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Call to Action: GOP Tax Scam and Healthcare Ripoff
(Updated Dec 1, 2017, 10:30 AM)
STUFF IS HAPPENING FAST, AND THERE'S VERY LITTLE TIME TO GIVE EVERYONE GOOD, NEAT UPDATES. THIS IS THE LATEST:
The Senate battle is all but lost. The vote will be soon, perhaps by 9:00 or 10:00 PM Friday. Then it goes to the House Monday. House likely to vote late Monday, which means they are voting on whatever bill passes the Senate and no conference. As soon as the Senate votes, we'll need to pivot our advocacy to the House. We'll be working on getting a good target list, but anyone who voted no on the healthcare bills, no on the tax bill, and who is hugely hurt by the State and Local Tax (SALT) issues. KEEP UP THE ADVOCACY.
WE NEED TO PIVOT TO ADVOCACY IN THE HOUSE. If you are from one of the states below, PLEASE activate. Will keep sending updates. #VoteNo. This is #NotAMiddleClassTaxCut but is a #TaxOnDisability KEY HOUSE MEMBERS (DC and district offices) California: Tom McClintock DC: (202) 225-2511 Roseville: (916) 786-5560 Jeff Denham DC: (202) 225-4540 Modesto: (209) 579-5458 David Valadao DC: (202) 225-4695 Hanford: (559) 582-5526 Bakersfield: (661) 864-7736 Steve Knight DC: (202) 225-1956 ANTELOPE VALLEY OFFICE (661) 441-0320 SANTA CLARITA VALLEY OFFICE (661) 255-5630 SIMI VALLEY OFFICE (805) 581-7130 Ed Royce DC: (202) 225-4111 Orange County: (714) 255-0101 LA County (626) 964-5123 San Bernardino County (909) 420-0010 Mimi Walters DC: (202) 225-5611 Irvine: (956) 263-8703 Dana Rohrabacher DC: (202) 225-2415 Huntington Beach: (714) 960-6483 Darrell Issa DC: 202.225.3906 Vista: 760.599.5000 Dana Point: 949.281.2449 Colorado Mike Coffman DC: 202.225.7882 Aurora: 720.748.7514 Florida Carlos Curbelo DC: (202) 225-2778 Miami: (305) 222-0160 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen DC: (202) 225-3931 Miami: (305) 668-2285 Iowa Rod Blum DC: (202) 225-2911 Cedar Rapids (319) 364-2288 Dubuque (563) 557-7789 North Carolina Walter Jones DC: 202-225-3415 Greenville 252-931-1003 Havelock 252-931-1003 Jacksonville 252-565-6846 New Jersey Frank LoBiondo DC: (202) 225-6572 Mays Landing: (609) 625-5008 Chris Smith DC: (202) 225-3765 Freehold (732) 780-3035 Plumsted (609) 286-2571 Hamilton (609) 585-7878 Leonard Lance DC: (202) 225-5361 Flemington (908) 788-6900 Westfield (908) 518-7733 Rodney Frelinghuysen DC: (202) 225-5034 Morristown: (973) 984-0711 New York Lee Zeldin DC: (202) 225-3826 Patchogue (202) 225-3826 Peter King DC: (202) 225-7896 Massapequa Park: (516) 541-4225 Dan Donovan DC: (202) 225-3371 Brooklyn 718-630-5277 Staten Island 718-351-1062 John Faso DC: (202) 225-5614 Delhi (607) 746-9537 Kinderhook (518) 610-8133 Kingston (845) 514-2322 Elise Stefanik DC: (202) 225-4611 Glens Falls (518) 743-0964 Plattsburgh (518) 561-2324 Watertown (315) 782-3150 Claudia Tenney DC: 202-225-3665 Binghamton 607-723-3581 New Hartford 315-732-0713 John Katko DC: (202) 225-3701 Auburn (315) 253-4068 Lyons 315-253-4068 Oswego 315-423-5657 Syracuse (315) 423-5657 Ohio Michael Turner DC: (202) 225-6465 Dayton (937) 225-2843 David Joyce DC: (202) 225-3307 Painesville (440) 352-3939 Twinsburg (330) 357-4139 Pennsylvania Ryan Costello DC: (202) 225-4315 West Chester (610) 696-2982 Wyomissing (610) 376-7630 Brian Fitzpatrick DC: (202) 225-4276 Langhorne (215) 579-8102 Charlie Dent DC: 202-225-6411 Lehigh Valley (610) 770-3490 Berks (610) 562-4281 Dauphin (717) 533-3959 Lebanon (717) 867-1026 Texas Will Hurd DC: (202) 225-4511 Del Rio 830-422-2040 Eagle Pass 210-784-5023 Fort Stockton (210) 245-1548 San Antonio North (210) 921-3130 San Antonio South (210) 784-5023 Socorro 915-235-6421 Virginia Barbara Comstock DC: (202) 225-5136 Loudon County (703) 404-6903 Shenandoah Valley (540) 773-3600 Washington Jaime Herrera Buetler DC: (202) 225-3536 Vancouver: (360) 695-6292 Dave Reichert (202) 225-7761 Issaquah (425) 677-7414 or (877) 920-9208 Wenatchee (509)885-6615
UPDATE 10:30AM FRI: "From FactPower's Washington DC Source: Cornyn just said they have 50. Some sort of vote is happening at 11. My guess it is the vote to end the debate and move to vote-a-rama." CALL NOW!
