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Moderate Republicans say they won’t cut health insurance. But all the GOP proposals do just that.

  • Since the Senate health care bill was unveiled last week, moderate Republicans skeptical of the proposal have shared “very serious concerns” about the proposed deep cuts to Medicaid.
  • Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) summed it up Thursday, “I can’t support a bill that is going to result in tens of millions of people losing their health insurance.”
  • Every Republican health care proposal thus far has been estimated to cause millions of people to lose insurance. The bill passed by the House would cut coverage for more than 20 million people. The Senate bill would make even deeper cuts to Medicaid.
  • Unless major changes to the Senate bill preserve existing insurance coverage, any successful version of this proposal will still lead to millions of people losing insurance — and these moderate senators going back on their word. Those losses will be particularly acute for people on Medicaid. Read more (6/26/17)

Kellyanne Conway says GOP health care plan doesn’t cut Medicaid, “able-bodied” need only find work

  • Appearing on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Kellyanne Conway assured anchor George Stephanopoulos that the projected $800 billion the Affordable Care Act repeal could divert from the federal aid program is not what it seems.
  • “These are not cuts to Medicaid, George,” Conway said. “This slows the rate for the future and it allows governors more flexibility with Medicaid dollars because they’re closest to the people in need.”
  • Those people, Conway said, were “the poor, the sick, the needy, the disabled, children, some elderly, women — particularly pregnant women.”
  • All versions of the Republican-backed health care plan, colloquially dubbed Trumpcare, have been projected to funnel federal dollars away from each of the groups Conway named. 
  • The Senate’s new bill looks to be particularly harsh because its Medicaid restrictions work over time, making less money available for elder and disability care in coming years. Read more (6/25/17)
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Perspective | The real reason Republicans want to pass this Obamacare bill so much
The Senate plan is an inspiring piece of legislation for everyone who thought Robin Hood was picking on the wrong people.

Great summary of what this bill seeks to do & why it’s almost definitely going to pass.

“This isn’t your father’s social contract. It’s your grandfather’s. It would take us back to a time when the government didn’t promise to take care of the sick and the needy, but only to help take care of them. There’s a trillion-dollar difference between the two. A trillion-dollar difference that Republicans would plow into tax cuts for the rich. Now, normally they like to say that this would make the economy grow so much faster that everyone else would be better off, too, but they’re not even bothering with that pretense today. Instead, they’re just trying to give wealthy investors the biggest tax cut possible by having it apply to last year as well. Perhaps the idea is that that will incentivize people to invent time machines so they can create more jobs in the past.

It’s an inspiring piece of legislation for everyone who thought Robin Hood was picking on the wrong people.”


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Democratic congressman introduces the “COVFEFE Act” to require Donald Trump to preserve his tweets

  • On Monday, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) introduced the COVFEFE Act. It stands for the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement Act. 
  • If passed, the bill would add social media accounts to the list of documents that must be preserved under the Presidential Records Act, which “established a new statutory structure under which presidents must manage their records,” according to the National Archives.
  • “In order to maintain public trust in government, elected officials must answer for what they do and say; this includes 140-character tweets,” Quigley said in a statement announcing his bill. Read more (6/12/17)
What the House Vote to Repeal Obamacare Means for Planned Parenthood

Congress Is a Step Closer to Repealing the Affordable Care Act and ‘Defunding’ Planned Parenthood. Here’s What the Bill Actually Does, and How to Fight Back.

On May 4, the U.S. House voted to pass the worst bill for women’s health in a generation: the American Health Care Act (AHCA). This bill not only seeks to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but also to “defund” Planned Parenthood by blocking Medicaid patients from care at its health centers. 

As the bill heads to the Senate, here’s what it actually does — and what it doesn’t do.

