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Call Your MoCs to Defend the Affordable Care Act, June 26, 2018 Edition

Call your members of Congress (MoCs) to defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) again, this time from a fresh 2018 onslaught. 

 

This is one of those things that needs constant action, aka repeated calls. Hence OTYCD scrambling our schedule. Right now we’re alternating between fighting the family separation policy and its effects, and staying on this. That might change, of course. As always, keep watching, and follow the Twitter accounts recommended in the text below for breaking news.

 

Update, June 22, 2018: Last night, the House Budget Dems Twitter account (@HouseBudgetDems) tweeted:

The Republican majority just voted to pass the House Republican 2019 budget and rejected every amendment offered by Democrats. Ranking Member ’s statement:

 

Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) retweeted it with this comment:

BREAKING: The House GOP just voted a budget bill out of committee that fast tracks ACA repeal and $2 TRILLION in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. We need to flood them with calls to prevent a floor vote.

 

So, you heard him. Please call your House Rep again today and oppose the GOP-written 2019 budget bill.

 

If you’re game to add a second thing to your plate, you should voice concern to all three of your MoCs about Trump’s executive order on his family separation policy.

 

It does not address the question of how to reunite more than 2,000 children who have been parted from their parents.

 

It also contravenes a standing policy that requires the government to release families after holding them for 20 days if the detention center is not also a licensed child care facility. Team Trump, in essence, wants the leeway to detain families indefinitely.

 

Read an NPR story about what the executive order does and does not do:

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/20/622095441/trump-executive-order-on-family-separation-what-it-does-and-doesnt-do

 

 

And even though releasing migrants with GPS ankle bracelets is significantly cheaper than detaining them and has an extremely high compliance rate, too, Team Trump killed that program as of June 20, 2018.

Read a Christian Science Monitor piece on the just-ended GPS ankle bracelet program:

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2017/0609/ICE-shutters-helpful-family-management-program-amid-budget-cuts

 

Regardless of what Trump signed or didn’t sign, there are ominous reports that military bases are preparing to receive as many as 20,000 migrant children:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2018/06/21/pentagon-asked-to-make-room-for-20000-migrant-children-on-military-bases/?utm_term=.f9f8b7e24f6f

 

So, again, if you’re up for multi-tasking: Ask your House Rep to vote no on the 2019 budget bill, and ask all three MoCs to demand that Team Trump make reuniting parted migrant families its first priority, and ask the government to resurrect the GPS ankle bracelet program.

 

Original text of yesterday’s Defend the ACA post follows.

 

 

Followers of this blog will remember how we cleared our (weekday) decks and posted only about ways to fight GOP attacks on the ACA.

 

We did this for weeks on end, at least two distinct, separate times. Both times, the GOP failed. (Thank you.)

 

But they’re not done. Despite the fierce, loud, and sustained resistance they got last year (and thank you all again for that), they’re trying again.

 

As of June 19, 2018, the House GOP put out a 2019 budget proposal that’s a toxic stew of still more tax cuts, cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, and yet another attempt to repeal the ACA.

 

Read this June 19, 2018 Bloomberg article on the 2019 House budget bill:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-19/house-gop-unveils-budget-to-fast-track-tax-cuts-end-obamacare

 

Here also is a string of tweets by Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) raising the alarm and reacting to the bill:

 

BREAKING: The House GOP just released a budget bill that fast tracks ACA repeal, massive Medicare and Medicaid cuts, and tax cuts. Possible vote next week. FLOOD THE HOUSE WITH CALLS.

 

Here is why it’s incredibly important to kill this right here and now. Once they obtain reconciliation authority, they can use it after the election but before new members are sworn in.

<He then quotes this paragraph from the Bloomberg story:>

While the Senate is unlikely to adopt its own budget to take up these initiatives before the November congressional election, the budget process could be used by lame-duck lawmakers after the election to ram through Republican-only legislation.

 

Here are the reconciliation instructions for fast-track authority for ACA repeal, Medicaid cuts, and Medicare privatization. The numbers are *floors* – minimum funding cuts with authority for unlimited cuts.

<He then links to the bill itself: https://budget.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/BUDGET_RESOLUTION_FY2019_xml.pdf>

 

This budget bill slashes Medicare by $537 billion and Medicaid by $1.54 TRILLION

 

He ends by retweeting Bloomberg reporter Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis):

A successful reconciliation effort is *very* unlikely but not impossible, especially if McCain were to resign and be replaced before November, which would allow Rs to lose 1 senator among Rand, Corker, Murkowski, Collins.

…and Spiro comments: This is correct. The threat is real. We must nip it in the bud now.

 

 

We at OTYCD suspect that Republicans are looking at the poll numbers, seeing the blue tsunami heading for them, and trying to wreck and warp and break as much of the government as possible before they’re swept out of office for what could be a damn long time.

 

Alternately, they may feel like the increasing chaos of Trump and his swirling universe of scandals–with Manafort off to jail for violating the terms of his bail, and his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen on the verge of turning state’s evidence against him, and the entirely different strain of fuckery represented by his sick and immoral policy of separating immigrant parents and children at America’s borders–gives the GOP cover to try this bullshit again.

 

We have to push back. Hard, loud, forcefully, and NOW by calling our House Reps and telling them to vote against the 2019 budget bill their GOP colleagues are pushing.

 

Also, a recap: You already know about the Department of Justice (DOJ)’s abdication of duty on a goofy lawsuit against the ACA brought by 20 state attorneys general who want to kill it. Legal scholars across the spectrum agree that the lawsuit is crap, but the DOJ responded by refusing to enforce the ACA on the assumption that it’s unconstitutional and it won’t be law much longer.

 

If the DOJ stance prevails and the ACA dies, that means the protections for folks who have pre-existing conditions goes with it.

 

That would be Very Bad Indeed. A total of 52 million Americans under age 65 have pre-existing conditions that make it crushingly expensive or flat-out impossible for them to obtain health insurance in a pre-ACA world.

 

If you don’t have a pre-existing condition, you know someone who does. We can’t go back to the way things used to be. We just can’t.

 

(Side note: More than 30 state attorneys general are up for re-election in 2018. Did yours join the anti-ACA lawsuit? Did yours join the counter-suit to defend the ACA? Did yours do neither? Find out and act accordingly.)

 

We already asked you to call and make it clear you oppose the DOJ’s shenanigans. Now we’re asking you to assume a defensive crouch, call your House Reps today to say NO to this bill, and be ready to start calling daily to fight this latest GOP legislative attempt to kill the ACA.

 

First, if you’re not already following these folks on Twitter:

 

Andy Slavitt (@aslavitt)

Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro)

Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter)

Ben Wikler (@benwikler)

 

…Start following them and checking their feeds a couple of times a day. Slavitt and Spiro are strong on health care news. Pewter is on top of everything to do with Congress and legislative stuff, health care included. Wikler’s feed is more general, but makes health care a focus.

 

 

The trick to manage, going forward, is staying on multiple Dumpster fires.

 

You need to keep supporting efforts to get Team Trump to rescind its fucked-up policy of separating families at the border.

 

You’ll also need to be ready to call your MoCs, probably more than once, maybe even daily, to defend the ACA. You might need to think about going to protests and marches in defense of the ACA.

 

We at OTYCD may need to post more than one thing you can do. That could happen. We’ll try to avoid it, but if we have to go back to doing a daily to support Obamacare, we will.

 

While we get comfortable in our defensive crouch, here are some relevant articles.

 

This June 14, 2018 Washington Post piece shows that damn near every big organization to do with doctors, hospitals, and health care have filed amicus briefs against the anti-ACA lawsuit:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/broad-health-care-coalition-opposes-administration-stance-in-anti-aca-lawsuit/2018/06/14/b406ad2c-700c-11e8-afd5-778aca903bbe_story.html?utm_term=.8064a9d9aae7

 

 

This Paste Magazine story uses Andy Slavitt’s recent tweets as a jumping-off point to explain what would happen to people with pre-existing conditions if Congress or the courts kill the ACA, and the general fuckery that the lawsuit represents:

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/06/the-biggest-healthcare-news-of-the-year-will-effec.html

 

 

This USA Today Op-Ed makes the case that going after the ACA will prompt voters to get rid of Congressfolk who don’t defend it:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/06/11/trump-kill-affordable-care-act-health-care-midterms-column/689085002/

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Call Your MoCs to Defend the Affordable Care Act, June 22, 2018 Edition

Call your members of Congress (MoCs) to defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) again, this time from a fresh 2018 onslaught. 

 

Update, June 22, 2018: Last night, the House Budget Dems Twitter account (@HouseBudgetDems) tweeted:

The Republican majority just voted to pass the House Republican 2019 budget and rejected every amendment offered by Democrats. Ranking Member ’s statement:

 

Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) retweeted it with this comment:

BREAKING: The House GOP just voted a budget bill out of committee that fast tracks ACA repeal and $2 TRILLION in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. We need to flood them with calls to prevent a floor vote.

 

So, you heard him. Please call your House Rep again today and oppose the GOP-written 2019 budget bill.

 

If you’re game to add a second thing to your plate, you should voice concern to all three of your MoCs about Trump’s executive order on his family separation policy.

 

It does not address the question of how to reunite more than 2,000 children who have been parted from their parents.

 

It also contravenes a standing policy that requires the government to release families after holding them for 20 days if the detention center is not also a licensed child care facility. Team Trump, in essence, wants the leeway to detain families indefinitely.

