If this is true, Your voice made it so. #ProtectOurCare

Republicans, Aiming to Kill Health Law, Also Work to Shore It Up By Robert PearThe New York Times, February 12, 2017 After denouncing the Affordable Care Act as an abomination for seven years, Republicans in Congress, working with the Trump administration, are urgently seeking ways to shore up health insurance marketplaces created by the law.…

via Republicans are now supporting the private insurers in the exchanges — PNHP’s Official Blog

Medicare Vouchers will hurt millions of Illinoisans

Medicare Vouchers will hurt millions of Illinoisans

Proposals to turn Medicare into a voucher system would take health care in precisely the wrong direction — pushing up costs for current and future retirees, and eroding protections that Americans have earned through many years of hard work and taxes.

 

 

 

We Have Not Yet Begun To Fight Tom Price

Just because the Senate voted to make Tom Price the nation’s top health care official doesn’t mean that the debates that flared over his nomination should end. This fight is just beginning. The Senate confirmed Price as secretary of Health and Human Services in the middle of the night in a straight 52-47 vote along…

via We Have Not Yet Begun To Fight Tom Price — Latest from Crooks and Liars

52 GOP Senators Voted Against Medicare, Medicaid & America’s Health When they Voted for Tom Price

c1ganjnxeaipars

How Senators Voted on Tom Price for Health and Human Services Secretary

With the confirmation of Tom Price as Health and Human Services Secretary, the United States Senate confirmed a person who has publicly stated his desire to dismantle health care as we know it. Price’s intention for Medicare will no doubt be costly for seniors and the disabled. Insurance companies and the extremely wealthy will be the biggest beneficiaries of Price’s leadership, not to mention the drug companies. As a member of Congress, Price sponsored legislation that benefited companies in which he owned stock. His concern is obviously for himself and his wealthy benefactors, not the working class people of America.

51 votes will ensure confirmation
Yes
52
No
47
Not voting: 1

Voted “yes”

R
Todd Young Ind.
R
Roger Wicker Miss.
R
Thom Tillis N.C.
R
Patrick J. Toomey Pa.
R
John Thune S.D.
R
Dan Sullivan Alaska
R
Ben Sasse Neb.
R
Tim Scott S.C.
R
Luther Strange Ala.
R
Richard C. Shelby Ala.
R
Michael Rounds S.D.
R
Marco Rubio Fla.
R
Jim Risch Idaho
R
Pat Roberts Kan.
R
David Perdue Ga.
R
Rand Paul Ky.
R
Rob Portman Ohio
R
Lisa Murkowski Alaska
R
Jerry Moran Kan.
R
Mitch McConnell Ky.
R
John McCain Ariz.
R
Mike Lee Utah
R
James Lankford Okla.
R
John Kennedy La.
R
Ron Johnson Wis.
R
Johnny Isakson Ga.
R
James M. Inhofe Okla.
R
John Hoeven N.D.
R
Dean Heller Nev.
R
Orrin G. Hatch Utah
R
Cory Gardner Colo.
R
Charles E. Grassley Iowa
R
Lindsey Graham S.C.
R
Deb Fischer Neb.
R
Jeff Flake Ariz.
R
Joni Ernst Iowa
R
Michael B. Enzi Wyo.
R
Steve Daines Mont.
R
Ted Cruz Tex.
R
Tom Cotton Ark.
R
Bill Cassidy La.
R
Bob Corker Tenn.
R
John Cornyn Tex.
R
Shelley Moore Capito W.Va.
R
Susan Collins Me.
R
Michael D. Crapo Idaho
R
Thad Cochran Miss.
R
John Barrasso Wyo.
R
John Boozman Ark.
R
Richard M. Burr N.C.
R
Roy Blunt Mo.
R
Lamar Alexander Tenn.

Voted “no”

D
Elizabeth Warren Mass.
D
Mark Warner Va.
D
Sheldon Whitehouse R.I.
D
Ron Wyden Ore.
D
Chris Van Hollen Md.
D
Tom Udall N.M.
D
Jon Tester Mont.
D
Brian Schatz Hawaii
D
Jeanne Shaheen N.H.
D
Debbie Stabenow Mich.
D
Chuck Schumer N.Y.
D
Jack Reed R.I.
D
Gary Peters Mich.
D
Bill Nelson Fla.
D
Joe Manchin III W.Va.
D
Jeff Merkley Ore.
D
Christopher S. Murphy Conn.
D
Patty Murray Wash.
D
Robert Menendez N.J.
D
Edward J. Markey Mass.
D
Patrick J. Leahy Vt.
D
Tim Kaine Va.
D
Amy Klobuchar Minn.
D
Maggie Hassan N.H.
D
Kamala Harris Calif.
D
Heidi Heitkamp N.D.
D
Martin Heinrich N.M.
D
Mazie K. Hirono Hawaii
D
Kirsten Gillibrand N.Y.
D
Al Franken Minn.
D
Dianne Feinstein Calif.
D
Tammy Duckworth Ill.
D
Joe Donnelly Ind.
D
Richard J. Durbin Ill.
D
Catherine Cortez Masto Nev.
D
Chris Coons Del.
D
Bob Casey Pa.
D
Thomas R. Carper Del.
D
Benjamin L. Cardin Md.
D
Maria Cantwell Wash.
D
Cory Booker N.J.
D
Richard Blumenthal Conn.
D
Michael Bennet Colo.
D
Tammy Baldwin Wis.
D
Sherrod Brown Ohio
I
Bernie Sanders Vt.
I
Angus King Me.

Not voting

D
Claire McCaskill Mo.

 

The facts about Social Security, Medicare may surprise you

The facts about Social Security, Medicare may surprise you

FACT: Medicare is not facing a financial crisis. Politicians pushing Medicare reforms often claim that the program is teetering on the brink, but the NASI researchers conclude otherwise.

Let us start with the basics on how Medicare’s various “parts” are funded. Part A (hospitalization) is funded mainly by a 2.9 percent payroll tax split by employers and workers. For Parts B (outpatient services) and D (prescription drugs), 75 percent of funding comes from general federal revenue, with the remainder funded by enrollee premiums.

The Hospital Insurance trust fund that finances Part A can meet all its obligations through 2028, according to the program’s trustees. At that point, incoming revenue would cover 87 percent of expected costs, so there is a need to close the shortfall with additional revenue, less spending or a combination of the two.

 

 

 

A Vote for Tom Price is a Vote to Destroy Medicare

A Vote for Tom Price is a Vote to Destroy Medicare

Medicare demonstrates that there are some services that the federal government provides better than the private sector. The mere existence of Medicare (and Social Security) puts the lie to the claim that everything should be privatized. For that reason, today’s Republicans, who hate government and want to privatize everything, are determined to end Medicare as we know it.

One of those anti-government zealots, Representative Tom Price (R-GA), has been nominated by Donald Trump to be the fox in the Medicare hen house — Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Department responsible for the administration of Medicare. He has made his antagonism to Medicare clear.

Against all evidence, Price claims that “nothing has had a greater negative effect on the delivery of health care than the federal government’s intrusion into medicine through Medicare.” Of course, the exact opposite is true. Medicare saves lives. It allows seniors and people with disabilities, those with the greatest health needs, to obtain life-saving health care.