What Thursday’s Vote Did NOT Do

  • It didn’t become law.
    The ACA repeal bill passed the House by a narrow margin, and now it faces an uphill battle in the Senate. We can expect more changes to the bill that will impact women’s health.
  • It didn’t close Planned Parenthood.
    All Planned Parenthood health centers are open as usual, and staff are doing what they’ve always done: getting up in the morning; opening the health center doors; and providing high-quality, affordable health care to all people who need it. That includes patients who rely on Medicaid coverage.
  • It didn’t cancel your insurance.
    The benefits of the ACA are still here for you, even if you’re 26 or younger and on your parents’ plan. In fact, the majority of people can still purchase a plan for $75 or less. If you have health care coverage, it is still in effect until there is an actual change in the law, which takes time. So, make your medical appointments, and get the care you deserve and are entitled to under the law.

What the AHCA Threatens to Do to Women’s Health

In particular, the AHCA would:

  • Take away health coverage for 24 million people

  • “Defund” Planned Parenthood by blocking people who rely on Medicaid from accessing preventive care at its health centers — including birth control, cancer screenings, and STD testing and treatment

  • Reduce access to no-cost preventive services, including birth control

  • End protections that keep insurers from charging people with pre-existing conditions unaffordable rates — allowing insurance companies to once again charge people tens of thousands of dollars a month because they had cancer

  • Impose a nationwide ban on private insurance coverage of abortion

  • Undermine Essential Health Benefits — including maternity coverage and prescription drugs, which disproportionately affect women.

  • Gut the Medicaid program, which approximately 1 in 4 women of reproductive age rely on to access no-cost, critical reproductive health care (such as birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, and maternity care)

4 Ways to Fight Back Now

Infuriated? You’re not alone. Here are the top three ways to stand up for health care and stand with Planned Parenthood right now.

#1: Call Your Senators
This is the most important way to take action right now. Use our easy online form to call your U.S. senators. We’ll give you a script so you can tell them to protect health care and stand with Planned Parenthood.

#2: Tag Your Senators on Facebook
Do you notice when somebody tags you on Facebook? Chances are,  your answer is “yes” — and that goes for your senators, too. Our simple form automatically tags your senators and gives you time to edit the post.

#3: Tweet at Your Senators
If you have Twitter, take a moment to tweet at your senators. Our easy-to-use form automatically finds your senators’ handles. It also gives you a sample tweet if you don’t want to write your own.

#4: Tweet at Reps who Voted Against Women’s Health
Click on the link above and scroll own for our list of representatives who voted in favor of this dangerous bill. If you see your House member, tell them you will not forget that they stripped access to care — and will not forgive.


Trump to sign religious liberty executive order setting stage for LGBTQ discrimination

  • President Donald Trump is set to sign a controversial executive order on “religious liberty” on Thursday, Politico reported.
  • A leaked draft of the executive order was published by the Nation in February, and showed that the order would allow Americans to cite their religious beliefs in order to exempt themselves from adhering to policies on everything from contraception mandates to LGBTQ protections.
  • According to the draft order, “any organization, including closely held for-profit corporations” can cite religious freedom in order to exempt themselves from recognizing same-sex marriage, transgender rights or contraception and abortion services.
  • The draft text is similar to other religious freedom bills passed throughout the country, which have sparked controversy and condemnation.
  • Politico reported that White House lawyers are currently reviewing the order. It’s almost assured that the order will be challenged in court, and the ACLU has wasted no time threatening legal action. Read more (5/2/17)

Breaking: GOP health care just passed in the House. It faces a tough path in the Senate.

  • House Republicans barely passed the American Health Care Act on Thursday, sending their version of a GOP health care plan to the Senate.
  • The bill passed with 217 votes.
  • Zero Democrats voted for the bill and 20 Republicans defected, with vulnerable GOP House members voting against the plan that is estimated will kick 24 million people off insurance, increase premiums for older Americans and possibly nuke protections for pre-existing conditions.
  • While the House bill squeaked by, the legislation is expected to face serious obstacles in the Senate where it will likely undergo significant changes, including easing the cuts to Medicaid, which millions of poor Americans depend on. Read more (5/4/17 2:20 PM)
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Republicans just passed a bill to allow shooting bears from helicopters

  • On March 21, the Senate approved a bill that rolls back Obama-administration regulations and allows for aerial hunting and live-trapping of bears and wolves, NPR reported. 
  • The bill also abolishes rules that prevented hunters from killing predators near their dens or with their cubs.
  • Animal rights advocates are hardly excited that Republican legislators are potentially paving the way for hunters to kill hibernating bears and their cubs. Read more. (3/28/17, 1:50 PM)
Hey trans folks and allies!

