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Daily Action: The Essential Activist Tool For The #Resistance

Daily Action – My favorite activist tool

I signed up a few weeks ago to make daily phone calls to Congress (and other officials) as part of the Resistance. I am using a tool called Daily Action.   https://dailyaction.org/

Every week day you will get a text about the daily call, with a phone number to call for talking points. You enter your zip code and will be connected to your Senator’s or Representative’s Washington office. You go through it twice to reach the other Senator, but it is still quick. If the Washington office is busy, I call the local offices (I have their phone numbers in my favorites).

The first week’s calls included:

  • calling for the resignation of Steve Bannon from the White House and National Security Council
  • calling Customs and Border Protection (I got connected to Phoenix) to see if they are complying with U.S. laws – or with Trump
  • opposing Jay Clayton as chair of the SEC
  • against defunding Planned Parenthood

The next week included calls to oppose various Trump cabinet nominees, save the EPA, and to investigate Kellyanne Conway for advertising Ivanka’s product line.

You can read more at their website. I signed up there. But you can also text the word DAILY to the number 228466 (A-C-T-I-O-N). You’ll be prompted to enter your zip code and that’s it – you’re signed up.

Now I just wish we had the same tool for Iowa state and local level actions! Can someone develop that?

Alta Price

altaprice@gmail.com

Raucous Rally At The Statehouse Monday

Senator Nate Boulton kicks off Monday’s rally at the Iowa Statehouse.

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Sen Nate Boulton and the Senate Democrats speak up for Iowa wo…

Senator Nate Boulton kicks off Monday's rally at the Iowa Statehouse.SHARE this video and visit saveiowaworkers.com to TAKE ACTION.

Posted by Iowa Senate Democrats on Monday, February 13, 2017

Kaufmann Buttercup Bill Wrong For Iowa

bobby-kaufmann-buttercup-billRepublican Representative Bobby Kaufmann wants the Iowa legislature to pass a law to take away money from public Universities funding grief counseling for students who didn’t vote for Trump and are upset about the election.

The neo-Nazis have a plan, too, and grief counseling might interfere with its success. The Daily Stormer is encouraging Trump supporters to mercilessly harass Clinton supporters online. As explained by The Daily Stormer’s publisher, Andrew Anglin,

“You can troll these people and definitely get some of them to kill themselves”.

With his “suck it up, buttercup” bill, Rep. Kaufmann gleefully taunts the very people targeted by the neo-Nazis (whose leader, Stephen Bannon, has been appointed to the top White House position by Trump). I guess Rep. Kaufmann doesn’t want the Universities interfering with the neo-Nazi plan to have Clinton supporters kill themselves.

Health Care Briefs on the New Law: A Foundation on Which to Build

HEALTH CARE BRIEFS ON THE NEW LAW: A FOUNDATION ON WHICH TO BUILD


by Frank Samuelson

A Foundation on which to Build.  The new Health Care Affordability Act is not perfect, but it is a foundation on which to build a more complete reform. For instance in the heat of the August 2009 congressional health care debate a rational provision to include and pay for consultations by patients and families with their doctors about treatment options and widely recommended “advance directives” for end of  life care were included in the plan. Those opposed to reform promptly labeled such consultations as “death panels” even though they left the decisions up to the patients and families. In the furor and misstatements, the provision was dropped. With the new law in place we can now work to restore this provision and make other improvements (and corrections) based on experience, not partisan debate.

–from Faithful Reform in Health Care

These brief summaries of benefits in the new health care law were prepared by Progressive Action for the Common Good (PACG) of the Quad Cities, based on research by Faithful Reform in Health Care
which represents many churches and other faith communities. (See the
list of members on their website.)  Faithful Reform seeks to speak the
“whole truth” about health care issues instead of the many half truths
that abound. If you, or someone you know, has had a personal experience
with this or another benefit of the new law, please share it with the
Health Care Reform Forum of PACG (karencadfael@aol.com).


