Chicago physicians favor single payer over ACA by a 2 to 1 margin #ProtectOurCare

Survey: Physician Attitudes Shift To Single Payer Chicago Medical Society, June 13, 2017 Nearly four in five Chicago area physicians are opposed to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) under consideration by the U.S. Senate as increasing numbers of physicians support a single-payer “Medicare-for-All” form of health insurance. A survey of more than 1,000 physicians…

via Chicago physicians favor single payer over ACA by a 2 to 1 margin — PNHP’s Official Blog

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The Russia Scandal Is Distracting Democrats From Trumpcare #ResistGOPCare

Earlier this year, as the Russia scandal heated up, a number of commentators bemoaned Washington’s “obsession” with the story. The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe, noting that “there remains no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to influence the election,” wrote that “the Siberian Candidate theory is so dangerous is that it is a distraction from…

via The Russia Scandal Is Distracting Democrats From Trumpcare — New Republic

WARNING! When the #GOP Talks about Dismantling Healthcare, You Better Believe it

Most Americans were shocked and disturbed when Raúl R. Labrador, a Republican Congressman, said, “Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.” Most people would like to think that such a comment would be an anomaly, but then we remember that Todd Akin, who tried to convince us that there was such a thing as “Legitimate Rape,” was also a GOP Congressman. Maybe extreme thoughts and ideas are not outliers in the Republican party. Perhaps harsh and cruel are at the core of the GOP agenda for America. The party has certainly given America plenty of reasons to think that is the case.

Now, the Senate Republicans are working on healthcare. When what they might do is taken with what House Republicans have already approved and what 45 is proposing in his budget, America’s vulnerable populations (women, children, seniors, working class and poor) are in trouble if the GOP gets its way.

Americans who desire a just and fair healthcare policy will get a chance to vote for leaders who support such a policy in 2018 and 2020. Now, the only recourse is to contact members of Congress and  ask them to #ProtectOurCare!

Rogers ( @MikeRogersAL )says he’s heard no complaints about healthcare vote, no public appearances scheduled

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The Anniston Star reported yesterday that Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers has heard no complaints about his affirmative vote for the American Health Care Act. The article is behind a pay wall, but the headline begs for explanation from Congressman Rogers. We know that he has receive complaints because we have called to complain. Either he is not getting the messages from the folks who answer his phones or he is just not listening, maybe it is a little of both.

What is clear from his inattention to his 03 district voters and his voting record is that he is not a reliable advocate for healthcare needs of the people living in his district. If he has not heard yet, then we need to call more.

Congressman Rogers needs to now that we oppose the passage of the American Health Care Act for  many reasons, not the least of which are:

  1. Preexisting Conditions. We have them and the AHCA will make it possible for insurance companies to refuse to cover people with preexisting conditions.
  2. AHCA weakens Medicare by reducing it’s solvency to 2025 from 2028
  3. The Affordable Care Act has the Medicare Part D “donut hole” on schedule to close in 2020. Repealing the Affordable Care Act could force Medicare participants to cover much of the prescription medication needs out of their own pockets.
  4. The AHCA is bad for women in ways to numerous to name in this post. The Kaiser Family Foundation does an excellent job of spelling out the problem in Ten Ways That the House American Health Care Act Could Affect Women

Congressman Rogers can be reached at the following numbers:

Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 225-3261
Fax: (202) 226-8485

Anniston, AL
Phone: (256) 236-5655
Fax: (256) 237-9203

Opelika, AL
Phone: (334) 745-6221
Fax: (334) 742-0109

Call him and make your voice heard. However, don’t be surprised if he acts like you never called. Many people in his district have been trying to get him to listen for a while now. He just seems to ignore them. Here are some examples of letters to the Anniston Star, one newspaper in his district

On Monday, I telephoned Rep. Mike Rogers’ office to find out when he planned to have a town-hall meeting or time for meeting face-to-face with constituents during next week’s recess. I was told he would be doing “committee work” and will be unavailable to meet with anyone next week.

On Tuesday, I heard Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announce that he had held five town-hall meetings in the last two weeks. He wanted his constituents’ input on the very important legislative actions that are coming up soon.

If Walden can make time for his constituents, why can’t Rogers? The 3rd congressional district elected him to represent us (and to get paid by our tax dollars for doing so). Isn’t it important to meet with us and listen to our wishes and concerns? I urge Rogers to change his plans and make time for the people he represents.

Anne Kerr

February 15, 2017

 

Re “Residents hold town hall, minus Congressman Rogers” (News article, March 8):

As a follow-up to our group’s Rep. Mike Rogers Town Hall in Absentia last week in Anniston, I wanted to add that U.S. congressmen are scheduled for numerous recess periods throughout the year for the purpose of returning them to their districts to meet with constituents. Rogers has already spent an eight-day recess period in February on other committee travel. Congress is scheduled for another two-week recess in April for district work and meeting with constituents.

