What’s the Skinny on Rob Portman’s Healthcare Votes?

skinny-billThe Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with something that covers fewer, is more expensive, undermines Medicaid, and gives big tax breaks to the wealthy has failed. Senate leader Mitch McConnell brought several pieces of legislation to a vote, including the so-called “Skinny Repeal” — the last ditch effort to find a lowest common denominator that 50 Republicans would vote for. This post reviews what was in the top-secret Skinny Repeal bill and talks about how Rob Portman voted on all of the major Republican health care legislation.

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Rob Portman and Healthcare; Bob Latta and Russia

CTY-tour06pFirst, a big THANK YOU to Rob Portman for coming out against the most recent healthcare idea: repeal now, replace later. This is a terrible plan: there is no reason to think that the GOP, a party that had 7 years to come up with a replacement, would do so given 2 more, so this plan means nothing but medical and financial disaster for millions of Americans. But, McConnell is determined to have a vote on some kind of healthcare bill next week, so this post will provide a snapshot comparison of the plans floating around capitol hill.

Things have been quieter in the House, but one big concern is the lack of action on the Russia sanctions bill that was passed by the Senate 98-2. What’s Bob Latta’s stance on this bill? Encourage him to tell his GOP leadership to bring it to the floor for a vote.

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Okay, Rob Portman, Time to Get Off the Fence

senate-health-care-bill-aca-repeal-replaceThe latest version of the Senate version of the GOP health care bill has been unveiled. Sen. Rob Portman remains a key swing vote; he also continues to hedge his bets:

“I opposed the last draft of the Senate health proposal because I had concerns about the measure’s Medicaid policies, especially those that impact drug treatment for those suffering from addiction,” he said in the statement. “I’ve also consistently said that the Affordable Care Act isn’t working for many Ohio families and small businesses whose premiums and deductibles have skyrocketed, and choices have disappeared as health insurance plans have left Ohio.”

In this post, some key points of the latest proposal are reviewed.

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Keep the Pressure on Rob Portman on Healthcare!

portmanprotestRob Portman’s constituents have have staged die ins, visited (and refused to leave) his office, protested strategically and symbolically on a bridge between Ohio and West Virginia, and even visited him in Washington DC.  They have been very clear: he should vote NO on the draconian GOP health care bill.

Mitch McConnell is postponing the Senate vote on health care, but voters need to keep the issue front and center with Rob Portman: he is one of the key Senators who could push his party to finally work with Democrats to fix the ACA instead of dismantling it altogether.

This post outlines a few key ideas to continue highlighting with Rob Portman.

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Bob Latta’s Disappointing Tele-Town Hall

n1lattaprotest-jpgWith all of the focus on the Senate Health Care bill, Rep. Bob Latta has been flying under the radar for a while. The looming recess may have inspired the surprise tele-town hall–perhaps Rep. Latta thinks that because he held this event, he will not be expected to hold any face to face public events where constituents can ask him questions.

Nope: we’d still like to interact with you face to face, Bob, because it’s a more direct and honest way to communicate, where you cannot screen questions and cut off those asking to prevent followup.

What did Bob Latta talk about with constituents on Wednesday, 6/28? Read on!

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Rob Portman: Vote NO on the GOP Health Care Bill (Part 2)

portmanprotestThe CBO score is out: Senator Portman has plenty of information about the Senate’s bill, and it’s time to make a decision. In this article, some of the key CBO findings will be reviewed, but the short story is that this bill, the “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” is not much better than the House bill in terms of how many people will lose  coverage (talk about a low bar!), and in some ways it is worse.

Rob Portman should vote NO if he’s really on the side of Ohio’s elderly, chronically ill, children, and working poor.

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Rob Portman: Please Vote NO!

bad-health-careWell, it’s here–and like waking up to coal in your stocking on Christmas morning–the GOP Senate Health Care Bill has plenty of unpleasant surprises. Nonetheless, Mitch McConnell is determined to rush this bill to a vote, before the July 4th holiday. This may be to limit the influence of home state voters on members like Rob Portman who are not considered certain “yes” votes on this heartless bill. That’s why it’s important to contact Senator Portman and ask him to vote NO on the Senate Health Care Bill.

In the rest of this article, you can find out more about the specifics of the Senate plan. (And remember, don’t fall for comparisons to the House bill: this bill needs to be compared to what exists now under the ACA!)

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Rob Portman Cares about Ohioans on Medicaid… Until 2020

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Rob Portman is one of 13 Senators working on the (for some reason) top-secret, Republicans-only, Senate version of the American Health Care Act. And recently, he’s floated a new proposal that might get 50 Senators on board, but it’s bad news for Ohio and for America: Rob Portman’s contention that a gradual phase out of Medicaid expansion funds would allow the states to take over the costs is a buck-passing pipe dream!

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Bob Latta: OH 5 Voters Have Other Options

n1lattaprotest-jpgRep. Bob Latta has avoided face to face town hall events, and constituents who have tried to schedule individual meetings have been ignored. At a recent town hall held by neighboring district Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D OH-9) recently, she thought Rep. Latta was probably afraid to face voters.  And he certainly has good reason. But there could be another reason Latta can so blithely ignore the legion of concerned voters in Ohio 5 that will be discussed in this post, but it’s important for voters to know that they have an increasing array of alternatives to this un-Representative.

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Rob Portman and Bob Latta: Let’s Talk about the Troops

APTOPIX Memorial Day CaliforniaIt’s good time to think about the men and women who serve our country in the armed forces. One of the stories that has been brushed aside by the avalanche of White House scandals are the quietly changing policies about how troops are deployed and how military force is being used overseas. Congress can, and should, exert some oversight in these matters, and at the very least, should speak substantively on these issues.

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