 

Read an NPR story about what the executive order does and does not do:

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/20/622095441/trump-executive-order-on-family-separation-what-it-does-and-doesnt-do

 

 

And even though releasing migrants with GPS ankle bracelets is significantly cheaper than detaining them and has an extremely high compliance rate, too, Team Trump killed that program as of June 20, 2018.

Read a Christian Science Monitor piece on the just-ended GPS ankle bracelet program:

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2017/0609/ICE-shutters-helpful-family-management-program-amid-budget-cuts

 

Regardless of what Trump signed or didn’t sign, there are ominous reports that military bases are preparing to receive as many as 20,000 migrant children:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2018/06/21/pentagon-asked-to-make-room-for-20000-migrant-children-on-military-bases/?utm_term=.f9f8b7e24f6f

 

So, again, if you’re up for multi-tasking: Ask your House Rep to vote no on the 2019 budget bill, and ask all three MoCs to demand that Team Trump make reuniting parted migrant families its first priority, and ask the government to resurrect the GPS ankle bracelet program.

 

Original text of yesterday’s Defend the ACA post follows.

 

 

Followers of this blog will remember how we cleared our (weekday) decks and posted only about ways to fight GOP attacks on the ACA.

 

We did this for weeks on end, at least two distinct, separate times. Both times, the GOP failed. (Thank you.)

 

But they’re not done. Despite the fierce, loud, and sustained resistance they got last year (and thank you all again for that), they’re trying again.

 

As of June 19, 2018, the House GOP put out a 2019 budget proposal that’s a toxic stew of still more tax cuts, cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, and yet another attempt to repeal the ACA.

 

Read this June 19, 2018 Bloomberg article on the 2019 House budget bill:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-19/house-gop-unveils-budget-to-fast-track-tax-cuts-end-obamacare

 

Here also is a string of tweets by Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) raising the alarm and reacting to the bill:

 

BREAKING: The House GOP just released a budget bill that fast tracks ACA repeal, massive Medicare and Medicaid cuts, and tax cuts. Possible vote next week. FLOOD THE HOUSE WITH CALLS.

 

Here is why it’s incredibly important to kill this right here and now. Once they obtain reconciliation authority, they can use it after the election but before new members are sworn in.

<He then quotes this paragraph from the Bloomberg story:>

While the Senate is unlikely to adopt its own budget to take up these initiatives before the November congressional election, the budget process could be used by lame-duck lawmakers after the election to ram through Republican-only legislation.

 

Here are the reconciliation instructions for fast-track authority for ACA repeal, Medicaid cuts, and Medicare privatization. The numbers are *floors* – minimum funding cuts with authority for unlimited cuts.

<He then links to the bill itself: https://budget.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/BUDGET_RESOLUTION_FY2019_xml.pdf>

 

This budget bill slashes Medicare by $537 billion and Medicaid by $1.54 TRILLION

 

He ends by retweeting Bloomberg reporter Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis):

A successful reconciliation effort is *very* unlikely but not impossible, especially if McCain were to resign and be replaced before November, which would allow Rs to lose 1 senator among Rand, Corker, Murkowski, Collins.

…and Spiro comments: This is correct. The threat is real. We must nip it in the bud now.

 

 

We at OTYCD suspect that Republicans are looking at the poll numbers, seeing the blue tsunami heading for them, and trying to wreck and warp and break as much of the government as possible before they’re swept out of office for what could be a damn long time.

 

Alternately, they may feel like the increasing chaos of Trump and his swirling universe of scandals–with Manafort off to jail for violating the terms of his bail, and his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen on the verge of turning state’s evidence against him, and the entirely different strain of fuckery represented by his sick and immoral policy of separating immigrant parents and children at America’s borders–gives the GOP cover to try this bullshit again.

 

We have to push back. Hard, loud, forcefully, and NOW by calling our House Reps and telling them to vote against the 2019 budget bill their GOP colleagues are pushing.

 

Also, a recap: You already know about the Department of Justice (DOJ)’s abdication of duty on a goofy lawsuit against the ACA brought by 20 state attorneys general who want to kill it. Legal scholars across the spectrum agree that the lawsuit is crap, but the DOJ responded by refusing to enforce the ACA on the assumption that it’s unconstitutional and it won’t be law much longer.

 

If the DOJ stance prevails and the ACA dies, that means the protections for folks who have pre-existing conditions goes with it.

 

That would be Very Bad Indeed. A total of 52 million Americans under age 65 have pre-existing conditions that make it crushingly expensive or flat-out impossible for them to obtain health insurance in a pre-ACA world.

 

If you don’t have a pre-existing condition, you know someone who does. We can’t go back to the way things used to be. We just can’t.

 

(Side note: More than 30 state attorneys general are up for re-election in 2018. Did yours join the anti-ACA lawsuit? Did yours join the counter-suit to defend the ACA? Did yours do neither? Find out and act accordingly.)

 

We already asked you to call and make it clear you oppose the DOJ’s shenanigans. Now we’re asking you to assume a defensive crouch, call your House Reps today to say NO to this bill, and be ready to start calling daily to fight this latest GOP legislative attempt to kill the ACA.

 

First, if you’re not already following these folks on Twitter:

 

Andy Slavitt (@aslavitt)

Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro)

Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter)

Ben Wikler (@benwikler)

 

…Start following them and checking their feeds a couple of times a day. Slavitt and Spiro are strong on health care news. Pewter is on top of everything to do with Congress and legislative stuff, health care included. Wikler’s feed is more general, but makes health care a focus.

 

 

The trick to manage, going forward, is staying on multiple Dumpster fires.

 

You need to keep supporting efforts to get Team Trump to rescind its fucked-up policy of separating families at the border.

 

You’ll also need to be ready to call your MoCs, probably more than once, maybe even daily, to defend the ACA. You might need to think about going to protests and marches in defense of the ACA.

 

We at OTYCD may need to post more than one thing you can do. That could happen. We’ll try to avoid it, but if we have to go back to doing a daily to support Obamacare, we will.

 

While we get comfortable in our defensive crouch, here are some relevant articles.

 

This June 14, 2018 Washington Post piece shows that damn near every big organization to do with doctors, hospitals, and health care have filed amicus briefs against the anti-ACA lawsuit:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/broad-health-care-coalition-opposes-administration-stance-in-anti-aca-lawsuit/2018/06/14/b406ad2c-700c-11e8-afd5-778aca903bbe_story.html?utm_term=.8064a9d9aae7

 

 

This Paste Magazine story uses Andy Slavitt’s recent tweets as a jumping-off point to explain what would happen to people with pre-existing conditions if Congress or the courts kill the ACA, and the general fuckery that the lawsuit represents:

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/06/the-biggest-healthcare-news-of-the-year-will-effec.html

 

 

This USA Today Op-Ed makes the case that going after the ACA will prompt voters to get rid of Congressfolk who don’t defend it:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/06/11/trump-kill-affordable-care-act-health-care-midterms-column/689085002/

Call Your Members of Congress

Call Your MoCs to Defend the Affordable Care Act, June 2018 Edition

Call your members of Congress (MoCs) to defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) again, this time from a fresh 2018 onslaught. 

 

Followers of this blog will remember how we cleared our (weekday) decks and posted only about ways to fight GOP attacks on the ACA.

 

We did this for weeks on end, at least two distinct, separate times. Both times, the GOP failed. (Thank you.)

 

But they’re not done. Despite the fierce, loud, and sustained resistance they got last year (and thank you all again for that), they’re trying again.

 

As of June 19, 2018, the House GOP put out a 2019 budget proposal that’s a toxic stew of still more tax cuts, cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, and yet another attempt to repeal the ACA.

 

Read this June 19, 2018 Bloomberg article on the 2019 House budget bill:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-19/house-gop-unveils-budget-to-fast-track-tax-cuts-end-obamacare

 

Here also is a string of tweets by Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) raising the alarm and reacting to the bill:

 

BREAKING: The House GOP just released a budget bill that fast tracks ACA repeal, massive Medicare and Medicaid cuts, and tax cuts. Possible vote next week. FLOOD THE HOUSE WITH CALLS.

 

Here is why it’s incredibly important to kill this right here and now. Once they obtain reconciliation authority, they can use it after the election but before new members are sworn in.

<He then quotes this paragraph from the Bloomberg story:>

While the Senate is unlikely to adopt its own budget to take up these initiatives before the November congressional election, the budget process could be used by lame-duck lawmakers after the election to ram through Republican-only legislation.

 

Here are the reconciliation instructions for fast-track authority for ACA repeal, Medicaid cuts, and Medicare privatization. The numbers are *floors* – minimum funding cuts with authority for unlimited cuts.

<He then links to the bill itself: https://budget.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/BUDGET_RESOLUTION_FY2019_xml.pdf>

 

This budget bill slashes Medicare by $537 billion and Medicaid by $1.54 TRILLION

 

He ends by retweeting Bloomberg reporter Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis):

A successful reconciliation effort is *very* unlikely but not impossible, especially if McCain were to resign and be replaced before November, which would allow Rs to lose 1 senator among Rand, Corker, Murkowski, Collins.

…and Spiro comments: This is correct. The threat is real. We must nip it in the bud now.

 

 

We at OTYCD suspect that Republicans are looking at the poll numbers, seeing the blue tsunami heading for them, and trying to wreck and warp and break as much of the government as possible before they’re swept out of office for what could be a damn long time.

 

Alternately, they may feel like the increasing chaos of Trump and his swirling universe of scandals–with Manafort off to jail for violating the terms of his bail, and his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen on the verge of turning state’s evidence against him, and the entirely different strain of fuckery represented by his sick and immoral policy of separating immigrant parents and children at America’s borders–gives the GOP cover to try this bullshit again.