C-SPAN reported that according to Cornyn, Daines and Johnson's hold-out votes have been secured, giving them 50 votes..
Thursday afternoon, from about 5:00 to 5:30, we saw some blood in the water. There are some impressive fracture lines in the GOP, even over such issues as taxes. The dynamic scoring of the tax bill by the Joint Committee for Taxation just came out. Republicans were holding out hope against hope that it would justify how trickle-down economics would work this time. Not surprisingly, it did not. It projected the plan would deepen our debt by about $1 trillion.
Democrats immediately made a motion that the bill be returned to the Finance Committee for further refinement, one would hope with bipartisan input. The vote hung at 48 "YES" to 49 "NO." Corker, Johnson, and Flake were the hold-outs.
There was an animated discussion on the Senate floor, as GOP leadership huddled around Corker and Flake, apparently trying to convince them to cooperate. Corker was pointing to what appeared to be a printout of the JCT scoring. Then others started flipping through the report.
Ultimately the huddle broke, Corker, Flake, and Johnson cast their votes NOT to return the bill to the Finance Committee, and the motion failed. However, it was EXTREMELY CLOSE, enough that McConnell was probably having heart palpitations. This grudge match was not new. It's been brewing for some time.
So what we have is potentially a good old-fashioned bar fight, Senate-style, and there are at least four rival gangs in the bar (not counting the Democrats):
The Trickle-Down Gang -- those mainstream Republicans who are pushing the lie that the Tax Fairy will replenish our Treasury with trickle-down dollars from magic economic growth.
The Rollback Gang -- senators who realize the Trickle-Down Gang is full of @#$% and who want automatic rollbacks of tax cuts once it becomes clear the Tax Fairy doesn't exist. The gang leader is Corker, with his sidekick Flake, both living like there's no tomorrow, because they've already handed in their notice. They've also got Moran and Lankford by their side. The Rollback gang is pissed, because the Parliamentarian of the saloon has ruled that Corker's rollback triggers run afoul of the Byrd Rule.
The Weedkiller Gang -- senators who say Corker's rollback plan is dangerous, because it could cause tax hikes during a recession. So so they would rather take a double-shot of weedkiller than to vote for it. The gang leader is Kennedy, with Heller as his inept sidekick.
The Pass-Through Gang -- senators who want the same tax cuts for small pass-through businesses as for large multinational corporations. This will cost more money, only inflaming the tensions between the Rollbacks and Weedkillers. The leader, Johnson, has long been in a blood feud with the leader of the Trickle-Downs, Mitch ("the Turtle") McConnell. Johnson's sidekick is Daines. (UPDATE 9:23 AM: The Pass-Through gang apparently has negotiated the tax rate for pass-through businesses to 23%. However, we need to get that down to 20%, like the multinations would be paying. It's a matter of honor!)
