Thurs. July 25, 2017
This afternoon there is scheduled a crucial vote in the U.S. Senate. It’s on whether or not to open yet another discussion regarding how to repeal or replace the Affordable Health Care Act, which is better known as Obamacare. Despite Republicans having voted countless times to repeal it ever since it passed, they haven’t been able to muster the votes –yet.
At 12:00PM-1:00 PM Tuesday July 25th, 500 Virginia Street East Charleston, WV 25301 (The corner of Laidley and Virginia St, in front of the United Bank building) people are planning to gather to let Capito know they expect her to vote against further “discussion” and preserve the status quo. WE DON’T THINK THAT GOES FAR ENOUGH. And here’s why:
The latest Republican plan to replace Obamacare has been dead for about a week now, mainly because there weren’t enough Senators willing to vote reduce health care coverage for citizens. And while Obamacare remains far from perfect (due to a cadre of gutless (or worse) Democrats back when they controlled Congress,) undercut it (including Jay Rockefeller), now the main plan is to discuss whether or not to simply repeal it altogether. And although there is the implied option to later replace it with “something better”, don’t count on it.
The upshot of today’s vote is to “open up discussion” so that the Senate could either vote (yet again) to repeal-and-replace it with its already failed Better Care Act Reconciliation, or (far more likely) move on a straight repeal.
Or, the Senate could possibly revive its Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017, which is identical to the reconciliation bill that passed both houses of Congress in 2015, only to be vetoed by President Obama. He shot it down because it cut Medicaid so deeply, also ending the mandated health care coverage for most Americans.
Pretty complicated stuff, eh? Not really.
If it passes, what today’s pig-in-the-poke vote will do is grant more time for Majority Leader McConnell and President Trump to wrangle enough votes on a bill fashioned to cut citizens’ coverage under Medicaid and Medicaid Expansion, so that the wealthiest Americans can get a tax break.
If you’re not in the same tax bracket as Jay Rockefeller or Shelley Capito, or Joe Manchin, you could call today to tell the Senate to close off further discussion so that the status quo is at least preserved. OR, during that same call, you might accomplish far more.
Tell Capito AND Manchin Senate staffers that instead of endlessly debating how to cut access to affordable health care coverage, Congress really should be figuring out how to expand coverage. And instead of continually lying about how Canada’s universal coverage is a failure, Senators should be studying on how to implement an improved version of Canada’s UNIVERSAL health care here in the U.S..
In other words, don’t just call Senator Shelly Capito to ask her why she voted to repeal Obamacare, call BOTH Capito AND Manchin to tell them that EVERYONE deserves the quality of free coverage that Senators have.
Instead of wasting time on discussing how to repeal and replace, Capito and Manchin should basically announce that they each back Bernie Sanders’ Single Payer plan.
Why do we think Bernie’s Plan is right? Because it just so happens that decades ago, the Mountain Party incorporated in our Party Platform that enactment of universal health care is a right that all West Virginians deserve. INCLUDING medical, dental and prescription benefits.
Spread the word: WE THE PEOPLE expect Congress to provide us with full universal health care coverage instead of endlessly debating on how to provide more tax breaks for their wealthy campaign backers.
|Contact Sen. Manchin:
306 Hart Senate Office Building
900 Pennsylvania Avenue
Eastern Panhandle Office
261 Aikens Center
230 Adams Street
| Contact Sen. Capito:
172 Russell Senate Office Building
500 Virginia Street East
300 Foxcroft Avenue
48 Donley Street
Raleigh County Office