 

We have to push back. Hard, loud, forcefully, and NOW by calling our House Reps and telling them to vote against the 2019 budget bill their GOP colleagues are pushing.

 

Also, a recap: You already know about the Department of Justice (DOJ)’s abdication of duty on a goofy lawsuit against the ACA brought by 20 state attorneys general who want to kill it. Legal scholars across the spectrum agree that the lawsuit is crap, but the DOJ responded by refusing to enforce the ACA on the assumption that it’s unconstitutional and it won’t be law much longer.

 

If the DOJ stance prevails and the ACA dies, that means the protections for folks who have pre-existing conditions goes with it.

 

That would be Very Bad Indeed. A total of 52 million Americans under age 65 have pre-existing conditions that make it crushingly expensive or flat-out impossible for them to obtain health insurance in a pre-ACA world.

 

If you don’t have a pre-existing condition, you know someone who does. We can’t go back to the way things used to be. We just can’t.

 

(Side note: More than 30 state attorneys general are up for re-election in 2018. Did yours join the anti-ACA lawsuit? Did yours join the counter-suit to defend the ACA? Did yours do neither? Find out and act accordingly.)

 

We already asked you to call and make it clear you oppose the DOJ’s shenanigans. Now we’re asking you to assume a defensive crouch, call your House Reps today to say NO to this bill, and be ready to start calling daily to fight this latest GOP legislative attempt to kill the ACA.

 

First, if you’re not already following these folks on Twitter:

 

Andy Slavitt (@aslavitt)

Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro)

Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter)

Ben Wikler (@benwikler)

 

…Start following them and checking their feeds a couple of times a day. Slavitt and Spiro are strong on health care news. Pewter is on top of everything to do with Congress and legislative stuff, health care included. Wikler’s feed is more general, but makes health care a focus.

 

 

The trick to manage, going forward, is staying on multiple Dumpster fires.

 

You need to keep supporting efforts to get Team Trump to rescind its fucked-up policy of separating families at the border.

 

You’ll also need to be ready to call your MoCs, probably more than once, maybe even daily, to defend the ACA. You might need to think about going to protests and marches in defense of the ACA.

 

We at OTYCD may need to post more than one thing you can do. That could happen. We’ll try to avoid it, but if we have to go back to doing a daily to support Obamacare, we will.

 

While we get comfortable in our defensive crouch, here are some relevant articles.

 

This June 14, 2018 Washington Post piece shows that damn near every big organization to do with doctors, hospitals, and health care have filed amicus briefs against the anti-ACA lawsuit:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/broad-health-care-coalition-opposes-administration-stance-in-anti-aca-lawsuit/2018/06/14/b406ad2c-700c-11e8-afd5-778aca903bbe_story.html?utm_term=.8064a9d9aae7

 

 

This Paste Magazine story uses Andy Slavitt’s recent tweets as a jumping-off point to explain what would happen to people with pre-existing conditions if Congress or the courts kill the ACA, and the general fuckery that the lawsuit represents:

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/06/the-biggest-healthcare-news-of-the-year-will-effec.html

 

 

This USA Today Op-Ed makes the case that going after the ACA will prompt voters to get rid of Congressfolk who don’t defend it:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/06/11/trump-kill-affordable-care-act-health-care-midterms-column/689085002/

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Learn Which 30 State Attorneys General Are On the Ballot In 2018 — UPDATED June 9 So You Can Vote Out the Bums Trying to Hurt People Who Have Pre-Existing Conditions

Learn which 30 state attorneys general are on the ballot in 2018, so you can vote out the state AGs who are attacking the 130 million Americans who have pre-existing conditions, and so you can support the state AGs who are defending those vulnerable people. 

 

The attorney general (AG) is the state’s lead legal officer. State AGs have been crucial to curtailing and/or stopping the agenda of Trump and his cabinet. Several banded together to sue when Trump tried to implement his various Muslim travel bans, and they banded together to sue when Department of Education head Betsy DeVos tried to roll back protections for student borrowers who were cheated by for-profit schools.

 

The state AG is often, but not always, an elected position. In some states, the governor appoints the AG instead.

 

AGs can form part of a triplex–a situation in which the governor, the attorney general, and the secretary of state all belong to the same party. This is distinct from a trifecta, in which the governor and both chambers of the state legislature belong to the same party. In either case, when the three posts yield a triplex, it can be easier for party officials to impose their agenda. As of January 1, 2018, there are 23 Republican triplexes and 11 Democratic triplexes.

 

Below is a list of state AG posts that are open in 2018, with notes on whether the incumbents will run or not.

 

 

Update, June 9, 2018: By now you have heard about the insane response from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to a goofy lawsuit from several state attorneys general that would kill the ACA and end up removing protections that ensure that people with pre-existing conditions can get health insurance.

 

A total of 20 state AGs are suing to kill the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, and the vital protections it enshrines. As of now, 16 state AGs and the AG for the District of Columbia have countersued to defend the ACA.

 

We have updated our April 2018 post on which states are holding AG elections in 2018, and we are identifying whether the incumbents are defending the ACA or trying to destroy it. We’re also identifying states that have not entered either lawsuit, and naming Democratic incumbents and challengers who you can nudge to join the 17 who are fighting for the ACA.

 

There’s been a lot of attention to the 2018 Congressional races, and there should be. But please don’t neglect state-level races such as these. Attorneys general have been a valuable force for defending against the horrors of the Trump administration. Please reward and support those who are fighting back, and vote out those who are not.

 

As with the Congressional races, all of the state attorney general elections take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

 

 

Alabama: Republican incumbent Steve Marshall will run for his first full term. He was appointed in 2017 after Republican Luther Strange was appointed to fill the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. Alabama has a Republican triplex.

At least one Democrat, Chris Christie (yes, that’s his name, and yes, he’s a different guy than the outgoing New Jersey governor), will appear in the June 5 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: Alabama is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA.

Democrat Joseph Siegelman defeated Chris Christie in the June 5 primary. Siegelman is the son of a former Alabama governor and AG who was charged and ultimately served time for corruption and obstruction of justice charges.

He has never run for public office before. He does not appear to have made a statement about the anti-ACA lawsuit, but he has spoken about fighting the opioid epidemic, and he has generally expressed a commitment to defending vulnerable people.

See Democrat Joseph Siegelman’s website and donate to his campaign: https://www.siegelman2018.com

Follow him on Twitter: @JoeSiegelman

 

 

 

Arizona: As of January 1, 2018, Republican incumbent Mark Brnovich had not decided if he would run for a second term. Arizona has a Republican triplex.

At least one Democrat, January Contreras, will run in the August 28 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: Arizona is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA.

Brnovich appears to be running again. Contreras is his Democratic opponent. She does not appear to have made a statement about the anti-ACA lawsuit, but we can tell from her website that she’d be joining the 17 if she was in charge.

See Democrat January Contreras’s website and donate to her campaign: https://www.januaryforaz.com

Follow her on Twitter: @JanuaryAZ

 

 

 

Arkansas: Republican incumbent Leslie Rutledge will run for a second term. Arkansas has a Republican triplex.

As of January 1, 2018, no Democrats had signed up for the May 22 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: Arkansas is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA.

Fortunately, since we wrote this post, a Democrat joined the race: Mike Lee. While he has not made a specific public comment about the anti-ACA suit joined by his opponent, it’s clear from his website that he’d oppose it.

 

See Democrat Mike Lee’s website and donate to his campaign: http://electmikelee.org

Follow him on Twitter: @ElectMikeLee

 

 

 

California: Democratic incumbent Xavier Becerra will run for his first full term. He was appointed in January 2017 after then-AG Kamala Harris won a California Senate seat in 2016. California has a Democratic triplex.

California uses a top-two primary system for its AG race, which sends the top two vote-getters in the June 5 primary to face each other in the general election. As of January 1, 2018, one other Democrat and two Republicans had committed to the primary.

 

Update, June 2018: California is one of the 17 states countersuing to defend the ACA. Becerra is leading the charge.

Becerra won his June 5 party primary and will face opposition in the fall.

See Xavier Becerra’s website:

https://xavierbecerra.com

Follow him on Twitter:

@XavierBecerra

 

 

 

Colorado: Republican incumbent Cynthia Coffman is leaving the AG post to run for governor.

At least five Democrats will run in the June 26 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: Colorado has not joined either of the lawsuits. Ballotpedia shows that the Democratic AG primary field is down to two: Joseph Salazar and Phil Weiser.

Neither candidate appears to have made a public statement about joining the countersuit. Neither devotes an explicit heading to the ACA in the issues section of their campaign sites, but Weiser published a blog post in May 2018 about fighting for affordable, accessible health care.

See Phil Weiser’s website and donate to his campaign: https://www.philforcolorado.com

Follow Weiser on Twitter: @pweiser

See Joe Salazar’s website and donate to his campaign: https://salazarforcoag.com

 

 

 

Connecticut: Democratic incumbent George C. Jepsen has chosen not to run for a third term. Connecticut has a Democratic triplex.

At least one Democrat, former federal prosecutor Chris Mattei, has committed to run in the August 14 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: Connecticut is one of the 17 states countersuing to defend the ACA. 

On June 8, Chris Mattei tweeted in favor of the countersuit:

The DOJ, which should be a refuge for the exploited & powerless, just argued in court that 52 million people w/ pre-existing conditions can be denied coverage contrary to the ACA. This is disgusting. This is not justice.

