Category Archives: ACA

Feel our wrath, Senators!

SHAME on our US Senators from NC – Senator Thom Tillis and Senator Richard Burr – who hide from their constituents, and put party over country. Senator Thom Tillis refuses to let his constituents near the federal building anymore because we protest. Outrageous. Well, we protest because he won’t talk to us. And we’ll be back.

Thanks to Burr and Tillis, the Senate is proceeding to debate an unknown healthcare plan. Just one of them standing up for their constituents would have stopped this horror! The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped tens of millions of people – and the Republican Senate is intent on destroying it, and destroying these people and more in the process. NC residents -tell Senators Burr and Tillis that you know that they voted against providing life-saving treatment to millions of people in the United States. Tell them that they owe us better than that – improve ACA and use a decent bi-partisan process to do it. Calls are fast and easy!

SHAME on our Senators, who hide from their constituents, and put party over country. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Wheel Of Misfortune, Die In at 6/27/17 Tillis Protest

The Wheel of Misfortune was the coolest feature of the last “Tuesdays with Tillis” protest. Citizens have been protesting in front of Senator Thom Tillis’ office in Raleigh every Tuesday for a few months at this point, but the protest really grew on 6/27/17.  It was expanded with energy of some other groups – Protecting Progress In Durham and Progress North Carolina Action among others. The message was to tell Senator Thom Tillis to vote NO on any “healthcare” bill that takes away coverage from anybody.

About 160 people went to protest at the Federal Building where Senator Thom Tillis has his Raleigh office, 310 New Bern Ave, in Raleigh. 160 people!

Big Crowd, Federal Building on right Photo Credit: Stacie Borrello

The event had multiple parts. In the beginning was the regular Tuesdays With Tillis program – gathering, and marching in protest. Lots of great signs. 

Sign Collage and crutches Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Cruel Senate Trumpcare Bill Targets Women

While even President Trump described the House Trumpcare bill as ‘mean,’ his colorful verdict is an uncommon understatement as it applies to the House and Senate bills’ treatment of women’s healthcare. Trumpcare is ‘cruel’ to women, and especially harsh to North Carolinians.

Trumpcare allows the elimination of women’s access to healthcare, letting insurance companies refuse to provide maternity care, slashing Medicaid payments (by $834 billion in the House bill/$772 billion in the Senate bill), and restricting Title X reimbursement. Medicaid is the nation’s public health insurance program for people with low incomes, the disabled and the elderly. The Medicaid program covers about 75 million Americans, or 1 in 5, including many with complex and costly needs for care. Seventy percent (70%) of the adults covered by Medicaid are women. Title X is a federal program which provides funding family planning services to people beyond Medicaid, like low-income women who are not Medicaid-eligible. Their recipients? Women.


The Senate Trumpcare bill will cut Medicaid by almost $1 trillion dollars (that’s trillion with a ‘t’). These policies have disproportionate and disastrous consequences for women – young, middle-aged, and elderly, alike – especially in North Carolina. More than half of all births in North Carolina are covered by Medicaid – 54% in North Carolina in 2014, while other states vary from 24% to 72%, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Trumpcare allows insurance companies to refuse to cover maternity and newborn care as part of the 10 essential health benefits that insurance companies would no longer be required to cover.
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Protest Senate Trumpcare/AHCA Bill NOW!

The US Senate is going ahead with another terrible version of AHCA, the so called “American Health Care Act”, aka Trumpcare. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that version would cause 23 million people to lose health care coverage and end protections for many. These are protections like forcing insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions.  Multiple sources say the Senate plans to hold their vote before the July 4 recess.

“[T]he plan is opposed by experts across the ideological spectrum, as well as groups representing doctors, nurses, hospitals, cancer patients, heart-disease patients and many others.” according to “Uh oh, Health Care Edition,” 6/8/17, NYTimes.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans (completely shutting out Democrats and Independents) are planning to bring their health care bill to the floor before July 4 and there will be NO DEBATE, and NO AMENDMENTS ALLOWED. Also NO INPUT FROM THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY OR THE PUBLIC is allowed. This is outrageous and we need to let NC’s US Senators Burr and Tillis know that this is absolutely, totally unacceptable. 

“By acting fast, [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell hopes to minimize the continuing and mounting evidence of sabotage as insurers file rates in places such as North Carolina and Pennsylvania that explicitly break out the specific impact of Trump’s sabotage,” as Andrew Slavitt says in ‘Sabotage, speed and secrecy in the Senate.'” Andrew M. “Andy” Slavitt is a former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a position he held from March 2015 to January 2017.

Senators for NC – Burr and Tillis must be told again and again how bad this would be, and how they will be held accountable. We include a few ways to do this below.


Above pictures are from the June 13 Tuesday with Tillis protest in Raleigh.
Photo Credit: Michael Eisenberg

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NC NOW Newsletter – May/June 2017

The NC NOW Newsletter May/Jun 2017 is available online and in print. 

What you will find inside our newsletter.

  • Some of the NC Senate’s despicable actions, page 1.
  • What chapters around the state have been doing (page 2)
  • Why Science is a women’s issue in ‘Women in Science’ on page 3
  • The Feminist 5K event, scheduled for June 17, is on page 3. Note that NC NOW members get a special discount.
  • About a pro-rape Representative from New Hampshire on page 4
  • More problems with Trumpcare on page 4
  • Robin Davis’ insightful summaries of ERA activities (what Nevada did, strategies) and about what really happened with HB2 in April on page 5. These are from Legislative Update #9. NC NOW has 16 Legislative Updates to date (May 20, 2017). Legislative Update #16 talks about the Senate Budget.

