that healthy people would be able to buy only the coverage they want. But health insurers are warning that would destabilize the insurance marketplaces, cause premiums to rise unsustainably for people with chronic health conditions and leave fewer and fewer insurers selling plans — all the hallmarks of a death spiral.”

This is exactly what they want; to destabilize the marketplaces so they can claim that the ACA is failing, when really it’s their own bill causing problems. Projection, projection, projection. For some reason this tactic always seems to work. How about we don’t let it work this time?

 

HERE’S YOUR DEATH PANELS

This tweet from Topher Spiro of the Center for American Progress highlights some of the things that the Cruz/Lee amendment will cut. Notice that last one: it cuts out the limit on insurer profits and admin costs. How convenient for the insurance companies who love to hand out campaign donations, and how convenient for the Senators who receive those donations.

Oh, and don’t forget this happy little nugget:

That’s right, rescission will be back, along with preexisting conditions under the guise of allowing states to abandon essential health benefits.

 

MY KINGDOM FOR A SANE REPUBLICAN!

 

AND FINALLY, THANK YOU CAPTAIN OBVIOUS

You all already know to call your Senators and tell them to nuke this sorry excuse of a health care bill. It is imperative that we keep this bill from ever seeing the well of the Senate. If you have friends and family living in any of the following states, have them call an put pressure on their Senators to put this bill on the trash heap where it belongs.

 

Have a wonderful and productive weekend. Stay cool! (Seriously, it’s freakin’ hot out there, so be careful!)

 

SIGN THE 6TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS’ PETITION FOR NON-PARTISAN REDISTRICTING

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

NCDP Unity Dinner (Formerly Jefferson-Jackson Dinner) Saturday July 15, 2017 7:00-10:00PM at Talley Student Union on the campus of NC State in Raleigh. Guest speaker will be former US Attorney General Eric Holder.

Lunch & Learn is back! – Pete Glidewell, former candidate for NC’s 6th District, will be joining us to talk about Gerrymandering. Join us at the Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM on Monday August 14th.

SAVE THE DATE: 9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala – Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00PM – The Exchange 204 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC  Speakers and entertainment to be announced.