Archive for 'Healthcare'

No Dream ACT? No CHIP? No Deal!

Right before Christmas, I voted “no” on the spending bill passed by the House and Senate to fund the government for another four weeks.

I made this decision because the bill does not protect 800,000 Dreamers — and it lets the vital Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) become defunded in March.

As a Democrat, I believe we have a responsibility to hard-working, everyday Americans. Not just the rich ones, or the ones who give out big checks, or the ones who call the shots in big corporations.

This month, Congress will vote again on a longer-term budget. 60 votes will be needed in the Senate. Democrats have leverage and should draw a clear line in the sand: NO DREAM ACT? NO CHIP? NO DEAL!

Can you join me in demanding that members of Congress oppose any spending bill that doesn’t include the DREAM Act and long-term funding for children’s health care?

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Washington State’s Dental Access Campaign

I received this email regarding Washington State’s Dental Access Campaign.

Hello friends,

[Below] is the story of a young person, Steve, who lost his life because he wasn’t able to access oral health care. As some of you know, I nearly lost my life to infection due to tooth abscess because I was not able to access oral health care.

I have a friend who’s brother died from abscessed tooth infection, like Steve.

I have many friends and neighbors and family members who suffer because they cannot access oral health care.

All of us have friends, neighbors and family members suffering because they cannot access oral health care.

Unf—ing believable!  After decades of the conservative right bitching and moaning about liberal activist judges, U.S. Supreme Court Judges Thomas, Scalia, Alito, and Kennedy forming the minority opinion on The Affordable Care Act made this statement.

“The Court regards its strained statutory interpretation as judicial modesty. It is not. It amounts instead to a vast judicial overreaching. It creates a debilitated, inoperable version of health-care regulation that Congress did not enact and the public does not expect“  (Quote from the NYT, Bold added).

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