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Another week in the resistance.

Is anyone out there interested in helping us tag posts? That seems to be the area where we’re falling down the most.

Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

thisfinecrew discussion about where to put your energy
has thoughts on philosophies and suggestions for coping with too many things being bad. Also, I proposed setting up something like Topic Teams in case people wanted to organize into smaller groups to track one topic. Is there interest in that? If so, I'll set up a post. That may also be easier to then be able to track what other resistence groups are doing with respect to each topic and what may be most useful in terms of putting pressure on politicians. Thoughts?

Get Involved
The ACLU is starting a grass roots wing and providing resistance training

Immigration / Dreamers
You can support Dreamers who need to renew their applications to the tune of $495

Get Educated
Why street protests matter
Technology and brainwashing
Linkspam: Don't get undocumented friend sin trouble, Women's strike, News on the Administration
Linkspam: State legistlative special elections, links to daily newsletters, Obamacare replacement, media

News to know

Confirmation Hearings
Rick Perry was confirmed as Secretary of Energy
Ryan Zinke was confirmed as Secretary of Interior and showed up on horseback

Jeff Sessions lied about not having contact with Russia - timeline from Vox with related coverage

Republicans are working on their replacement healthcare bill in as much secrecy as possible. This will end well.

Jewish community centers, schools, and cemeteries have been threatened and vandalized.

How is everyone doing out there?

Poll #18067 This week in the Resistance
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 16


View Answers

called my one senatory
4 (28.6%)

called my other senator
2 (14.3%)

called my representative
3 (21.4%)

called by state representative
1 (7.1%)

called my state senator
2 (14.3%)

called my govnernor
0 (0.0%)

sent and email/letter/postcard
5 (35.7%)

donated money to a cause
5 (35.7%)

went to an in person activist group
2 (14.3%)

went to a protest
3 (21.4%)


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went to a town hall
0 (0.0%)

signed up for daily action alerts
2 (16.7%)

took care of myself
6 (50.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
3 (25.0%)

did something else
10 (83.3%)

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Registration info. for videoconference tomorrow at 8 pm EST:

"Friend --

Beginning February 17, Congress will be home in their respective districts for a week-long recess. We're gearing up to make sure elected officials hear from us -- their constituents -- directly.

This is our opportunity to make our voices heard, in person, on the life-changing impact of Obamacare for tens of millions of Americans -- and just how devastating repeal could be.

So tomorrow, OFA and Indivisible are joining together to host a video conference call to go over tactics and best practices for engaging with representatives while they're visiting their districts.

Here are the details:

What: Defending Obamacare Video Call - Preparing for Congressional Recess
When: Thursday, February 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: RSVP below for more details.

When it's time for the call to start, here's how to join in -- you'll need to be in front of your computer and on your phone.

1. NewRow is the program we use so that you can see the visual portion of the call. Jump into NewRow here at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time. Log in as a guest.

2. Maestro is our phone conference line. Using the "RSVP" link above will register you, and Maestro will send you the phone dial-in number and a unique PIN. You'll need this to call in and listen to the audio -- so be sure to register now and have your dial-in and PIN ready prior to the call.

Remember: Give yourself at least 10-15 minutes before the call starts to get logged on to NewRow and dialed in to Maestro. We will begin right at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Thanks and talk to you soon,


Jennifer Warner
National Organizing Director
Organizing for Action"

I just finished listening to the Families USA PPACA defense webinar. Long story short:
1. Some Republicans are sane enough to think there should be a replacement before PPACA repeal, and since basically replacement is impossible this is going to take them awhile.

2. However, advocates thought that the fight to save Medicaid would occur AFTER the fight to save PPACA, but they're happening simultaneously.

3. Block grants and per capita caps are being promoted as "innovative" and "flexible," but they're just ways to cut the federal Medicaid budget by 1/3 and shift the cost increases to the states, which are already desperately short of money. See familiesusa.org for fact sheets explaining why these arguments are so bogus.

4. Depending on how they set the baselines, though, states that expanded Medicaid might get more money than those that didn't. Hehehehe.

5. Follow www.resistancerecess.com for activities during the Congressional recess starting February 20; you can also upload your own event.

6. Familiesusa.org will have tools for face-to-face meetings with legislators, and you can report the results to contact@familiesusa.org.
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The fund proposed by Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, to replace the $600 million a year of funding from the U.S. which is being withdrawn through reinstatement of the "Mexico City Policy", has now been set up.

They're still working on the online payment options, but you can already make a direct bank transfer to the fund. More details can be found at:

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What the ACA Does for People Insured Through Their Employer.

Because it doesn't just affect people who buy their insurance through the exchanges.

