ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR MEDICARE, MEDICAID AND CHIP??
SIGN OUR PETITION SAYING “NO THANKS” to the House and Senate CORPORATE TAX GIVEAWAYS!
The richest households and big multinational corporations that offshore profits and jobs will get a virtual cornucopia of tax breaks and perks on the House and Senate tax bills. Over 70% of the tax breaks in each bill go to big corporations in the form of lower taxes on foreign profits, a lower corporate tax rate and other benefits.
To pay for these big tax breaks for corporations, CEOs and shareholders, Republicans plan to carve up health care and public services that our families depend on every day. These plans already call for slashing $1 trillion from Medicaid, nearly $500 billion Medicare and, now, for repealing a key part of the ACA that would add 13 million people to the rolls of the uninsured.
Repealing the ACA has already failed multiple times in Congress, but Senate conservatives have put it back on the menu in order to pay to a permanent tax reduction for corporation from 35% down to 20%. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that coverage losses under this proposal would raise the rate of uninsured people from 11% to 16%, increase premiums for about 7 million middle class people by about 10%, and lead to even more instability in insurance markets.
Corporate tax giveaways will give high-income households and CEOs a lot to celebrate this Thanksgiving. The Tax Policy Center estimates that by 2027 these corporate tax cuts would provide a $14,890 tax break for households with incomes over $1 million and $94,540 for households in the top 0.1 percent (those with incomes over $3.1 million in 2017).
While corporations and the wealthy will be gorging themselves on a veritable feast of tax cuts, the rest of us will have little to grateful for under these proposals. Middle-income families would get paltry leftovers—about $120--from these tax cuts in the Senate bill. Many middle class people will actually see their taxes increase because the plan will take away key deductions like the State and Local Tax Deduction (SALT), key education and tuition deductions and exemptions, the medical expense deduction and many others that lower middle class families’ tax bills.
Poor people, people with disabilities, seniors and low-income workers would lose the most under these proposals as Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP, Pell Grants, housing, transportation and virtually every other service they depend on will be cut, starving our communities, families and neighbors, to pay for these massive tax giveaways.
SIGN ON TO SAY “NO THANKS” TO CORPORATE TAX GIVEAWAYS!
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Cecilia Plante signed Rep. Andy Harris MUST VOTE NO to healthcare cuts - and YES to Reauthorize CHIP! 2017-08-15 22:22:20 -040095 signatures
The Eastern Shore’s Rep. Andy Harris, a physician, is supposed to carry the admonition “first do no harm” everywhere he goes. When he goes back to the House of Representatives he should suit action to those words and vote to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program with no cuts in funding.
Here at the Maryland for Guaranteed Healthcare campaign and Progressive Maryland, we are horrified by the 23 million people tossed off health care by the (stalled) US House version of a substitute for the Affordable Care Act. CHIP is an important adjunct to Medicaid, which serves 37 million children. The Kaiser Family Foundation depicts four in ten children’s medical care depending on Medicaid and CHIP. According to Medicaid.gov, "as of May 2017, Maryland has enrolled 1,296,694 individuals in Medicaid and CHIP — a net increase of 51.43% since the first Marketplace Open Enrollment Period and related Medicaid program changes in October 2013."
Tell Andy Harris that his Congressional District 1 constituents, and people throughout Maryland, want CHIP reauthorized with NO funding cuts in September.
Andy Harris voted to reauthorize CHIP in 2015 the last time re-authorization was on the line. Nothing has changed except Trump’s destabilizing threats to the well-being of millions and an even more dangerous medical care landscape for hard-working low-income families for whom Medicaid is a lifeline.
Their children shouldn’t suffer. Andy Harris shouldn’t go along with the Trump-Ryan plan to loot our basic protections so as to cut taxes for millionaires.
Reauthorize CHIP with FULL funding. Sign to tell him that!
Cecilia Plante posted about Sign the petition: Tell the Montgomery Council to support One Fair Wage of $15 for all on Facebook 2017-07-14 21:57:09 -0400770 signatures
The Montgomery County Council is considering a bill that would raise the county minimum wage to $15/hour by 2020. Help ensure it's a strong bill that protects all workers–no exceptions, no exemptions.
Montgomery County is one of the most expensive regions of the country and many workers are being priced out with women and people of color being hardest hit by low wages. Montgomery County should be a place where everyone can afford to live and thrive.
Please sign to ask the Montgomery County Council to pass a strong minimum wage bill that includes all workers.
@cecilia1plante tweeted link to Maryland for Guaranteed Healthcare. 2017-06-29 20:37:53 -0400I signed up to volunteer for Guaranteed Healthcare for Maryland. Join me! http://www.progressivemaryland.org/mdforguaranteedhealthcare?recruiter_id=152335
Many proposals are being put forward on both sides of the aisle, some with better intentions than others. The Maryland for Guaranteed Healthcare campaign is just that - a campaign for guaranteed healthcare. With the strides the ACA has done to improve the healthcare system, there will still remain 30 million Americans uninsured, with many who have insurance still not having needed medical coverage and care.
