13 million people being kicked off the health insurance they currently have will result in ~15,662 needless deaths every year. Here's what you can do to help, if that voice in your head doesn't get in the way.
STAND UP! FIGHT BACK!
The House is voting on this plan Today.
Get involved: http://notonepenny.org/take-action Speak up: Call Congress at 888-654-1854 Show up: http://act.indivisible.org/event/local-actions/search/
Edit: H.R.1, the House version, has passed. Now the Senate version is up for a vote:
There's a good opportunity for Senators to stand up for the American people: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-06/john-mccain-confirms-tax-reform-doa-senate
But: @StevenTDennisI've spoken to Collins, Murkowski, McCain. Not a one has issued a 100% veto threat against repealing the individual mandate in the tax bill.
Do not let up until :
I am sorry, i am not at all a conspiracy nut, but what happens in the US in recent decades looks more and more like someone is intentionally trying to cull the lower classes.
Its just so senseless.
Just lost my health insurance due to Trump and republicans. I will have to pay 300+ a month to get it back. I work fast food and go to school so that would be my entire check. Thanks guys.
This hurts the middle-class too. It will turn the middle-class families into the scraping-by class.
Wow, it's almost like people like and share his visions and his ideals?
Yeah because Bernie has NEVER talked about how much money the US is wasting on privatized healthcare? Or offered tax details of how he would pay for the plan?
You're a complete waste of time. Not even worth debating with you when you have clearly not listened to Bernie's points at all.
I understand your baseline pessimism, is it possible to ever begin from a place of shared ideals and optimism?
And we've got a lot more victory in us:
It ends joint employer liability, reversing 130 years of lessons on eliminating sweatshops in factories & fields.
I was unsure as well. Some fairly obnoxious Googling later, I found this (partisan) explanation:
For more than a century, employers who have franchisees or who employ contractors are often just as much “the boss” to workers as the company they oversee. By employing a contractor or setting terms for franchisees, these companies set working conditions, dictate the terms of employment, and often decide who stays on the job and who doesn’t.
The so-called “joint employment” standard has been used over the years so that disreputable corporations can’t skirt the law simply by pushing liability onto subcontractors or staffing agencies.
Real-life examples of this “who’s the boss” accountability problem abound: A temporary worker on his first day on the job at a Bacardi bottling plant in Florida died when he was crushed in a machine; Bacardi said it was the temp agency’s sole responsibility but never trained the temp agency or the worker.
H.R. 3441 would set an impossibly-high standard with which to hold bad corporations accountable for decisions that directly harm workers and would give shady employers a convenient loophole to allow them to dodge any and all accountability when they violate labor standards on the job.
The bill would not help small businesses. It would insulate giant corporations, including huge franchisors like McDonald’s, from liability.
Well, to be fair. Those that voted for this are voting in their interests. That sweet sweet donor money is a hell of a perk for selling out your constituents.
Watch corporate dems vote for the Orwellian national "right to work"
Not only that, but we actually did do well in many important rural New York counties (like Westchester)
If the eastern half of Niagara County and the Sheriff of Erie County are the only concerns, then I think it's safe to say, "all over the country."
Also, Democrats did fine in Erie Country and Niagara County - especially since Trump did well in that area of the state.
.. how big do you think upstate new york is? that's maybe 1% of the land area of the usa..
How did I not hear about any of this until today? Are there any elections going on in California that I missed?
Maybe left-leaning voters are finally learning they need to turn out for non-presidential year elections.
Upstate NY counties got spanked, including myself running for town council :/ It's a nice consolation to know that other areas are doing well, but we have a lot of work to do in 2018 and 19!
dont be confused. we need to give the people a reason to vote. the reason right now is trump. but that wont last forever. we need things on the ballot to get out there for if we dont have a candidates that inspire.
this is not the GOP. they are lock step voters. democrats need a reason to wait in line to vote on a random cold Tuesday in November.
It’s good to see Dems and Progressives get out to vote. Let’s keep this momentum going into the midterms!
"In a letter to Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Sanders urged the Budget Committee to investigate how much offshore tax evasion has contributed to the $20 trillion national debt."
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, on Tuesday called on Congress to conduct an investigation into the offshore tax dodging uncovered by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in the “Paradise Papers."
In a letter to Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Sanders urged the Budget Committee to investigate how much offshore tax evasion has contributed to the $20 trillion national debt.
"The offshore tax dodging uncovered by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in the 'Paradise Papers' raise serious questions about the integrity of our tax system and the ability of the top 1 percent to rig it in order to benefit themselves at the expense of everyone else," Sanders wrote in the letter. "Before the Senate considers tax reform we must fully investigate offshore tax haven abuse and come up with legislative solutions to prevent the wealthiest people and most profitable corporations in America from dodging U.S. taxes."
The Paradise Papers – a leak of over 13 million files – reveal how corporations, billionaires and senior officials in the Trump Administration use complicated financial maneuvers to hide their income from the Internal Revenue Service. According to ICIJ, more than 30,000 people in the United States hide money offshore to avoid paying U.S. taxes.
It has been estimated that wealthy individuals and profitable corporations in the U.S. are avoiding more than $166 billion in taxes every year by stashing their cash in the Cayman Islands and other offshore tax havens.
To read Sanders' letter, click here.
This whole thing will be brought up in the 2018 and 2020 elections as reasons to vote for or against certain candidates. It's important to not shrug it aside; this is some serious shit and can not be just swept aside.
