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Senate to vote on “skinny” Trojan horse bill

Senate Update – Thursday, July 27, 10:30 am

The Senate has now defeated two of its health care proposals – one to “repeal and replace” the ACA and gut Medicaid (also known as the “Better Care Reconciliation Act”) and one to “repeal and not replace” major sections of the ACA.

Senate leadership has one more trick to try to keep alive their efforts to decimate our health care system. They’re calling it “Skinny Repeal.” It’s deceptive, dangerous, and the end goal is anything but skinny.

Under this plan, Senators will vote on a stripped down “repeal” proposal that repeals only three parts of the Affordable Care Act: the individual mandate, the employer mandate, and the tax on medical device manufacturers. These are among the least popular parts of the current law, which is why Senator McConnell and other leaders hope they can at last get a majority vote to move it forward.

The “Skinny Repeal” plan is bad enough – it would lead to 16 million fewer Americans having health insurance. But that’s not the real problem. As soon as the Senate passes “Skinny Repeal,” Senator McConnell and Representative Ryan will retreat behind closed doors to craft a “compromise” bill that the House and Senate will be asked to pass. The bill they write will look nothing like “Skinny Repeal.” In fact, senators have already said that the deeply unpopular House “American Health Care Act” bill would serve as the starting point. That means Skinny Repeal will lead directly back to a proposal that slashes premium subsidies, weakens consumer protections, and ends Medicaid as we know it.

It’s hard to see how taking a bill that would lead to 23 million Americans losing their health insurance and giving two people the power to turn it into a final proposal with no transparency is going to make our health care system better.

Any Senator who has ever said, “I need to see the legislation before I decide how I will vote” should vote NO on so-called Skinny Repeal. Any Senator who cares about health care should vote NO. And any Senator who cares about transparency and responsibility in governing should vote NO. This bill is nothing but a shell to allow Congress to keep advancing policies that would destroy our country’s health care system.

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What to do after you call your senators

We hear this question a lot: “Should I really keep calling Blunt and McCaskill about the health care bill?” As long as they’ve got votes left to take, they should continue to receive reminders about what their constituents want them to do.
 
You don’t have to stop after you call Senators Blunt and McCaskill. If you’re looking for something else to do after you’ve made your calls: Consider reaching out to friends in the following states and make sure they’ve called too. These are the Senators who most need pressure to vote no on the so-called “Skinny Repeal” bill.
 
People should tell these Senators: We know that Skinny Repeal will lead right back to the American Health Care Act, with deep Medicaid cuts and millions losing coverage. Please do what’s right for our state and vote no.
 
Who do you know in the following states who can call, e-mail, or tweet at their Senators (ideally, do all three)?
Remember, you can call any Senator by calling (202) 224-3121 and asking to be connected to that Senator’s office.
Want to do even more? Indivisible has a website set up where you can call voters in key states and ask them to call their Senators. You can volunteer for as much or as little time as you have. Click here for more information.
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Senate defeats “partial repeal” proposal

Wednesday, July 26, 3:30 pm

This afternoon, the U.S. Senate voted on the second of its Affordable Care Act “repeal” proposals. As expected, the vote failed.

The proposal defeated today goes by many names – “partial repeal,” “full repeal,” “repeal and delay,” “repeal and don’t replace.” It would have rolled back much of the Affordable Care Act without any kind of replacement, leading to 32 million Americans losing their insurance.

The final vote was 55 no to 45 yes. Seven Republican Senators joined all 48 Democrat Senators in voting no.

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt (R) voted yes, while Senator Claire McCaskill (D) voted no.

We expect debate and voting on health care bills to continue through the end of this week. We continue to hear that the Senate may move soon to voting on a so-called “Skinny Repeal” amendment. Health care supporters should not be fooled – while the “skinny repeal” proposal may look like a less ambitious roll-back of the ACA (though still resulting in loss of coverage for 15 million people), it is actually a Trojan horse. The entire goal of so-called “skinny repeal” to pass something (anything!) out of the Senate so that Senator McConnell and Representative Ryan can begin closed door negotiations on a bill both the House and Senate will then be asked to adopt.

