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In news coverage of the GOP health care bill, outlets should be asking how in the hell they justify premium hikes for survivors of rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence – all considered pre-existing conditions under the AHCA.

5 Healing Herbal Teas That Will Have To Do Some Heavy Fucking Lifting If The Affordable Care Act Is Repealed

Sometimes the natural remedies are the best, and if Congress guts the ACA, they’re about all you’ve got.

1. Chamomile: Containing natural oils that relax the soft muscles of the stomach, chamomile is the perfect tea to calm an upset tummy. And because there’s no earthly way anyone going through chemo uninsured will be able to afford anti-nausea medication, too, it better start pulling its damn weight. Every Affordable Care Act provision that gets repealed is another burden on the shoulders of soothing chamomile.

2. Sage: It’s not just for cooking! Sage has been used for centuries as a tea to ease menstrual cramps, so if and when Congress decides regulating your period with birth control or an IUD should be prohibitively expensive, it’s going to have to step its shit up as a permanent pinch hitter for your Yaz. Can sage pull it off? Hell no. That said, since getting dropped by your insurance would mean having to choose between birth control and groceries, it’s slightly better than nothing.

3. Passion flower: Can a tea substitute for Xanax? It’s time to fucking find out! The beautifully named passion flower brews into a delicious tea that doubles as an anxiety-easing sedative, and it’s gotta be a pretty goddamn strong one if it’s going to take your mind off the fact that refilling the pills that let you get any sleep at all just got fucked up to a hundred dollars a pop following whatever half-baked Band-Aid Congress slaps on the carcass of the ACA.

4. Lemon balm: Say goodbye to tension, malaise, and access to affordable antidepressants thanks to healing lemon balm and an intense partisan rancor in D.C. that has somehow manifested itself as cutting health care for millions of Americans. While this mild mood-lifting medicinal tea stacks up against some honest-to-god Lexapro about as well as a butterfly kiss does to a chainsaw, maybe brewing it double strong could help. It’s not like you’ve got many other options.

5. Lipton tea: Yeah, it’s just generic fucking Lipton tea, but it’s three bucks a box, and if you think you’ll have the budget for hand-rolled loose-leaf medicinal herbs from that specialty store with all the jars once the ACA’s dead, you might want to check your math. Better hope it’s got some healing properties we don’t know about!
Defend Dreamers
Protect young people in your local community.

President Trump just put 800,000 young people’s lives in danger by announcing the end of DACA, a program established by President Obama to protect undocumented people who arrived to the United States as children, also known as Dreamers, from deportation.

Now, the best way to protect Dreamers is to call on Congress to pass the DREAM Act, bipartisan legislation that will give qualified young immigrants a pathway to citizenship.

Help protect the 800,000 young people who have been put at risk. We need to act now.

Seven years ago…

Then-President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010.

“Today, I’m signing this reform bill into law on behalf of my mother, who argued with insurance companies even as she battled cancer in her final days,” Obama said.

Then-Vice President Joe Biden proclaimed it a big (insert expletive here) deal — near microphones, of course. (Photo: Win McNamee, Getty)

The Republican Health Care Plan is right for health insurance companies and wrong for America.

Under the plan, health insurance companies will not be required to cover your lab services, your emergency room, your pregnancy, your preventive medicine, your mental health care, your prescriptions, or even children’s healthcare after 2019. This plan is awful!

Call your Congress Member and tell them to reject this plan!

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'Our caucus will not stop': Democrats are determined to pass the DREAM Act — even if it means a government shutdown
A potential government shutdown is in the cards if Republicans don't move forward.
By Joe Perticone

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers are not ruling out shutting down the government at the end of the year should Republicans not pass the DREAM Act, protecting undocumented immigrants who were raised in the United States.

At a press conference hosted by the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus at the Capitol on Tuesday, Democratic members played coy with what might happen if beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (also known as DACA) are left behind come December.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, of California, noted that while President Donald Trump gave Congress a six-month window, she hopes to wrap things up by the end of October.

“But we must pass something before we leave for Christmas, that’s for sure,” she said.

New York Rep. Joe Crowley, who currently serves as the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said his colleagues are keeping all options are on the table should negotiations break down.

“Our caucus will not stop,” Crowley said. “We will find whatever vehicle we need to to get this bill passed to ensure that the dreamers will be able to continue to enrich their lives here and contribute to their country, America.”

Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington told Business Insider that Democrats are working on a discharge petition to get the bill to the House floor, which is “the most important thing for us.”

“I think that there’s a lot of expressions of support from Republicans,” Jayapal added. “The question is does that turn into legislation.”

A discharge petition requires at least 218 signatures from House lawmakers to get a bill to the floor regardless of whether the Republican leadership wants to move forward. While Democrats currently hold 194 seats, they will need at least 24 Republicans to get on board with their cause.

With regard to whether a potential shutdown is in the cards, Jayapal said, “If Republicans are not willing to bring this to the floor — then of course we’ll look at every means.”

California Rep. Judy Chu was less focused on potential fights in the winter, telling Business Insider that while “it’s very very essential that we pass this DREAM Act bill, I think we should try every means possible right now, including a discharge petition.”