Friday, July 28, 2017

Thank you

You spoke out. You called. You went to town halls. You camped out in Senate hallways. You stopped this disastrous bill.
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Pete --

You did this.

After seven years -- seven years -- of trying to repeal Obamacare, last night, long past midnight on the Senate floor, Mitch McConnell and Senate leaders got as close as they ever have.

They put forth their "best" effort: a bill that would have raised premiums by 20 percent every year and left 16 million fewer Americans without health care -- and the repeal vote failed.

That happened because you wouldn't be silenced. Not just for one day, or for a week, but for months on end -- you spoke out and urged your elected officials to do what was right.

You called their offices thousands of times. You shared your stories at local rallies. You talked to your friends, family, and neighbors. You gave everything you had.

And you stopped this disastrous, dangerous bill. Here is what comes next: Our work continues.

Back in December, when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to repeal Obamacare on "day one" of the new administration, it became clear that this would be a tough fight. And if we've learned anything, it's that House and Senate leaders won't stop here -- they'll keep trying to put millions of Americans' lives on the line for nothing more than a political win.

We won't let our guard down. We'll keep showing up and holding our elected officials accountable. And most importantly, we'll encourage them to work together -- to find bipartisan health care solutions that actually make peoples' lives better.

Last night's vote is an undeniable victory. For working families. For kids. For seniors. For anyone with asthma, or cancer, or a pre-existing condition. For anyone who cares about doing what's right.

So this is my pitch: Let's keep working. We can do even better, but we need your support. Chip in a few dollars, whatever you can, and help give us the resources to keep up the fight.

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Katie Hogan
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1 comment:

  1. When you elect a clown, you should expect a circus.

    When you elect a madman, you should expect his followers to be equally insane.

    Republicans in Congress and the broader Grand Old Party (GOP) are worried that now that President Donald Trump has cut loose former Republican National Committee (RNC) honchos Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer, he could turn his followers against the party itself.

    In a Politico essay published Sunday, reporter Tim Alberta said that members of the Republican Party are fretting that Trump will go rogue and use his followers’ fanatical devotion to undermine other figures in the GOP should they disappoint him.

    Reince Priebus was a well-connected Wisconsin Republican with long-standing relationships with Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) and Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). Spicer, too, has spent years working with various factions within the GOP and uniting fractious coalitions.

    However, Spicer and Priebus both ran afoul of their new boss early on.

    “Trump trampled Priebus from Day One,” wrote Alberta, “sending out press secretary Sean Spicer, a longtime Preibus ally, to deliver a demonstrably false rant about the inaugural crowd size. Trump resented the idea that his chief of staff was there to tame him, and resented even more the notion that Priebus was the conduit to a Republican Party he had conquered.”

    Trump has ridiculed the soft-spoken, laid back Priebus as “weak” and called him bad at his job for months, but in firing him, the president has effectively severed a connection to the Republican Party’s vast network of wealthy donors and left Vice President Mike Pence as the last fully fledged Republican official in the administration.

    Alberta wrote, “Unlike past presidents of his party, Trump entered the White House with few personal relationships with prominent Republicans: donors, lobbyists, party activists, politicians.”

    Now, Republicans are worried that Trump — faced with a failed attempt to repeal Obamacare, a party in disarray, an Attorney General who won’t protect him from the Russia investigation — will declare war on the GOP and turn the 35 percent of the country that supports him against the Republican Party.

    “It would represent a new, harsher type of triangulation, turning his base against the politicians of his own party that they elected,” Alberta said.

    In recent days, Trump has lashed out at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and saying the GOP “look like fools” for not changing the filibuster rule in the Senate. Democrats, he said, are “laughing at” Republicans, a situation that the thin-skinned first executive finds intolerable.