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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

Call these Flippable Members of Congress! NO #Trumpcare NO #AHCA

The margin of victory in each of these 34 Congressional districts was 15% or less in the 2016 election cycle. In one race, the margin of victory was less than 1%. These are seats in the U.S. House of Representatives that can be won by candidates who will be committed protectors of Medicare and health care for all Americans.

Ways you can use this list to #ProtectOurCare & keep unwanted #HandsOffMedicare

Short term: The Republicans who currently sit in these know that they won them by less than an overwhelming majority. Some of them anticipate being in extremely tight races when they seek reelection in 2018. For that reason, they might be more willing to vote against the Republican leadership that has every intention of cutting Medicare and health care for all Americans. If you are a resident of one these Congressional districts, write and call relentlessly to encourage your member of Congress to strengthen and not cut our health care.

Long term: The only way to #ProtectOurCare with any kind of certainty is to fill these  seats with people who are committed to protecting Medicare, Medicaid and health care for all Americans.  If you are a resident of one of these districts, find out who is going to contend for the seat in 2018. This may be a Democrat, Independent or Green Party member. Party does not matter. What matters is electing a member of Congress who is absolutely committed to protecting health care for all Americans. While the party affiliation of the challenger is not of primary importance, that there is only one serious challenger is. Two serious challengers running against an incumbent is good news for the incumbent.

Republicans in the U.S House of Representatives in Swing Districts

State Cong. Dist. Member Phone Twitter Last Election Margin
AL 02 Roby, Martha 202-225-2901 @RepMarthaRoby 8.2%
AZ 02 McSally, Martha 202-225-2542 @RepMcSally 13.9%
CA 10 Denham, Jeff 202-225-4540 @RepJeffDenham 3.4%
CA 25 Knight, Steve 202-225-1956 @SteveKnight25 6.3%
CA 49 Issa, Darrell 202-225-3906 @DarrellIssa <1%
CO 03 Tipton, Scott 202-225-4761 @RepTipton 14.3%
CO 06 Coffman, Mike 202-225-7882 @RepMikeCoffman 8.3%
FL 15 Ross, Dennis 202-225-1252 @RepDennisRoss 14.9
FL 18 Mast, Brian 202-225-3026 @RepBrianMast 10.5%
FL 26 Curbelo, Carlos 202-225-2778 @RepCurbelo 11.8%
FL 27 Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana 202-225-3931 @RosLehtinen 9.8%
IL 12 Bost, Mike 202-225-5661 @RepBost 14.6%
IN 09 Hollingsworth, Trey 202-225-5315 @RepTrey 13.7%
IA 01 Blum, Rod 202-225-2911 @RepRodBlum 7.7%
IA 03 Young, David 202-225-5476 @RepDavidYoung 13.7%
KS 03 Yoder, Kevin 202-225-2865 @RepKevinYoder 10.7%
ME 02 Poliquin, Bruce 202-225-6306 @RepPoliquin 9.6%
MI 07 Walberg, Tim 202-225-6276 @RepWalberg 15%
MI 11 Trott, Dave 202-225-8171 @repdavetrott 12.8%
MN 02 Lewis, Jason 202-225-2271 @RepJasonLewis 1.8%
MN 03 Paulsen, Erik 202-225-2871 @RepErikPaulsen 13.7%
NE 02 Bacon, Don 202-225-4155 @RepDonBacon 1.2%
NJ 07 Lance, Leonard 202-225-5361 @RepLanceNJ7 11%
NY 19 Faso, John 202-225-5614 @RepJohnFaso 8.6%
NY 22 Tenney, Claudia 202-225-3665 @RepTenney 5.5%
NC 02 Holding, George 202-225-3032 @RepHolding 13.4%
NC 13 Budd, Ted 202-225-4531 @RepTedBudd 12.2%
PA 06 Costello, Ryan 202-225-4315 @RepRyanCostello 14.5%
PA 08 Fitzpatrick, Brian 202-225-4276 @RepBrianFitz 8.9%
PA 16 Smucker, Lloyd 202-225-2411 @RepSmucker 10.9%
TX 07 Culberson, John 202-225-2571 @CongCulberson 12.3%
TX 23 Hurd, Will 202-225-4511 @HurdOnTheHill 1.3%
UT 04 Love, Mia 202-225-3011 @RepMiaLove 12.5%
VA 10 Comstock, Barbara 202-225-5136 @RepComstock 5.8%

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has issued a longer list of seats that they will challenge  in 2018.