Keep making those calls and telling our Senators to vote NO on any kind of ACA repeal!

 

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Real people’s lives are at stake: Bill’s Story

Lifelong Missourian Pamela shared this story when she called Senator Blunt:

“I’m calling again to make sure you understand what’s at stake for me and my family in the healthcare debate. I grew up in Missouri, the youngest of three. My older brother has autism and depends on Medicaid for care. When I was in grade school, my mother showed me a report on Willowbrook, a mental hospital where patients were left to rot in their own waste, naked and unattended for days on end. My mother looked me in the eye, told me that she’s fighting to keep my brother out of an institution because of inhumane care, and explained that one day this fight would be mine. That day is now.

I’m fighting hard to ensure my brother is the first man in our family to live past 62 years old. I spend hours on his health, his quality of life, his daily community involvement. And the last thing I need is less funding, less support, and fewer options. I’m calling to tell you that I will be relentless in this quest…because my mother was, my father was, and my brother deserves it.

My brother’s name is Bill. He’s 47. He loves trains, planes, the smell of vanilla, Kit Kats, lunch meat, walks, and contributing to his community. It took him years to learn to write his name, to use the bathroom, to sign basic requests. He’s amazing. He’s a Missourian. And he is why I’m on the phone talking to you about a reckless healthcare bill no one wants pushed by a historically unpopular president no one likes. This is what’s at stake. Bill’s quality of life and health is at stake. And this story is what I intend to share with you daily. Because I inherited this quest with love and appreciation, and my brother is more than worth it.”

Have you shared the story of how your family would be hurt by the House and Senate health care proposals? Please share your story with Missouri Health Care for All at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SaveOurCare.

And please be sure to share your story with our Senators as well! Call (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to the office of Senator Roy Blunt, and then call again and ask to be connected to the office of Senator Claire McCaskill.

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Senate Health Care Debate Continues

Updates and Explanations

Wednesday, July 26, 9:15 am Central

In case you missed it: Hours after voting to open debate on health care legislation, the Senate voted down their comprehensive “repeal and replace” plan, basically a slightly revised version of the BCRA. Kudos to everyone across the country whose calls helped tank that terrible proposal.

Today, the Senate is expected to move from a terrible plan that would have stripped 22 million Americans of their insurance to a catastrophic plan: They will hold a vote on “repeal without replacing,” which would rob 32 million people of their insurance and double insurance premiums. We don’t expect that plan to pass, but we should still call our senators and tell them to vote no.

If that vote fails, they will move on to some other plan. While it’s theoretically possible they will reveal a plan nobody has seen yet, that seems pretty unlikely. The only remaining plan the GOP has publicly discussed is so-called “skinny repeal,” which would repeal only a handful of provisions. This proposal is a Trojan horse that has nothing to do with anything the GOP intends to make law. (It would “only” lead to 15 million people losing insurance, clearly not enough for the leaders of this effort). Its whole purpose would be to pass “something, anything,” to allow the Senate to move to a conference committee with the House, where they can try once again to craft a bill behind closed doors, with no public transparency.

Sausage-making is rarely pretty, and never less so than when millions of people are waiting to find out if they’ll still have health care next year.

There’s still a lot to happen in this process, possibly several more months. We didn’t win yesterday but we haven’t lost either. Keep those calls going!

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U.S. Senate votes to move to debate on health care bill

July 25, 2017

U.S. Senate votes to move to debate on health care bill

Every proposal strips millions of health care and jeopardizes lives of Missourians

On Tuesday afternoon, July 25, the U.S. Senate voted 51-50 to move to debate on the budget reconciliation bill to repeal part of the Affordable Care Act and slash funding for Medicaid. Vice President Pence provided a tie-breaking vote to allow debate to proceed.

The Senate voted along party lines. All but two Republican Senators voted aye. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined all 48 Democrats and Independents to vote no. Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill (D) voted no, while Missouri Senator Roy Blunt (R) voted yes.