Over the Spring and Summer and into the start of the Fall, our advocacy has been concentrated heavily on preventing up to 23 million Americans from having their medical coverage taken away. Millions of people in our nation rely with their lives on services provided by Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP. We are demanding our elected officials such as Governor Hogan, Representative Andy Harris, and others to not only oppose ANY healthcare cuts for Maryland, as well as to take a leading position that everyone deserves healthcare and supporting policy solutions that make that goal a reality. By fighting for Medicare (and all federal programs of equal importance), we are retaining the system that will help us fight for Medicare for ALL!
Find contact information for Governor Hogan and Rep. Andy Harris HERE
See our Healthcare Events Calendar HERE
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Health Care Professionals' Sign-On Letter for Children's Health
In her Letter to the Editor to Delmarva Now, Vice President of the Lower Shore Progressive Caucus Whitney Palmer writes,
"Throughout the state, Marylanders have benefited from Medicaid expansion; conservative numbers state 291,000 individuals have gained coverage — and the majority live in rural areas. Our health care system has high administrative costs and the cost of care is set by profit motives. Insurance and pharmaceutical companies prioritize corporate profits over the health of Americans — and treat health care as a commodity.Health care is a human right and moral issue, not a commodity. Our goal should be to provide more and higher quality care to Americans, especially access to mental health services. We at Progressive Maryland believe that should take the form of a single-payer, Medicare-for-all system. A single-payer system will result in savings of [hundreds of billions of dollars annually].
When physicians can focus on people’s health instead of bureaucracy or creating a plan based on a person’s ability to pay, they can address health needs and prioritize prevention. Additionally, people will no longer declare bankruptcy because of medical bills. Fewer people will die.
It is time for the United States to prioritize people over profits and join the rest of the world with Medicare for All."
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Cecilia Plante signed Fully Fund Montgomery County's Fair Elections Program 2017-03-17 21:38:42 -0400210 signatures
Montgomery County was the first county in the state to establish a program to get big money out of local elections and empower small donors. Now, candidates are starting to use the program so we need to ensure it is properly funded for the upcoming elections.
An Independent Commission made funding recommendations for the program to County Executive Leggett who has provided an additional $4 million in his FY18 budget. Now we are just $1 million short of realizing the full potential of the fair elections program.
The small donor program will elevate the voice of everyday citizens and reduce the influence of corporate donors by providing limited matching funds for small donors if the candidates don’t take large and corporate contributions.
Montgomery County took a big step by passing a small donor incentive program that encourages candidates to spend time fundraising from small donors within their constituency rather than dialing for big dollars.
We're almost there in the fight against big money! Sign below to tell the Montgomery County Council to fully fund Montgomery County's fair elections program.
Cecilia Plante signed Tell Hogan to Hold a Townhall Meeting with His Constituents 2017-02-22 11:51:25 -0500
The letter below written by Nienke Grossman was sent to Governor Larry Hogan on February 3rd, and posted in the Baltimore Sun. Since then, hundreds of Marylanders have signed on, demanding that Governor Hogan tell us where he stands on policies of the Trump administration as they relate to our state and its people. Read it, then sign on below.2,385 signatures
Dear Governor Hogan:
We are Maryland voters who care deeply about the present and future of our state. We hail from all over Maryland, and we have made thousands of phone calls to your office in the last several weeks seeking your views on a wide range of issues. We are still waiting for your answers.
As you know, hundreds of thousands of Marylanders may lose their health care and many more risk the loss of important benefits, such as the elimination of lifetime maximums, as a result of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. We are unable to support refugees fleeing death and destruction as a result of the president’s action, and the federal government is threatening to deputize our local law enforcement for the purposes of enforcing immigration law rather than our own criminal laws and to take away funding from sanctuary cities. Our Jewish Community Centers, mosques, churches and public schools have become targets of hateful speech and acts. Also, recent news reports suggest that the new administration may reduce funds for women’s health care and domestic violence shelters, which provide care and refuge to the most vulnerable among us.
You are our governor. We voted you into office, yet we feel our concerns are being ignored. We deserve to know how you propose to address these issues. What are you going to do about the impending health care crisis in Maryland? What are you doing to help ensure that Maryland continues to be a welcoming place for immigrants and people fleeing from violence and persecution? What do you propose to keep our houses of worship and our schools safe from hate? What do you propose to ensure access to basic women’s health care services and to minimize the harm to victims of domestic violence in the wake of reduced federal funding to shelters?
Because our phone calls have gone unheeded and many of our Facebook posts have been deleted and blocked, we request that you announce and hold an open town hall meeting to share with us your concrete policy proposals on health care coverage, your views on immigration, and how you will show leadership in response to the uptick in hateful acts in our state and the potential defunding of domestic violence shelters and resources.
We want to work with you to make Maryland the best state that it can possibly be and to help Maryland rise to the challenges that it will face in the years to come. We need to know where you stand, and we want you to know that we are motivated, we are concerned, and we are not going away.