Friday, July 7, 2017

Friday 7/7 Call to Action

1, Oh healthcare, who would have thought I would think about you so much and so often.
It appears that Republican senators have been receiving a lot of feedback from their constituents at home over this 4th of July break. (Resist!) The hopes that the GOP could obtain 50 votes to pass the Better Care Reconciliation Act are beginning to fade. Yesterday, at a speech he made at a Rotary Club luncheon in Kentucky, Senator Mitch McConnell said that if his party was unable to assemble enough votes to pass the new healthcare bill, he would work with the Democrats to revise the Affordable Care Act. This was the first time Sen. McConnell has ever mentioned keeping the ACA. It appears that Sen. McConnell has discovered that creating health care legislation is no easy task.
Do you think Sen. McConnell is being forthright or is he scheming? I think it best that we continue to put pressure on our Senators. But perhaps we can change our request a bit. Let’s encourage them to work with the GOP if they agree to keep the ACA. Let’s insist that cost-sharing payments should be made permanent so that healthcare premiums are affordable.
I really liked this quote from Senator Heidi Heitkamp:
“The real thing here is making sure people understand that there are choices,” she said. “That we can fix what’s wrong with the Affordable Care Act without taking away Medicaid for disabled kids. That we can fix what’s wrong with the Affordable Care Act without giving billions of dollars of tax breaks to the wealthiest among us. That we have an opportunity to work together here if we can figure out how to collaborate. And that the way to do it is not in some backroom; the way to do it is in a markup in a hearing with regular order.”
Would you like to make a public comment to Trump about healthcare? Check this out!…
2. Protecting National Monuments and Minnesota’s North
Last April, Trump signed an executive order instructing the Department of the Interior to review all national monuments larger than 100,000 acres, created since 1996. Trump would like to roll back these designations. Without protections, these lands could be used for mining, fracking or development.
The Department of the Interior has given the public an opportunity to comment about this. Please act quickly because the comment period ends on July 1oth.
We can find tips and a way to submit here:
Here’s another CARE2 petition, this one asking Congress to protect our national parks from oil, gas, and fracking:…/congress-protect-our-nati…/
Would you like to stick closer to home? Minnesota Representative Rick Nolan has proposed a land swap between PolyMet and the U.S. Forrest Service. Environmental groups argue that the land swap undervalues the land being exchanged and creates a risk of pollution. Read more here:…/nolan-bill-would-force-complet…/
If you feel passionate about this you can contact your representative. Reps. Peterson, Emmer, and Lewis also support this.
3. Finally, from the Rogan’s List: The more we learn about the Russian attempts to infiltrate our election systems, the more frightening it gets… and the clearer it becomes that we need to be preparing to protect ourselves for future elections. (…/russia-hacking-hearing-stat…/index.html)
This infrastructure is managed by the states. So let’s use this spreadsheet from the Lift Every Vote team (…/1tTkRseESfZ-DSlk7GbcBz_8DDD…/edit…) and this contact info list from Rock the Vote (…/elections/contact-sos/) to contact our state election officials and ask what they’re doing to secure us against future attacks, and to coordinate with other states to make sure we’re all doing as much as possible.
Lift Every Vote:
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators:
Governor Dayton-
Out and About
Tuesday July 11 6:30-8:30 pm
Medicare for All Backyard Party-Health Care for All Minnesotans
4160 Burton Lane, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406
Sunday, July 16 2:30-3:45 pm
ATTC Learn & Take Action (July): Redistricting and Census
Edina Morningside Community Church
4201 Morningside Rd, Edina, Minnesota 55416
Thu, July 27, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
How to Talk with Loved Ones and Friends Across the Political Chasm
Brookdale Library
6125 Shingle Creek Parkway
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
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