Frank Samuelson is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is a member of the Health Care Reform Forum of PACG and has been active in the Anti-racism ministry of the Northern Illinois Synod of the ELCA.

Health Care Briefs on the New Law: Cost Sharing

HEALTH CARE BRIEFS ON THE NEW LAW:  COST SHARING


by Frank Samuelson

Cost Sharing.  The new Health Care Affordability Act aims to provide adequate affordable health insurance for all Americans. Like any insurance it depends on many insured people paying premiums into a pool of money that will cover unexpected and expensive costs due to accident or illness. We buy insurance on our homes and cars and hope we never need it, but we know it will protect us if we do. We all need health insurance because we never know if or when an accident or illness may require expensive, life saving care. That is why the new law requires everyone to buy insurance, and will help pay the premiums for those who can’t afford the full cost themselves.

–from Faithful Reform in Health Care

These brief summaries of benefits in the new health care law were prepared by Progressive Action for the Common Good (PACG) of the Quad Cities, based on research by Faithful Reform in Health Care
which represents many churches and other faith communities. (See the
list of members on their website.)  Faithful Reform seeks to speak the
“whole truth” about health care issues instead of the many half truths
that abound. If you, or someone you know, has had a personal experience
with this or another benefit of the new law, please share it with the
Health Care Reform Forum of PACG (karencadfael@aol.com).


Frank Samuelson is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is a member of the Health Care Reform Forum of PACG and has been active in the Anti-racism ministry of the Northern Illinois Synod of the ELCA.

Health Care Briefs on the New Law: Improving Medicare

HEALTH CARE BRIEFS ON THE NEW LAW:  IMPROVING MEDICARE 


by Frank Samuelson

Improving Medicare.  If you have Medicare, or have a relative or friend who does, the new Health Care Affordability Act expands and strengthens that coverage. The infamous “donut hole” will be reduced beginning this year and gradually eliminated by 2020. Beginning in 2011 most preventive services, including an annual check up, will be available without co-pays or deductibles. “Medicare Advantage” plans, which benefit private for-profit insurers, will be tightly regulated to reduce current waste, fraud and abuse. Don’t let opponents of better health care take these new benefits away.

–from Faithful Reform in Health Care

These brief summaries of benefits in the new health care law were prepared by Progressive Action for the Common Good (PACG) of the Quad Cities, based on research by Faithful Reform in Health Care
which represents many churches and other faith communities. (See the
list of members on their website.)  Faithful Reform seeks to speak the
“whole truth” about health care issues instead of the many half truths
that abound. If you, or someone you know, has had a personal experience
with this or another benefit of the new law, please share it with the
Health Care Reform Forum of PACG (karencadfael@aol.com).


Frank Samuelson is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is a member of the Health Care Reform Forum of PACG and has been active in the Anti-racism ministry of the Northern Illinois Synod of the ELCA.

Health Care Briefs On The New Law: Preventive Care

Health Care Briefs On The New Law:  Preventive Care


by Frank Samuelson

Preventive Care.  The new Health Care Affordability Act encourages and provides preventive care to help prevent, or provide early detection of, illness. This is especially important for seniors for whom annual physical check ups have not been covered by Medicare. It will also provide information to help patients and families, in consultation with their doctors, make more informed decisions about treatments. It will not set up “death panels” to mandate health care decisions. Don’t let those who are against health care reform, take these common sense provisions away.

–from Faithful Reform in Health Care

These brief summaries of benefits in the new health care law were prepared by Progressive Action for the Common Good (PACG) of the Quad Cities, based on research by Faithful Reform in Health Care
which represents many churches and other faith communities. (See the
list of members on their website.)  Faithful Reform seeks to speak the
“whole truth” about health care issues instead of the many half truths
that abound. If you, or someone you know, has had a personal experience
with this or another benefit of the new law, please share it with the
Health Care Reform Forum of PACG (karencadfael@aol.com).


Frank Samuelson is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is a member of the Health Care Reform Forum of PACG and has been active in the Anti-racism ministry of the Northern Illinois Synod of the ELCA.

