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Please RSVP for our upcoming May actions, learn more about the American Health Care Act, download our latest voter guide, purchase our 2017 shirt, and find out what happened this week in Washington.
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Hi Friends-
This week's email features information about our upcoming actions for May (monthly meeting and Know Your Rights with ICE flyering), our latest voter guide, purchase our 2017 tee, a spotlight on American Health Care Act, and finally what happened this week in Washington. We hope you find this informative!

Upcoming Actions

May 17, 2017, 7:00 PM
PAN Monthly Meeting & Action

9046 Enfield Ave
Northridge, CA 91325
Please RSVP
May 27, 2017
Know Your Rights with ICE & Police Flyering in Panorama City Neighborhood

9:30 AM Meet at Starbucks 7902 Van Nuys Blvd, Panorama City
10:00 AM Door to door residential flyer distribution
12:30 PM Lunch at Blaze Pizza 7952 N. Van Nuys Blvd, Panorama City
Please RSVP
June 14, 2017, 7:00 PM
PAN Monthly Meeting & Action

9046 Enfield Ave
Northridge, CA 91325

Election Voter Guide


Remember to mail in your ballots NOW or VOTE at your local polling place on Tuesday, May 16, 2017!

As one of our ongoing initiatives, we have put together an impartial voting guide for the upcoming Los Angeles General Municipal Election.

Click here to download the PAN Voter Guide

Feel free to forward it on to whomever you think may find this useful.

Post your voting images to social media with the hashtags #voteLA, #votelocal, #politicalactionnetwork, #PAN2actions
 

2017 Political Action Network Tee


"It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end. -Leonardo da Vinci"

It's available in many styles and is in RED. Order yours at TeePublic.com

We'll be wearing them to our outside actions, including this month's.

Featured Topic

American Health Care Act (AHCA)
On Thursday, May 4, Congress passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a vote of 217 to 213. All House Democrats and major medical associations opposed this bill. Here is a summary of the major provisions of the bill, according to NPR.

Buying Insurance
  • Individuals would no longer be required to purchase insurance through the marketplace created by the ACA using their tax credits. Tax penalties for not purchasing health insurance are eliminated.
  • Insurers are required to impose a 30% surcharge on premiums to those who have a lapse in coverage for over 63 days.
Tax Credits
  • Income-based tax credits and subsidies are eliminated, replacing them with age-based tax credits between $2,000-$4,000. The impact on premiums depends on age and where you live. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), older people with lower incomes would be worse off under AHCA.
Medicaid
  • Medicaid expansion under ACA would gradually be rolled back, leaving fewer people covered.
  • Federal funding would also be changed from an entitlement program, which covers all enrollees, to a grant program in which states receive a set amount.
  • CBO estimates that federal spending will be cut by $880 billion.
Waivers
States may apply for waivers to opt out of some or all of the requirements put in place by Obamacare:     
  • Insurers would be able to charge up to five times as much for older adults as young adults
  • Eliminate required coverage such as maternity, mental health and prescription drugs
  • Charge more or deny coverage for preexisting conditions such as cancer, diabetes, or arthritis
This bill will now go to the Senate, where it is expected to have many revisions before going to the House.

Speaking Out
Add your name to the petition opposing the AHCA. A public declaration against this legislation can be powerful and effective in the halls of Congress. Let’s show the GOP that millions of Californians and Americans across the country are standing with us in this critical fight.

Call the Senate switchboard operator at (202) 224–3121 and tell your Senator that you strongly oppose this bill. We have to flood Congress with calls in the coming days to ensure this legislation is defeated. Calls are the single most effective way to make a difference.

Share your story about how this legislation will affect you or someone you care about. Facts and numbers are important, but we know that in order to defeat bills like these, we need to share the stories of those who will be hurt the most if they lose their health insurance or protections for pre-existing conditions.

What Happened This Week

  • Trump doesn’t know what’s in his health care bill. (Vox)
  • The administration ends Michelle Obama’s girls education program. (CNN)
  • Trump claims Andrew Jackson was upset about the Civil War. (AP News)
  • Trump puts antiabortion activist in charge of family planning. (Washington Post)
  • 23 environmental rules Trump has rolled back. (NY Times)
  • Trump is expected to sign a long-awaited and highly controversial executive order on religious liberties on Thursday – the National Day of Prayer. (CNN)
  • The Senate passed the $1 trillion spending deal to avert a government shutdown. (Politico)
  • Tillerson is asking State Department employees to weigh in on the agency’s budget cuts. (CBS)
  • A last-minute amendment to the health care bill will allow states to waive 10 essential benefits. (Wall Street Journal)
  • The GOP health bill will cut special education funding by 25%. (NY Times)
  • House Republicans narrowly passed the controversial health care bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. (NY Times)
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The changing political climate of our country has empowered us to start the Political Action Network. PAN is a Southern California grassroots organization dedicated to the protection of human rights. This includes our belief that everyone deserves access to affordable health care and women’s reproductive services and that immigrants, refugees, and “dreamers” deserve our protection and assistance. We will work to protect our Constitutional Rights, Freedom of the Press and Separation of Church and State. These ideas are paramount to preserving freedom, scientific inquiry, environmental protection and education in our country.
PAN is currently meeting once a month in the San Fernando Valley to plan ways to make a difference by targeting local, state and national policies. Through letter writing, visits with local officials and by joining larger political marches, we have both a monthly meeting and a monthly action to ensure our voices are heard in a useful, meaningful, and non-violent way.
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