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

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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”

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

Voted “no”

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

Not voting

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Claire McCaskill Mo.

 

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Vote to #ProtectOurCare GOP Senators Running For Reelection In 2018

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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

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.

 

Will Republicans Use Cuts To Medicare, Medicaid & ACA Too Pay For Trump’s Wall?

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Would Republicans sacrifice the health and welfare of the disabled, the poor and to build Donald Trump his wall? One would think not, but here is what we know. Trump was considering cancelling his meeting with the president of Mexico scheduled for next week. Why? Because Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, has repeatedly made clear that Mexico will not be paying for Trump’s wall.  Before Trump could make up his mind, President Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled the meeting himself. Mexico paying for the wall played well as a campaign fantasy, but in the real world it seems to have hit a sour note.

We know that Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to begin immediate work on the barrier. Therefore, someone is going to be paying for his wall. Who?

We know that Republicans are considering a special budget bill to pay for Trump’s wall. Republicans in Congress are willing to pass such a bill because they believe Trump when he says that Mexico will eventually pay for the wall. Republicans in Congress are willing to take Trump at his word even though a Google search on “People who have been stiffed by Trump” returns about 13,500,000 results. The result at the top of the list is a USA Today report that gives detailed accounts of the many people who have done work for Trump and who are still waiting to be paid. Just as Trump left numerous people holding the bag for work they had done for him, he has now convinced Republican leaders in Congress to hand that bag to the American taxpayer.

We also know how much Republicans want to cut health care. They have already voted to begin the process of cutting the Affordable Care Act. We know they want to turn Medicaid into block grants. We know Speaker Ryan’s plan, A Better Way, cuts Medicare benefits, raises the eligibility age and eventually turns it into a voucher program.

Given what we know, is it a stretch to imagine a scenario where Republicans make the cuts to health care that they have clearly told us they want to make and then take those dollars and use them to build the wall that they have clearly committed to helping Trump build?  Frankly, it is not hard to imagine at all. In fact, it is frighteningly easy to imagine, too easy.

Please call your members of Congress and tell them to protect and preserve health care for the American people.

 

#GOP Dangles the Health of the American People Over Balcony

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Americans of a certain age can still hear the collective gasp that sounded throughout the world when images of Michael Jackson, he of blessed memory, appeared of him dangling his then nine month old soon over a balcony rail. After the gasp, outrage followed. Most questioned what sort of father would do such a thing.

Now, as the Republican Party dangles the lives of 43,000 Americans over the rail of the proverbial balcony the outrage should be no less, the gasp just as collective. What sort of government do that to its own people? What sort of government would knowingly put those under its care at that kind of risk?

The obvious answer is a government that is committed to cutting taxes on the wealthiest one percent of earners. Yet, even still, is a 2.8 billion dollar tax cut for 400 or so families worth the lives of 43,000 Americans?

Time will tell us which is of more worth to the Republicans. In the meantime,  Americans are left dangling over the balcony rail of ACA repeal.

 

Paul Ryan continues his assault on Obamacare and Medicare #ProtectOurCare #HandsOffMedicare

Paul Ryan continues his assault on Obamacare and Medicare

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) seems to be constitutionally unable to avoid making misstatements about the Affordable Care Act or Medicare, two programs he has the knives out for. He doesn’t put it that way, of course — he hides his demolition plans behind the language of “fixing” the programs, but his “fixes” resemble what Mafia dons mean when they talk about “fixing” a stoolie or a pet owner means by “fixing” a cat.

Republicans revive outrageous plan for Medicare #HandsOffMedicare #ProtectOurCare

Republicans revive outrageous plan for Medicare

In April 2011, the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives passed, in a 2012 budget blueprint, a proposal to replace traditional Medicare with vouchers. This ignited a firestorm of opposition from congressional Democrats, America’s seniors and the general public.

Back then, an analysis of the proposal by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concluded that turning Medicare over to private insurance plans would result in a skyrocketing cost to seniors and higher administrative costs

It is astonishing that after the bashing delivered to Republicans on the “voucher” proposal in 2011 that they would be reviving it again. U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep. Kevin Brady, Chairman, Ways and Means Committee, and Representative Tom Price, Chairman, Budget Committee, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, are among Republican leaders in the U.S. House who support legislation to privatize Medicare by converting it to a “premium support” system.

Just because the Republican Party has majorities in the House and Senate and a Republican President-elect, it is not a mandate to destroy Medicare with a “voucher” plan to pay outright subsidies to insurance companies who make big contributions to many members of Congress.

Randy Stuck

Southfield

Report: Trump Team Wants to Slash Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Everything Else Except Defense

Report: Trump Team Wants to Slash Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Everything Else Except Defense

This is terrifying, of course, but it’s also puzzling. $10.5 trillion over ten years? That’s a trillion dollars a year. If you eliminated the domestic discretionary budget entirely, you’d only save half a trillion bucks. So how do they do it?

Well, we’re told that the proposed budget cuts “hew closely” to a recent Heritage Foundation report, so I went and took a look. The answer, of course, is that the only way to cut that kind of money is to take a meat axe to everything, including Social Security and Medicare. Here’s a chart:

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