Health Care Briefs on the New Law: Covering the Uninsured

HEALTH CARE BRIEFS ON THE NEW LAW:    
COVERING THE UNINSURED


by Frank Samuelson

Covering the Uninsured. The new Health Care Affordability Act will extend health insurance coverage to 32 million Americans that now have no coverage. These fellow citizens now suffer, and often die prematurely without adequate health care. They also often end up in the emergency room where they must be treated, at excessive cost, with bills they cannot pay. This drives up insurance costs and taxpayer expenses for the rest of us. Don’t let opponents of health care reform take this sensible and humanitarian coverage away.

–from Faithful Reform in Health Care

These brief summaries of benefits in the new health care law were prepared by Progressive Action for the Common Good (PACG) of the Quad Cities, based on research by Faithful Reform in Health Care
which represents many churches and other faith communities. (See the
list of members on their website.)  Faithful Reform seeks to speak the
“whole truth” about health care issues instead of the many half truths
that abound. If you, or someone you know, has had a personal experience
with this or another benefit of the new law, please share it with the
Health Care Reform Forum of PACG (karencadfael@aol.com).


Frank Samuelson is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is a member of the Health Care Reform Forum of PACG and has been active in the Anti-racism ministry of the Northern Illinois Synod of the ELCA.

GOP Attacking Women's Rights

GOP Attacking Women's Rights


By Congressman Bruce Braley

In just three short months, Republicans in Washington and throughout the country have pursued one of the most sweeping attacks on rights and liberties in generations. In less than 90 days, we've seen a full out assault on the middle class, workers, and kids.

And now…American women.

In Washington, House Republicans are attacking women's health and safety under the guise of reining in government spending. Instead of an honest discussion about our very real fiscal problems, Washington Republicans have decided to roll back the rights of women by half a century. They're recklessly pursuing an agenda to deny American women, particularly low-income women, access to vital health care services with a bullish charge to eliminate Title X – our country's only federally funded family planning program.

Unfortunately, this dangerous and irresponsible agenda isn't limited to Washington. In my home state of Iowa, Republicans in the State House have introduced dangerous legislation that would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, and could also lead to the criminalization of all abortions in Iowa. Already, our state's Governor has begun rallying support for the bill. Thirty-three Iowa House Republicans are supporting legislation that would stomp all over a woman's access to quality reproductive healthcare. These sorts of measures would set us back and destroy the social safety net that protects American women and their families.

I believe that we must stand strong with American women. Just last month, I called on Speaker Boehner to stop ongoing efforts to dismantle the Title X program. I have continuously fought for women's rights and access to quality healthcare and services. And I strongly believe that we can't let them suffer under a Republican agenda that undermines the progress of the last 50 years.

How can we afford to go backwards now?

Huffingtonpost.com
 

Health Care Briefs on the New Law: Young Adult Coverage

HEALTH CARE BRIEFS ON THE NEW LAW:  YOUNG ADULT COVERAGE


by Frank Samuelson

Young Adult Coverage. The new Health Care Affordability Act allows children to remain on their parent’s family health care insurance until the age of 26. This is especially important in today’s economy when even college graduates often can’t find jobs in their field and must settle for a low wage job with no, or inadequate, insurance as a temporary expedient. Don’t let those who want to rescind health care reform, take this common sense provision away.

–from Faithful Reform in Health Care



These brief summaries of benefits in the new health care law were prepared by Progressive Action for the Common Good (PACG) of the Quad Cities, based on research by Faithful Reform in Health Care
which represents many churches and other faith communities. (See the
list of members on their website.)  Faithful Reform seeks to speak the
“whole truth” about health care issues instead of the many half truths
that abound. If you, or someone you know, has had a personal experience
with this or another benefit of the new law, please share it with the
Health Care Reform Forum of PACG (karencadfael@aol.com).


Frank Samuelson is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is a member of the Health Care Reform Forum of PACG and has been active in the Anti-racism ministry of the Northern Illinois Synod of the ELCA.