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Special edition Coffee CAHC call to action: December 1, 2017

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Coffee CAHC

115th Congress, 1st session

128th Maine Legislature, adjourned

 

Friday, December 1, 2017

 

It’s December! How does the song go? “All I want for Christmas is for Congress to stop trying to take health care away from millions upon millions of working class Americans to give some bazillionaires more cash they can park offshore, can park offshore, can park offshore…”

 

National level

No news. No updates. This is a simple, straightforward, action-alert Coffee CAHC today. The Senate is set to vote within hours on their so-called tax reform bill, which they are hoping and praying nobody notices is actually a health care repeal bill with some tax stuff wrapped up in it.

Yes, there was some procedural drama last night and they delayed the vote, but they are doing everything they can – even as I write this – to buy the last votes they need.

This bill will do serious, destructive damage to the individual market across the country. It will throw millions of Americans off of their health care, and send premiums through the roof for the rest. It will impose devastating, multi-billion-dollar automatic cuts to Medicare. All so that some trillionaire campaign donors get an extra Christmas bonus.

The only thing left to do is keep up the drumbeat in opposition. Make sure your members of Congress know that you are paying attention and that they will be held accountable for how they vote on this. You can call the Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to be connected to your Senator, or find their website and send an e-mail contact by going to https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/.

One note: be extra nice to the office staff if or when you get through. We can and should hold their bosses accountable, but these offices are getting flooded with calls right now, and the staff deserve some polite respect for keeping up with it all.

 

State level

The Legislature’s Task Force on Health Care Coverage for All of Maine has had its members finalized, which means the task force can now get to work. We’ve mentioned this in the past, but things have been quiet for a while as we awaited the Senate President making his appointments, which he did recently. CAHC was hoping to be appointed as one of the consumer representatives to this committee, but there are some terrific people serving on this group. We’re looking forward to following their work and seeing what recommendations they make.

 

Would you like to know more?

In case I haven’t convinced you yet that the bill is a nightmare, maybe Center for American Progress can help.

 

Until next time, friends, I remain,

-Steve

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