See Chris Mattei’s website and donate to his campaign: https://matteiforct.com

Follow him on Twitter: @ChrisMatteiCT

 

Mattei has since been joined in the August 14 Democratic primary by Paul R. Doyle and William Tong.

Weirdly, Doyle’s webpage isn’t loading at the moment; we’ll update this post accordingly when it is.

 

Tong has not given a statement about the countersuit but his campaign site is dead clear that he does not like what Trump is doing in general, and will resist his agenda.

See William Tong’s website and donate to his campaign: http://www.williamtong.com

Follow him on Twitter: @WilliamTongCT

 

 

 

Delaware: Democratic incumbent Matthew Denn has chosen not to run for a second term. Delaware has a Democratic triplex.

At least one Democrat, Tim Mullaney, will run in the September 11, 2018 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: Delaware is one of the 17 states countersuing to defend the ACA. 

Mullaney has since been joined in the party primary by Kathy Jennings, Chris Johnson, and LaKresha Roberts.

Weirdly, Mullaney does not appear to have a campaign site right now, just a Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Mullaney-2018-1716354568406764/

If we find a website or Twitter handle for him, we’ll update accordingly.

 

Jennings has not made a statement in favor of the countersuit, but it’s reasonable to infer from her website and Twitter feed that she supports it.

See Kathy Jennings’s website and donate to her campaign: https://www.kathyfordelaware.com/priorities

Follow her on Twitter: @KathyForAG

 

Like Jennings, Johnson has not made a specific statement about the countersuit, but it’s reasonable to infer from his website and Twitter feed that he supports it.

See Chris Johnson’s website and donate to his campaign:

https://www.chrisjohnsonforag.com

Follow him on Twitter:

@ChrisJohnsonDE

 

Roberts is in the same boat as her Democratic rivals: Hasn’t made a statement about the countersuit, but would clearly support it.

See LaKresha Roberts’s website and donate to her campaign:

http://www.lakreshafordelaware.com

Follow her on Twitter: @lakreshaforDE

 

 

 

Florida: Republican incumbent Pam Bondi is term-limited out. Florida has a Republican triplex.

At least one Democrat, Ryan Torrens, will appear in the August 28 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: Florida is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA.

Torrens has since been joined in the primary by Sean Shaw, and there’s still time for other Floridians to jump in to the state attorney general race; the filing deadline is June 22, 2018.

 

Torrens has not made a specific statement against the anti-ACA suit, but a look over his website leaves no doubt that he’s not in favor.

See Torres’s website and donate to his campaign: https://www.ryanforattorneygeneral.com

Follow him on Twitter: @RyanforFLAG

 

Ditto for Sean Shaw: No specific comment on the suit, but judging by his website and Twitter feed, we doubt he supports it.

See Shaw’s website and donate to his campaign: https://seanshaw.com

Follow him on Twitter: @SShawFL

 

 

 

Georgia: Republican incumbent Chris Carr will run for his first full term as AG. He was appointed in October 2016 after Republican Samuel S. Owens resigned to take the presidency of Kennesaw State University.

As of January 1, 2018, no Democrats had committed to the May 22 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: Georgia is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA.

A Democrat has since stepped up to challenge Carr: Charlie Bailey.

Bailey hasn’t made a public comment about the lawsuit, but he’s endorsed by the Democratic Attorneys General Association, which is promising, seeing as it’s Democratic AGs who are pressing the countersuit.

See Charlie Bailey’s website and donate to his campaign: https://charlieforgeorgia.com/home/

Follow him on Twitter: @charlie4georgia

 

 

 

Idaho: Republican incumbent Lawrence Wasden will run for a fourth term as AG. Idaho has a Republican triplex.

As of January 1, 2018, no Democrats had committed to the May 15 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: Idaho has not joined either of the lawsuits.

A Democrat, Bruce Bistline, has since joined the AG race, but the Idaho situation seems weird. We found a 2014 (repeat, this is NOT A CURRENT ARTICLE) story online that stated that Bistline would not campaign actively. He appears to be doing the same this time around, too, but he hasn’t said as much to the local press.

Ballotpedia definitely lists Bistline as the Democratic AG candidate for 2018, but we can’t find anything that looks like a campaign website for him. The National Association of Attorneys General confirms that as of May 25, 2018, Bistline did not have one.

The filing deadline to run was back in March, so it’s too late for the Dems to choose someone else.

We get that Idaho is a pretty damn red state. But c’mon, Idaho friends, could you at least pick a Democratic AG candidate who will actually, you know, show up and put up a fight? We at OTYCD think that y’all can do better than Bistline.

 

 

 

Illinois: Democratic incumbent Lisa Madigan decided not to run for a fifth term as AG.

At least eight Democrats will run in the March 20 primary, including Renato Mariotti.

 

Update, June 2018: Illinois is one of the 17 states countersuing to defend the ACA. 

Kwame Raoul emerged victorious from the Democratic primary. (Sorry, Renato. We still love you and we still want people to follow your Twitter feed.)

 

On June 9, Raoul tweeted in favor of the countersuit:

As the son of a community physician and a cancer survior myself, I believe everyone should have access to health care, regardless of income or pre-existing conditions. If Donald Trump won’t enforce the law and protect people, as attorney general, I will.

And he released the same statement as a press release:

https://kwameraoul.com/news/raoul-responds-to-trump-effort-to-gut-the-aca/

 

See Raoul’s website and donate to his campaign: https://kwameraoul.com

Follow him on Twitter: @KwameRaoul

 

 

 

Iowa: Democratic incumbent Tom Miller will run for his tenth term in office. He held the post from 1978 to 1990, when he stepped away to run for governor. He lost, ran for AG in 1994, and has successfully held the office ever since.

As of January 1, 2018, no Democrats had committed to the June 5 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: Iowa has not joined either of the lawsuits.

The filing deadline passed without any Democratic challengers leaping in.

In the past few days, Miller has tweeted from his official AG account (@AGIowa) in favor of defending the integrity of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which Mick Mulvaney is trying to gut. He’s also retweeted fellow state AGs talking about pushing back against nasty stuff that Betsy DeVos is trying to pull. But Miller hasn’t said anything related to the ACA or health care.

Democrats in Iowa, how about you call Miller’s office and ask him to join the 17 who are countersuing to save the ACA?

We can’t find a campaign website for Miller, but here’s a link to his page on VoteSmart, which has an email address for his campaign:

https://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/1768/tom-miller#.WxvtGC2ZOCc

 

 

 

Kansas: As of January 1, 2018, Republican incumbent Derek Schmidt had not decided whether he would run for a third term. Kansas has a Republican triplex.

As of January 1, 2018, no Democrats had committed to the August 7 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: Kansas is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA.

Democrat Sarah Swain seems to have snuck in right at the June 1 filing deadline to run for state AG. Schmidt has since committed as well.

Swain’s candidacy is so new that she doesn’t appear to have a website or a social media presence yet. We will update this post accordingly once that changes.

Here’s a June 1, 2018 article on Swain’s entry into the race: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2018/jun/01/lawrence-attorney-sarah-swain-files-kansas-attorne/

 

 

 

Maryland: As of January 1, 2018, Democratic incumbent Brian Frosh had not decided whether he would run for a second term.

As of January 1, 2018, no other Democrats had committed to the June 26 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: Maryland has not joined either of the lawsuits.

Frosh has made up his mind, though. He’s running again.

He does not appear to have made a comment on either of the suits on either his campaign site or his Facebook page.

Marylanders, how about you call Frosh’s office and ask him to join the 17?

Frosh’s campaign site is here: https://www.brianfrosh.com

 

 

Massachusetts: Democratic incumbent Maura Healey, who is awesome, will run for a second term.

As of January 1, 2018, no other Democrats had committed to the September 4 primary. But that’s OK, because Maura Healey is awesome.

 

Update, June 2018: Massachusetts is one of the 17 states countersuing to defend the ACA, because Maura Healey is awesome (did we mention that? Because she is, indeed, awesome.).

Healey will face no challengers in the September 4 primary.

See Healey’s website and donate to her campaign: http://www.maurahealey.com

Follow her on Twitter: @maura_healey

 

 

Michigan: Republican incumbent Bill Schuette is term-limited out. Michigan has a Republican triplex.

Update, June 2018: Michigan has not joined either of the lawsuits.

 

Since this post originally went up, the Michigan Democratic Party convened and chose Dana Nessel as their AG candidate.

You might remember Nessel. She did that amazing November 2017 campaign ad pushing back against sexual harassment.

She hasn’t yet said anything about either lawsuit but hey, Michiganders? We at OTYCD bet she’ll come out in favor of joining the 17 if you call and ask her to do so.

See her website and donate to her campaign: https://www.dana2018.com

Follow her on Twitter: @dananessel

 

 

 

Minnesota: As of January 1, 2018, Democratic incumbent Lori Swanson had not yet decided if she would run for a fourth term. Minnesota has a Democratic triplex.

At least four other Democrats have announced they will run in the August 14 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: Minnesota is one of the 17 states countersuing to defend the ACA “by and through its Department of Commerce.” 

Swanson has since announced she will run for governor of Minnesota.

Five Democrats have filed for the August 14 primary, most notably Keith Ellison, who is giving up his House of Representatives seat in the 5th District to aim for the open Michigan state AG post.

On June 8, Ellison tweeted this message with a link to a Politico story:

Trump’s Justice Department is calling on the courts to throw out protections for people with pre-existing conditions, but CA AG Xavier Becera fights back.

See Ellison’s website and donate to his campaign: https://keithellison.org

We’ll add his AG-specific Twitter account once he creates one.