"People who get insurance through their employers – an estimated 150 million Americans – may also lose consumer protections they have come to expect from their job-based plans." [emphasis mine]

That's 46% of the US population! (150 million of about 325 million, if my sources are right).

Add in the 20 million who bought through the exchanges, and you're talking more than 50% of the US population.
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via [personal profile] giandujakiss 

For those worried about ACA coverage for themselves and their families…. After hearing about the midnight repeal of the pre-existing conditions clause, a friend of mine called Senator Warren’s office. The woman she spoke to said they are being flooded with calls, as are the offices of Speakers Ryan and McConnell.

Senator Warren’s staff member told her that what would help the most would be to call the five Republican senators who have broken away from the GOP to demand a slow down of the repeal. Tell them how much you appreciate their efforts to stop this train wreck! If this issue affects you or someone you love, share your story with the staffer who answers the phone. (Remember the time difference when you call.)

The senators are:
Senator Bob Corker – (202) 224-3344 (Tennessee)
Senator Lisa Murkowski – (202) 224-6665 (Alaska)
Senator Rob Portman – (202) 224-3353 (Ohio)
Senator Susan Collins – (202) 224-2523 (Maine)
Senator Bill Cassidy – (202) 224-5824 (Louisiana)

if you call the number and get voicemail, one approach would be to leave an appreciative and encouraging message. I know people who prefer to do that, since calling a Representative’s office often means waiting on hold for a loooong time.

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Recording (a little over an hour) of a Save PPACA rally today with four senators: Sanders, Schumer, Stabenow, and Peters. I was at a rally in Newark (I don't have a URL for footage, although there were at least 12 camera operators working) where both New Jersey senators, Booker and Menendez, turned up. Some points to them for courage, because they got booed a lot by people who are angry at them for voting against allowing re-importation of drugs from Canada.

Six is a pretty good chunk of all the Democrats in the Senate, when you think of it.
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Vox's rundown of the day. Top section is on what went on with last night's Senate votes to further set the stage for Obamacare repeal.

Basically the vote was straight down party lines, 51(R) to 48 (D). And the Ds forced amendment votes to keep all the major provisions like keeping kids on their parents plans till 26, covering pre-existing conditions, etc. The Rs voted them down, going for a straight up repeal.

Also from Vox: What the Republicans have so far for replacement plans.

These each keep different parts of the ACA. None of them solve healthcare.

Feel free to link to other articles. I picked these for their summary nature.

ACTION: Keep the pressure on the Republicans to at least have a replacement plan before they repeal, or not to repeal at all. Thank Democrats who support the ACA.

1. Info on finding your representatives contact info.

2. Call your Senators and Representatives. Star Wars achievement badges are in your future.

3. Here's your script from the "We're His Problem Now" google doc I would suggest copying the script into a word processor and filling in all the blanks before using it.

(If you use a subsidized plan) I’m ---- -----, a constituent calling to let <Senator/Representative ____> that I depend on <an ACA health plan, Medicare, Medicaid> for my health insurance coverage. I want the <Senator/Rep> to protect <ACA/Medicare/Medicaid> from cuts or changes that would result in a loss of coverage for me and millions of other Americans. Please ask <him/her> to fight for my right to health care!

(If you don’t use a subsidized plan)
I’m ---- ---- a constituent calling to let <Senator/Representative ____> know that I want <him/her> to stand up for the subsidized health care plans that cover millions of Americans. Please ask <him/her> not to support cuts to Medicaid or Medicare or changes to the ACA that would result in a loss of coverage. Affordable health care is a priority issue for me and I will be paying close attention to how <Senator/Representative ____> votes.

4. Recognize that this will likely not be the last time you call about the ACA.

5. Let us know how it went.

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Summary if the link doesn't work for you: There are state laws in California, Maryland, Vermont, and Illinois to back-stop the PPACA requirement that health insurance plans cover contraception, and similar bills may be introduced in New York, Minnesota, Colorado, and Massachusetts. In 28 states, insurance companies have to include coverage of contraception in policies, but not all of the statutes require contraceptives to be available to insured women *without copayments.*
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This is from the Center for Medicare Advocacy:

For example, the Affordable Care Act expanded access to Medicaid in 31 states and the District of Columbia, reduced beneficiary out-of-pocket costs for Medicare Part D drugs, added many no-cost Medicare preventive benefits, and extended Medicare solvency by approximately 10 years. Thus, a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act would impact access and coverage for health care in Medicare and Medicaid, as well as for people directly covered through ACA.
Protect our health care. Call the SEIU Health Care Protection Line at 866-426-2631 to contact your member of Congress today.
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In today's news, the GOP has begun the process to repeal Obamacare aka the Affordable Care Act.

