Newsletter #13, Thursday, June 29, 2017

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Articles of Reference on Health Care

The health care bill proposed by the Senate GOP would cut taxes on the wealthy and cut programs like Medicaid. It could also affect some of the 49 percent of Americans who get insurance through their jobs, by no longer requiring employers to offer health insurance.  Source: FiveThirtyEight

Shifting Dollars From Poor to Rich Is a Key Part of the Senate Health Bill.The bill’s largest benefits go to the wealthiest Americans, who have the most comfortable health care arrangements. Its biggest losses fall to poorer Americans who rely on government support. The bill preserves many of the structures of Obamacare, but rejects several of its central goals. Source: The New York Times

The Explainer: How Increased Medicaid Spending Is Really a Cut. Source: MedPageToday


Gail Collins, Opinion: Taking On the Frat Boys. The fact that the Republican leadership didn’t even bother to toss a token female in their secret bill-writing group does tell you something about the insane level of indifference to women’s issues among the men who are currently running the show in Washington. Source: The New York Times


How the Senate's Health-Care Bill Would Cause Financial Ruin for People With Preexisting Conditions. Republicans are going to insist otherwise, but that’s simply not the case. Source: The Atlantic

Just About Every Major Medical Group Hates the GOP Health Care Plans. Groups representing pediatricians, cancer specialists, heart doctors and family physicians all agree. Both the House and the Senate offerings for fixing health care in the U.S. would make things worse, not better. Source: NBC News

Five reasons so many medical professionals oppose the Republican-proposed changes made so far to the 2010 Affordable Care Act: women, children, the poor, the sick and disabled, the elderly. Source: NBCNews


The Senate’s Health-Care Bill is, plain and simple, a plan to cut taxes for the wealthy by destroying critical federal programs that help provide healthcare to tens of millions of people. Source: The New York Times


See where the Senate health-care bill’s subsidy cuts will affect Americans most. Source: The Washington Post


Medicaid Cuts May Force Retirees Out of Nursing Homes. Source: The New York Times


64 percent of people in nursing homes rely on Medicaid, so the Medicaid cuts in the Republican health care law could have far-reaching consequences for them.  Source: The New York Times


The new bill for “Affordable Health Care”  has a potentially devastating impact on special education. Source: The New York Times


Senate GOP's ACA Repeal Bill Would Knock 22 Million Off Insurance: The bill would also cut deficit by $202 billion more than House version. Source: Congressional Budget Office


Yes, the GOP health-care plan really is a giant Medicaid cut - in one chart.

Source: The Washington Post


The C.B.O. Did the Math. These Are the Key Takeaways From the Senate Health Care Bill. Source: The New York Times


Want to know the worst thing about the GOP’s health-care bill? The CBO analysis concluded that Obamacare requires fixes, not a destabilizing “rescue.” Source: The Washington Post


Middle Class, Not Poor, Could Suffer if Trump Ends Health Payments. The administration’s threats to stop reimbursing insurers cause uncertainty leading to insurer price increases and people who earn too much to qualify for premium assistance will bear the full brunt.

Source: The New York Times


Call Your Democratic Senators

Democratic senators have an important role to play in the healthcare debate by urging the Senate to give Americans time to make their voices heard. Please call now and thank them for their opposition to the Republican bill:

  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow - (202) 224-4822
  • Sen. Gary Peters - (202) 224-6221

Call Republican Senators

Also call Republican Senators who are known to have reservations about the bill and urge them not to support the Republican health care bill.

  • Shelley Moore Capito (W VA) (202) 224-6472
  • Susan Collins (Maine) (202) 224-2523
  • Tom Cotton (AR) (202) 224-2353   
  • Jeff Flake (AZ) (202) 224-4521
  • Cory Gardner (CO) (202) 224-5941
  • Charles Grassley (IA) (202) 224-3744
  • Dean Heller (NV) (202) 224-6244
  • John McCain (AZ) (202) 224-2235
  • Lisa Murkowski (AK) (202) 224-6665
  • Rob Portman (OH) (202) 224-3353
  • Lamar Alexander (TN) 202-224-4944
  • Bill Cassidy (LA) 202-224-5824
  • Bob Corker (TN) 202-224-3344
  • Lindsey Graham (SC) 202-224-5972
  • Ron Johnson (WI) 202-224-5323



Sheriff Clayton’s Presentation Sunday Illustrated why we are fortunate  to have him as our sheriff.


Watch a video of the meeting by clicking here

and see why we are so fortunate.

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton gave a forceful and enlightening talk on June 25 on his approach to dealing with undocumented immigrants in light of recent federal detention orders. He spoke to the audience in calm, measured tones that didn’t conceal the passion he felt for his work and for American freedom, it only added to the force of his remarks. Protectors of Equality in Government (PEG) hosted the event at the Pittsfield Township Administrative Building.


The sheriff said he ignores detention orders against immigrants that are not authorized by a judge, as the U.S. Constitution requires. He also urged his audience to work to defeat Michigan House bills 4105 and 4334. If enacted, these bills would ban enforcement of any local law or policy that limits local police communication with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about any individual’s immigration status.  


PEG is grateful to Sheriff Clayton for his work on behalf of constitutional rights for all, and for taking the time to speak to us. We would also like to thank U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, who spoke on the same occasion on the need for everyone to be treated with civility and respect, regardless of their political views.

Actions and More Events You Should Know About

Thursday, July 21, through Sunday, July 24, Volunteer with Planned Parenthood at the Ann Arbor Art Fairs

Planned Parenthood will be will be tabling in three-hour shifts. To learn more about this opportunity, click here. Ann Arbor Art Fairs, 9:30 am - 9 pm.