So our job as activists is clear. Let's encourage the three smaller gangs by telling them they're right and the others are wrong. (And honestly, the Rollbacks, Weedkillers, and Pass-Throughs do have valid points, so it's not as though we can't support their positions with a straight face.) Let's get them worked up against each other, bolster them up, and send them to the floor to fight for their respective causes. Logically, if we can get the four senators of the Rollback gang cornered, that could bomb the entire bill. (Be careful about this, though: You can't be a supporter of BOTH the Rollback Gang and the Weedkiller Gang, at least on social media.) Here's what we tell these senators:
ROLLBACK GANG: Sample phone script (but please use your own words): "Hi, my name is _____. I'm calling about the tax bill. I'm really upset about all this trickle-down economics lunacy. I think the GOP has lost its mind. Trickle-down economics didn't work during the Reagan Administration or the second Bush Administration, and it's not going to work now either. Economic growth won't give us back all our lost revenue, and we'll just be blowing up our debt. We're already choking in debt and can't afford more of it. I understand that Senator _____ thinks trickle-down economics is all nonsense too, and that he is fighting to put some roll-back protections into the bill, so that our debt doesn't explode when this crazy plan fails. I want to thank him for doing this and for being one of the few sane voices on Capitol Hill. I hope he is able to convince his colleagues this is the correct course to take. I'm rooting for him!"
WEEDKILLER GANG: Sample phone script (but please use your own words): "Hi, my name is _______. I'm calling about the tax bill. I'm really upset about all this trickle-down economics lunacy, and I think the GOP has lost its mind. Trickle-down economics didn't work during the Reagan Administration or the second Bush Administration, and it's not going to work now either. Economic growth won't give us back all our lost revenue, and we'll just be blowing up our debt. But what scares me the most is that some senators are trying to put rollbacks in the bill, so that when the crazy trickle-down plan fails, probably during a recession, we'll get slammed with tax increases. I think that will put us on a dangerous roller coaster. I understand that Senator _____ opposes these dangerous automatic roll-backs, and I want to thank him for standing up and opposing them. I hope he can convince more of his colleagues to oppose them too. I think he is one of the few sane voices on Capitol Hill, and I'm rooting for him!"
PASS-THROUGH GANG: Sample phone script (but please use your own words): "Hi, my name is _______. I'm calling about the tax bill. I'm really upset that all the benefits seem to go to big corporations and not to small businesses, which represent the bulk of the US economy. If this trickle-down plan is going to work and provide relief to middle-class America, it has to start with the "Mom and Pop" businesses, which do invest in people, not the big corporations that will use the savings to buy back stock. It is no wonder the bill didn't score better. I understand Senator Daines has negotiated a 23% tax rate for small businesses, and I'm grateful he has done that. However, that's still not enough. Small business owners should get the same rates as the big, multinational corporations -- or even lower. I think Senator ____ is one of the few pragmatic voices of the Senate, and I hope he will stay in this fight! I'm rooting for him!"
ALSO CALL TWO OF OUR PAST HEROES: Sample phone script (but please use your own words): "Hi, my name is _______. I'm calling about the tax bill. I'm really upset that Medicare and Medicaid would lose $1.5 trillion in funding and that our budget deficit would be bloated by another $1.5 trillion. And then I'm concerned either rollbacks or further spending cuts would be necessary when it is proven yet again that trickle-down economic theory doesn't work. This bill won't help me. My insurance premiums will go up. And my taxes will go up, because I will lose my deductions for local taxes and medical expenses. I understand most common people will be hit the same way. The benefits will go mostly to rich people and multinational corporations. That's not just unfair. It's immoral, and Senator McConnell is cramming it through the Senate using dirty tricks. Please tell Senator _____ that we need her/him to be a hero. Please put country above party. Please support the common people who voted you into office, not the wealthy campaign donors."
A New York Times article has discussed the mandatory spending cuts that would be triggered by the $1.5 trillion deficit:
It's not been immediately clear what the Republicans have been up to, but the NYT has laid it out for us. Until now, we've assumed this was the Republican blueprint for tax overhaul: (1) Pass a budget with deep cuts to Medicare ($473 billion) and Medicaid ($1 trillion). Pass reconciliation instructions for a tax cut bill that allows for an expansion of the budget deficit by $1.5 trillion over 10 years (2) Pass the tax overhaul. (3) Hope that the magic tax fairy comes and refills our empty coffers through the voodoo "trickle-down" economic theory that didn't work for Reagan, didn't work for GW Bush, and didn't work for Kansas Gov. Brownback.
In fact there is more to the Republican plan than empty lies and wishful thinking. What they don't tell us is this: When the magic tax fairy doesn't bless the Treasury with trickle-down dollars, sequestration language under the 2010 Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) rule will be triggered. Under this rule, the president must make across-the-board spending cuts ("sequestration") to compensate for any revenue shortfall from this crazy tax plan. In other words, the president gets to cut funding to programs he doesn't like (within limits). The Office of Management and Budget has already prepared an analysis for the White House of how much may be cut from each program.