Senators voted to proceed to debate despite not knowing what version – or versions – of the bill they will be asked to debate and vote on.

Jen Bersdale, Executive Director of Missouri Health Care for All, says, “It is shameful that 50 Senators and our Vice President voted to bring up a bill when they do not even know what type of legislation they will ultimately be asked to support. Every proposal we have seen – whether it is called the American Health Care Act, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, full repeal, or so-called skinny repeal – does grievous harm to Americans by stripping millions of their health insurance. In doing so, they endanger the very lives of constituents whose cancer will go undetected, whose diabetes will go untreated, and whose heart disease will go unmonitored.”

Bersdale notes, “Even those who are most committed to advancing these proposals do not seem to have arguments to make in favor of their proposals, instead focusing on calls for political party loyalty and continued ad hominem attacks on the Affordable Care Act. These are the wrong considerations for our nation’s leaders as they debate the future of our health care system.”

Regardless of which proposals are ultimately debated and considered, Missouri Health Care for All urges Missouri Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt to vote “NO” on the bill. Until the Senate can craft a proposal that does not lead to millions of people losing their health insurance, the only way to protect Missourians is to oppose this bill.

Sarah Gentry, Policy Director of Missouri Health Care for All, says, “Our Senators should not get distracted by the details around the edges of the various proposals. Every proposal has the same core problems: Loss of health insurance for tens of millions of Americans, higher costs for millions more, and fewer protections for consumers.”

Crystal Brigman Mahaney, Deputy Director of Missouri Health Care for All, urges Senators Blunt and McCaskill to heed the calls of their constituents: “Thousands of Missourians have spoken out against the dangerous health care proposals the Senate will now debate. Missourians sent Senators Blunt and McCaskill to Washington to represent our best interests, and this bill is bad for Missourians. Our Senators should listen to their constituents and vote down any bill that leads to Missourians losing their access to care.”

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Making sense of the news

Making sense of the news

UPDATED Wednesday, July 19

This week has been a whirlwind of health care news. I hope this post helps you make sense of what is happening and how you can help protect health care.

Part I – Where we celebrate

On Monday night, July 17, two more majority party legislators announced they would not support the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). With four of the 52 Republican senators and all 48 Democrat senators opposed, the Senate does not have enough votes to pass the bill. As many people know, the BCRA would have devastated access to health care, which is why so many people contacted Senators to tell them to oppose it.

Stopping the BCRA is a huge victory. This week, we proved once again that when lots of real people raise their voices, we can make a difference. 

Yes, there will be more work to do – see below. But we sustain our movement by celebrating our successes along the way. So, before you read any farther, please take a moment to celebrate!

Part II: Where we remain vigilant

As soon as it became clear that the BCRA could not pass, Senator McConnell announced that he would call for a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act without immediately replacing it – a move that would have led to 32 million Americans losing their insurance. Three majority party senators have announced they will not support this proposal, enough to stop it from proceeding.

Nevertheless, Senator McConnell has announced he will hold a vote on repeal-without-replacing as soon as the week of July 24. He is working to convince Senators to support this vote. Meanwhile, President Trump is meeting with Senators hoping to revive some version of the BCRA.

As long as some elected leaders remain committed to rolling back the protections in the Affordable Care Act or capping and cutting Medicaid funding, we must remain vigilant and active. You can help now by telling your Senators that you are still paying attention and still don’t want them to cut access to health care. Click here to take action.

Part III: Where we call on our leaders to lead

Like most Americans, we have been disheartened to see health care become a partisan political issue. Health care affects every one of us, and we believe we all have a lot more in common on this issue – across lines of party, geography, and economics – than the pundits might lead us to believe. Most of us recognize that our system needs improvements, and most of us want good health care for ourselves and for our neighbors.

This week, a partisan bill to unravel our health care system collapsed. Now it is time for our elected officials to work together to make our system better for everyone. We are inspired that there are elected officials in both parties calling for bipartisan cooperation on real system improvement. In the months to come, we’ll continue calling on our leaders to work for better care for everyone, and we’ll let you know how you can help.

