June 26, 2017
Just a bill
The air is tense on Capitol Hill this week as Americans across the country plan to fight back against the Republican Senators’ “death bill.” Just today, the American Medical Association
and 46 economists
– including 6 Nobel laureates – sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) expressing their opposition to a health repeal bill that would leave millions without coverage and increase premiums and deductibles for middle class families. “Medicine has long operated under the precept of Primum non nocere, or ‘first, do no harm.’ The draft legislation violates that standard on many levels,” AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James Madara wrote in the letter. This weekend, advocates held vigils
in front of Congressional offices, flew banners
, and even hung panties
in front of a senator’s district office with the message, “Until you walk in my panties, you’re not qualified to decide my health care.” The Congressional Budget Office is expected to release its analysis of the bill on Monday afternoon, just days before Senate Republicans hope to vote for it. The measure faces an uncertain future, however. More moderate Senate Republicans like Sens. Dean Heller (R-NV)
and Susan Collins (R-ME)
have expressed skepticism about the bill’s harsh Medicaid cuts and potential loss of coverage, while conservatives like Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)
criticize the Senate for not going far enough in rolling back the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion.
ACTION OF THE DAY
Countdown. With a possible repeal vote coming on Thursday, we have only three days left before the Senate votes to strip millions of Americans of health insurance coverage. Reports also indicate that heard the House is planning to stay in DC next weekend to pass the bill if it makes its way through the Senate. Here is what you can do the help defeat this bill: 1. Visit our Trumpcare Toolkit to call and tweet key senators; 2. If you’re in Washington DC, help form a human chain around the U.S. Capitol to oppose Trumpcare; 3. Make a video urging your friends to take action and call their senators.
#DirtyEnergyWeek.Trump has dubbed this week “Energy Week.” On his calendar: meetings with the fossil fuel industry to discuss “energy dominance” which just means more giveaways to corporate polluters.
Speaking of polluters… One-third of Trump’s political appointees working on energy and environment have ties to the fossil fuel industry and the Koch brothers. That’s according to DirtyDeputies.org, a project from the Center for American Progress Action Fund that tracks the staffers pulling the strings on Trump’s dirty energy agenda. Check out their connections here. Got a tip on one of Trump’s Dirty Deputies? Be sure to submit it on the site.
Sanctuary cities. This week there will be two votes on House GOP bills that punish sanctuary cities and impose mandatory detention and expand government’s ability to prosecute illegal reentry cases. The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Kate’s Law both aim to take power away from the states to further fuel the Trump administration mission to apprehend, detain, and deport our immigrant neighbors. It is becoming crystal clear this Administration needs to learn a thing or two about checks and balances…or at least how to not punch yourself in the face.
ICYMI. Last week’s podcast with Michele Jawando and Igor Volsky featured the real people who could be impacted by the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Listen to Jon from Connecticut tell his experience to Michele and Igor on the Thinking Cap Podcast.
The Supreme Court wrapped up its term today by agreeing to hear two cases that could impact millions of people: a challenge to the legality of the President’s Muslim and refugee ban and a lawsuit against a bakery that refused to serve a same-sex couple–even though lower courts consistently ruled against the ban and anti-LGBT discrimination. The Court also allowed part of the Muslim and refugee ban to go into effect until it rules on the case next term, which won’t begin until October. More than 10 million Americans identify as LGBT, and around 90,000 people from the six countries targeted by the ban received visas last year, and now thousands more who went through the vetting processes in place may be denied their short window to seek refuge from the same terrorism we condemn. This will be coupled with a pattern of increased hate crimes and profiling experiences by the American Muslim community, and those perceived to be Muslim. The Supreme Court must rule to protect the people — not the President’s extremist agenda. Check out Tom Jawetz, Vice President for the Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress statement
Tomorrow, UltraViolet and allies are organizing vigils for those who will suffer if the ACA is repealed in Anchorage, Little Rock, Denver, Cleveland, Portland (ME), Morgantown, Reno, and Phoenix. See full events details here.
UNDER THE RADAR
What does Trump and Medicaid recipients have in common?
$35,000. Trump is holding his first re-election fundraiser this Wednesday at the Trump International hotel in DC and it costs $35,000 per person to attend. The ticket cost is also the salary cutoff for Medicaid recipients. See invite here.
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