The people of Iceland sure thought so. Kudos to them for the great example.
nothing will happen as long as top brass is pleasing big money. it's just not. if the DNC can't get its shit together after this election, they just wont. the writing is so clear on the wall. fucking idiots.
edit: just an afterthought, i don't think both parties are the same. democrats have the edge over republicans policy-wise, It's just that dems could have a huge edge over republicans if they really wanted to. but they're stuck in the corporate mud right now just like republicans. get your shit together, DNC, and go full tilt with being the party of the people.
Nothing will change. DNC staffers and consultant class still get paid by the donors, even if they lose in 2018 and lose in 2020. They aren't interested in winning if it's with progressives.
You have 3 options:
Take over the Democratic Party with progressives in the senate and congress, and replace all the corporatists. Take over the DNC as well. Justice Democrats and Our Revolution is trying this.
Forget about the Democratic Party and create a new one, like when the Whigs went out of power and the newly formed Republican party (the progressive party of its time) under Lincoln came into power. DraftBernie and a few labour unions are trying to do this.
Move to Canada
Good luck my American friends
Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat. He's an independent that wanted to get the Democratic party nomination because he didn't want to split the vote with the Democratic party nominee if he ran as an independent. The Democratic party is in denial that they are the weak party right now, they lost to quite possibly the worst candidate of all time and there isn't any reassuring data that indicates they will gain any ground in the midterms. We're on the verge of losing the ACA, we have a tax reform plan on the table that doesn't make up for that loss, education reform isn't going anywhere, immigration reform is taking huge leaps backwards, every single important issue to the Democratic party is taking huge blows and damage control is limited. We need strong candidates like Bernie Sanders on local, state, and national election ballots or the Republicans will continue to do whatever they want with this country.
bc the goal isn't to win...they get everything they want from the GOP candidates when they win anyway. They don't need Democrats to win for anything.
Their main concern is to prevent Socialism from taking hold in the USA. That is the true purpose of the DNC...to capture leftist political energy and channel it directly into the ground like a lightining rod where it will have no effect on anything.
While Donna herself was certainly complicit in some of this, confirmation from her adds credibility to our claims and thus is hugely important.
Such as funneling debate questions to Hillary?
Fuck you Donna.
Did you even read the article? Here's a direct link: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/11/02/clinton-brazile-hacks-2016-215774
And a direct quote of the most relevant info:
When I got back from a vacation in Martha’s Vineyard I at last found the document that described it all: the Joint Fund-Raising Agreement between the DNC, the Hillary Victory Fund, and Hillary for America. The agreement—signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and Robby Mook with a copy to Marc Elias—specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised. Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff. The DNC also was required to consult with the campaign about all other staffing, budgeting, data, analytics, and mailings. [...] This victory fund agreement, however, had been signed in August 2015, just four months after Hillary announced her candidacy and nearly a year before she officially had the nomination.
I don't doubt that the DNC rigged the primary. That was clear well prior to this article.
The fact that Donna "discovered" this evidence is hardly surprising because she was actively apart of it.
So, thanks for the info and all Donna, but you can still go fuck yourself - and, no, I ain't gonna buy your book, because fuck you... too little, much too late.
If I had that kind of money I wouldn't want to share it either.
That's exactly why the majority of this country needs the government to maintain high tax rates for the super rich and corporations.
The top 1 percent has sent jobs to China. Slave labor.
The rich make up the laws tho, a lot of members of Congress and the Senate fall into the 1%
Exactly, the idea is that cutting taxes makes it more affordable to keep jobs local, making American workers more competitive vs. Chinese workers. Problem is, we don't want to knock our workers down to the level of Chinese workers to be competitive. If anything, we should make it more expensive to outsource labor, but then you have problems where industries simply leave the US.
Our economy is facing problems with no simple answer. With the rise of globalization and mechanization, labor is less valuable than ever before. With women entering the workforce a few decades back, we now have twice the workers but half the demand for workers. There will be a need for wealth redistribution at some point, the current status quo is unsustainable. The rich will continue to get richer, and the poor will be increasingly unable to find work, until the system breaks. Hopefully if we start early we can have relatively gentle corrective measures in place, but if we wait too long it won't be pretty.
Precisely what happens when healthcare is a privilege but guns are a right...
Sure they are buried in debt and we must pay for it with Go Fund Me campaigns. Or our vets come back from these insane inane wars and we must fund a myriad of vet non-profits or again Go Fund Me pages. That is if they do not commit suicide.
If you need an ambulance and one gets called for you and you can’t afford it you’re shit out of luck. I have epilepsy and when I seize it’s not a medical emergency unless it happens more than once or lasts longer than five minutes, other than those two cases it’s just something that happens. Unfortunately, if I have an episode in public and nobody I know is with me someone calls an ambulance. I can’t fault them and I’m grateful they do in the sense they are trying to help a random person, but I often am in a state of altered consciousness and don’t realize what’s happening until I’m already being driven away. Every time this happens I get a $1k+ bill from the ambulance company even though I need no help. Once I’m at the ER the conversation goes “oh, you have epilepsy. Been taking your meds? Bonk your head on anything when you fell? Cool, you’re discharged”. I have come to my senses before the ambulance arrives and told them I don’t need assistance in the past, but sometimes it’s too late.
I’m not afraid of my seizures, I’m afraid of the potential of getting a massive bill every time they happen. I tend not to go places alone as much as I used to.
So are tens of millions of other Americans. Most of the people i know don't go to Doctor, unless they have no choice, even for severe issues.
What was that quote from George Carlin.
"I remember when it didn't take a tragedy for us to care for one another".