So the Canadian senate is trying to pass Bill C-16, a bill that aims to protect trans people such as myself from discrimination and hate crimes. This is a bill that, if passed, will SAVE LIVES.

But a couple conservatives sticks-in-the-mud are currently doing everything in their power. And the longer it’s held up, the more trans people will suffer violence and discrimination. 

SO. What you can do, whether you’re a Canadian citizen or otherwise, is help us make it clear to the senators of Canada just how much this bill means to us. Some senators to contact include: 

 @SenMacDonald  @SenLWSmith  @SenCormier @SenDayNB @SenatorEnverga @SenatorVictorOh @SenatorLang @SenatorNgo @BettyUngerAB @LarryWSmith36 @SenSincmurr @SenatorCordy @SenLibbeHubley @SenTMM @CPetitclerc @denisebatters @SenWillyMoore @SenatorHousakos @SenatDagenais @Senatrice_SFD @SenJaffer @SenatorNickS @GeorgeFureyNL @SenAndreychuk @PercyDowne @dennis_dawson
as well as the twitter for the Canadian senate itself, @SenateCA.

one of the foremost OPPONENTS of this bill is bigoted religious zealot @DonPlett. Feel free to put him on blast.

There’s also currently a petition on change.org in support of the bill, so give that a sign.

I know people in the US especially are dealing with their own political woes right now, but for the sake of me and every other trans person living in Canada, it’s of VITAL IMPORTANCE that we do everything in our power to get this bill passed. SIGNAL BOOST.

Its been a good 2 weeks for Transgender Rights in Canada

On March 2nd, the Senate voted in favour of a bill that would add legal protection for Transgender Canadians. It passed 2nd reading in the Senate. Basically what this means is that if it passes 1 final vote (3rd reading), the bill will become law.

On March 13th, Nunavut passed unanimously a bill which prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and expression.

On March 14th, Yukon Territory announced that it would remove the requirement of having sex reassignment surgery in order to change gender on a birth certificate AND they announced that they would put forward legislation to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and expression.

Today, New Brunswick’s government announced it would put forward legislation to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity, expression or family status.

Also, in the British Columbia election in 1.5 months, there is a Transgender woman running for a major political party: Morgane Oger. This is the first time in history that a transgender person has been announced as a candidate for a major political party in Canada, and if she is elected she’ll be the first transgender politician in Canada.

HOW TO STOP THE SENATE HEALTHCARE BILL:

The Senate healthcare bill just dropped and it’s an appalling disaster. 

If this bill passes it will:

Completely defund Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is an essential health care provider. Not only is Planned Parenthood the primary source of health care for many patients, but it also provides health care primarily to low-income people and communities. Planned Parenthood doesn’t just help with birth control and unwanted pregnancies. Only a small fraction of Planned Parenthood’s work is with abortions. They also help millions of Americans with cancer screenings and procedures, and preventative HPV and other STD shots, and other types of birth control. 

Hurt people with disabilities and pre-existing conditions. Because of the waiver authority in place in the bill, states have the option to limit coverage given to people with pre-existing conditions. Not only that, but the bill makes huge cuts in Medicaid, worse than even the House bill that preceded it. Insurers in certain states will be able to change their plans and how much they charge people with disabilities or pre-existing conditions, which will make millions lose coverage they need. 

Take away mental health services and coverage. If this bill passes, Medicaid will no longer be required to cover any mental health after 2019. This includes counseling and psychiatric services and medicine. 

