Friday, April 14, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Thank you for participating in the recent Peninsula town hall. I appreciate your attendance and desire to voice your support or concern for issues facing our nation. We had a great turn out and addressed as many questions as time allowed, however we were not able to get to your question and I wanted to send you a response.
As you may know, healthcare is an incredibly complicated subject. While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was established with good intentions to provide affordable healthcare to Americans at every income level, it has been anything but good on its promises. Since the enactment of the ACA in 2010, individuals, families, and businesses, year after year, have seen increased premiums and deductibles, lack of choices, and diminished healthcare quality. The unfortunate truth is there is nothing affordable about the Affordable Care Act.
The ACA has created a tangled mess of regulations, taxes, and mandates. A mess that must be fixed. The government cannot and should not require citizens to engage in commerce that they don’t want to engage in. However, like you, I believe that buying into health insurance is good for the individual and it’s good for society when people join an insurance pool. In order to achieve an affordable patient-centered health care system with more choices and less federal mandates, the ACA must be repealed and replaced.
The first step of the repeal process is a resolution which will set the stage for the repeal and transition period. On January 13, 2017, this first step was initiated when the House passed S. Con. Res. 3, with my support, a simple budget resolution that includes reconciliation instructions for Congress to repeal the ACA.
Because the repeal resolution passed both the House and Senate, we are now entering the second and final phase of the repeal process: reconciliation. During this phase, certain committees work to produce legislation that would repeal the parts of the ACA under their jurisdiction. Upon the production and passage of the different committee’s pieces, the Budget Committee will compile all parts into one complete piece of legislation for consideration by the House and Senate. Once passed by both chambers and signed into law, we will move into a stable transition period to ensure that no one has the rug pulled out from under them.
Our replacement, as outlined in the Better Way agenda, will move to a patient focused system, and rein in the cost of healthcare, unlike the ACA which was government-centered. In addition, it will include a number of other common-sense provisions:
Protect patients with pre-existing conditions;
Doing big things is rarely easy- but we cannot and will not let American families down. That is why it is so important to get this bill right and to unite around our shared goal. With the introduction of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act, Members have engaged in meaningful conversations about the best path forward and I am pleased to report that we are making progress. One proposal to emerge from recent discussions is a broadly supported concept that will further benefit those purchasing insurance in the individual market. The Palmer-Schweikert amendment creates a $15 billion Federal Invisible Risk Sharing Program that will help states reduce premiums by reimbursing health insurance issuers for high cost individuals beginning in 2018.
This is a positive step that strengthens our plan, however more work remains. I realize how important it is to keep up momentum so be assured that conversations will continue.
I understand the need to provide affordable, quality healthcare for all Americans. However, the ACA has continuously been a burden to our healthcare system, American taxpayers, and businesses. It needs to be replaced with lower costs, more healthcare options, and better care. Rest assured, that I will work with my colleagues to provide a replacement with common sense solutions for all American families.
Again, thank you for attending my town hall. I believe it is an important first step in establishing a dialogue with you, and I hope you will continue to voice your comments, concerns, and suggestions in the months to come. I consider it a high honor to serve as your United States Representative, something that I will never forget was bestowed upon me by our wonderful district. I invite you to stay in contact with me by signing up for my e-newsletter here to receive regular updates from Washington D.C. and by joining me on Facebook and Twitter.
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Monday, April 3, 2017
My newly posted video interview is with an author and psychologist who understands cultural Marxism and where the left is pulling America. I hope you make time to listen to this 19-minute video!
Tim Daughtry, the co-author of "Waking the Sleeping Giant," was recently in Washington, D.C., for a meeting at the White House. I caught up with him afterwards.
Listen as Tim discusses:
Last week – a health care policy expert simplifies what caused a headache for Trump. Listen to Twila Brase here.
Next week – Peter Wood, president of National Association of Scholars on the state of higher education and what can be done.
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P.S. If you read ONE piece about how Trump and Republicans handle Obamacare repeal and replace, read this one about the first robin of spring!
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Sunday, April 2, 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
We did it! Because you raised your voice, made calls, signed petitions, sent letters, shared your story, went to Town Halls, took action — along with hundreds of thousands of other people across the nation and across multiple organizations — you stopped a horrible healthcare bill in it’s tracks. Thank you!
We won that battle, but the fight is still on to make sure everyone in our nation has a chance to thrive. In good news: We have proof that your voice is powerful. And MomsRising is at your service finding the very best ways, and most strategic avenues, for you to have an impact.
