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!

AHCA Hurts the Medicare Trust Fund #ProtectOurCare

The solvency of the Medicare (Part A Hospital Insurance) Trust Fund turns in large part on Congress. Democratic leaders extended its life when they passed the Affordable Care Act and imposed additional payroll taxes on the wealthiest Americans. Now, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Republican leaders in the House have voted…

via AHCA and the Medicare Trust Fund — JustCare

Tired Of Calling Congress? Call Montana! Let’s Elect A Congress that will #ProtectOurCare

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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?

Yes — I’ll sign up to make DFA Dialer calls for Rob Quist and help a progressive populist pick off this GOP House seat.

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?

Yes — I’ll sign up to make DFA Dialer calls to help progressive populist Rob Quist win his House special election in Montana.

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.

Ryan’s health care plan could hurt seniors (A letter from a Wisconsin voter)

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This letter was written by Jerry Hanson

Ryan’s health care plan could hurt seniors

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.

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.
R
Johnny Isakson Ga.
R
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.
R
Shelley Moore Capito W.Va.
R
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.
D
Tom Udall N.M.
D
Jon Tester Mont.
D
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.
D
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.
D
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.