 

We at OTYCD are having trouble with Tom Foley at the moment. Ballotpedia redirects to the wrong Tom Foley (a Republican in another state), and Minnesota’s Tom Foley is far from the only Tom Foley in politics. We can’t seem to find a campaign site for him, either.

Consider this an invitation to Minnesota AG candidate Tom Foley’s folks to get in touch with us here (see the About & Subscribe page) so we can update this section accordingly.

 

Debra Hilstrom has not made a specific statement about the countersuit but we have no reason to believe she wouldn’t support it.

See Hilstrom’s website and donate to her campaign:  https://debrahilstrommn.com

Follow her on Twitter: @debrahilstrom

 

Matt Pelikan has not made a specific statement about the countersuit, but the header of his Twitter page is him standing with Senator Elizabeth Warren, so, no worries there, we think.

See Pelikan’s website and donate to his campaign: http://mattpelikan.com

Follow him on Twitter: @mattpelikan

 

Mike Rothman also has not made a specific statement in favor of the countersuit, but judging by his website, he’s probably in favor.

See Rothman’s website and donate to his campaign:

http://mikerothmanformn.com

Follow him on Twitter (warning–he doesn’t tweet much):

@MikeRothman4MN

 

 

 

Nebraska: Republican incumbent Doug Petersen will run for a second term. Nebraska has a Republican triplex.

At least one Democrat, Evangelos Argyrakis, will run in the May 15 primary.

Update, June 2018: Nebraska is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA.

Unfortunately Democrats might be up the creek in this race. Argyrakis is the only Democratic candidate, but local papers reported in April that he assaulted his 82-year-old father after accusing him of taking money from his mother. So, erm, awkward.

We at OTYCD can’t seem to find a campaign website for him either, which is probably for the best. If we learn about whether a write-in campaign is allowed, we will update accordingly.

 

 

 

Nevada: Republican incumbent Adam Laxalt is running for Nevada governor instead of a second term as AG. Nevada has a Republican triplex.

At least one Democrat, state Senator Aaron Ford, will appear in the June 12 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: Nevada has not joined either of the lawsuits.

Since this post came out, Stuart MacKie entered the Democratic primary.

 

On June 9, Aaron Ford tweeted:

Nevadans with preexisting conditions like asthma or diabetes deserve health care. As I will stand up for the thousands of Nevadans who could lose health care access because of this dangerous lawsuit.

See Ford’s website and donate to his campaign:

https://www.fordfornevada.com

Follow him on Twitter: @AaronDFordNV

 

Stuart MacKie has proven more elusive. We will add his campaign website and Twitter account if and when we locate them.

 

 

 

New Mexico: Democratic incumbent Hector Balderas will run for a second term.

No other Democrats have announced they will run in the June 5 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: New Mexico has not joined either of the lawsuits.

Hey, New Mexicans, how about you call or email Balderas and ask him to join the 17?

See his website and donate to his campaign: http://www.hectorbalderas.com

 

 

 

New York: Democratic incumbent Eric Schneiderman will run for a third term. New York has a Democratic triplex.

No other Democrats have announced they will run in the September 11 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: New York is one of the 17 states countersuing to defend the ACA. 

Ahem. Since we wrote this, Eric Scheiderman was outed as a horrific abuser. He resigned within hours of the news breaking. New York Solicitor General Barbara Underwood is filling in, but is not running for the AG post.

Four Democrats have entered the September 13 primary: Zephyr Teachout, Sean Patrick Maloney, Leecia Eve, and Letitia James. As of June, all are actively gathering signatures so they can appear on the ballot.

 

Zephyr Teachout does not appear to have said anything about the countersuit but we doubt she’d be against it.

See her website and donate to her campaign: https://zephyrforny.com

Follow her on Twitter: @ZephyrTeachout

 

Sean Patrick Maloney announced on June 6, 2018 that he’d run for AG, but he might not abandon his re-election campaign for his House of Representatives seat in New York’s 18th Congressional District while he does it (FWIW, we at OTYCD think this behavior is hinky. Take the risk, dammit).

He hasn’t made a specific statement about the countersuit but it’s clear he’s for it.

The only campaign site Maloney has up right now is his CONGRESSIONAL site: https://maloneyfornewyork.com

Follow him on Twitter: @MaloneyforNY

 

 

Leecia Eve has not made a public statement but we see no reason to believe she doesn’t back the countersuit.

See her website and donate to her campaign: https://leeciaeve.com

 

 

Letitia James has not made a specific public statement and doesn’t yet have a campaign site that’s specific to the AG race, but from what we’ve seen, we believe she’d support the countersuit.

She’s talking about her AG candidacy on her personal Twitter: @TishJames

 

 

 

North Dakota: As of January 1, 2018, Republican incumbent Wayne Stenehjem had not decided if he would run for a sixth term. He is the longest-serving AG in the state’s history. North Dakota has a Republican triplex.

No Democrats have announced they will run in the June 12 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: North Dakota is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA.

David Clark Thompson has since become the only Democrat in the state AG race. He needs to step up his Twitter game (two tweets, both in May, that’s all), and he doesn’t appear to have said anything about the anti-ACA suit, but we don’t see anything on his site that contradicts the notion that he’d oppose the suit.

See his website and donate to his campaign: http://www.davidthompsonforndag.com

Follow his Twitter feed: @thompsonndag

 

 

 

Ohio: Republican incumbent Mike DeWine will run for governor instead of a third term as AG. Ohio has a Republican triplex.

At least one Democrat, Steven Dettelbach, will run in the May 8 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: Ohio has not joined either of the lawsuits.

Dettelbach has not said anything about either lawsuit. Ohio Democrats should ask him to support the 17.

See Dettelbach’s site and donate to his campaign: https://steveforohio.com

Follow his Twitter feed: @SteveDettelbach

 

 

 

Oklahoma: Republican incumbent Mike Hunter will run for his first full term after being appointed in 2017 to take the place of Scott Pruitt, who now heads the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Oklahoma has a Republican triplex.

No Democrats have announced they will run in the June 26 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: Oklahoma has not joined either of the lawsuits, which is kind of surprising when you think about it.

Since writing the original post, Democrat Mark Myles has entered the race.

He must have joined pretty recently because his campaign website is a placeholder. See it here: https://www.electmarkmyles.com

 

 

Rhode Island: Democratic incumbent Peter Kilmartin is term-limited out. Rhode Island has a Democratic triplex.

At least one Democrat, Peter Neronha, will run in the September 12 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: Rhode Island is one of the 17 states countersuing to defend the ACA. 

Nehrona has not said anything specific about the countersuit but we have no reason to believe he doesn’t support it.

See his website and donate to his campaign: https://peterneronha.com

Follow him on Twitter: @PeterNehrona

 

 

 

South Carolina: Republican incumbent Alan Wilson will run for a third term. South Carolina has a Republican triplex.

No Democrats have announced they will run in the June 12 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: South Carolina is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA.

Since writing the original post, Democrat Constance Anastopoulo entered the race. She will run unopposed in the primary.

As with many Democratic AG candidates, Anastopoulo has not said anything specific about her state joining the anti-ACA suit, but nothing on her campaign site indicates she’d support it.

See her site and donate to her campaign: https://www.anastopouloforag.com

 

 

South Dakota: Republican incumbent Marty J. Jackley will run for governor instead of a third term as AG. South Dakota has a Republican triplex.

No Democrats have announced they will run in the June 5 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: South Dakota is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA.

South Dakota Democrats will choose between two AG candidates at their June 15-16 convention: Tatewin Means and Randy Seiler.

Right now, both are using Facebook instead of splashing out on campaign sites. Neither has directly addressed the lawsuit, but Seiler did write a health care-themed post of note on June 8:

SD recently expanded coverage of substance abuse to people who qualify for Medicaid. Falls short though in expanding eligibility that could target services to get people the help they need – with the Federal government paying 90% of cost. Note that Republican AG candidate Russell voted no on the expanded coverage for treatment.

See Seiler’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/randyseilerforattorneygeneral

See Means’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MeansforAG/

 

 

Texas: Republican incumbent Ken Paxton will run for a second term. Texas has a Republican triplex.

At least one Democrat, Justin Nelson, will run in the March 6 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: Texas is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA, and is co-leading the effort with Wisconsin’s AG.

Nelson ran alone in the primary.

On June 9, he tweeted:

Here’s the pattern now: Ken Paxton files a lawsuit to make a partisan point and to distract from his own indictment. Trump then uses Paxton’s suit as an excuse. Lather, rinse, repeat. That’s wrong. I believe it’s Texas first, not Tea Party first.

See Nelson’s site and donate to his campaign: https://www.nelsonfortexas.com

Follow him on Twitter: @NelsonforTexas

 

 

 

Vermont: As of January 1, 2018, Democratic incumbent T.J. Donovan has not decided if he’ll run for a second term.

No Democrats have announced they will run in the August 14 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: Vermont is one of the 17 states countersuing to defend the ACA. 

Donovan did commit and defeated a Democratic primary challenger to run again.

See his site here and donate to his campaign: http://donovanforvermont.com

Follow him on Twitter: @TJforVermont

 

 

 

Wisconsin: Republican incumbent Brad Schimel will run for a second term.

At least one Democrat, Josh Kaul, will run in the August 14 primary.

 

Update, June 2018: Wisconsin is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA, and is co-leading the effort with Texas’s AG.

The filing deadline passed on June 1, meaning Kaul will run unopposed in the primary. He’s the son of a former AG, Peg Lautenschlager.

On June 8, Kaul tweeted:

‘s effort to allow health-insurance companies to deny coverage to Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions is wrong. We should be working to expand access to affordable care.

