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Indivisible Statement on Senate TrumpCare Bill

Common Dreams - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:39
Indivisible Guide

Today, Angel Padilla, policy director at the Indivisible Project, released the following statement on the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017,” Senate Republicans’ version of TrumpCare.

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Wage Love to End Debt’s Stranglehold

Common Dreams - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:18
Sarah van Gelder

Debt is an age-old means of shaming and controlling poor people. The practice is so commonplace, we hardly notice it.

For many, going into debt is the only way to get an education, buy a home, or survive a medical emergency. Shaking off that debt can be impossible for those living on low-wage and insecure jobs, and those targeted by predatory lending. Still, many accept the story that debt is their fault.

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Medicare for All: A Prescription for What Ails Us

Common Dreams - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:09
Amy Goodman

President Donald Trump’s long-promised repeal of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, edges closer to reality, as the Senate releases its secretly written version of the House’s American Health Care Act—the very bill that Trump first championed, then recently reportedly called “mean.” The Republican majority in the Senate is intent on passing the bill before the July Fourth holiday. Obamacare has led to tens of millions of Americans getting at least some health insurance, but it has problems of its own. Since health care represents one-sixth of the U.S.

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All Signs from Trump Point to a Coming Conflict with Iran

Common Dreams - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:56
John Feffer

The Saudi war in Yemen is really directed at…Iran. Donald Trump’s first overseas visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel was specifically targeted at…Iran. The Saudi-led isolation of Qatar is actually about…Iran.

The escalation of U.S. military actions against the Syria government is… well, do I really need to spell this out any further?

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Michael Price on Road to City Hall

Brennan Center - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:49
Michael Price on Road to City HallJune 21, 2017 Liberty & National Security

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When the Detainee Is American...

Common Dreams - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:48
Robert C. Koehler

The corpses pile up like sandbags along the planet’s geopolitical borders.

“Perhaps his condition deteriorated and the authorities decided it was better to release him in a coma than as a corpse.”

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Your Health May Be in Susan Collins’ Hands. And That’s Not Good News

Common Dreams - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:44
Neal Gabler

Susan Collins says she’s disturbed.

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Once Passed, Medicaid Cuts Won’t Be Easily Reversed

Common Dreams - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:58
Jacob Leibenluft

Despite promises that the emerging Senate health bill will moderate the health coverage cuts in the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Senate not only is retaining the House bill’s fundamental restructuring of the Medicaid program — a “per capita cap” on federal funding — but is deepening the cuts under the per capita cap beginning around 2025.[1] Because the per capita cap wouldn’t take effect until 2020 and the Senate’s further cuts wouldn’t kick in until f

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Here's How We Kill the Senate's Trumpcare Bill

Common Dreams - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:44
Leah Greenberg, Ezra Levin

What's in this “new” TrumpCare bill?

After weeks of total secrecy, this morning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the Senate TrumpCare bill. And what a cruel, ugly bill it is. It guts Medicaid, it increases health costs for the middle-class, it cuts coverage for pre-existing conditions, it eliminates funding for Planned Parenthood...and it does this all in order to greenlight a massive tax cut for millionaires and billionaires.

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Patriotic Millionaires on Senate Health Care Bill: "Morally Bankrupt"

Common Dreams - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:41
Patriotic Millionaires

This morning, following the Senate's release of its secretive health care bill, the Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires Morris Pearl, former managing director at BlackRock Inc., issued the following statement:

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Senate Version of Trumpcare Would Devastate Communities of Color

Common Dreams - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:24
The Greenlining Institute

The draft Senate health care bill that surfaced Thursday would be a disaster for Americans of color, health policy experts at The Greenlining Institute said today.

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ACLU Comment on Senate Health Care Bill

Common Dreams - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:03

Senate Republicans today finally released a discussion draft of their Obamacare repeal bill after weeks of secret internal negotiations.

American Civil Liberties Union National Political Director Faiz Shakir had the following reaction:

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Big Pharma Gets $28 Billion Tax Break in GOP Trumpcare Plan

Common Dreams - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:51
Will Rice

There will be a lot of losers if the House GOP’s disastrous plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act ever becomes law: people with preexisting medical conditions, working families, older folks, kids.

One of the few winners would be the nation’s pharmaceutical industry: $28 billion richer thanks to a big tax cut. The Senate is likely to keep this tax break in its version of the legislation.

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Arrests of Trumpcare Protesters, Some in Wheelchairs, Outside McConnell's Office

Common Dreams - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:57
Common Dreams staff

Soon after a draft version of the Republican's Senate version of their Trumpcare care bill was released Thursday morning, Capitol Hill Police were systematically arresting people who staged a dramatic sit-in outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office.

"Our lives and liberty shouldn't be stolen to give a tax break to the wealthy. That's truly un-American." —Bruce Darling, ADAPT

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Heartless! Senate Trumpcare Plan Every Bit as 'Ugly' and 'Cruel' as Expected

Common Dreams - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:54
Jake Johnson, staff writer

After weeks of secrecy, the Senate GOP's Trumpcare plan—described as "a tax cut wrapped in the veneer of a healthcare bill" that could portend a "near-apocalyptic scenario for the poor"—was made

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Senate Health Care Bill Is Not Worthy of This Great Nation

Common Dreams - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:44
League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson today issued the following statement on the "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017" unveiled by Senate leadership:

The Better Care Reconciliation Act is even worse than the version we saw pass in the House of Representatives and is not worthy of this great nation. The cuts to Medicaid will be massive and will destroy the system that so many Americans rely on. This is a nasty bill that will hurt millions of Americans and we urge Senators to reject it.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Welcomes Reintroduction of Voting Rights Advancement Act

Common Dreams - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:29
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the reintroduction of the Voting Rights Advancement Act by Senator Patrick Leahy and Congresswoman Terri Sewell:

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ACLU Statement on Reintroduction of Voting Rights Advancement Act

Common Dreams - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:21

Congress reintroduced the Voting Rights Advancement Act today. The legislation is meant to strengthen voting rights by responding to the unique, modern-day challenges of voting discrimination, including expanding the federal government’s ability to monitor state election procedures. The bill was reintroduced by lead sponsors Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

Jennifer Bellamy, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, said:

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Republican Senators Targeted with Anti-Trumpcare Billboards

Common Dreams - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:10
Credo Action

CREDO is placing #ResistTrumpcare billboards in strategic locations near airports in Arizona and Nevada pressuring Sens. Flake and Heller to oppose Trumpcare.

The billboards depict each senator alongside pictures of Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan with the text “Tell Sen. LASTNAME: #ResistTrumpCare. Don’t gut our health care.”

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Increased Reliance on Natural Gas Risks an Emissions Lock-In

Common Dreams - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:40
Climate Action Tracker

The future of natural gas is limited, even as a bridging fuel. Continued investments into the sector create the risk of breaching the Paris Agreement’s long-term temperature goal and will result in stranded assets, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) said today.

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