GOP to Push Forward on Repealing Health Care Today (Tuesday)

From People’s Action concerning the GOP’s health care bill and today’s (Tuesday) vote in the Senate despite the majority of nation’s citizens being opposed to any bill that would health care 1take away health care from millions of people:
 
Republican leaders are back at it.
 
Today at 2:15pm Eastern, they will begin voting on repealing our health care, even after their bill collapsed last week.
 
Senators don’t even know the details of what they’re being told to vote on. But we know it will be deadly. Every CBO analysis shows tens of millions losing health care.
 
People will miss out on cancer treatment and lose life-saving medications. Rural hospitals will close. People with disabilities will be forced into institutions.
 
Many people will die.
 
Just so drug and insurance corporations can make more money and billionaires can pay less in taxes.
 
Call your senators before 2:15pm Eastern. Tell them to vote NO and stop this cruelty. Tell them to protect Medicaid and health care for everyone in our country.
 
Please forward this message to your friends and ask them to call, too.
 
Thank you for being a health care champion,
 
Sarah Chaisson-Warner
People’s Action

Federal Employees Call-In Day Opposing White House’s 2018 Budget

Letter carriers and other federal employees — past and present–and their adult family members are being urged to call their senators and House representatives today to voice Call Congress 2opposition to the White House’s 2018 budget. A flyer from the NALC gives information on why this bill is a financial threat to letter carriers, the USPS, and other federal employees can be found here: NALC flyer.

The flyer reads in part:

Since 2011, postal and federal employees have been ripped off time and again–to the tune of more than $180 billion–in the name of deficit reduction. Without any additional benefit, we’ve seen a three-year pay freeze, reduced pay increases, unpaid furlough days and two increases in retirement contributions for new hires.

You are asked to call 844-904-7029 (Washington, DC) and 855-982-3154 and urge your senators and House representative to oppose this budget.

To see what’s at stake for you and your family, go to NALC flyer.

Letter Carriers, Family and Friends Urged to Call Congress Opposing Cutting Salaries and Gutting Service

From NALC’s Government Affairs Office

The White House released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget proposal in May. It called for a variety of budget cuts aimed at federal employees—letter carriers included—cuts that Budget Battle 2017are are now being actively considered by Congress, including:

  • Raising federal employees’ pension contributions by up to 6.45 percent of pay over the next six years, costing active letter carriers up to $3,600 per year.
  • Eliminating cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for current and future retirees under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).
  • Reducing COLAs for the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) annuitants by one-half of 1 percent (that is, 0.5 percent) each year.
  • Reducing CSRS and FERS pension benefits for new retirees by basing annuities on employees’ highest average pay over five years (high-5) instead of over three years (high-3).
  • Eliminating the so-called “Social Security supplement” that covers the gap for workers who retire under FERS before they qualify for Social Security benefits at age 62.
  • Calling for $46 billion in vaguely defined cuts and revenue changes to the Postal Service, most likely through reducing the frequency of delivery (eliminating Saturday delivery) and scaling back door delivery.

These budget threats are very real. All letter carriers—as well as family members, friends and neighbors—need to contact representatives in the House and Senate now and through the end of September. Your legislators need to know that their voters object to slashing the incomes of active and retired letter carriers (and all federal employees) and to gutting the services and vital networks of the U.S. Postal Service.

Member Action Center

Call your legislators in Washington now

Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and be ready to provide your ZIP code to get connected with your House representative and with both of your senators.

Say:

“As a voter from [your district/your state], I urge you to oppose any budget resolution or any spending bill that calls for pay and benefit cuts for letter carriers, postal employees and federal employees or that attacks the vital services provided by the Postal Service.”

Mention how such cuts would affect you personally. Explain the potential harm a “yes” vote would mean for you, your family members, your co-workers and USPS.

Also, ask your adult family members, friends and neighbors to call their House member and both senators, as well.

Read more by going here: nalc.org

BREAKING NEWS: North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones Co-Sponsors Important Postal Resolution

Walter Jones 2Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R-NC-3) has just added his name as co-sponsor of H.Res. 28, “Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the U.S. Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers.”
By signing the resolution, Congressman Jones becomes the 239th representative to co-sponsor and only the fourth congressman in North Carolina, joining Alma Adams (D-NC-12), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-1) and David Price (D-NC-4).

You can email Congressman Jones here: Email Me to express your appreciation for his action. Or you can call his Washington office at 202-225-3415.

For a Fact Sheet on H.Res. 28 go here: Door Delivery

Senate Health Bill Would Increase Uninsured By 23 Million and Cripple Medicaid

NALC Legislative Dept

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced the Better Care Reconciliation Act this week, following seven years of promising the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare) and after weeks of negotiations following the House of Representatives’ passage of the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), a bill that the Senate said it could not and would not pass.

The Senate’s legislation, which is different from what the House passed in May, is expected to be voted on in tMitch McConnell 2he Senate next week before senators depart Washington, DC, for the July 4 recess. Following that vote, the Senate and House bills will need to be reconciled before a single bill heads to President Donald Trump’s desk for a signature. Both measures are projected to increase the number of Americans who are uninsured by about 23 million.