Act Now

Our voices have made a difference. Thank you for lending yours.

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Experts Agree: Senate Health Care Bill is the Worst

THOSE WHO KNOW HEALTH CARE THE BEST SAY THE SENATE REPEAL BILL IS THE WORST

Missouri Health Care for All is deeply concerned about the damage the Senate’s health care bill would do to the American health care system and to Missouri families. But don’t just take our word for it.

Response to the Senate health care repeal bill has been swift and harsh. Nationwide, physicians, patient groups, hospitals, consumer groups, senior groups, and faith leaders have all come out against the Senate repeal bill. Here is what some of them have to say about this bill.

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PROVIDERS

American Academy Of Pediatrics: “The US Senate’s Health Care Legislation, At Last Unveiled Today, Fails To Meet Children’s Needs.” “The U.S. Senate’s health care legislation, at last unveiled today, fails to meet children’s needs…There is too much at stake for those of us who care for children to be silent. Pediatricians will continue to speak out for what children need until we see legislation that reflects it.” [AAP, 6/22/17]

American Psychiatric Association: “The Senate Proposal, Like The House-Passed American Health Care Act, Falls Short Of Providing Needed Mental Health Care Benefits And Protections To Those Most Vulnerable.” “The American Psychiatric Association urges the Senate to reject the troubling and harmful health care reform proposal released today by Senate Republicans. The Senate proposal, like the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), falls short of providing needed mental health care benefits and protections to those most vulnerable.” [APA, 6/22/17]

American Psychiatric Association: “APA Also Expresses Serious Concerns About The Secretive Process Under Which It Was Drafted And The Lack Of Time For Review And Debate.” “APA also expresses serious concerns about the secretive process under which it was drafted and the lack of time for review and debate. Physicians and their patients were not consulted in the process. Consequently, the legislation will have significant negative impacts on care for people with mental illness and substance use disorders.” [APA, 6/22/17]

American Academy Of Family Physicians: “This Legislation Would Have A Profoundly Negative Impact On Americans.” “The Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 reflects many of the same flawed concepts that are in the American Health Care Act. In many ways, it poses a graver threat to millions of Americans, particularly children, people with disabilities and older Americans…This legislation would have a profoundly negative impact on Americans. The AAFP urges the Senate to reject this path and this policy. There are countless improvements that need to be made to our health care system, and the AAFP stands ready to work with Congress on identifying and implementing those improvements. But, we cannot and will not support a bill that will cause harm to millions of patients.” [AAFP, 6/22/17]

American Psychological Association: “This So-Called Better Care Reconciliation Act Is Actually Worse Than The Bill Passed By The House.” “This so-called Better Care Reconciliation Act is actually worse than the bill passed by the House, because it would undermine Medicaid even more severely, if a little more slowly. This is extremely disappointing. Medicaid is a critical backstop of coverage for mental health treatment, and for millions of older Americans, children and individuals with disabilities. If the goal is to cover more people, why slash Medicaid when it is already much more cost-effective than private sector plans?” [APA, 6/22/17]

HOSPITALS

American Hospital Association: “We Urge The Senate To Go Back To The Drawing Board And Develop Legislation That Continues To Provide Coverage To All Americans Who Currently Have It.” “From the onset of this debate, America’s hospitals and health systems have been guided by a set of key principles that would protect coverage for Americans. Unfortunately, the draft bill under discussion in the Senate moves in the opposite direction, particularly for our most vulnerable patients. The Senate proposal would likely trigger deep cuts to the Medicaid program that covers millions of Americans with chronic conditions such as cancer, along with the elderly and individuals with disabilities who need long-term services and support. Medicaid cuts of this magnitude are unsustainable and will increase costs to individuals with private insurance. We urge the Senate to go back to the drawing board and develop legislation that continues to provide coverage to all Americans who currently have it.” [AHA, 6/22/17]

