23 Mar

President Obama signs healthcare reform into law


President Barack Obama capped a yearlong political drama Tuesday, signing into law a landmark health care reform bill that had been seen as impossible just two months ago.

The president said the law “will set into motion what a generation of Americans have fought for.”

He said he was confident the Senate would make fixes to the legislation “swiftly.”

Obama paid tribute to what he called the “historic leadership and uncommon courage” of the members of Congress who pushed ahead with the measure amid the often heated debate. He also hailed the new law, saying it helps lift a “decades-long drag” on the economy.

For details, read the full story on at

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23 Mar

So, what’s in the healthcare reform bill?

From Rep. Louise Slaughter comes this, a most succinct summary of what the healthcare reform bill passed Sunday is designed to do:

  • 10 million of the most struggling Americans will be covered by Medicaid
  • We will provide subsidies to help working class Americans afford their insurance
  • Americans with preexisting conditions will immediately have access to insurance through a high risk pool
  • Insurers will be required to spend at least 85% of premiums on care
  • Reform will reduce the federal deficit by $1.3 trillion over the next twenty years
  • There will be tax credits this year to help small businesses give their employees health insurance
  • Health care reform will end denial of coverage because of preexisting conditions, first for children and later for all adults
  • We will prohibit lifetime caps on benefits
  • Insurance companies will be unable to drop you from your coverage because you get sick

Medicare will see multiple improvements:

  • We will immediately begin closing the Medicare donut hole
  • We will immediately remove copays for preventative care
  • We require Medicare Advantage plans to spend at least 85% of premiums on care
  • We extended the solvency of Medicare by many years

The summary comes from Rep. Slaughter’s article on the Daily Kos website. For more details, read the full article at

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23 Mar

‘This is what change looks like.’

From our friends at

After a historic vote in the House to send healthcare reform to the President, he speaks to all Americans on the change they will finally see as they are given back control over their own health care.

If the viewscreen above is not visible, President Obama’s remarks can be viewed at

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18 Mar

The Conventions are Coming!

California Democratic Convention, April 16-18, 2010 California Democratic Convention
April 16-18, 2010, Los Angeles
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11 Mar

CADEM: California needs a majority vote budget. Sign the petition to help get it on the November ballot

From our friends at the California Democratic Party:

Teachers, firefighters and nurses have launched a petition drive to put a majority vote budget on the ballot in November. Their measure changes the vote requirement to pass a budget from two-thirds to a simple majority and penalizes legislators for failing to do their most important job – passing a fair budget on time.

Year after year Republicans hold the budget hostage and are able to make extraneous demands that weaken our environmental protection laws and undermine worker protections, and they even managed to foist a Louisiana-style “Top-Two” primary on the voters of California – all in exchange for passing a budget which they are already required to do by law.

Getting this initiative to quality for the ballot will be an uphill climb for our partners unless our party’s grassroots activists engage, organize and mobilize now.

And from our friends at Californians For Democracy, one organization coordinating efforts to get this on the ballot:

The California Democracy Act is a simple, 14-word initiative that would end the 2/3 rule that has left the state in the hands of a minority of legislators who have prevented the government from doing what it was created to do: protecting and empowering its residents:

“All legislative actions on revenue and budget must be determined by a majority vote.”

Want to help? Californians for Democracy will now accept what they call ‘single-signature petitions.’ This means that people interested in supporting this initiative can now print, sign and mail the petition from their own homes. Here’s how:

  1. Download the petition and print it. Do not shrink or enlarge it; print it only at 100%, single sided, on white, 8.5″ x 11″ paper only. Please be sure to follow the printing and mailing instructions carefully.
  2. Sign the petition and mail it to the campaign. Mailing instructions are included on the petition document itself.

Time is of the essence. After April 5, it will be too late to get on the November ballot and we will need to start all over again. And California just can’t wait.

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