The NYT article lists the programs that would be impacted, along with their sequestration caps. These cuts total $118 billion in 2018 alone, give or take rounding error.
PROGRESS OF THE BILL:
We are entering into an additional day of debate (up to 7 more hours) and voting this Friday. (We all thought this would be over Thursday night.) The Dems will be offering changes to the bill through Motions to Commit. The final Senate vote is expected later this afternoon, per C-SPAN. This will all happen about the same way the BCRA/Skinny Repeal did: We have gone through most of the 20 hr debate. What follows that is the vote-a-rama. First voting begins at 11:00. Live coverage is on CSPAN.
We've got work to do, folks! We have ZERO committed "NO" votes from Senate Republicans, and we need three. However, we have several senators who have fairly shaky positions right now. Please refer to this detailed info from the Washington Post on senators' positions (updated very frequently).
HERE'S WHAT TO DO:
There are multiple paths we can all use to contact multiple senators. We suggest our activist community make as much noise as possible! We have listed all the contact info for all the US Senators below, along with any specific talking points.
THE HIGHEST PRIORITY SENATORS TO CONTACT:
If you have any family, friends, or relatives in these states, please ask them to contact these senators to give them an earful. If these are YOUR senators, please call, call again, and keep calling. Pester the heck out of them:
High priority. (Note: The scripts for this list of senators are very important. Please refer to the top section of this call to action!):
Bob Corker (Tennessee) -- member of the IDGAF club. Doesn't trust in magic economic theory
Jeff Flake (Arizona) -- member of the IDGAF club. Doesn't trust in magic economic theory
Jerry Moran (Kansas) -- deficit hawk who has previously stood up to GOP. Should be painfully familiar with Kansas' tax cut failure and not be keen to repeat it. Doesn't trust in magic economic theory
James Lankford (Oklahoma) -- Doesn't trust in magic economic theory
John Kennedy (Louisiana) -- Doesn't trust Corker's plan (Please see top section of this call to action.)
Dean Heller (Nevada) -- Doesn't trust Corker's plan (Please see top section of this call to action.)
Ron Johnson (Wisconsin) -- Be nice! He has teetered on being a "no." (deficit hawk, no relief to small businesses). Has no great love for GOP leadership (especially McConnell) and won his last election despite abandonment of his campaign by the GOP.
Steve Daines (Montana) -- Be nice! He has teetered on being a "no." (deficit hawk, no relief to small businesses)
Susan Collins (Maine) -- Says she's probably OK with nixing the mandate and is a "YES" if GOP commits to pass Alexander-Murray by end of year.
John McCain (Arizona) -- member of the IDGAF club, but he has said he will support the bill.
Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) -- Has committed to "YES" on the bill, undoubtedly because it will allow her to rape the Arctic Wildlife Refuge
Luther Strange (Alabama) -- should be a member of the IDGAF club
Marco Rubio (Florida) -- wants to expand child tax credit.
Pat Roberts (Kansas) -- Should be painfully familiar with Kansas' tax cut failure and not be keen to repeat it.
Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) -- Pester him! Let him know there's backlash coming in 2018.
Lamar Alexander (Tennessee) -- co-chair of HELP committee with neglected bill on the table
Mike Lee (Utah) -- wants to expand child tax credit
Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia) -- poor state would be deeply impacted
THE MANY WAYS TO CONTACT YOUR SENATORS:
(Best action) Call your senators on the telephone. Phone numbers are in the contacts list below, or use this phone menu system to connect to your senators: 202-224-3121 If you are a constituent, identify yourself and the city in which you live. Be polite but firm.
(Second-best action) Write using the web form on your representative's "contact" web page (only for constituents). Web links are provided below.
(Third-best action) Send an email to the senators' health care staffers using the addresses provided below. (Your email will go through, whether you are a constituent are not. You must send a separate email for each email address.)
Go to the senators' Facebook pages and comment on their "posts" page. (You don't have to be a constituent.) Facebook links are provided below.
Send tweets to your senators. (You don't have to be a constituent.) Twitter handles are provided below. Use the hashtags #TaxScam and #RememberVA.
GENNERAL TALKING POINTS:
Medicare and Medicaid would be cut by $1.5 trillion.
Taxes would go up for the poor and middle class.
Health premiums would go up.
