Weekly Newsletter - July 16, 2018
This Week's Action Items
#1: TELL HARRIS TO SUPPORT MEDICARE FOR ALL
In his tele-town hall last week, while trying to answer a question (see below) about the ACA, Rep. Harris made an interesting comment, sort of floating the idea of a national discussion about universal health care plans, as a related question to the proposed Trump cutbacks to ACA subsidies:
"We can have a national discussion about whether to go to Medicare for All or some single-payer government run system."
Take him up on that offer.
Call his offices to tell him that you support that so that people can get the health care they need: DC office: 202-225-5311; Kent Island office: 410-643-5425; Salisbury office: 443-944-8624.
#2: OPPOSE KAVANAUGH FOR COURT
Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominated for the Supreme Court, is projected to be one of the most conservative voices on the court. You can be sure that the nominee will work to limit voting rights, women's rights and side with the administration on a range of illiberal issues. Tell your Senators to reinforce their opposition.
Call Sen. Cardin at 202-224-4524 and Sen. Van Hollen at 202-224-4654 and urge them on in this fight. For more background and resources, go to Indivisible's web site.
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Monitoring Rep. Andy Harris, #20: Still Trying to Torpedo ACA
In his tele-town hall on July 10, Rep. Harris supported the Trump administration's decision to further undermine the Affordable Care Act by withholding risk-adjustment subsidies for low-income people -- payments that were an essential part of the ACA.
The Washington Post reported that decision is scrambling the insurance market just as insurance companies are setting rates and making coverage decisions.
Harris said, "The risk adjustment subsidies were supposed to run out; they were not supposed to last forever." And Harris said they were not necessary for insurers who already make big profits as they've "gotten pretty darn good at estimating risk." That's exactly the point.
Many insurers are pulling out of markets as the administration chips away at the underpinnings of the system. And the huge tax cut passed last year by Harris and colleagues are making them even richer while gutting the ACA funding.
You can listen to more of his town hall here.
JULY 17 - MEETING ON BORDER CRISIS
Details: 5:30 pm, Temple B'nai Israel, 7199 Tristan Dr., Easton
Meet to help develop action steps in response to the immigration crisis on the Texas-Mexican border. RSVP to office manager at 410-822-0553
JULY 19 - MIDSHORE PRO BONO LEGAL CLINIC
Details: 10 am to 12 pm, MSPB offices, Centreville
Midshore Pro Bono will be offering free legal advice on general civil matters. You need to call to make an appointment at 410-690-8128. Another general clinic will be held again at the Talbot Courthouse on July 27. For more information, visit www.midshoreprobono.org.
JULY 21 - GUN SAFETY RALLY
Details: 1-3 pm, Lawyers Mall, Annapolis
Students for a safer Maryland are holding a rally to promote gun safety in our schools and on the street. Democratic candidate for Governor Ben Jealous will be among those attending.
JULY 26 - MIDSHORE PRO BONO ELDER LAW CLINIC
Details: 10 am - 1 pm, Talbot County Senior Center,
400 Brookletts Avenue, Easton
Midshore Pro Bono will be offering free legal advice on elder law matters. Call to make an appointment at 410-690-8128.
- News and Updates -
MARYLAND WORRIED ABOUT MIDTERM ELECTION SECURITY
Concern over election security hit close to home last week as the FBI told Maryland state officials about Russian links to a firm doing election business with the state.
The Baltimore Sun reported that officials were told that "ByteGrid LLC owns the servers that hold the data for voter registration, candidacy, election management, and election night results, state elections officials said. An ownership stake in the company was purchased by AltPoint Capital Partners, whose largest investor is a Russian oligarch named Vladimir Potanin."
The reports are deeply concerning even as President Trump this week refused to stand by his intelligence agencies' conclusion that Russia had meddled in our elections.
STATE AGENCY ERROR SUPPRESSED TURNOUT
Meanwhile, the Sun also reports that thousands of voters may have skipped the primary election because of an MVA error.
The agency failed to transmit thousands of voter registrations to the elections board, meaning those affected had to cast provisional ballots, causing many to avoid voting altogether.
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