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27 Jun
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Making America Sick Again

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13 Republican Senators spent the last couple of months secretly crafting a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Unlike the ACA, which had over 100 hearings, Republican Senate leaders plan to jam this bill though in the next few days.

Will the bill reduce premiums?  No, the Senate Republican bill will cause premiums to increase.

Will the bill lower deductibles? No, the Senate Republican bill will cause increases in deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs.

Will the bill result in more people having health insurance than do today? No, the Senate Republican bill will cause millions of Americans to lose their healthcare coverage.

Will this bill improve the health care of Americans?  No, the Senate Republican bill slashes federal funds for health care in order to fund a multi-billion tax break for the wealthiest 1% of Americans. It will harm millions of Americans, particularly children, older Americans, seniors in nursing homes, women, veterans, the disabled, those who rely upon Planned Parenthood and both low-income and middle-income families who will no longer be able to afford health care coverage.

The ACA repeal bill passed by House Republicans was terrible, but the Senate Republican proposal is even worse.  It not only repeals the ACA, it also eviscerates the federal commitment to Medicaid, a 52-year old program that 1 in every 3 Californians relies upon. Californians will lose $24 billion annually in federal assistance for their healthcare by 2027 under this bill.

The bill is opposed by the Association of American Retired Persons (AARP), the American Medical Association (AMA), American Hospital Association (AHA) and a majority of Americans.

As California’s Insurance Commissioner, I know first hand how devastating this bill will be, reversing the progress we have made in insuring 5 million Californians previously without insurance. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris are leaders in the fight to defeat this bill and we need your help.

What can you do to stop this bill?

We need to convince at least 3 Senate Republicans to refrain from voting for this bill top stop it. Contact your friends and family who live in any of the states whose Senators are listed below and ask them to contact their Senator’s office today.

Even if they’ve reached out in the past, another call or email today can really make the difference.

And next, please make a call to each of the Senators listed below and ask them to vote against this bill that would take health care away from so many of their constituents and make it less affordable for many more. (Senate email contact pages generally don’t let you submit if you’re from outside the state, so phoning is the best way to get through).

Senator Susan Collins (Maine)

Email: https://www.collins.senate.gov/contact

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SenatorCollins

Phone: 202-224-2523

Senator Dean Heller (Nevada)

Email: https://www.heller.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SenDeanHeller

Phone: 202-224-6244

Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

Email: https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/contact

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LisaMurkowski

Phone: 202-224-6665

Senator Rob Portman (Ohio)

Email: https://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SenRobPortman

Phone: 202-224-3353

Senator Jeff Flake (Arizona)

Email: https://www.capito.senate.gov/contact/contact-shelley

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JeffFlake

Phone: 202-224-4521

Senator Shelly Moore Capito (West Virginia)

Email: https://www.flake.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-jeff

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SenCapito

Phone: 202-224-6472

Thank you for helping to defeat this bill that would deprive millions of Americans of the health care they need.

Sincerely,

DAVE JONES
Insurance Commissioner

 

 

 

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26 Jun
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Fresno County Democratic Party Town Hall July 10 6:00 P.M.

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26 Jun
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Working hard for our Valley

Dear Friends,

This past week in Washington, we in the House of Representatives passed legislation that would have a positive impact on the economy and the future of the San Joaquin Valley. I wanted to share how these bills could build a stronger Valley economy, strengthen our vibrant agricultural system, and improve future opportunities for Valley residents.

House Passes a Number of Bills Impacting the Valley

On Wednesday, I joined my House colleagues in supporting legislation that would reduce wildfires by streamlining the process for managing trees and vegetation growing near power lines, potentially preventing tragedies like the 2015 Butte fire from occurring in the Valley. We passed this bill, the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act, on a bipartisan basis by a vote of 300 to 118.

On Thursday the House passed the Strengthening Career Technical Education for the 21stCentury Act, which would help students across the country gain the skills and on the job training they need to find gainful employment and develop a career. Career Technical Education programs have been critical in increasing opportunity and growth in communities like the San Joaquin Valley. In Madera Unified School District alone there are twenty-two different career pathways in multiple industries that provide education and real experience for students to take advantage of.