Another $1.5 trillion would be added to the budget deficit, in hopes that the magic tax fairy will give us back trickle-down dollars
Trickle-down economics doesn't work. We know this from Reagan, GW Bush, and recently Gov. Brownback of Kansas.
So when trickle-down theory fails, that will trigger sequestration. There will be more cuts to a variety of programs. Medicare, would be hit hard again.
The total ripoff would be around $3 trillion, almost $10,000 per American citizen.
All this is to give tax cuts to your rich donors and corporations that don't need the money
(Optional) The GOP has lost its mind. This is not fiscal conservatism. This is not the GOP I know. Please stop this madness. Vote NO on this tax bill.
(Optional) "Overall, this is just another class warfare scheme to rob from poor, middle class, and elderly to give whopping tax breaks to the rich. Republicans should be ashamed of themselves. Vote NO on this tax bill.”
(Optional) “Remember how the elections went in Virginia this November? America is fed-up, and we're going to make that happen all over America in 2018, 2020, and 2022! Your senator probably wants to be on the side of the people when that happens. He/she should vote NO on this tax bill."
IF YOU ARE INCLINED TO CALL SENATORS OUTSIDE OF YOUR STATE:
Some Senators play a national role, like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch, and they have some duty to take calls from out of state. Other senators have taken on a national role and welcome out of state calls, like John McCain and Susan Collins. By all means, call them!
Sometimes we also have relatives, particularly children, who live out of state. We have a right to be concerned for them, and I would argue we should be able to call their members of Congress on their behalf.
Otherwise, we're frequently told out-of-state calls are unwelcome. However, one could also argue this: If you have the intent of impacting a senator's reelection bid for better or worse, through campaign contributions or out-of-state activism efforts -- then that senator should be interested in what you have to say, and he or she had best listen to you.
When you call a senator's office, you will probably get voicemail; however, you might get a person. Most likely, that person will not ask for your zip code, particularly if you don't offer a personal story. However, when the question is asked, activists have mostly had two approaches to answering this question:
Make something up. (You will need a zip code and possibly an address. Vacant homes may be found on Zillow.)
Even better, just be honest. Perhaps use some variant of this dialog: "I'm not from your state, but your senator could hurt my family with his vote. If he hurts my family, I'll definitely fight back. He should care about that. Will you please pass my comments along to your senator?"
OTHER IMPORTANT ACTIONS:
Tell your family, friends, and neighbors, and get them to call their members of Congress too. Share this article with them.
Please comment on the Facebook post that linked you to this page, so that the post will be bumped to the top of the page. Tell your activist colleagues that you are taking action, and they should too.
Share this article with your political groups. On Facebook, just paste the URL to your posting. The picture and description will automatically populate.
TTTT - Trolling Trumpers and Teabaggers with Truth: There's a lot of ugly truth to this bill without having to resort to "alternative facts." Take to Twitter to confront Trumpers and Teabaggers with these truths by commenting on the tweets of their high-profile gods and goddesses -- people like @LouDobbs, @AnnCoulter, and @realDonaldTrump. Truth weakens the opposition. Use good hashtags to be extra visible -- #MAGA, #TaxScam, #RememberVA. Don't stoop to their level of name-calling and adolescent behavior. Just the facts -- which are bad enough on their own.
IMPORTANT: Remind everyone about open enrollment in the ACA marketplace, which ends December 15. We've written a helpful guide here.
Automated Congressional switchboard: 202-224-3121 (Punch in your zip code or say the name of your state to connect to your Member of Congress.)
Note: Murkowski has committed to a "YES" vote on this tax bill. Previously she had stood in the way of the BCRA, and her state would be hurt very seriously by Medicaid de-funding. However, she really wants to drill for oil in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, and the GOP has put a provision in the bill that would allow her to do that, thus putting her on the fence. That is what it took to win her vote. More...
Note: McCain has indicated he will probably vote in favor of this bill. McCain has blockaded Senate healthcare repeal/replace efforts, but only because of his objections over process. He objects to the GOP secrecy and railroading tactics and is a believer in "regular order," whereby adequate time is given to hear expert testimony, receive analyses, and carefully consider the legislation. This bill is being rushed through with the same sleazy tactics as the health care bills, and the CBO has stated it does not have adequate time to do a full analysis.
Also, this bill would strip Medicare and Medicaid funding and raise insurance rates, stripping many Americans of their healthcare coverage. The treatments he has received for his brain cancer could be pulled further out of reach for many American families.