We have no idea if Rogers plans to meet with large numbers of constituents during that time. His office will only say that he will plan town halls later in the year. What does that mean?

I contacted Rogers’ office last fall during a similar recess period and was told then that he was on committee travel. Perhaps Rogers is involved on too many committees. If he spends the bulk of his recess time throughout the year on committee travel, then how is he to know what his constituents are concerned about? Remember, he is our representative. He should be accountable to us.

Please call his office to let him know we want him to hear our concerns now, not later in the year. His Anniston office number is 256-236-5655.

 

Karen Barwick

Pell City

March 12, 2017

 

I am 80 years old. I have to use a walker. Due to an operation, I cannot speak. I don’t go out at night. But I would go to a town-hall meeting of Congressman Mike Rogers, representative of the 3rd congressional district of Alabama, if he would have one.

O.C. Brown

Auburn

April 14, 2017

 

In March, frustrated voters finally decided to have a town hall meeting whether Rogers showed up or not.  Residents hold town hall, minus Congressman Rogers No, he did not attend.

The people of the Alabama 3rd Congressional District are persistent. In April, they were back in the streets raising awareness of Congressman Rogers lack of availability.  Protesters in Anniston say they want town hall with Mike Rogers

To our knowledge, the citizens of East Alabama are still waiting on Congressman Rogers to host a town hall meeting. However, Congressman Rogers has managed to meet with donors and potential donors. Case in point, Thank you to the Montgomery Chamber for having me this morning for Eggs and Issues!

What is clear is that Congressman Rogers either does not care about what people in his district think about the American Health Care Act or he just does not care.

The problem is that he will likely never suffer the impact of the bad policies and laws that he votes to approve. We, the people of Alabama will. We have to call. We have to #ProtectOurCare.

 

Encourage these #GOP Senators up for reelection in 2018 to #StopGorsuch ! He Won’t #ProtectOurCare

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GOP Senators Running For Reelection In 2018

Name, State Phone Twitter
Barrasso, John – (R – WY) (202) 224-6441 @SenJohnBarrasso
Corker, Bob – (R – TN) (202) 224-3344 @SenBobCorker
Cruz, Ted – (R – TX) (202) 224-5922 @SenTedCruz
Fischer, Deb – (R – NE) (202) 224-6551 @SenatorFischer
Flake, Jeff – (R – AZ) (202) 224-4521 @JeffFlake
Hatch, Orrin G. – (R – UT) (202) 224-5251 @SenOrrinHatch
Heller, Dean – (R – NV) (202) 224-6244 @SenDeanHeller
Wicker, Roger F. – (R – MS) (202) 224-6253 @SenatorWicker
Strange, Luther – (R-AL) (202) 224-4124 @SenatorStrange

If one of these is your Senator, call often. None of them want their votes for Gorsuch to be the reason they lose their Senate seats in 2018. Let them know you are watching.

House Republicans Expect Trump Will Get on Board With Medicare, Social Security Cuts #ProtectOurCare #HandsOffMedicare

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House Republicans Expect Trump Will Get on Board With Medicare, Social Security Cuts

WASHINGTON—House Republicans, confronted with President Donald Trump’s opposition to curbing spending on Medicare and Social Security, said Monday they were optimistic Mr. Trump would change his mind once he looks more closely at the longer term numbers.

ACA repeal means higher costs for people with Medicare

ACA repeal means higher costs for people with Medicare

While the ACA primarily is designed to provide affordable coverage to people not yet eligible for Medicare and without employer coverage, it also strengthens Medicare in a variety of ways, bringing down out-of-pocket costs for enrollees and extending the life of the Trust Fund:

  • It expands coverage under the Medicare Part D drug benefit. In 2017, the ACA ensures that the millions of people with high drug costs–with total drug costs of more than $3,700–are not responsible for the full $1,250 of their drug costs before the Medicare Part D catastrophic cap kicks in at $4,950 in drug costs. Instead, people are only required to pay 40 percent of the cost of their brand-name drugs and 51 percent of the cost of their generic drugs. And, if this ACA protection remains, the amount they pay in the coverage gap or “donut hole” will continue to shrink to 25 percent of their drug costs by 2020.
  • It requires that many Medicare preventive care services be covered in full, without a deductible.
  • It extends the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by 12 years to 2029.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated in a June 2015 report that if the ACA were repealed, it would add $802 billion to Medicare’s costs over the ten-year period ending in 2025. The ACA reined in payment rates under both traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans. Specifically, it reduced some provider payments in traditional Medicare. And, it reduced overpayments to Medicare Advantage plans so that they are no longer 14 percent higher than average per person costs under traditional Medicare, as they had been.