See Kaul’s website and donate to his campaign: https://www.joshkaul.org

Follow him on Twitter: @JoshKaulWI

 

 

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See the document that lists the 20 states that are suing to kill the ACA:

https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/files/epress/Texas_Wisconsin_et_al_v._U.S._et_al_-_ACA_Complaint_(02-26-18).pdf?cachebuster:23

 

 

Xavier Becerra put out a press release on June 7 that lists all 17 states and entities that are countersuing to defend the ACA:

https://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/texas-v-hhs-attorney-general-becerra-leads-coalition-16-attorneys-general

 

 

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Action Alerts · Health Care · Uncategorized

Spread the Word: Affordable Care Act Sign-Up Season Is On NOW Until Dec 15, 2017

Spread the Word: The open enrollment period for 2018 for the Affordable Care Act lasts from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017.

The Trump administration has slashed, and almost eliminated, the promotional budget for ACA enrollment–by some reports, as much as 90 percent. The administration also significantly shortened the enrollment period. It’s part of its ongoing efforts to make the ACA fail.

One way you can support the ACA, also known as Obamacare, is to spread the word about the 2018 enrollment period. It’s unfortunate that it comes to this, but by taking it upon yourself to let people know that now is the time to sign up for the ACA, you can defeat the government’s efforts to cripple and kill the law.

As we prepare this post, the pinned tweets on the landing pages for Spiro and Andy Slavitt were about the enrollment period. Spiro’s includes a pleasing graphic that mentions the need to go to healthcare.gov.

Their Twitter handles are:

@TopherSpiro

@ASlavitt

 

Spiro doesn’t seem to be on Facebook, but Slavitt is. Watch his page for something you can repost on this topic:

https://www.facebook.com/ASlavitt/

 

Please tweet and post this information early and often, throughout the 2018 enrollment period. We at OTYCD will repost this message daily during the short window. If you subscribe to the blog or follow us on Twitter, it will show up more than once (sorry about that).

 

Read about the cuts to the ACA enrollment period promotional budget:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-31/trump-health-department-is-said-to-slash-obamacare-ad-budget

http://money.cnn.com/2017/08/31/news/economy/obamacare-trump-advertising/index.html

Action Alerts · Call Your Members of Congress · Health Care

Fight the GOP Tax Bill, Which Has Become Trojan Horse Trumpcare, Oct 13

Call your MoCs to say NO to the tax cut bill that Trump and the GOP are proposing.

This post has been updated to reflect the fact that the GOP tax bill contains cuts that are designed to do, in part, what the Trumpcare bills couldn’t.

Because the tax bill is trying to rewrite health care, we will nudge you to call on the tax bill every other day until further notice. These posts will be interlaced with other posts that address how to fight Trump and the GOP’s broader attack on the Affordable Care Act.

Subscribers will receive these pieces as new posts; we apologize for the partial repeats.

In late September, just as Trumpcare 3.1 was given up for dead, Trump and the GOP unveiled their plans to “reform” the U.S. tax code.

You won’t be surprised to learn that it sucks, and it doesn’t do what Trump claims it does.

Worse still, health care reporter Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) has picked up on a new GOP strategy that he dubs Synthetic Repeal.

Synthetic Repeal covers several actions, but one of them is tucking cuts to Medicaid into the tax bill now under discussion.

We’re reproducing some of Slavitt’s October 5 chain of tweets on this below:

 

GOP is now trying to create what I call “synthetic repeal.” Before I explain what that means let me tell you why this is happening.

GOP has 7 years of promises and a lot of fundraising to pay back. Moore’s win in AL punctuates the point that the R base is very unhappy.

GOP needs to compete in primaries & fundraise. Make no mistake that is a 2018 reality weighing on them.

Three strategic choices: a- say repeal failed & move on b- promise to try again next yr c- “synthetic repeal”. First step is “c”.

Synthetic repeal allows them 2 say: sure, we didn’t repeal the ACA because of RINO holdouts, but before long it will be effectively done.

Synthetic repeal goes after ALL the big cahuanas: huge Medicaid cuts, pre-ex protections & the mandates. WITHOUT REPLACEMENTS.

CBO would score the synthetic repeal an absolute disaster.

The tools for synthetic repeal are: – An Executive Order coming next week – The budget/tax plan – Sabotage of the ACA (not even denied)

The EO allows “association health plans”– ability for plans to be offered with no pre-ex protections & turn ACA into a high risk pool.

In states that have done things like this, like TN, premiums have skyrocketed and competitors have left the market.

This Executive Order next week is a massive undermining of state’s, insurance markets & American families.

Anyone will be able to create a plan that usurps state authority. And across state lines. Graham Cassidy “state’s rights” (he followed this with several laugh-till-you-cry emoji)

The tax cut is the other side of the nickel of Medicaid cuts. Rs will need Medicaid 2 deal w

$1 trillion+ shortfall 2 balanced budget.

From their standpoint, either vehicle could work.
(Then he pointed to an earlier tweet of his that said:
One Senator said to me tonight: the health care bill was about hidden tax cuts. Now
the tax bill is about hidden health care cuts. (Bold is ours)
In fact, I’ve heard some say tax vehicle will be easier for Rs because opposition
won’t recognize it as a health care fight. (Again, bold is ours)
The troubling part (yeah, there’s a troubling part) is it can be done with much less public
recognition of it all. Cc: boiling frog.
On October 6, Slavitt tweeted ways to fight Synthetic Repeal. Below we cite the tweets
that relate to the tax bill:
The final critical area of opposing is to oppose the
currently being debated.
We have updated the calling script on the GOP tax bill to reflect the Medicaid cuts.
To stay on top of Synthetic Repeal, follow Slavitt on Twitter:
@ASlavitt
Original text of the post follows.

 

If Trump and his minions got their way, they’d repeal the estate tax, which only kicks in for those passing on wealth amounting to $11 million or more.

The bill would raise the lowest tax bracket and lower the highest tax bracket, which means those subject to the lowest bracket would pay more tax and those who qualify for the highest tax bracket would pay less.

The bill also proposes doing away with the provision that allows filers to deduct state and local taxes, which would hurt residents in blue states such as California, New York, and New Jersey.

Trump claims that he would not personally benefit from the proposed changes. This New York Times article shows that Trump would receive more than $1 billion extra:

Trump claims the bill won’t benefit the rich. It will, and it would benefit the rich most of all, as these articles show:

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/09/trump-tax-plan-benefit-rich/541584/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/29/gop-tax-plan-would-provide-major-gains-for-richest-1-percent-and-uneven-benefits-for-the-middle-class-report-says/?utm_term=.84caf9acdc67

 

Also consider that the bill would add $2.4 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years (funny how Republicans lose interest in this when they’re in power).

And let’s not forget that Trump has yet to release his own tax returns in full, which he promised to do during the 2016 campaign.

 

Please call your MoCs to oppose Trump’s tax bill. Please check their websites and social media feeds before you call to see if they’ve said anything about the bill, and thank or shame them accordingly.

If your Senators include any of the following Republicans, it is extra-important for you to call:

 

Bob Corker, Tennessee

John McCain, Arizona

Rand Paul, Kentucky

Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania

Orrin Hatch, Utah

Susan Collins, Maine

 

This Bloomberg article explains why:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-29/trump-s-tax-cut-fate-in-the-hands-of-these-six-key-gop-senators

 

Now the script: “Dear Senator/House Rep (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname from town, zip code). I am calling to ask you to oppose the tax bill being put forward by Trump and the GOP. It would eliminate the estate tax, which is a terrible idea. Part of what makes America America is that we don’t have a landed gentry, like they do in Europe. The estate tax ensures that scourge does not take root here. It also takes away the chance to deduct state taxes, which is insane, and designed to punish blue states in particular. It contains drastic cuts to Medicaid that the Republicans tried to pass in the failed Trumpcare bills. And if it was passed, it’d widen the deficit by $2.4 trillion over 10 years. Any tax legislation on this size and scale should be revenue-neutral. And lastly, we shouldn’t be taking up plans that would give Donald Trump a tax break without him first revealing his tax returns, as he promised to do. Thank you.”

 

Read more about the tax bill:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/27/the-gop-tax-plan-explained-in-simplest-possible-terms/?utm_term=.f6f408d249d4

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Fight Synthetic Repeal, The Latest GOP Attempt to Kill Obamacare, Oct 12 Update

Fight Synthetic Repeal, the latest attempt by the GOP to kill the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare.

Note: Because Synthetic Repeal is basically Trojan Horse Trumpcare, we at OTYCD will be devoting posts to it every weekday until it is derailed. Subscribers will receive these as new posts though the text will mostly repeat earlier posts. Apologies in advance for this.

Also note: Before word of Synthetic Repeal broke, we had prepped several posts on candidates who are running for various special elections that take place on November 7, 2017. These posts will go forward as scheduled because these elections are so near in time. Once the candidate posts all go up, Synthetic Repeal will likely dominate the new posts, assuming it’s still a threat (let’s hope it’ll wither soon).

Having failed flagrantly and publicly to kill the ACA via legislation, the GOP and the Trump administration are–big surprise–turning to broader but sneakier tactics.

One gambit is to tuck Medicaid cuts in the tax bill now under discussion. We at OTYCD have devoted separate posts to this topic.

Andy Slavitt, who ran that program as well as Medicare and ACA under Obama, first picked up on the Synthetic Repeal effort. He’s been describing it and providing ideas for fighting back.