Vox has details here: Senate Republicans just introduced Obamacare repeal Democrats can't stop
and more about the process they are using here: The Senate’s complicated plan to repeal Obamacare, explained by an expert on Congress
(I like and trust Vox's political coverage. If you have other links that are relevant, even those with different takes or views, please feel free to share them in comments. I will try for multi-sourcing.)

This is where YOU come in. This is what this community is about. We have 105 subscribers. I'm challenging all of you who are American citizens (and not DC residents, sorry folks) to call your Senators in the next two days to voice your opinion. Come back here and tell us you did it! How inspiring would it be to see comments from people who took action!

Remember how yesterday's action was to program your representatives phone numbers into your phone? This is where it pays off. If you've done it, you get to skip the "oh my god, I have to find their phone number!" step!

A step by step guide.
0. If you haven't programmed your reps numbers into your phones, do it now. We'll wait. You'll earn this shiny badge.

1. Make a ten minute appointment with yourself to get this done! Put it on your calendar. Right now. No seriously, pull up whatever calendar you use and do it. Lunch break, before work, after work.

2. Set a calendar or alarm reminder for that appointment so you don't forget. I totally understand the impulse to let it be something that you do "tomorrow," but resist. Keep that appointment.

3. Here's your script from the "We're His Problem Now" google doc I would suggest copying the script into a word processor and filling in all the blanks before using it.

(If you use a subsidized plan) I’m ---- -----, a constituent calling to let <Senator/Representative ____> that I depend on <an ACA health plan, Medicare, Medicaid> for my health insurance coverage. I want the <Senator/Rep> to protect <ACA/Medicare/Medicaid> from cuts or changes that would result in a loss of coverage for me and millions of other Americans. Please ask <him/her> to fight for my right to health care!

(If you don’t use a subsidized plan)
I’m ---- ---- a constituent calling to let <Senator/Representative ____> know that I want <him/her> to stand up for the subsidized health care plans that cover millions of Americans. Please ask <him/her> not to support cuts to Medicaid or Medicare or changes to the ACA that would result in a loss of coverage. Affordable health care is a priority issue for me and I will be paying close attention to how <Senator/Representative ____> votes.

4. Call your Senators! Republican or Democrat, both sides need to hear from us. Don't think about it too hard, don't give yourself time to walk away, don't work yourself up about it. You've got this. You really do.

5. Come back here and tell us you did it! You'll earn an awesome badge. If you call both Senators you get two!

6. Earn extra credit! Call your House Representative too!

7. Come back here and comment about how it went! I would love to see at least ten comments! My plan is to call before work tomorrow morning.

8. Bask in the glow of making your voice heard. Remember, the GOP is counting on the "silent majority" to stay silent. Don't.

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Analysis of the tax effects of "repeal-only" for PPACA--basically, low-income people would lose their current tax breaks related to insurance, and the money would be transferred to tax breaks for corporations and wealthy people.
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A state-by-state analysis of the effect PPACA repeal would have on health care access and economics.
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From the New York Times (December 14, 2016):

Jackie Calmes, "Obama Administration Bars States from Withholding Federal Money From Planned Parenthood."
The administration issued a final rule Dec. 14 that requires states to disburse federal family planning funds to clinics, including Planned Parenthood affiliates, even if the facility performs abortions. Federal funds can't be used to provide abortions, but can (and are supposed to be) used to pay for birth control, treatment of STDs, fertility treatment, cancer screening, and prenatal care.
"Title X" funds are grants to states and nongovernmental organizations, which are disbursed to health care providers. The new final rule says that states cannot "defund" Planned Parenthood or other health care providers unless there is some reason that prevents the providers from offering the federally funded services. The Department of Health and Human Services said that the rule can only be repealed by a joint resolution from the House and SEnate, concurred by the president. So ask your legislator NOT to support repeal.

Editorial board, "Donald Trump's Nominees Are in for a Rough Ride."
The editorial says the Trump transition team is way, way behind on preparing the nominees for the vetting process. "Nominees face a long process to ensure they'll be working for the American people, not for their own enrichment." They (although the president doesn't) have to submit extensive financial disclosures, have an FBI background check that goes back 15 years, and divest assets that could cause conflicts of interest. The Senate imposes additional requirements before confirming a nominee. Under 18 United States Code section 208, the statute making conflict of interest a crime, "Mr. Trump's team members, whether paid or not, cannot hold any job with an overlapping interest. They must leave their companies and corporate boards; sell stock; and disclose payments, lawsuits or other arrangements that present a potential conflict."
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From a comment by [personal profile] executrix:

FamiliesUSA is a health care advocacy organization, and they're working to defend PPACA--the link is to their social media toolkit.


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