Federation Of American Hospitals: “Now Is The Time For The Senate To Hit Reset And Make Key Improvements To This Legislation.” “FAH has been explicit about our health reform core principles: maintain coverage levels, reasonable Medicaid structural reforms, sustain affordable, high quality individual coverage, protect employer-sponsored insurance and roll back untenable cuts to hospital reimbursement. At this time, the BCRA draft does not sufficiently meet those principles which are so important to those Americans our community hospitals serve and our employees who care for those patients every day. Now is the time for the Senate to hit reset and make key improvements to this legislation.” [FAH, 6/22/17]

Children’s Hospital Association: “Children’s Hospitals Are Unified In Calling On The Senate To Reject The Bill.” “Today, the U.S. Senate released the ‘Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017’ as part of the ongoing congressional effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and reform Medicaid more broadly. Children’s hospitals are unified in calling on the Senate to reject the bill. At its core, the bill is a major step backward for children and their health.” [CHA, 6/22/17]

Catholic Health Association: “Just Like The House Passed American Health Care Act, The Senate Proposal Will Have A Devastating Impact On Our Nation’s Most Vulnerable Populations.” “CHA is strongly opposed to the Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act. Just like the House passed American Health Care Act, the Senate proposal will have a devastating impact on our nation’s most vulnerable populations. After weeks of working behind closed doors, and despite claims that the Senate would start over and develop its own legislation, there is very little that differs from the House bill. The small tweaks made in the newly released Senate bill do not change the fact that millions will lose their health care especially through a complete restructuring and deep federal funding reduction to the Medicaid program.” [CHA, 6/22/17]

America’s Essential Hospitals: “This Bill Might Even Accelerate Decisions By Some [Hospitals] To Reduce Services Or Close Their Doors.” “Senate leaders today have put ideology ahead of lives with a plan that puts health and home at risk for millions of working Americans and that would badly weaken essential services for everyone in communities across the country. Today’s Senate bill makes few material improvements to the deeply damaging House legislation, and might be worse overall. For the hospitals that protect millions of Americans and their communities — our essential hospitals — this bill might even accelerate decisions by some to reduce services or close their doors.” [AEH, 6/22/17]

PATIENT GROUPS

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network: “Patients Would Pay More For Less Coverage Under Senate Health Bill.” “Preliminary analysis of the Senate bill released today shows the proposal could greatly harm millions of cancer patients, survivors and those at risk for the disease. Now more than ever patients need a transparent, bipartisan effort that will stabilize the insurance market, retain patient protections and reduce rather than increase premiums. We urge the Senate to return to the drawing board and work together to find ways to improve our health care system and protect cancer patients.” [ACS CAN, 6/22/17]

American Lung Association: “The Health Care Legislation Released Today Falls Woefully Short Of Providing Health Care For The 32 Million Americans Living With Lung Disease And Should Be Rejected.” “The healthcare legislation released today falls woefully short of providing healthcare for the 32 million Americans living with lung disease and should be rejected. The Senate bill will slash funding for our nation’s Medicaid program, which provides coverage for 20 percent of Americans and 39 percent of children — many of whom have asthma, COPD and other lung diseases. The proposed cuts to Medicaid under this bill will be devastating for children, seniors and people living with disabilities for whom healthcare is critical. Cuts to Medicaid will lead to more asthma attacks.” [ALA, 6/22/17]

National Council For Behavioral Health: “Instead Of ‘Repeal And Replace,’ It Is ‘Wreck And Wreak Havoc.’” “The Senate version of the American Health Care Act purports to be a ‘repeal and replace’ of the Affordable Care Act, but is really a draconian restructuring and gutting of Medicaid, the program that covers 20% of Americans and is one of the primary payers of addiction and mental health treatment in the U.S. Instead of ‘repeal and replace,’ it is ‘wreck and wreak havoc.’” [NCBH, 6/22/17]

CONSUMER GROUPS

AARP: “The Bill Gives $200MM To Drug & Insurance Companies While Regular People Pay More & Get Less.” “The bill gives $200MM to drug & insurance companies while regular people pay more & get less. Senate, we’ll hold you accountable. #VoteNo” [AARP, 6/22/17]