Give tax breaks and money to corporations and the wealthy. The bill repeals all ACA taxes on corporations and the wealthy that help pay for insurance subsidies

+MORE.

IF YOU HAVE A REPUBLICAN SENATOR IN YOUR STATE, PLEASE CALL THEM UP 1-866-665-4470 OR SEND THEM A LETTER OR EMAIL. LET THEM KNOW YOU WON’T STAND FOR THIS AND YOU’LL MAKE SURE THEY WON’T BE RE-ELECTED COME MIDTERMS. 

GIVE THEM HELL.

(IF YOU LIVE IN A STATE WITH A DEMOCRAT SENATOR CALL THEM TOO. LET THEM KNOW THEY CAN’T LET THIS PASS.)

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Now you can mail your ashes to Republican lawmakers who voted away your health insurance

  • Want to mail your own ashes in an envelope to the GOP lawmakers that killed you by voting to take away your health insurance? Wish no more!
  • After the House GOP pushed the American Health Care Act through Congress Thursday enterprising internet user Zoey Jordan Salsbury created a website to help people who believe they’ll lose coverage cope.
  • The site also offers users information on how to contact their senators to urge them to vote the bill down, and how to unseat the representatives that passed the bill through the house.
  • It also features a testimonials page, called “Reasons Why We Will Die,” where users can commiserate over the health concerns that will likely send them to an early grave without health coverage. Read more (5/8/17)

The bill passed. Here’s what happens next: 


- Congress leaves for recess. If your Rep voted for the repeal, go to their district offices and GIVE THEM HELL. Go to their houses. Call their local offices. Show up at town halls. TELL THEM THEY JUST VOTED TO KILL PEOPLE YOU CARE ABOUT. 


- The Senate must also pass the bill, but in order to pass the bill, there needs to be a cost estimate by the CBO. This will probably lead to more bad press for the bill. 


-The Senate is more moderate than the House, and will revise the bill to make it passable on their end. 


- If the revisions are large, the bill may be kicked back to the House, or inconsistencies may be settled in a committee.

TLDR; THIS SHIT IS NOT OVER. CALL YOUR FUCKING SENATORS.

Republicans in the Senate on Thursday unveiled their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare. The long-awaited plan marks a big step towards achieving one of the Republican party’s major goals.

The Senate proposal is broadly similar to the bill passed by House Republicans last month, with a few notable differences. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been criticized for drafting the bill in secret with just a dozen Republican Senate colleagues, says the proposal — which he calls a discussion draft — will stabilize insurance markets, strengthen Medicaid and cut costs to consumers.

“We agreed on the need to free Americans from Obamacare’s mandates. And policies contained in the discussion draft will repeal the individual mandates so Americans are no longer forced to buy insurance they don’t need or can’t afford,” McConnell said.

The plan gets rid of those mandates. Instead, it entices people to voluntarily buy a policy by offering them tax credits based on age and income to help pay premiums.

CHART: Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill

Graphic: NPR

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While everyone watched Comey, The House voted to kill Wall Street reform and the Senate made moves to fast-track the AHCA

  • While former FBI Director James Comey’s Thursday testimony blanketed the news congressional Republicans quietly moved forward some of their major agenda items.
  • The House debated the Financial Choice Act — a bill that would kill many of the Wall Street regulations created following the 2008 financial crisis.
  • The House ultimately passed the bill along party lines Thursday afternoon, sending it to the Senate.
  • And Senate Republicans have moved closer to coming up with a health care bill they say will make good on their promise to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” Read more (6/8/17)

Cute Gency doodle for stress relief. School’s been a bit tough on me and I’ve been doing commissions to try and keep my parents from having to pay for my bus passes and phone bill, so I basically have no time for myself at all now. I took ten minutes to myself to doodle this to try and relieve some stress and it’s helped thankfully.

Enjoy some random fluff and hand holding, and an ~almost~ smooch. 

Please do not repost, edit or claim as your own. And do not delete the artist comments, thank you!