The House also passed the Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act on Thursday. I spoke on the House floor to urge my colleagues to both support the legislation and Representative LaMalfa’s amendment. The bill proposes a method for expediting the permit process for water storage projects, and Rep. LaMalfa’s amendment allows State-led water storage projects – such as our California project at Temperance Flat – to also use this process. While not perfect, this bill is a good first step in providing timelines for certainty of water storage projects and planning for our future water needs in California. I hope the Senate will move quickly to pass these bills and we will see them signed into law soon.

Rep. Costa speaks on the House floor on reforming the water project permitting process

Discussion with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke 

On Thursday, new Secretary of the Department of Interior, Ryan Zinke, appeared before the House Natural Resources Committee to discuss the new priorities of the Department and its sub-agencies under the Trump Administration and the President’s budget proposal. The cuts proposed in the President’s budget are deeply concerning because they impact a wide variety of agencies whose work affects all Americans, including cuts to National Park Service, the National Wildlife Refuge System, and research on energy conservation, climate change, and water conservation and weather forecasting. During the hearing I asked Secretary Zinke explicitly about the Department’s implementation of the WIIN Act, the first comprehensive water legislation in decades which Congress passed with my strong support at the end of 2016. Proper implementation of this law is important to improving long-term water security in the Valley. To view my interaction with Secretary Zinke, please click on the link below.

Rep. Costa discusses water challenges to California with Interior Secretary Zinke

Supporting our Valley’s Small Businesses

Small businesses are the engine that drive our nation’s economy, and it is critical that Congress work to improve conditions to help small businesses grow and thrive. Helping small businesses grow to get our economy moving again is one of my top priorities as a member of Congress. To that end, I recently joined as a cosponsor of the Investing in America’s Small Businesses Act. This bill would extend affordable credit to more small businesses in underserved communities by increasing access to microloan funding, which helps expand business operations and provide critical technical support to business owners. It would also provide grants to establish loan-loss reserve funds, which help Community Development Financial Institutions leverage private investment to provide the funding necessary for businesses to grow. I hope to see this bill voted on in the House of Representatives and taken up in the Senate later this year.

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter update. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any federal issues of your concern. To stay up-to-date on the work I am doing in Congress, please visit my website at costa.house.gov and sign up for my e-newsletter here. You can also follow my work and events in our Valley on my Facebook page andtwitter account.

Sincerely,

Jim Costa
Member of Congress

   

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26 Jun
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Healthcare Call to Action by CDP Chair Bauman

 

 

CDP

Please take a moment to watch this urgent call to action about TrumpCare 3.0.

 Healthcare Video Chair Bauman

Democrats must just say NO! to this cruel and heartless legislation–SHARE if you agree!

Eric C. Bauman, Chair
California Democratic Party

 

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26 Jun
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Statement from California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman On Announcement That SB 562 Will Be Held in Rules Committee

 

Los Angeles—California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman released the following statement in reaction to the announcement that SB 562—the single-payer, Medicare-for-all legislation recently passed by the State Senate—will be held in the Assembly Rules Committee:

“Today’s announcement that the Assembly will not be moving forward on single-payer, Medicare-for-All healthcare for California at this time is an unambiguous disappointment for all of us who believe that healthcare is a right for every Californian. We understand that SB 562 is a work in progress, but we believe it should keep moving forward, especially in light of the widespread suffering that will occur if Trump and Congressional Republicans succeed in passing their cold-blooded, morally bankrupt so-called healthcare legislation.

I call upon our Legislative Leaders to work together to find appropriate and acceptable solutions to enable SB 562 to advance as soon as possible.

Hundreds of thousands of people in California stand to lose their health insurance if Trumpcare 3.0 is signed into law. Countless Democrats passionately believe that Medicare-for-all healthcare is a bedrock principle of the Democratic Party, and I stand with them. Our message to our Legislative Leaders is clear: SB 562 must be given the chance to succeed.”

 

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