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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…
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!
Democracy for America is enlisting volunteers to call Montana voters and encourage them to vote for a candidate who will #ProtectOurCare, Rob Quist!
Voters in Montana are fired up and ready to throw Republicans out of office. And they love Rob Quist.
Check out the great reports we’ve gotten back this week from DFA members who have been making calls for Rob on DFA Dialer:
“I do have to say my experience today with Montana voters was delightful and I look forward to making more calls. People want to engage in conversation and talk about the issues. Listening to people’s concerns helped me to learn more about why Rob Quist is so right for this state.”
“I’ve been making these calls since at least the Gore/Bush election, and I have to tell you, talking to people in Montana is different. I’ve never had so much fun!”
Rob is a true progressive populist — he supports Medicare for All, he’s pro-choice, and he opposes Citizens United. And he is running an incredible campaign right now. He has been holding listening sessions and rallies in counties all over Montana, and his message is clearly resonating.
Rob’s opponent is one of the Republicans’ weakest recruits — a New Jersey tech billionaire and perennial failed candidate who lost in November to a Democratic governor even as Trump won the state. So we know that this race is winnable.
DFA members are having a real impact this special election: Together, we made more than 13,000 calls for Rob Quist on DFA Dialer last weekend alone. Can you hop on DFA Dialer this weekend to help set the stage for a big win in Montana?
Republicans are getting EXTREMELY nervous this race. Late last week, the Congressional Leadership Fund — a super PAC aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan — announced a massive $800,000 ad buy to defeat Quist. And that’s on top of the $1.2 million the National Republican Congressional Committee plans to spend in Montana between now and Election Day.
It’s no surprise that deep-pocketed GOP donors are trying to get ahead of the curve on this race, after being taken by surprise by the incredible wave of Democratic grassroots momentum in Kansas and Georgia. They’re not waiting until the last minute — they want to overwhelm Quist’s campaign with a flood of cash and false tv ads now.
But there’s one thing they’re not counting on: The energy, excitement and passion of DFA members who are fighting every day to replace Trump’s Republican allies with bold progressive populists. Can you sign up for a DFA Dialer shift this weekend to help Rob Quist win?
This letter was written by Jerry Hanson
Dear Editor: Paul Ryan’s plan to cut Medicare would eliminate the 80 percent coverage of hospital care and doctors’ visits and replace it with vouchers for seniors to buy private health insurance. Ryan has no answer if the vouchers do not allow seniors to buy enough insurance to match what Medicare now covers. Also, what happens if the premiums rise beyond the value of the vouchers? It would appear that under Ryan’s plan the seniors either pay more at a time in their life when they can least afford it, or they forgo needed medical interventions.
Medicare has held down medical costs by placing limits on the amounts Medicare will pay for medical procedures. To eliminate Medicare and its 80 percent cost-containing mechanism will allow medical costs for seniors to return to the high levels they endured before reaching Medicare eligibility.
It is also questionable whether Ryan’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with “better coverage at less cost for all Americans” as promised by President Trump will materialize. Ryan is now claiming that his plan will offer “access” to health care not actual coverage, Ryan has not acknowledged that he and his fellow congressmen would receive the same coverage that he is proposing for the rest of us.
Ryan’s plan results in Medicare benefits earned through a lifetime of work to lose their value or become unaffordable. Not the way to treat those in the twilight of their lives.
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.
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GOP Senators Running For Reelection In 2018
|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|
If one of these is your Senator, call often. None of them want their votes against Medicare, Medicaid or health care for all Americans to be the reason they lose their Senate seats in 2018. Let them know you are watching. A vote for Price is a vote against America’s health.