The U.S. Senate has finally unveiled their legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act—and it is even worse than the version we saw from the U.S. House.
The "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017" will cut coverage and raise costs for millions of Americans while giving a huge tax break to the wealthiest individuals and large corporations. The cuts to Medicaid will be massive and will destroy the system that so many Americans rely on.
Written in secret, by a few select Senators from one political party, this bill will leave millions of Americans without health insurance. If this backroom bill passes it will fundamentally change the way laws are passed in America. Transparency and openness in the legislative process are important because they improve the final product and this bill clearly has the deep flaws that result from its secret drafting.
Senate leadership is counting on pushing this legislation through without public input because they fear what we might discover. Don’t let secret legislation that threatens the lives of millions of Americans become the law of the land. Call your Senators today!
Yours in the fight,
NEW: VIDEO FROM NATIONAL LWV
2017 "TRY" - THEY REPRESENT YOU
The Thurston County LWV organizes and hosts events and activities to educate and inform voters regarding local, state and national subjects and issues. The League presents information regarding issues through meetings and debates, and publications like They Represent You (TRY) brochure (PDF). TRY is a comprehensive document containing contact information about Thurston County, Washington State and National elected officials as well as Thurston School Districts, Courts and other public agencies.
League of Women Voters US Statement regarding immigration:
The League is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants.
The LWV supports cities, towns, counties and states that make a decision not to cooperate with federal deportation and enforcement actions that include non-criminal undocumented immigrants. Moreover, the Trump Administration’s orders are of dubious legality.
It is simply wrong, and a perversion of the American system of justice, for the Executive Branch to refuse to obey federal court orders.
The LWV is opposed to discrimination, including discrimination in immigration, based on religion. The Trump Administration’s orders appear to be targeted at Muslims and immigrants from majority-Muslims nations.
HOW WE WORK
League members work on a variety of issues over each program year, in addition to our voter registration and elections-related work. Our Program Year runs from September through May; our fiscal year begins on July 1st. At our August 2016 retreat, the Board decided to focus on election related work this fall.
After the holidays, League will begin a series of Public meetings focused on The Port of Olympia, Poverty and Injustice, Mental Health, and Thurston County Growth. We’re exploring developing an “Observer Corps” of League members who might attend various governmental meetings as observers. We envision observing Port of Olympia and Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater City Council meetings as members volunteer to be Observers.
The League always welcomes people who are interested in community issues and are willing to work on understanding and then taking action on them. We have a great history of impacting positive change through our advocacy efforts and our work on voter registration and voter rights. Come and join us!