❗️Things you should know about the Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill ❗️
• There is not enough time between now and September 30 to get an accurate CBO score that tells us how many people will lose coverage as well as what the bill will cost, and that is inexcusable.
• It ends individual and employer mandates, which will drive premiums up. It will also end federal subsidies for individual insurance. This is estimated to leave 32 million people uninsured.
• It takes the money going to the states that opted ‘in’ to Medicaid expansion and distributes it among all states, even those whose legislatures irresponsibly voted against expansion. In 2026, funding for Medicaid expansion would end entirely, and the shortfall would be left for the states to cover.
• It institutes a one year freeze on Medicaid reimbursements for Planned Parenthood (even though federal law already prohibits federal tax dollars being used to fund or finance abortion services)
• It allows individual states to define what constitutes an “essential benefit”, which will likely result in a slash of coverage for maternity services, cancer treatments and services, ER visits, prescription drugs, and many more benefits. This could also further prevent women’s clinics from charging Medicaid for things like cancer screenings and birth control.
• It allows insurers to double their surcharge for elderly patients. (The ACA allows insurers to charge older customers up to 3 times as much as younger ones. This bill increases that to up to 5 times as much.)
• It allows insurers to charge higher rates based on health status, and it repeals language in the ACA which prevents changing insurance rates after a patient is diagnosed with a condition.
This is not a drill, friends. Call your senators. We have until the 30th.
202-224-3121 -> US Capitol Switchboard. This will connect you directly with the senate office you request.
ResistBot is another great resource. If you text 'resist’ to 50409, you can fax straight to your senators office by texting what you want to say.
TL:DR; the healthcare bill still sucks. Call your senators. Information on how above ^^
What advice would you give to young women who want to get into politics?
That’s a fantastic question! When I was campaigning and
young girls would find out that I was the first Latina to potentially be
elected into the Senate, I heard so much excitement from them. I realized that
they looked at me and thought: If she can do it, so can I. And that is just
amazing. Because they can! And they should. There are women who were
trailblazers for me and that’s why I’ve been successful. Now it’s my turn to
open doors for those behind me.
So, if you want it and are willing to work hard – go for it!
There’s nothing young girls shouldn’t feel like they can’t do. When women apply
for a job, we ask ourselves, “Am I qualified? Do I have the experience? Do
I have the education? Do I have the abilities?” We need to stop
second-guessing our abilities. We need to stand up and make ourselves heard.
Women can be whoever they want to be. In today’s challenging political environment, it’s more
important than ever that we have strong, passionate, fierce women working in
politics. So, if you are thinking about getting into politics, just do it. But
do it for the right reasons: Fighting for the most vulnerable.
Bernie Sanders and other Dem senators read the same letter that Elizabeth Warren was silenced for, daring the Republicans to do the same to them. Then called out Republicans for the double standard when they didn’t AND IT WAS GLORIOUS!
Elizabeth Warren was denied her right to speak on the Senate floor last night when she tried to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King.
The letter was written by Martin Luther King’s widow when Senator Jeff Sessions was nominated to be a judge in the 80’s. It pleaded that he not be allowed to come to power I this way because of all his racist actions and beliefs.
The letter was not allowed to be read in the Senate then and it’s not being allowed now.
Republicans sited a rule that says, basically, that Senators can’t insult each other on the floor. This is ridiculous though as Senator Warren wasn’t insulting him so much as raising concerns about his nomination.
How can we vet nominees if we can’t question negative aspects of them?
The GOP is trying to silence us and bully us into compliance. Do not allow this.
I’ve included a copy of Mrs. King’s letter.
Maybe they can silence Senator Warren on the floor… But they cannot silence a chorus of resistance.
If you’re on this website (or a human alive today) there’s a really good chance you’re afraid to call your Senator/Representative because you don’t know how the phone call will go. We’re trying to remove some of the mystery around calling your elected representative to show you a few different examples of first time callers leaving a comment with their Congressional office. It’s so easy!
On this call, you see Victoria learning that sometimes you have to call a few different offices to get through. You should also know that if you’re not calling from a big state like New York or California, you’re much less likely to have this problem. Either way, on average even the long calls take less than five minutes. Just make sure you call during standard work hours. Take a bathroom break to make the call if you have to. Promise it won’t take too long.
The Senate is holding their final vote for DeVos right now. All the Dems have assured their constituents that they’ll vote NO and two Reps have publicly denounced her. It’s up to 1 vote… I can’t watch.