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
Do you know NC is proposing big changes to ‘reform’ Medicaid, and now is the time to give input on it? “The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is seeking additional public input from April 25 to 11:59 p.m. on May 25, 2017, on the Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs transformation (also known as “Medicaid reform”), according to NCTracks notice here.”
From Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 2015
DHHS also held four public input sessions around the state during May. Dates are listed in same NCTracks notice. It says “Pre-registration is not necessary; please review speaker guidelines”. The last of those is Tuesday, May 16.
As always, NC Policy Watch is a great source of information on this issue. Learn more about so called “Medicaid Reform” changes at
See more on giving input at https://www.nctracks.nc.gov/content/public/providers/provider-communications/2017-announcements/Medicaid-Request-for-Public-Input.html.
1. May 22 at 6:30 pm: Come hear Margaret Flowers, MD and founder of HOPE (Health Over Profit for Everyone) speak about “national improved Medicare for all” for every person regardless of age or income. HOPE advocates tactics ranging from traditional lobbying to civil resistance.
2. Jun 7, 2017 – Charlotte NOW Meeting. Topic is Gender Inequality.
The June 7 meeting will continue our discussion of Gender Inequality with a look at some research and data from other areas. In May, Charlotte NOW looked at inequality for women in the media via the Miss Representation documentary. There will be a general business meeting with updates and a call to action. The last 30 minutes will be a social time to get acquainted. Please plan to join us!
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.
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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The National Organization for Women Charlotte chapter has been busy and has room for you to join in! Charlotte NOW was represented at the Healthcare Justice NC “Medicare for All” rally and press conference in front of Carolina Medical Center Main on April 8, 2017, in Charlotte by Melba Evans. Evans spoke about some of the advantages for women in a Medicare for ALL healthcare plan. Other speakers included Physicians for National Health Plan, NAACP, League of Women Voters, Action NC, Charlotte Women’s March.
Photo Credit: Melba Evans
Community members in the Triangle area will be holding a Citizens Town Hall to gather and make our voices heard. We will speak out about issues that concern North Carolinians, and send our comments to US Senators Burr and Tillis if they do not attend. They were invited.
This non-partisan event is being held at a church. Umstead Park United Church of Christ (UCC), 8208 Brownleigh Dr, Raleigh, North Carolina 27617.
Senators Burr and Tillis were part of the group of representatives refusing to do regular town hall events during the Congressional Recess last week (2/18/17-2/26/17). Constituents around the country held their own events for US Senators and Congressmen and Congresswomen who refused to hold their own town halls. The town hall in Cary last week held 250 people, and had to turn away at least 50 more people, according to “Angry Constituents Vent To Cardboard Senators in Cary,” 2/22/17, ABC11. Women, including two Women’s March On Raleigh organizers, led a town hall for constituents of Congressman George Holding in Apex on 2/23/17. See more on that one at “North Carolina congressmen avoid facing angry town hall crowds in person,” 2/24/17, CBS.
Line outside the Cary Town Hall meeting Photo Credit: Shana Becker
The facebook event is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1660911020876876/
Fayetteville NOW honors Dr. Naveed Aziz at this year’s Susan B. Anthony birthday celebration and fundraiser. Dr. Aziz is a physician in Spring Lake, NC. She spoke about the Affordable Care Act at Fayetteville NOW’s reproductive rights forum on Jan 25, 2017.
This is Fayetteville NOW’s 12th Susan B. Anthony event!
Join us on February 23, 2017, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Tickets are $30 per person. Sponsorship is available for $100 and includes two tickets. The event will be held at the VFW Post 6018, on Chance St., in Fayetteville.
Paid reservations must be received by February 19th, 2017.
Every year, NC NOW runs a pro-choice signature ad filled with names of pro-choice North Carolinians from across the state. The ad runs to commemorate the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that gave women control over their own bodies, and is a fundraiser for NC NOW. We also deliver copies of the ad with a letter from NC NOW on legislative priorities to all of the state legislators after the legislative session starts. We have been doing this every year for decades! Now more than ever, our legislators need to be reminded that they represent pro-choice women and men, and that we vote! If you’re pro-choice – put your name to it! Let them see it in black and white (and purple).
If you want your name in the ad, please include how you want it to appear. The signature ad is NC NOW’s main fundraiser, so please make a donation. Names are due by Monday, Jan 16, 2017.
If you want to use a credit card, you can either run it yourself online at pro-choice signature ad – 2017 or put the information in the attached pro-choice signature ad appeal letter and mail it in. If you want to send a check, please use the 2017 signature ad appeal letter. If you mail something in, you may also want to email president at raleighnow.org, in case something happens with the mail.
If you do it yourself online then we never see your credit card number or anything, so that is the recommended way, but both ways work. Also if you do it online, please fill in the fields on the page so I get an email telling me who signed up.