Consumers Union: “The Devil Is In The Details, And Now That We’ve Seen The Bill, It’s Understandable Why Senate Leaders Have Kept It Hidden Behind Closed Doors.” “The devil is in the details, and now that we’ve seen the bill, it’s understandable why Senate leaders have kept it hidden behind closed doors. Rather than starting from scratch — as Senators promised — this latest version of the American Health Care Act is equally misguided and harsh as the House bill. The consequences of the Senate’s legislation are just as dangerous: millions of Americans could lose coverage, consumers would likely pay more out-of-pocket for care and higher premiums for plans that cover less, and Medicaid would be cut off at the knees. While the bill may appear to provide consideration for those with preexisting conditions, the option to waive Essential Health Benefits could leave all privately insured Americans at the mercy of annual and lifetime caps — putting meaningful coverage out of reach for many Americans, especially those with chronic and pre existing conditions.” [Consumers Union, 6/22/17]

TEACHERS

American Federation Of Teachers: “This Proposal Would Be A Disaster For America’s Families — It Raises Costs, Cuts Coverage, Weakens Protections, And Ends Medicaid As We Know It.” “Now that we have leafed through the 142 pages of the Senate Republicans’ bill, it’s obvious why they wanted to keep it a secret. This proposal would be a disaster for America’s families—it raises costs, cuts coverage, weakens protections and ends Medicaid as we know it. Instead of repairing Obamacare, Republicans have doubled down on what the House-passed Trumpcare would do—rip away healthcare from millions to give tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans. In the Senate, they just did it in a different way.” [AFT, 6/22/17]

FAITH LEADERS

Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice: “The ‘Plan’ Unveiled By Senate Republicans Today Continues to Be Un-American.” ‘The ‘plan’ unveiled by Senate Republicans today continues to be un-American. Their mission is clear: the GOP wants to push people off of healthcare coverage in order to give more tax breaks to the very wealthy. This bill is a crass political calculation carried out by 13 white, male Senators who are out of touch with the realities of millions of ordinary families in every state. They are about raw power – not working for the common good. Democracy works best when there are hearings, debate, and discussion to craft a bill that works for everyone, not just a few Senators. My faith challenges me to heal the sick and care for the widow and the orphan. This Republican bill does the opposite. This is not the faithful way forward. We urge a NO vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act.” [NETWORK, 6/22/17]

Reverend Jimmie Hawkins, Director, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness: “An Unacceptable Threat To God’s People.” “The draconian cuts to heath care are an unacceptable threat to God’s people, particularly those who have the least access to resources in our society. Passing this bill means that people will die from lack of healthcare, a reality that we as Presbyterians cannot accept. We urge all Senators of good conscience to recognize their responsibility to vote NO on the Better Care Reconciliation Act.” [NETWORK, 6/22/17]

Barbara Weinstein, Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism: The Bill “Will Profoundly And Negatively Impact Our Nation’s Most Vulnerable.” “We vehemently oppose the Senate health care proposal released today. The bill’s devastating cuts and restructuring of Medicaid will profoundly and negatively impact our nation’s most vulnerable—low-income Americans, the elderly, children, and people with disabilities. Jewish tradition’s emphasis on caring for the sick and uplifting those in need inspires us to demand that the Senate reject this harmful legislation and work to expand, not restrict, access to affordable health care.” [NETWORK, 6/22/17]

Reverend David Beckman, President, Bread for the World: “Senators Who Support This Bill Will Be Voting To Take Away Health Insurance From The Elderly, The Disabled, And Children.” “Ending the Medicaid expansion at a slower rate still means that millions of Americans will have their health care coverage taken away. Senators who support this bill will be voting to take away health insurance from the elderly, the disabled, and children. Medical bills often drive families, especially those who struggle to make ends meet, into hunger and poverty. Instead of making our health care system worse, Congress should strive to improve the system so that all Americans have the health care coverage they need.” [NETWORK, 6/22/17]

Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland Tune, Director, Ecumenical Poverty Initiative: “Lives Are At Stake And So Is The Moral Fabric Of Our Nation.” “We are deeply disappointed in the Senate version of the AHCA, which will negatively impact millions of Americans including the poorest in our nation, children and the elderly. The cuts to Medicaid are reprehensible and the planned phaseout will put people’s lives in jeopardy and make America sick again. It seems that the thirteen Senators who drafted this bill have had their moral compass demagnetized by political posturing, an unhealthy desire to dismantle, rather than fix, the Affordable Care Act, and to pay for tax breaks for the wealthiest in our nation– all at the expense of the American people. This is both shameful and unjust. We call on U.S. Senators to put people first. Reject this bill by voting against it. Lives are at stake and so is the moral fabric of our nation.” [NETWORK, 6/22/17]

Rev. Jason Carson Wilson, Justice & Peace Policy Fellow, United Church of Christ Justice & Witness Ministries: “What Would Jesus Do? He Would Champion Healthcare For All.” “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were promised to us all. Deep Medicaid cuts are destined to bring death and sadness to many. Children, seniors and people living with disabilities’ lives hang in the balance. As a follower of Jesus, I’m called to comfort the afflicted. Drastic Medicaid cuts will only create more chaos and pain for those already facing challenges. What would Jesus do? He would champion healthcare for all.” [NETWORK, 6/22/17]

Diane Randall, Executive Secretary, Friends Committee on National Legislation: “Never Before Have I Seen Legislation That Would Do So Much Harm To Senators’ Own Constituents.” “The Senate version of the AHCA is beyond irresponsible; it is immoral. The draconian cuts and restructuring of Medicaid do nothing to address instability in the marketplace or lower premiums. Instead, states will be forced to eliminate health services, leaving millions without access to needed care. These Medicaid cuts will fall particularly hard on low-income children, seniors, and people with disabilities. Never before have I seen legislation that would do so much harm to senators’ own constituents, especially for families struggling to make ends meet. Rather than cutting Medicaid in a rushed and secretive process, Congress should work in a bipartisan and responsible manner to truly address the real problems within America’s health care system.” [NETWORK, 6/22/17]

Larry Couch, Director, National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd: “This Wanton Disregard For Human Life Must Be Stopped.” “Learning about the proposed deep cuts in Medicaid passed by the House of Representatives, the American people looked to the Senate. Sadly, the Senate plan proposes even deeper cuts in Medicaid. This wanton disregard for human life must be stopped. Millions of children living in poverty, people with disabilities, and older people in nursing homes will be denied life-saving medicine and care. Call your legislators today to stop this vicious attack on the most vulnerable people in our communities.” [NETWORK, 6/22/17]

Albert Pless, President of American Muslim Health Professionals: “We Urge All Senators To Vote Against The Better Reconciliation Act.” “As an organization that strives to care for the most vulnerable members of our society, discussions surrounding the repeal of the ACA have been deeply distressing. Given that ACA has impacted the lives of many – most notably, those hard-to-reach members of our community who would otherwise not know where to go to begin the process of obtaining health coverage, it is critical we oppose any bill that seeks to eliminate care. We urge all Senators to vote against the Better Care Reconciliation Act. ” [NETWORK, 6/22/17]

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Volunteer at Springfield Pride

We’re excited to host a table at this year’s Greater Ozarks Pridefest at Springfield this June – Saturday, June 17th. We need dedicated volunteers to help make this day a success, and have a great time meeting our neighbors.

Pridefest will take place on the Springfield Park Central Square. Our table will be located on the north side of the square, along the North Booneville Ave entrance.

Volunteer shifts are available from: 8:30AM – 10:30AM; 10:30AM – 12:30PM; 12:30PM – 2:30PM; 2:30PM – 4:30PM; 4:30PM – 6:30PM

Sign up to volunteer with us here:

If these slots do not work for you, reach out to Crystal to set up a time.

Missouri Health Care for All Table at Springfield Pride

Event Chair: Crystal

 

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