You might also want to check this list to see if one of your Senators is up for reelection in 2018

Freedom Caucus Targets Medicare To Fund Trump’s Wall

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus casually put Medicare and Medicaid in the crosshairs when asked how he plans to find the 15 billion dollars needed to fund Donald Trump’s Chinese wall. On Thursday, MSNBC’s Greta Susteren brought on the leader of the most fiscally conservative nuts in the GOP and…

via Freedom Caucus Targets Medicare To Fund Trump’s Wall — Latest from Crooks and Liars

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.

Lamar Alexander Condemns the Bridge that 30 Million Americans Crossed to Health Coverage

 

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At a rally, outside U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander’s Knoxville office, cancer patients and cancer survivors were asking a question. They wanted to know what the 40% of Americans who have or who will have cancer are supposed to do when the Republicans finish their hasty repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Some in the crowd remembered the days before the ACA when health insurance companies routinely denied coverage for preexisting conditions.

Alexander said Wednesday during the Senate health committee’s nomination hearing for Tom Price to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. . .“If your local bridge were ‘very near collapse,’ the first thing you would do is send in a rescue crew to repair it temporarily so no one else is hurt,” Alexander said. “Then you would build a better bridge, or more accurately, many bridges, to replace the old bridge. Finally, when the new bridges are finished you would close the old bridge.

The Affordable Care Act is no better than a dilapidated bridge to Senator Alexander. Never mind that to some of those gathered in front of his Knoxville office, it has been the difference between life and death. For others, the difference between receiving care and facing financial ruin. While Alexander and his Republican colleagues have already condemned the bridge to destruction, Tennesseans and Americans wonder if a repair project might be a more helpful, prudent and fiscally responsible course of action.

If Senator Alexander had chosen to study civil engineering at the University of Tennessee rather than Latin American History at Vanderbilt, he might have a greater appreciation for the possibilities that bridges present for repair. The people of Knoxville  could give personal testimony to the potential for repair presented by bridges. In the last two decades, two major bridges serving downtown Knoxville, the Henley Street and the Gay Street, have undergone sizeable repair projects that resulted in both being in better than new condition.

Incidentally, it is not unusual for bridges to continue to serve their purpose while being repaired and refurbished. Certainly, things slow down a little bit, but folks are still able to get to where they need to be.  The Knoxville News-Sentinel article stated that health insurance premiums are unaffordable for about 15% of Tennesseans. What about the 85% who are being helped? What will happen to them when Senator Alexander and his Republican colleagues finish with their demolition job? The Congressional Budget Office projects somewhere upwards of 18 million Americans will be without health insurance and premiums will be nearly unbearable for those who are able find a policy.  What about those people with preexisting conditions who will not be able to buy health insurance no matter what it costs?

Few people would argue against making improvements or “repairs” to our health insurance system, but tearing the whole thing down and then waiting for Washington to rebuild it does not seem like the best course of action for the American people.

  • What about how the Affordable Care Act extends Medicare’s solvency until 2028?
  • What about the young adult being able to stay on his or her parent’s policy?
  • What about being able purchase insurance without fear of being denied because of a preexisting condition?
  • What about the preventive screenings that the Affordable Care Act provides to Medicare participants?
  • What about the closing of the Medicare Part D “donut hole” that the Affordable Care Act will completely close by 2020?
  • What about the 30 million Americans who now have health insurance coverage because of the Affordable Care Act?

With all the good that the Affordable Care Act has done for so many Americans, why tear the whole thing down? Why not repair it?

When the Republicans build it back, will still do all the good things it does now? Listening to Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, or new Secretary of Health and Human Services nominee, Tom Price, one could rightfully conclude that the new bridge will be much more profitable for the health care industry and less accommodating to those seeking to utilize it.

 

 

Price Leaves the Door Open for Medicare Cuts #PriceIsWrong

tom_priceToday U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R – Ga.) faced a hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee to determine his qualification to become Secretary of Health and Human Services. Next week, on January 24th, he will face an additional hearing before the Senate Finance Committee, which will vote on his nomination.…

via HHS Nominee Price Faced Senate HELP Committee Today – Unanswered Questions Remain — CMA