Upcoming events for May and June 2017 are posted on the website.

Events and actions are also emailed to members and volunteers. Be sure to sign up if you haven’t already. Enjoy the newsletter!

Action: Stop AHCA/Trumpcare NOW! Here is how..

Did you write NC (US) Senators Burr and Tillis about stopping the AHCA (Trumpcare) bill yet? The AHCA bill that the Republicans forced through the US House on May 4, 2017  is devastating

“This bill will put women directly in harm’s way by making health care inaccessible to people with pre-existing conditions–including those who have survived domestic violence, experienced postpartum depression, or undergone a cesarean section. ” As NOW.org wrote in their suggested email action at http://now.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/AHCAEmailYourSenators.pdf.

Congress’ own Congressional Budget Office estimated that 24 million people would lose health insurance from the plan. This estimate is from the March 2017 version of the bill that was not put up for a vote (due to expected failure), and the current plan (May 2017) is only worse. Read more about the harm this plan would do at https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/costestimate/americanhealthcareact.pdf.

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A more readable description of the damage this bill does is at Vox.com, “These are all the people the Republican health care bill will hurt,” 5/4/17, at

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Trumpcare attacks women, elderly, more. Take Action NOW!

*TODAY* we must call our US Representatives in the House and demand that they oppose the American Health Care Act, which is the first step in repealing the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). We must call today! The vote is scheduled for Thursday, Mar 23, 2017. If you can’t get through on the phone – definitely use email! Most congresspeople have a contact us interface you need to use. Do it! That way, too, your rep will likely email you a response.

“The latest version of the bill allows states to kick new mothers off Medicaid, in addition to defunding Planned Parenthood and eliminating coverage for women’s reproductive healthcare,” according to a March 21st press release from Congressional Members of the House, and other sources. Find it at In Updated Repeal Bill, Republicans Tell New Mothers: Find Work Immediately or Lose Coverage.

Call your Congressman or Congresswoman. If you live in North Carolina, find your Congresswo/man by looking up your address/zip code at http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx. Use the third map – United States House Of Representatives.

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Why nominee Neil Gorsuch is bad for the US Supreme Court

Please join some of NC’s progressive organizations as we speak out against Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Monday, March 20, at 11am, at 310 New Bern Ave, in front of Senator Thom Tillis’ office. See the facebook event for “Media event: Progressives speak out against Neil Gorsuch” at https://www.facebook.com/events/143022306221621/
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NOW Urges that Senator(s) filibuster the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch and, should a filibuster fail, vote “no”.
Main issues described in NOW’s brief.
  1. Republicans do not deserve control of this stolen seat.
  2. Gorsuch has a history of hostility toward all kinds of regular and disadvantaged people seeking protections from the privileged and the powerful.
  3. He tends to rule for billionaire donors and big corporations.
  4. He has a frightening willingness to limit women’s access to health care.
  5. He is extremely anti-abortion based on his writings.

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Why Tillis does not know what to expect at Town Halls

In “Tillis is open to town halls, minus shouting,” 3/6/17, N&O, Senator Thom Tillis alleges that people who go to his town hall meetings shout and call names, so he doesn’t go. In fact, he has not been to a town hall meeting this year (the $25 a head Durham Chamber of Commerce meeting on March 6 does not count, nor does the March 7th phone call he offered with only an hours’ notice on social media). It is natural he does not know what to expect.

Senator Tillis, we have been to two town hall meetings held in your honor, and you’ve got it all wrong.   

First, the people there are not scary or menacing. They look like, well, people. You don’t have to take our word for it though, there are lots of pictures online.

Speakers lined up at this town hall meeting to share their concerns and fears. Respectful pictures of Senators Tillis and Burr at front of room. Photo Credit: Sarah Sydney

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No Shouting Yet in Town Halls Without Burr, Tillis and Holding

In “Tillis is open to town halls, minus shouting,” 3/6/17, N&O, Senator Thom Tillis said “he would host town hall meetings with constituents, but only if they were done without shouting or name calling.”  Some friends and I have attended 4 town halls between us in the past few weeks. All four town halls have all been orderly events filled with people who really want to talk about their concerns, or share their stories. We’ve heard no shouting in any of them, although three of the four were ones with absent elected officials – Congressman Holding and Senators Burr and Tillis were refusing to hold them. Congressman David Price held the fourth (actually Price is holding a round of town halls), and by many accounts, his constituents left feeling heard. But even if people do actually shout at a town hall meeting, it is part of Tillis’ job to face the consequences of his actions!

The coverage of the town hall meetings has been interesting. When CBS affiliate WNCN covered a town hall meeting in Apex absent Congressman George Holding, they covered it with the title “North Carolina congressmen avoid facing angry town hall crowds in person,” and showed people in larger town halls elsewhere sounding off. However, the Apex Town Hall meeting on Feb 23, 2017, was more than civil. The organizers allowed everyone to speak who wanted to speak. We heard from over 70 concerned constituents on a wide range of issues. Most people were from Apex. There were great energy and ideas flowing in the room! The coverage of people at the Apex town hall was accurate, but the framing of the story (starting with the title) may have been misleading

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Photo Credit: Sarah Moncelle

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