Category Archives: Politics

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) Stinks

Health care was on my Watch List of things likely to get worse with a Trump administration. Yes, he promised the exact opposite, and his supporters may have believed that, but it was a con. Hang on—you’re about to get really screwed. And so are a lot of others. It’s not too late: call your representative in the House and urge that person not to vote to approve it (they are pushing for a vote on Thursday).

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Watch List: Oppose Appointees: 2. Take Your Pick

Heard about the incoming president who chooses the fox to guard the henhouse? Who’s filling the swamp with creatures from the Black Lagoon? Yeah. Me, too. I hate it when real life becomes a bad movie.

We’re in a very busy time in Washington, D.C., with a lot of cabinet appointees up for hearings now and in the coming weeks. Your voice is being heard in Washington! So keep on calling on the issues that concern you. We’ve seen the House pull back on eliminating the Office of Congressional Ethics, we’ve seen the hearings delayed for four incompletely vetted nominees, and Senator Murkowski has joined with several other Republicans to request a delay of the ACA repeal. There will be more. Keep watch, and call your representatives on things that you think they should oppose (or support). Here is a good guide to effectively doing this (I also follow Emily Ellsworth on Twitter). Derek Nelson at re:act is also good. re:act puts out a weekly list that is proving helpful. Here is the current one.

I am calling and hope you will, too. I’ve had some good conversations with congressional staffers.

Contact information for your senators is here. The phone calls are quick and easy when you have a few talking points (you can email, too, but it may not be as effective). I can’t keep up with the list of nominees, but I can point you some places to where to learn more.
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Watch List: Health Care 2. Affordable Care Act

This week is a big one in Washington, D.C. The Republican majority is going to try to ram through a bunch of things quickly in hopes that we don’t have time to assess and react. Keep watch, and call your representatives on things that you think they should oppose (or support). Here is a good guide to effectively doing this (I also follow Emily Ellsworth on Twitter): I am calling and hope you will, too. I’ve had some good conversations with congressional staffers. Contact information for your House representative is here and for your senators is here. The phone calls are quick and easy when you have a few talking points (you can email, too, but it may not be as effective). Here are some thoughts about the Affordable Care Act:
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Watch List: Health Care 1. Planned Parenthood

This week is a big one in Washington, D.C. The Republican majority is going to try to ram through a bunch of things quickly in hopes that we don’t have time to assess and react. Keep watch, and call your representatives on things that you think they should oppose (or support). Here is a good guide to effectively doing this (I also follow Emily Ellsworth on Twitter):  I am calling and hope you will, too. Contact information for your House representative is here and for your senators is here. The phone calls are quick and easy when you have a few talking points (you can email, too, but it may not be as effective). Here are some thoughts about Planned Parenthood:
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Watch List: Oppose Appointees. 1. Sessions for U.S. AG

This coming week is a big one in Washington, D.C. The Republican majority is going to try to ram through a bunch of things quickly in hopes that we don’t notice some of the truly nasty things they want us to swallow. Keep watch, and call your representatives on things that you think they should oppose (or support). Here is a good guide to effectively doing this (I also follow Emily Ellsworth on Twitter). Contact information for the U.S. Senate is here. I am calling my senators on this one and hope you will call yours, too.
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