 

If you’re not following Slavitt on Twitter already, please do:

@ASlavitt

Also start checking the #SyntheticRepeal hashtag on Twitter for updates.

 

Synthetic Repeal is a multi-pronged effort that requires fighting on several fronts.

One big part is the Trump administration actively sabotaging the ACA by denying state waivers, dragging its feet on delivering promised cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, cutting the annual enrollment period for the ACA, scheduling system maintenance during that already short enrollment period, slashing the marketing budget for ads that tell people when the enrollment period happens, understaffing ACA call centers, and so on.

Slavitt has several suggestions for how we can fight back.

One is to help out a new org called Get America Covered. It intends to pick up the slack that the government has ostentatiously dropped with regard to enrolling people in ACA plans for 2018. It intends to spread the word about the enrollment period and help as many people gain coverage as possible.

 

See the Get America Covered website:

https://getamericacovered.org

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GetAmericaCovered

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@GetUSCovered

 

Follow its cofounders, Lori Lodes and Joshua Peck, on Twitter:

@Loril

@Joshuafapeck

 

Donate to Get America Covered:

https://secure.donationpay.org/getamericacovered/

 

Another thing that should help is calling your MoCs and expressing support for Democratic efforts, led by New York Senator Chuck Schumer, to work with Trump on stabilizing the ACA along the lines that Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander and Washington Democratic Senator Patty Murray have been pursuing.

Read this Vox piece for more:

https://www.vox.com/2017/10/7/16440920/trump-tweet-schumer-health-care

 

Sample script for this:

“Dear Senator/House Rep (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname, of town, zip code). I am calling to express support for ongoing efforts to stabilize the Affordable Care Act. Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray have been leading a bipartisan attempt to do just that. I also want to say that I am OK with the Democrats working with the Trump administration to stabilize the ACA in the way that Alexander and Murray hope to accomplish. I oppose much of what Trump does but if he is truly serious about fixing the ACA instead of destroying it, I will support that. Thank you.”

 

Lastly, here is a series of October 6 tweets from Slavitt that give background on Synthetic Repeal in the context of fighting it:

There of course is no perfect antidote to it that doesn’t mean we don’t do everything we can.

is stuff we no about: -CSR pmt -Not enforcing law -Mktg & in person help cut -Now allowing state waivers -Much more…

But then there’s all that we don’t know about or aren’t public. Call centers, website outages– anything to depress enrollment.

The number one thing is to help . All the resources donate, volunteer, help if you can.

What about the Executive Order for Assoc health plans which would end pre-ex? This EO is unlikely to be supportable by law.

I connected to some lawyers, states & AG offices. They should protect consumers with vigor. Many will & we need to insist.

Your doctor & hospital shouldn’t do business with “insurers” that don’t protect their patients– with pre-ex, caps & essential benefits.

Let me repeat: The hcare community can play many roles in stopping what the law can’t. If it’s destructive 2 public health, they should.

The final critical area of opposing is to oppose the currently being debated.

4 ways to limit damage of . 1- 2- oppose EO legally, contracts 3- defeat tax cut 4- be a

That’s just a start. Will keep working. End

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Fight the GOP Tax Bill, Which Has Become Trojan Horse Trumpcare, Oct 11

Call your MoCs to say NO to the tax cut bill that Trump and the GOP are proposing.

This post has been updated to reflect the fact that the GOP tax bill contains cuts that are designed to do, in part, what the Trumpcare bills couldn’t.

Because the tax bill is trying to rewrite health care, we will nudge you to call on the tax bill every other day until further notice. These posts will be interlaced with other posts that address how to fight Trump and the GOP’s broader attack on the Affordable Care Act.

Subscribers will receive these pieces as new posts; we apologize for the partial repeats.

In late September, just as Trumpcare 3.1 was given up for dead, Trump and the GOP unveiled their plans to “reform” the U.S. tax code.

You won’t be surprised to learn that it sucks, and it doesn’t do what Trump claims it does.

Worse still, health care reporter Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) has picked up on a new GOP strategy that he dubs Synthetic Repeal.

Synthetic Repeal covers several actions, but one of them is tucking cuts to Medicaid into the tax bill now under discussion.

We’re reproducing some of Slavitt’s October 5 chain of tweets on this below:

 

GOP is now trying to create what I call “synthetic repeal.” Before I explain what that means let me tell you why this is happening.

GOP has 7 years of promises and a lot of fundraising to pay back. Moore’s win in AL punctuates the point that the R base is very unhappy.

GOP needs to compete in primaries & fundraise. Make no mistake that is a 2018 reality weighing on them.

Three strategic choices: a- say repeal failed & move on b- promise to try again next yr c- “synthetic repeal”. First step is “c”.

Synthetic repeal allows them 2 say: sure, we didn’t repeal the ACA because of RINO holdouts, but before long it will be effectively done.

Synthetic repeal goes after ALL the big cahuanas: huge Medicaid cuts, pre-ex protections & the mandates. WITHOUT REPLACEMENTS.

CBO would score the synthetic repeal an absolute disaster.

The tools for synthetic repeal are: – An Executive Order coming next week – The budget/tax plan – Sabotage of the ACA (not even denied)

The EO allows “association health plans”– ability for plans to be offered with no pre-ex protections & turn ACA into a high risk pool.

In states that have done things like this, like TN, premiums have skyrocketed and competitors have left the market.

This Executive Order next week is a massive undermining of state’s, insurance markets & American families.

Anyone will be able to create a plan that usurps state authority. And across state lines. Graham Cassidy “state’s rights” (he followed this with several laugh-till-you-cry emoji)

The tax cut is the other side of the nickel of Medicaid cuts. Rs will need Medicaid 2 deal w

$1 trillion+ shortfall 2 balanced budget.

From their standpoint, either vehicle could work.
(Then he pointed to an earlier tweet of his that said:
One Senator said to me tonight: the health care bill was about hidden tax cuts. Now
the tax bill is about hidden health care cuts. (Bold is ours)
In fact, I’ve heard some say tax vehicle will be easier for Rs because opposition
won’t recognize it as a health care fight. (Again, bold is ours)
The troubling part (yeah, there’s a troubling part) is it can be done with much less public
recognition of it all. Cc: boiling frog.
On October 6, Slavitt tweeted ways to fight Synthetic Repeal. Below we cite the tweets
that relate to the tax bill:
The final critical area of opposing is to oppose the
currently being debated.
We have updated the calling script on the GOP tax bill to reflect the Medicaid cuts.
To stay on top of Synthetic Repeal, follow Slavitt on Twitter:
@ASlavitt
Original text of the post follows.

 

If Trump and his minions got their way, they’d repeal the estate tax, which only kicks in for those passing on wealth amounting to $11 million or more.

The bill would raise the lowest tax bracket and lower the highest tax bracket, which means those subject to the lowest bracket would pay more tax and those who qualify for the highest tax bracket would pay less.

The bill also proposes doing away with the provision that allows filers to deduct state and local taxes, which would hurt residents in blue states such as California, New York, and New Jersey.

Trump claims that he would not personally benefit from the proposed changes. This New York Times article shows that Trump would receive more than $1 billion extra:

Trump claims the bill won’t benefit the rich. It will, and it would benefit the rich most of all, as these articles show:

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/09/trump-tax-plan-benefit-rich/541584/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/29/gop-tax-plan-would-provide-major-gains-for-richest-1-percent-and-uneven-benefits-for-the-middle-class-report-says/?utm_term=.84caf9acdc67

 

Also consider that the bill would add $2.4 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years (funny how Republicans lose interest in this when they’re in power).

And let’s not forget that Trump has yet to release his own tax returns in full, which he promised to do during the 2016 campaign.

 

Please call your MoCs to oppose Trump’s tax bill. Please check their websites and social media feeds before you call to see if they’ve said anything about the bill, and thank or shame them accordingly.

If your Senators include any of the following Republicans, it is extra-important for you to call:

 

Bob Corker, Tennessee

John McCain, Arizona

Rand Paul, Kentucky

Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania

Orrin Hatch, Utah

Susan Collins, Maine

 

This Bloomberg article explains why:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-29/trump-s-tax-cut-fate-in-the-hands-of-these-six-key-gop-senators

 

Now the script: “Dear Senator/House Rep (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname from town, zip code). I am calling to ask you to oppose the tax bill being put forward by Trump and the GOP. It would eliminate the estate tax, which is a terrible idea. Part of what makes America America is that we don’t have a landed gentry, like they do in Europe. The estate tax ensures that scourge does not take root here. It also takes away the chance to deduct state taxes, which is insane, and designed to punish blue states in particular. It contains drastic cuts to Medicaid that the Republicans tried to pass in the failed Trumpcare bills. And if it was passed, it’d widen the deficit by $2.4 trillion over 10 years. Any tax legislation on this size and scale should be revenue-neutral. And lastly, we shouldn’t be taking up plans that would give Donald Trump a tax break without him first revealing his tax returns, as he promised to do. Thank you.”

 

Read more about the tax bill:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/27/the-gop-tax-plan-explained-in-simplest-possible-terms/?utm_term=.f6f408d249d4

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Fight Synthetic Repeal, the Latest GOP Attempt to Kill Obamacare, Oct 10

Fight Synthetic Repeal, the latest attempt by the GOP to kill the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare.

Note: Because Synthetic Repeal is basically Trojan Horse Trumpcare, we at OTYCD will be devoting posts to it every weekday until it is derailed. Subscribers will receive these as new posts though the text will mostly repeat earlier posts. Apologies in advance for this.

