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Battle Lines Drawn as GOP Moves Closer to ‘Greatest Transfer of Wealth to the Super-Rich in Modern American History’ by Jake Johnson, staff writer With their passage of a deeply unpopular $1.5 tax cut bill on Thursday, House Repubicans did their part in “paving the way for the greatest transfer of wealth from regular people …

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Republican Budget Seriously Slashed Medicare by $4.73B

Medicare is a fundamental tool of economic security – a guarantee that seniors will not be denied health care just because they cannot afford it. But Republicans in the House, led by Paul Ryan, just voted for a budget plan (HR553) (Roll Call Vote 552) that would gut Medicare – slashing funding for the program by …

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Know What You’d be Giving Up—or What the GOP is Trying to Take Away

What is The Affordable Care Act? — The Affordable Care Act (ACA), officially titled The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and sometimes called ObamaCare (a nickname popularized by the GOP), is a US law that reformed both the healthcare and health insurance industries throughout America.  It was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010, upheld …

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Humboldt County Could Seriously Use Representation Like This —

A friend of mine lives in Ohio and is lucky enough to be represented in Congress by a truly progressive fighter, Sen. Sherrod Brown.  Here’s the letter he sent to her the other day in response to her letter (I’ve replaced her name for privacy reasons with “Constituent”). Dear “Constituent”: Thank you for getting in …

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Why This Price Is Wrong

The next health secretary shouldn’t have a record of benefiting from prescription drug profiteering. — by LeeAnn Hall For most people, prescription drugs are a lifeline. For Representative Tom Price, Donald Trump’s health secretary nominee, they’re a source of profits. Indeed, hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug and health corporation investments line the pockets …

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ACA Repeal Will Lavish Medicare Tax Cuts on the Rich

ACA Repeal Would Lavish Medicare Tax Cuts on 400 Highest-Income Households Each Would Get Average Tax Cut of About $7M a Year If you’re unable to read the PDF in our viewer, click here to download the PDF, then view the document using a PDF viewer on your PC.  

Social Security Matters — Value

— by Doug Walker, Deputy Commissioner, Communications Every payday, you have Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) and Self-Employed Contributions Act (SECA) taxes deducted from your paycheck. Nearly all of these deferred earnings contributions are used to pay Social Security benefits to more than 60 million retired, disabled, and widowed workers and their children, as well …

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2017 Brings New Changes to Full S/S Retirement Age

— by Jim Borland, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Social Security Every worker’s dream is to enjoy a secure retirement. Social Security is here to secure today and tomorrow. Part of that commitment is ensuring you have the most up-to-date information when you make your retirement decisions. As the bells ring in the New Year, they also bring changes …

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Oppose Nomination of Rep. Tom Price as HHS Secretary

— by Nicole Regalado, Credo Campaign Manager We don’t know all the details of Donald Trump’s plans for America yet but one thing’s clear: If you’re not male, wealthy or heterosexual, Trump’s extreme right-wing administration won’t have your back when it comes to accessing health care. Soon, the Senate will begin committee hearings to confirm Trump’s nominee …

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A Call for #trump to Veto Any Cuts to Medicare & Social Security!

— by Michael Phelan, Social Security Works donald trump won’t be sworn in for two weeks, but Republicans in Congress have already begun their assault on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. On the first day of the new Congress, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced a budget resolution to repeal the Affordable Care Act and set …

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