On Friday night a Texas judge threw out the Affordable Care Act and health care protections for millions of Americans. During the midterms, Republicans ran their campaigns saying they would make sure insurance companies covered pre-existing conditions, but we knew they were lying. This ruling plays right into the Republican agenda of limiting access to healthcare. Earlier this year, the Trump Administration said it wouldn’t defend the law that has protected Americans with pre-existing conditions expanded coverage to millions more. Now is the time to thank our Senators, House Democrats, and Attorney General (aren’t you glad we have a democratic AG?) for saying they will work to appeal this ruling and protect our health care. It’s important to note that Friday night’s ruling on the ACA should not impact health insurance coverage for 2019. You can enroll until January 13 in Minnesota.
“The part of "repeal and replace" Republicans never liked was the "replace" part. The Republican health care position is to let insurance companies charge as much as they like and cover as little as they like.”
A Potent Remedy for Evictions: Obamacare.
2. Border wall and possible Government Shutdown
Stephen Miller and his painted on hair has touted that the Trump administration is “absolutely” willing to shutdown the government over the border wall.
“Trump said last week he would be "proud" to have a shutdown to get Congress to approve a $5 billion down payment to fulfill his campaign promise to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. But the president doesn't have the votes from the Republican-controlled Congress to support funding for the wall at that level.”
“Congress faces a deadline of midnight Friday to pass legislation funding seven agencies ― including Homeland Security ― or else the third partial government shutdown of 2018 will occur. It’s not yet clear how Congress will try to stave off a shutdown, or whether President Donald Trump will get the $5 billion in funding for border security he says is needed for his signature.” (Thank you D.R.)
3. Almost 15,000 Migrant Children Being Held at Shelters
I’m devastated to hear about seven year old Jakelin Caal Maquin’s death while in the custody of Border Patrol Agents. I’m disgusted to read that this country has almost 15,000 children being held in almost capacity shelters. We have got to figure out how right these wrongs.
Read what Senator Smith had to say about visiting two detention centers.
“Months after the government erected a tent city in the desert, most of what happens inside the encampment remains hidden, even from curious neighbors in the nearby town of 1,600 residents. The only images of the minors in the camp, standing outside in an orderly line or playing soccer, have been released by the Department of Health and Human Services.”
4. Zinke is gone (some good news!).
The guy who is currently facing 17 ethics investigations is leaving the administration.
There is a lot happening this week. Check out upcoming events:
Hey MN03! You have a town hall event with your new Congressman, Dean Phillips, today! Get there early!
Monday, December 17th, 6:30
Oak Grove Elementary School
1301 W. 104th St
Protect Mueller Petition Delivery on Tuesday, December 18th
Now is a great time to catch up on some podcasts. Here are some good ones. Happy listening!
NPR political podcast https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510310/npr-politics-podcast
Gaslit Nation https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/gaslit-nation
Anything by Crooked Media https://crooked.com/network/
Al Franken interviewing Andy Slavitt https://soundcloud.com/…/health-care-discussion-with-andy-s…
Rachel Maddow’s podcast, Bagman https://www.msnbc.com/bagman
Chris Hayes’ podcast, Why is This Happening? https://art19.com/sh…/why-is-this-happening-with-chris-hayes
Political Gabfest https://slate.com/news-and-politics/political-gabfest
The Weeds https://www.vox.com/the-weeds
More Perfect (a podcast about the Supreme Court) https://www.wnycstudios.org/…/radiolabmoreperfect/season-one
Whistlestop (a podcast about the history of presidents) http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/whistlestop.html
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/