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2016 was not the result we hoped for – but we will not back down, and we will never give up.  Thank you for all the work you did, and continue to do on behalf of the progressive values that we all share.


The combination of a Trump presidency and GOP control over every facet of state government — including the judiciary — from a perfect storm that threatens to make 2017 one of the worst years ever for Wisconsin progressives and moderates. Donate, volunteer, do something, do whatever you can, to fight the destructive agenda that lies before us.

A Recap of Recent Votes
Message Monday, March 13, 2017


The reality is, RyanCare is not about improving health care – it’s a major tax cut for the wealthy funded by taking coverage away from and rising the cost of care for working people. RyanCare will make everyday Americans pay more money for fewer benefits, and even leave many people with no health care at all.

 

Instead, RyanCare will enact a huge tax giveaway to Trump, his wealthy friends, and insurance company CEOs.

 

According to Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Americans will see an increase of at least $1,700 per year to get the health care they need.

 

RyanCare reduces tax credits, making it difficult for middle-income families to receive affordable care.

     For example, in Northumberland County, PA, a 60 year old making 40k per year receives a $11,150 subsidy under ACA. Under RyanCare, that same person would receive $4,000 in tax credits that results in $7,150 less towards health insurance.

 

RyanCare cuts health care coverage in many ways [h/t Protect Our Care]. It: 

 

     Ends Medicaid expansion: Makes it impossible for states to continue Medicaid expansion past 2020, meaning millions of American who need health care most would lose coverage.


     Cuts regular Medicaid: Creates per-capita caps to Medicaid funding that will result increased costs for millions of additional seniors, low-income families, people with disabilities, and children.


     Defunds Planned Parenthood: Puts essential care at risk for millions of patients who depend on Planned Parenthood for their care including cancer screening and critical referrals.


     Reduces tax credits: Makes coverage unaffordable for millions of moderate-income families by reducing the size of tax subsidies. The Kaiser Family Foundation found that many families would pay thousands more a year.


     Raises premiums and out-of-pocket costs – especially for older people: Premiums and out-of-pocket costs will rise, especially for older people, because the bill lifts caps on how much insurance companies can charge.


     Also penalizes people for letting coverage lapse: It gets rid of the individual mandate, but people who let their coverage lapse more than 2 months can be hit with a 30% premium hike when they buy new coverage. So there’s still a penalty for dropping coverage – but instead of creating an incentive for people to get coverage, it’s an incentive not to. That makes the whole system more expensive for everyone.


The CBO projected that the bill would result in 14 million people being uninsured in 2018, rising to 21 million in 2020 and then to 24 million in 2026. Average premiums would rise by as much as 20 percent in 2018 and 2019 before falling in later years.

That is why Republicans refuse to hold public hearings. But what we’re seeing across the country is American people fighting back and making their voices heard at townhall meetings and protests.

 

The Affordable Care Act is working. Before the ACA was passed, tens of thousands of Americans died every year from preventable and treatable causes just because they didn’t have health insurance to pay for care. Now millions more Americans have health insurance and get the care they need. RyanCare would take us backwards to a day when Americans die needlessly because they can’t afford care.

 

 Defense of CBO

 

THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE’S PROJECTIONS ARE VIEWED AS UNBIASED AND THE MOST ACCURATE AMONGST FEDERAL ANALYSTS

 

Independent Analysis Of The C.B.O.’s Forecasting Concluded It Was Not Biased And Was The Most Accurate Of Federal Analysts. “In the C.B.O.’s assessment of its own accuracy, the agency says it has overestimated revenue by an average of 1.1 percent for two-year projections and by 5.3 percent for six-year projections since 1982.  Similarly, the C.B.O. concluded that its economic forecasts of the past four decades ‘have been comparable in quality to those of the administration and the Blue Chip consensus,’ which aggregates analyses from the private sector.  Independent analysis of the C.B.O.’s forecasting tends to be even more generous, concluding it is not biased (though perhaps optimistic) and citing the agency as the most accurate of federal analysts.” [New York Times, 3/9/17]

 

Washington Post: “The CBO’s Analysis Is Generally Accepted As Sound. Its Own Assessment Of Its Record At Forecasting Economic Trends Found That Its Estimates Have Generally Been In Line With Administration Estimates And The Estimates Of An Average Of 50 Private-Sector Groups.” “That particular subject aside, the CBO’s analysis is generally accepted as sound. Its own assessment of its record at forecasting economic trends found that its estimates have generally been in line with administration estimates and the estimates of an average of 50 private-sector groups. The CBO’s analysis is considered sound enough that both Spicer and Trump have, in the past, cited its projections for political points.” [Washington

 


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