Tuesdays July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22. Planned Parenthood activist nights. Meetings will consist of event planning, occasional training and some administrative tasks as necessary. Please check Facebook page here for updates. RSVP now. Location subject to change due to local events and actions; changes or cancellations will be posted by 3 pm on Tuesdays.) Ann Arbor Main Health Center, 3100 Professional Drive, Ann Arbor, 6 -7:15 pm.


Wednesday, July 26. Educate yourself about Gerrymandering.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will sponsor a presentation by Washtenaw County Clerk Larry Kestenbaum on this important topic. Cost is $8. Click here for more information.Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, 7 - 9 pm.


Attend a Michigan Resistance Calling Party.

Their parties are focused on opposing bills that would let people carry concealed weapons without a permit or training (HR 4416 and 4419.) Click here to learn more.

Things to do at Any Time

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CivCity's voter info site has been updated to help you prep for the Aug. 8 election. And if you're not yet registered, do it now before the July 10 deadline.

Advocate for the rights of citizens and for civility toward immigrants.

Call your governor’s office (lookup). Sample script: I am deeply concerned about ICE’s increasing aggression in our communities throughout the state. In Virginia, for example, ICE is stopping legal citizens to ask for proof of citizenship because of how they look. This creates a hostile environment for citizens and immigrants--and makes us all less safe. I am calling to request that Gov. [name] contact Homeland Security Sec. Kelly and express his/her desire to “insure domestic tranquility.”


Help deprive of advertising revenue.

If you’re on twitter, here are instructions on how you can help. Source: Sleeping Giants


Oppose Sec. DeVos’ efforts to exclude LGBTQ kids from quality education.

Call your Members of Congress (lookup or leave a message). Sample script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] calling to express my concern about Betsy DeVos’ agenda to exclude LGBTQ kids from receiving a quality education. As Sen/Rep [name] knows, sexual orientation is not a legally protected status in the US. So when DeVos says she’ll uphold the current law, this means she can legally discriminate against gay kids in education. That’s not okay. (Share story if you have a LGBTQ family member or friend.) America can’t afford to abandon our kids. Will [name] work to be sure all kids receive a robust, quality education?


Advocate for patients’ rights against corporate abuse.

Call your one representative (lookup or leave a message). Sample script: Hi! I’m from [ZIP] calling about HR 1215 which intends to strip patients’ rights and increase medical corporations’ protections from lawsuits. When it comes to medical neglect, abuse, and malpractice, patients rights need to come first. Does Rep. [name] support violating the 7th Amendment of the US Constitution? Please ask him/her to vote against HR 1215.


Ask your Members of Congress (MoCs) to support the Scientific Integrity Act.

Call: All your MoCs (lookup or leave a message). Sample script: Hello, I’m calling from [ZIP]. I want to make sure that researchers working for our government can release their findings without censorship. We need science without partisan influence, now and for the future. Can I count on [MoC] to support the Scientific Integrity Act  (H.R. 1348/S. 338) by joining as a co-sponsor?


Resist new federal-level efforts to weaken election oversight.

Visit 2 Hours A Week. Follow their excellent script on opposing federal-level voter suppression in the proposed Election Assistance Termination Act.


Get a Washtenaw ID.

The Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition of Immigrant Rights urges all county residents to apply for a Washtenaw ID as a way of supporting the county’s immigrant community. By obtaining that ID, a legitimate alternative to a driver’s licence, you legitimize all those who must rely on this kind of ID. Learn more at


If you still want even more to do consider these two excellent sources:

  • Tweet: The checklist from @inspiredjen helps with overwhelm. It contains easy things to do to make a difference in our country.Click
  • Email and Facebook: Jen Hofmann’s Americans of Conscience checklist is the source of many of our items and gives something easy to do every day to make a difference in our country.
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Join the Indivisible Movement.

The Indivisible Movement is a nationwide organization formed to resist the Trump agenda. Review the Indivisible Guide, and consider joining one of the many Indivisible groups near Ann Arbor. Choose one you like here!

If you read only one item this week, read this and keep it!

Trump won, and Amy Siskind started a list of changes since then.
Now it’s a sensation, for good reasons. Click here to read why.

Interesting Things to Read, Watch and Listen To

Losses in Georgia and South Carolina don’t necessarily mean Democrats are going to lose in 2018. Source: Fivethirtyeight

A two-minute video explaining gerrymandering in simple terms and what can be done about it. Watch Voters Not Politicians    


Read this thoughtful article from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Click here.

Environmental cuts could hobble Pure Michigan.

Despite broad public support for protecting Michigan’s natural beauty, state and federal budget cuts may stall projects in a state that, after the Flint water disaster, has become synonymous with environmental risk. Source: The Bridge

Agents of Inequality: How Wealth Managers to the Super-Rich Undermine Society and What We Can Do About It. An expert on their secretive world explains how these shadowy practitioners of financial trickery help facilitate widespread tax evasion—and undermine democratic government. Source: The Nation


What Will Trump Do with Half a Million Backlogged Immigration Cases?

Source: The New Yorker


A Ground Zero 'recovery hero' is facing deportation Source: The Washington Post


Agents of Inequality: How Wealth Managers to the Super-Rich Undermine Society and What We Can Do About It. An expert on their secretive world explains how these shadowy practitioners of financial trickery help facilitate widespread tax evasion—and undermine democratic government. Source: The Nation


The Trump Administration Is Pulling a Grant From a Group That Combats Neo-Nazis  An Obama-era program will shift its focus and dollars to groups combating Al Qaeda and ISIS. Source: Mother Jones

Lost and Found Department

Please contact us at if either item (below) found at the Pittsfield Township Hall  below is yours.

Jacket - found at the May meeting       

Water bottle - found at the June meeting

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