What I think when I read articles like this:
With the turnover in Minnesota’s state legislature from Republican-controlled to Democrat-controlled in the last election comes a plan to expand voter rights and put campaign finance into the hands of the people.
Acts like this are just one of the many reasons why elections do matter and who you choose to represent you does, too.
If you live in Minnesota, tell your state representative to support and co-sponsor this bill. If you don’t, help spread the word and look for bills like this to support in your own state. If there aren’t any, find some fellow organizers. #Minnesota #Democracy #VotingRights #ElectDemocrats
Minnesota’s Democracy for the People Act Unpacked/Democracy Docket-
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The Republicans use culture war propaganda as a distraction.
Without health insurance, most people would be bankrupt with a single hospitalization.
But that’s what Republicans want. One party is out to help most people. The other is dead set against them.
Opinion When Republicans rant about ‘socialism,’ remember the Affordable Care Act-
@TonyStark Of course that’s what Republicans want. Poor people will work for less money that way. Hope the Republican voters who apparently are relying on the ACA are paying attention.
@TonyStark and it has always been thus. Republicans railed against social security as socialism, Medicare as socialism, basically any advance for workers and the middle class-all of it was labeled socialism. Republicans brainwashed middle class Americans into thinking they were on their side when in reality they couldn’t give a damn about them…except as servants to support their lifestyle.
There's also the plan I call the Mexico Insurance Plan in Texas.
You got it, it's the plan where Texans flock to Mexico for healthcare, where it's more affordable.
I kid you not, this happens in my own family. Especially for dental care and a variety of medicines such as antibiotics that you can get over the counter there. This is insane, in my opinion. Why should we have to do that?
And yet, they act like it's perfectly normal.
They've been sold a really bad bill of goods on healthcare by the Republicans.
I don't have any personal friends who are Republicans, but over the years I've had colleagues who obviously do not share my political views and I end up networking with people from other parts of the country.
I'll never forget the people advising each other not to buy real insurance and instead to buy into some Christian scheme in Texas that was indeed a type of insurance (pool their money, pay for each other's care), just not one that had any oversight but its own or would have met government criteria for what coverage is.
No thanks, I'll go with the one where the feds or state tell them they have to cover my care, even if sometimes we have to fight them to actually get it covered. I'm guessing the Christian insurance isn't paying for full spectrum reproductive care.
@TonyStark Here's one. This isn't an ACA plan. There's an early paragraph that's a bit misleading. It says that 1 in 7 claims are denied and then gives the figure of ACA plan denials that aren't appealed.
We need more socialized health care, not less.
The United States government funds the development of drugs, then the drug companies turn around and make huge profits on them. If they decide your treatment is too expensive, they can deny it and try to make you pay out of pocket like they did with Christopher McNaughton. He was facing nearly a million dollars of denied claims for his ulcerative colitis and a lapse in his care could have left him with no treatment that would have worked. UnitedHealthcare kept denying his claims and decided to pay for a drug that was four times the cost of the original one his doctors wanted because it matched their arcane rules.
Medicare for All won't solve everything but it would be an improvement.
@TheRealBozoTClown @TonyStark No question. They only want good things for the top top and nobody else. Yet the people they take things from who vote for them mistakenly think they’re one tax cut from being in the 1%. The Republican Party has a real investment in never letting those people get there.
Sorry, but Koch & cronies are going in to fund whoever is willing to cut corporate taxes, cut entitlement programs, cut green energy programs, increase big oil and gas corporate profits, and cut useful regulations.
Koch Network Vow to Wage a 2024 Fight Against Trump:
I posted about this about a month ago: https://democracy.town/@TonyStark/109654678542335350
Non-competes are anti-workers’ rights.
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Let's just call this out for what it is. A certain segment of our population can't abide the notion that education might inspire a broader perspective. That might encourage more compassion and understanding and undermine fear and the resulting dehumanization and cruelty.
Understanding and empathy for others interferes with their power.
People like Ron DeSantis are anti-democratic, anti-society, and must be forcefully challenged and opposed.
Erasing Black History Is Not the Role of the College Board-
We must fight the Republican agenda. They have been trying to undermine democracy for decades.
Exerpt from The Educational Legacy of Ronald Reagan by Gary K. Clabaugh:
“ Once elected, Mr. Reagan
• called for an end to free tuition for state college and university students
• demanded 20 percent cuts in higher education funding
• repeatedly slashed funds for state campuses
• engineering the firing of Clark Kerr, the highly respected presi-
dent of the University of California
• declaring that the state “should not subsidize intellectual curiosity”
“He called protesting students “brats,” “freaks,” and “cowardly fascists.” And when it came to “restoring order” on unruly campuses he observed,“If it takes a bloodbath, let’s get it over with. No more appeasement!”Days later four Kent State students were shot to death during a protest rally. In the aftermath Mr. Reagan declared his remark was only a “figure of speech.” He added that anyone who was upset by it was “neurotic.”
@TonyStark Press calls him a less bad Trump when he’s worse and more like Putin. I’d love to think he has no national chance but look around.
Stoking division and removing empathy for others along with suppressing education is fascist.
We all laughed at Trump but nobody was still laughing later. DeSantis clearly believes he can also govern 49 other states if he can stoke up enough outrage. The billionaires know Dolt 45 is history but would love this horrible man to be their No. 47 enabler.
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I vote blue.
Always employing @MariaHill
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