Also note: Before word of Synthetic Repeal broke, we had prepped several posts on candidates who are running for various special elections that take place on November 7, 2017. These posts will go forward as scheduled because these elections are so near in time. Once the candidate posts all go up, Synthetic Repeal will likely dominate the new posts, assuming it’s still a threat (let’s hope it’ll wither soon).

Having failed flagrantly and publicly to kill the ACA via legislation, the GOP and the Trump administration are–big surprise–turning to broader but sneakier tactics.

One gambit is to tuck Medicaid cuts in the tax bill now under discussion. We at OTYCD have devoted separate posts to this topic.

Andy Slavitt, who ran that program as well as Medicare and ACA under Obama, first picked up on the Synthetic Repeal effort. He’s been describing it and providing ideas for fighting back.

 

If you’re not following Slavitt on Twitter already, please do:

@ASlavitt

Also start checking the #SyntheticRepeal hashtag on Twitter for updates.

 

Synthetic Repeal is a multi-pronged effort that requires fighting on several fronts.

One big part is the Trump administration actively sabotaging the ACA by denying state waivers, dragging its feet on delivering promised cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, cutting the annual enrollment period for the ACA, scheduling system maintenance during that already short enrollment period, slashing the marketing budget for ads that tell people when the enrollment period happens, understaffing ACA call centers, and so on.

Slavitt has several suggestions for how we can fight back.

One is to help out a new org called Get America Covered. It intends to pick up the slack that the government has ostentatiously dropped with regard to enrolling people in ACA plans for 2018. It intends to spread the word about the enrollment period and help as many people gain coverage as possible.

 

See the Get America Covered website:

https://getamericacovered.org

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GetAmericaCovered

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@GetUSCovered

 

Follow its cofounders, Lori Lodes and Joshua Peck, on Twitter:

@Loril

@Joshuafapeck

 

Donate to Get America Covered:

https://secure.donationpay.org/getamericacovered/

 

Another thing that should help is calling your MoCs and expressing support for Democratic efforts, led by New York Senator Chuck Schumer, to work with Trump on stabilizing the ACA along the lines that Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander and Washington Democratic Senator Patty Murray have been pursuing.

Read this Vox piece for more:

https://www.vox.com/2017/10/7/16440920/trump-tweet-schumer-health-care

 

Sample script for this:

“Dear Senator/House Rep (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname, of town, zip code). I am calling to express support for ongoing efforts to stabilize the Affordable Care Act. Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray have been leading a bipartisan attempt to do just that. I also want to say that I am OK with the Democrats working with the Trump administration to stabilize the ACA in the way that Alexander and Murray hope to accomplish. I oppose much of what Trump does but if he is truly serious about fixing the ACA instead of destroying it, I will support that. Thank you.”

 

Lastly, here is a series of October 6 tweets from Slavitt that give background on Synthetic Repeal in the context of fighting it:

There of course is no perfect antidote to it that doesn’t mean we don’t do everything we can.

is stuff we no about: -CSR pmt -Not enforcing law -Mktg & in person help cut -Now allowing state waivers -Much more…

But then there’s all that we don’t know about or aren’t public. Call centers, website outages– anything to depress enrollment.

The number one thing is to help . All the resources donate, volunteer, help if you can.

What about the Executive Order for Assoc health plans which would end pre-ex? This EO is unlikely to be supportable by law.

I connected to some lawyers, states & AG offices. They should protect consumers with vigor. Many will & we need to insist.

Your doctor & hospital shouldn’t do business with “insurers” that don’t protect their patients– with pre-ex, caps & essential benefits.

Let me repeat: The hcare community can play many roles in stopping what the law can’t. If it’s destructive 2 public health, they should.

The final critical area of opposing is to oppose the currently being debated.

4 ways to limit damage of . 1- 2- oppose EO legally, contracts 3- defeat tax cut 4- be a

That’s just a start. Will keep working. End

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fight the GOP Tax Bill, Which Has Become Trojan Horse Trumpcare

Call your MoCs to say NO to the tax cut bill that Trump and the GOP are proposing.

This post has been updated to reflect the fact that the GOP tax bill contains cuts that are designed to do, in part, what the Trumpcare bills couldn’t. New information is woven into the text. Subscribers will receive this as a new post; sorry for the partial repeat.

In late September, just as Trumpcare 3.1 was given up for dead, Trump and the GOP unveiled their plans to “reform” the U.S. tax code.

You won’t be surprised to learn that it sucks, and it doesn’t do what Trump claims it does.

Worse still, health care reporter Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) has picked up on a new GOP strategy that he dubs Synthetic Repeal.

Synthetic Repeal covers several actions, but one of them is tucking cuts to Medicaid into the tax bill now under discussion.

We’re reproducing some of Slavitt’s October 5 chain of tweets on this below:

 

GOP is now trying to create what I call “synthetic repeal.” Before I explain what that means let me tell you why this is happening.

GOP has 7 years of promises and a lot of fundraising to pay back. Moore’s win in AL punctuates the point that the R base is very unhappy.

GOP needs to compete in primaries & fundraise. Make no mistake that is a 2018 reality weighing on them.

Three strategic choices: a- say repeal failed & move on b- promise to try again next yr c- “synthetic repeal”. First step is “c”.

Synthetic repeal allows them 2 say: sure, we didn’t repeal the ACA because of RINO holdouts, but before long it will be effectively done.

Synthetic repeal goes after ALL the big cahuanas: huge Medicaid cuts, pre-ex protections & the mandates. WITHOUT REPLACEMENTS.

CBO would score the synthetic repeal an absolute disaster.

The tools for synthetic repeal are: – An Executive Order coming next week – The budget/tax plan – Sabotage of the ACA (not even denied)

The EO allows “association health plans”– ability for plans to be offered with no pre-ex protections & turn ACA into a high risk pool.

In states that have done things like this, like TN, premiums have skyrocketed and competitors have left the market.

This Executive Order next week is a massive undermining of state’s, insurance markets & American families.

Anyone will be able to create a plan that usurps state authority. And across state lines. Graham Cassidy “state’s rights” (he followed this with several laugh-till-you-cry emoji)

The tax cut is the other side of the nickel of Medicaid cuts. Rs will need Medicaid 2 deal w

$1 trillion+ shortfall 2 balanced budget.

From their standpoint, either vehicle could work.
(Then he pointed to an earlier tweet of his that said:
One Senator said to me tonight: the health care bill was about hidden tax cuts. Now
the tax bill is about hidden health care cuts. (Bold is ours)
In fact, I’ve heard some say tax vehicle will be easier for Rs because opposition
won’t recognize it as a health care fight. (Again, bold is ours)
The troubling part (yeah, there’s a troubling part) is it can be done with much less public
recognition of it all. Cc: boiling frog.
On October 6, Slavitt tweeted ways to fight Synthetic Repeal. Below we cite the tweets
that relate to the tax bill:
The final critical area of opposing is to oppose the
currently being debated.
We have updated the calling script on the GOP tax bill to reflect the Medicaid cuts.
To stay on top of Synthetic Repeal, follow Slavitt on Twitter:
@ASlavitt
Original text of the post follows.

 

If Trump and his minions got their way, they’d repeal the estate tax, which only kicks in for those passing on wealth amounting to $11 million or more.

The bill would raise the lowest tax bracket and lower the highest tax bracket, which means those subject to the lowest bracket would pay more tax and those who qualify for the highest tax bracket would pay less.

The bill also proposes doing away with the provision that allows filers to deduct state and local taxes, which would hurt residents in blue states such as California, New York, and New Jersey.

Trump claims that he would not personally benefit from the proposed changes. This New York Times article shows that Trump would receive more than $1 billion extra:

Trump claims the bill won’t benefit the rich. It will, and it would benefit the rich most of all, as these articles show:

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/09/trump-tax-plan-benefit-rich/541584/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/29/gop-tax-plan-would-provide-major-gains-for-richest-1-percent-and-uneven-benefits-for-the-middle-class-report-says/?utm_term=.84caf9acdc67

 

Also consider that the bill would add $2.4 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years (funny how Republicans lose interest in this when they’re in power).

And let’s not forget that Trump has yet to release his own tax returns in full, which he promised to do during the 2016 campaign.

 

Please call your MoCs to oppose Trump’s tax bill. Please check their websites and social media feeds before you call to see if they’ve said anything about the bill, and thank or shame them accordingly.

If your Senators include any of the following Republicans, it is extra-important for you to call:

 

Bob Corker, Tennessee

John McCain, Arizona

Rand Paul, Kentucky

Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania

Orrin Hatch, Utah

Susan Collins, Maine

 

This Bloomberg article explains why:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-29/trump-s-tax-cut-fate-in-the-hands-of-these-six-key-gop-senators

 

Now the script: “Dear Senator/House Rep (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname from town, zip code). I am calling to ask you to oppose the tax bill being put forward by Trump and the GOP. It would eliminate the estate tax, which is a terrible idea. Part of what makes America America is that we don’t have a landed gentry, like they do in Europe. The estate tax ensures that scourge does not take root here. It also takes away the chance to deduct state taxes, which is insane, and designed to punish blue states in particular. It contains drastic cuts to Medicaid that the Republicans tried to pass in the failed Trumpcare bills. And if it was passed, it’d widen the deficit by $2.4 trillion over 10 years. Any tax legislation on this size and scale should be revenue-neutral. And lastly, we shouldn’t be taking up plans that would give Donald Trump a tax break without him first revealing his tax returns, as he promised to do. Thank you.”

 

Read more about the tax bill:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/27/the-gop-tax-plan-explained-in-simplest-possible-terms/?utm_term=.f6f408d249d4