Note: Sen. Flake has voiced strong objections to the Trump agenda and the sleazy tactics used by the GOP. He is not running for reelection in 2018. He says he has been complicit in doing the wrong thing by cooperating with GOP leadership. Well, this is his time to do the RIGHT thing and stand up to this robbing of common people to deliver enormous tax breaks to the rich. Does he believe in doing the right thing, or doesn't he? What will his legacy be? Flake has also expressed concerns that the GOP's magical theory of economic growth won't pay for the $1.5 trillion deficit, and he seems to be collaborating with Corker in a compromise that would roll back tax cuts if this growth doesn't magically happen.More...
Note: Kansas passed massive tax cuts in the hope that "trickle down economics" would expand their economy and make up the lost revenue. It didn't work, and the state had to pull themselves from crisis by raising taxes again.
Note: This office will ask for your zip code and will apparently disregard your input if they know you are out of state.
Note: Jerry Moran is a deficit hawk who has stood up to the GOP before. He is concerned this bill will raise the deficit beyond this next decade, and he wants assurances it will not. He also opposes repeal of the individual mandate. (More) Why might Moran have this concern? Kansas passed massive tax cuts in the hope that "trickle down economics" would expand their economy and make up the lost revenue. It didn't work, and the state had to pull themselves from crisis by raising taxes again.
Note: This office will ask for your zip code and will apparently disregard your input if they know you are out of state.
Note: You're not going to change his mind about anything, but you should definitely call and be a bit uncivil. Good luck getting through. Of course McConnell's Facebook page and Twitter feed are open 24/7. It would be good to demoralize that office a bit and to let McConnell know that this sleazy bill will result in a resounding defeat in 2018.
Note: Collins says she will vote to pass the tax reform bill, because she is satisfied the GOP will pass Alexander-Murray by the end of the year. She has been an opponent of Senate healthcare repeal/replace efforts. She is concerned with repeal of the mandate, but she feels Alexander-Murray will compensate. She also might be pushing a reinsurance bill to bolster the individual market. She feels Americans should e able to deduct up to $10k in local property taxes. That said, Maine has the oldest population (in terms of average age) in the country. They would be disproportionately hit by cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, and that should be a deal-breaker for her. More...
Sen. Daines has stated he will not support this bill because it carves out tax breaks for large corporations and not for small businesses. Please thank him for his principled stand, and let him know everything else that's wrong with the bill. Be polite and gracious. Say "thank you" at least a few times. More...
Note: Ohio is the most opioid-addicted state in the country, and it would suffer greatly from the deep Medicaid cuts. Gov. Kasich is a strong opponent of any cuts to Medicaid and may have some influence over Portman. Portman says he supports the bill, but let him know why he shouldn't.
Note: Lankford has expressed concerns that the GOP's magical theory of economic growth won't pay for the $1.5 trillion deficit, and he seems to be collaborating with Corker in a compromise that would roll back tax cuts if this growth doesn't magically happen.
Note: Corker is a stanch critic of the president and has expressed his contempt for the direction the GOP is going. He is not running for reelection in 2018. Please urge him to do the right thing for common people before he goes out. Update: He has expressed concerns about the deficit, but he says he may have negotiated some automatic tax cut roll-back that could address that issue, and that has probably won his support. More...
Note: Alexander is the co-chair of the bipartisan HELP committee, which has crafted a health care market stabilization bill. His bill is being abused by the GOP. They want to repeal the individual mandate, which will result in insurance rates rising, and then partially fix that problem by passing Alexander-Murray. They should pass the Alexander-Murray bill before considering anything else. Update: Alexander wants the individual mandate repealed and says he supports the bill. More...
Note: Chair of the Finance Committee. Hatch says he is a defender of poor people, because he's from the poor. This bill would hurt the poor, both because of Medicaid cuts and higher taxes. Watch him swear at Sen. Brown here.
Reminder her of her words, "I didn't come to Washington to hurt people." West Virginia is one of the poorest states in the country, and it would be deeply impacted by Medicaid cuts. Furthermore, most of the people in her state would end up on the losing end of the tax cuts.
Sen. Johnson has stated he will not support this bill because it carves out tax breaks for large corporations and not for small businesses. Please thank him for his principled stand, and let him know everything else that's wrong with the bill. Be polite and gracious. Say "thank you" at least a few times. More...