With Senate floor action expected next week, all letter carriers should contact their senators and urge them to oppose this attack on middle-class workers and their families.

Among the defining characteristics of the legislation are provisions to deregulate insurance companies, which would allow them to charge older and sicker Americans more for health insurance, and to eliminate the individual mandate to buy health insurance and the mandate for larger companies (with 50 or more employees) to provide employer-sponsored health coverage.

Ending the individual mandate would undermine the individual insurance market and the Obamacare health care exchanges, while ending the employer mandate would help non-union companies drop coverage to gain an advantage over unionized firms.

Over time, the bill would cripple Medicaid by cutting hundreds of billions of dollars from the federal-state program that covers tens of millions of disabled Americans, poor children and the elderly in nursing homes, a program that was expanded by the ACA to cover more of the working poor. Such a move would force states to deny coverage to millions of low-income Americans.

In addition, the bill would reduce tax credits for health premiums purchased on health care exchanges and repeal virtually all of the taxes on high-income Americans and health insurance companies, all of which helped to fund Obamacare’s expansion of health insurance to more than 20 million American families.

The bill also would give all 50 states the opportunity to drop benefits required by the ACA, such as maternity care, emergency services and mental health treatment. While it retains protections for patients with pre-existing conditions (insurers must accept everyone and charge the same rates), the legislation would allow states to waive insurance requirements. This waiver includes rules governing which benefits must be covered, thereby allowing states to drop coverage on troublesome, expensive conditions. Reducing coverage requirements is a convenient way for lawmakers to promise continued pre-existing conditions protection without actually having to deliver it—insurance companies could simply choose not to cover chronic ailments that afflict millions of Americans.

Enactment of this legislation would result in a massive tax cut for the wealthiest Americans. The only Obamacare tax preserved is the so-called “Cadillac-tax,” an excise tax on health benefits above a certain value that is expected to raise insurance premiums for letter carriers and other middle class workers.

With Senate floor action expected next week, all letter carriers should contact their senators and urge them to oppose this attack on middle-class workers and their families. The number for the Senate switchboard is 202-224-3121.

(photo:ABC Columbia)

Call Burr and Tillis and Demand Them to Oppose Bill That Would Leave 1 Million North Carolinians Without Insurance

From Action NC:

Moments ago, Senate Republicans released the details of their plan to destroy the Affordable Care Act and take health coverage from millions of Americans. It’s just as bad as we thought it would be.

If this feels like déjà vu, you’re not far off.    Call Congress 2

Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr have been working with Republican leadership to draft a bill that would cut spending on health care to pay for tax breaks for the wealthy. Republicans in Congress plan to hold zero public hearings before they hold a final vote on their repeal bill, which we expect next week!

But we cannot let Senators Tillis and Burr fast-track a bill that could make more than 1 million North Carolinians uninsured. We need you to reach out to Senator Thom Tillis and Senator Richard Burr now to demand that they drop their secret bill to cut health care to pay for tax breaks.

Just take two minutes of your day, dial 1-866-426-2631, and use the script below to hold Tillis and Burr accountable.

What you can say when someone answers the phone:

Dear Senator,

Senate Republicans are drafting a secret bill to slash Medicaid and repeal the Affordable Care Act, and they will not share it with the public before they vote. As your constituent, I find this lack of transparency unacceptable. Share your secret bill with your constituents so we can evaluate it.

While we do not know details of your hidden bill, we ask you to do the following:

  • Oppose any bill that caps or cuts Medicaid funding — over one million children and many seniors and people with disabilities in our state rely on it.
  • Oppose any bill that would increase the number of uninsured in our state.

Instead of repealing the ACA, I want you to work to improve the current system.

Having trouble getting through?  Here’s Senator Burr’s office number: 202-224-3154. And this is Senator Tillis’s number: 202-224-6342.

 

Tell Congress to Reject the White House’s FY 2018 Budget Proposals

NALC Legislative Dept.

June 16, 2017

It’s time to hit the phones.

Budget talks for Fiscal Year 2018 are happening on Capitol Hill and they began with the White House calling for inexcusable hits to federal employees’ retirement benefits and to The White House Fiscal Year 2018 budget is placed on tables by House staff members in Washingtoncuts to the Postal Service, including:

  • Increased pension contributions for all federal employees (1 percent a year for six years— $3,600 pay cut for letter carriers).
  • Eliminating COLAs for current and future annuitants under FERS and reducing COLAs for those under CSRS.
  • Reductions in pension benefits by basing annuities on high-5 instead of high-3.
  • $46 billion in cuts to the Postal Service (through service and delivery cuts).

This is just the tip of the iceberg of unacceptable proposals laid out by the White House in its budget request. NALC opposes such attacks on earned benefits, attacks that serve only to hurt working-class families.

Call your House and Senate representatives and let them know that we oppose such measures—and that they should, too. Tell them that we have given enough—that they need to keep federal and postal employee retirement benefits off-limits and to reject service and delivery cuts at the Postal Service.

Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 to tell your House representative and both of your senators to oppose such measures.