So below you’ll find the Top #5Actions of the week. You can do all five of the actions on one day, or spread them out across the week, your choice. The important thing is not WHEN you do them, but IF you do them. And if you do them, your actions will add up with others, and you're sure to have an impact.
1. WE PERSISTED & WE WON! Share The Joy! Celebrate our big win on health care via social media (Facebook & Twitter) to show people that their voice is powerful — and to inspire people to #KeepMarching!
—> ACTION: Click the buttons below to share the happy news on Facebook & Twitter — and to inspire people to take action in the future.
BACKGROUND: We persisted—and it worked! Last week, we won a major health care battle. The U.S. House had to pull the incredibly destructive American Health Care Act (AHCA) from the floor because they didn’t have the votes to pass it. VICTORY! If passed, this bill would have cut 24 million people off health care. But we persisted, spoke out, and won! Over the last 3 months we called, wrote letters, showed up at town hall meetings, and shared our health care stories. NOW WE CELEBRATE! Celebrating together is essential not only because it’s fun, but also because it shows people that when you take action, you can have an impact so it inspires people to #KeepMarching. Share our celebration image on Facebook and Twitter!
2. Call Your U.S. Senator To Oppose Neil Gorsuch's Confirmation To The U.S. Supreme Court!
—> ACTION: Dial 1-855-976-1895 and we’ll walk you through every step of the way. It’s quick, easy, and high impact!
BACKGROUND: Appointing Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court would move the Court in a dangerous direction, one that threatens the rights of women, LGBTQ+ people, people of color and workers. Judge Gorsuch joined the original Hobby Lobby decision that ruled corporations that allowed bosses to deny women birth control coverage. Reports that Gorsuch told his students that companies should ask women about their pregnancy plans during job interviews, as well as and his claims that women plan to manipulate their employers by taking maternity leave, and then quitting to stay home with their children, prove that he will not be the fair jurist that America’s families and economy need. His appointment would codify the worst of the Trump Administration into our nation’s laws for a lifetime - something our country simply cannot afford. And with the White House currently under investigation, now is not the time to consider appointing a new U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Help stop Gorsuch's confirmation and call now.
BACKGROUND: U.S. Senator John Cornyn has introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 in the U.S. Senate that would force states to recognize concealed-carry permits from all over the country, regardless of how lax the permitting standards are in other states. Should it become the law of the land, individual states would no longer be able to control who is authorized to carry a concealed gun within its borders. Furthermore, police would not even be able to quickly find out if out-of-state permits are valid, putting law enforcement and the public at higher risk of harm. Mandated national conceal-carry would gut common sense gun safety laws that parents worked hard to pass in states across our nation. Americans are already about 20 times more likely to be killed by a gun than someone from another developed country. Now is not the time to weaken common sense safety standards or states rights!
BACKGROUND: From taking action, to sharing resources, to staying on top of the issues, there’s a lot to do — and it’s often the most fun and easiest to do it with a group of people. That's why MomsRising has launched #KeepMarching, a project to support moms and family members who are taking the lead and organizing in their communities, and to create on-the-ground connections among our members to join together to make a difference. When you sign up to join a #KeepMarching Circle, you give us permission to share your contact information with other MomsRising members near you so they can be in touch.
5. What’s Your Experience With Childcare & Early Learning? To build momentum nationally for early learning, we need families (like yours!) to share their experiences with early learning programs like childcare to show our leaders that early education is a priority for their constituents. Have you ever struggled to pay for high-quality childcare? Do you have a success story? Are you a childcare provider? Do tell! And we’ll share with leaders to help get the best policy possible moving forward.
BACKGROUND: The good, the bad, the complicated — we want to hear it! Personal experiences are powerful and can make a HUGE difference in helping elected leaders understand why supporting access to early learning programs like childcare is so important. Click the link above to share your experience with childcare to help educate leaders about what’s really going on in our nation so they can write the best policy possible for our families and economy.
Thank you for all you do to make our nation stronger and a place where everyone can thrive! #KeepMarching!
- Kristin, Karen, Gloria, Felicia, Donna, Xochitl, Elyssa, Anita, Khadija, Ruth, Sara, Nate, and the MomsRising Team
P.S. This whole Top #5Actions list is up on our blog too, so if you want to post a link to the Top #5Actions of This Week for your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or elsewhere, you can use this link to do so: https://action.momsrising.org/go/29444?t=15&akid=8951.847037.SNDoUO
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