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Sunday
Mar092014

DNC - Wanna keep track of which Republicans hit the 2016 early states?

Today, the Iowa and New Hampshire Democratic Parties launched a joint project to keep tabs on which GOP 2016ers come to their states. Their “2016 Early State GOP Bingo” card will let you notch squares for each time the Republican hopefuls tout their out-of-touch agenda or make an offensive remark about a chunk of the population ahead of the 2016 primaries and caucuses.

The two Democratic Parties are teaming up to highlight that more than 15 months after the 2012 elections, Republican candidates are still blocking progress. They’re defending their government shutdown, restricting women’s health care choices and pushing tax cuts for the wealthiest – the same out of touch rhetoric and policies voters already rejected.

You can track the bingo progress at iowademocrats.org/BINGO and at nhdp.org/bingo.

Tuesday
Mar042014

AUFC - New Ads in NH in Support of Medicaid Expansion Bill 

www.americansunitedforchange.org

New Ad Campaign Appeals to New Hampshire Lawmakers to Accept Federal Dollars to Cover 42,000 Uninsured Constituents in Need and Keep Premiums Down for Everyone Else 

 

Too Many New Hampshire Families Are Living Sick and One ER Visit Away from Bankruptcy When They Don’t Have To, and the NH State Senate Has a Chance to Do Something About It This Week

 

Click Below to Listen to ‘No Way to Live’ :
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Generic Version 

**Version Making Examples of State Sens. Andy Sanborn and John Rausch 

 

Washington DCAmericans United for Change is hitting the radio waves in New Hampshire this week to echo the calls on state lawmakers from Granite State hospitals, doctors, nurses, families, and small business owners to expand Medicaid, because it’s a win-win for the state: healthier citizens and a healthier economy.  It comes as NH State Senate prepares to vote this week on the bi-partisan Health Protection Program (SB 413), legislation to accept available federal resources to cover the at least 42,000 workers in the state who are not impoverished enough to qualify for Medicaid and earn too much to qualify for subsidies to get private insurance in the new health law’s Exchange.   The ad called ‘No Way to Live’ airing in Concord and Manchester reminds lawmakers of the added benefits of covering the working uninsured, including new jobs and lower premiums for everyone due to a significant reduction in uncompensated care at the ER. *See script and fact sheet below.  

 

The ad comes on the heels of a new poll out this week from New England College showing that two-thirds (66 percent) of New Hampshire residents support the Health Protection legislation before the NH Senate, while just 25 percent opposes it and 10 percent said they are unsure.  Last year, state Republicans narrowly blocked similar legislation in the NH Senate last year, claiming ‘sticker shock.’  It remains a very poor excuse today considering that the first three years are totally paid for by the federal government; and the additional spending starting in 2017 would amount to less than 3 percent more than what New Hampshire would have spent on Medicaid anyways in the absence of the health law.  The economic and health benefits for New Hampshire of accepting Medicaid resources far outweigh the marginal added costs years down the road.

 

Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change “It’s unfortunate that New Hampshire Republicans decided last year they would rather stick it to the President than stick up for 42,000 of their uninsured constituents in need.  In the end, they only managed to stick it to the rest of their constituents in the form of higher premiums to cover emergency room care that would have otherwise been compensated.  Let’s hope this year these Republicans start listening to voices other than those from the Tea Party extreme and stop looking a gift horse in the mouth.  Before they vote on the bi-partisan Health Protection Program, these lawmakers should listen to Granite State hospitals, doctors, nurses, families, small business owners and the clear majority of voters who see nothing but positive economic and health benefits for the state in accepting these resources sitting on the table – resources that are guaranteed to save lives, money, and create jobs.”

 

Americans United recently ran a similar ad campaign in Nebraska, urging its state legislature to do right by their constituents by expanding Medicaid.

 

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Americans United for Change is a 501c4 issue-advocacy organization established in 2005 to beat back President Bush’s effort to privatize Social Security and that has been working ever since to advance a progressive agenda in Congress including covering America’s uninsured and protecting Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security from benefit cuts.

 

 

“No Way to Live”

Ad Back-Up 

Americans United For Change 

Radio  (:60)

 

SCRIPT

FACTS

 

VERSION 1- Generic

Granite Staters are proud to live free or die. But why should so many live sick and die young when they don’t have to?  Too many working families in New Hampshire lack access to quality, affordable health care and put off needed care until it requires an ambulance ride.  Too many live one medical emergency away from bankruptcy. That’s no way to live – and everyone else winds up picking up the tab for uncompensated ER care – raising our premiums by nearly a thousand dollars a year. That could change though. Our State legislature could vote to accept available federal funds to provide health care to 42,000 hard-working Granite Staters.  And more people insured in our state means more jobs to provide the care.  Call your State Senator - tell them to support the bi-partisan Health Protection Plan, our economy, and lower premiums for all of us. Paid for by Americans United for Change.

 

VERSION 2 -  Sens. Sanborn/ Rausch
Granite Staters are proud to live free or die. But why should so many live sick and die young when they don’t have to?  Too many working families in New Hampshire lack access to quality, affordable health care and put off needed care until it requires an ambulance ride.  Too many live one medical emergency away from bankruptcy.  That’s no way to live – and everyone else winds up picking up the tab for uncompensated ER care – raising our premiums by nearly a thousand dollars a year.  That could change though. Our State legislature could vote to accept available federal funds to provide health care to 42,000 hard-working Granite Staters. And more people insured in our state means more jobs to provide the care.  But Senators Andy Sanborn and John Rausch say no. Call them: ask them why they’re against the bi-partisan Health Protection Plan for 42,000 in need and why they want more hidden health taxes for the rest of us. Paid for by Americans United for Change.

 

 

 

 

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: “If New Hampshire expands Medicaid, an additional 42,000 adults who will be newly eligible for the program will enroll.”

 

Harvard Medical School, September 17, 2009: “Nearly 45,000 annual deaths are associated with lack of health insurance … uninsured, working-age Americans have a 40 percent higher risk of death than their privately insured counterparts.”

 

National Health Law Program, August 01, 2012 : “Medicaid Expansion will reduce adult death rates. In states that have already expanded Medicaid, mortality rates have been reduced significantly. Death rates were the greatest among adults between the ages of 35 and 64 years, people of color, and residents of low-income counties. Adults also experienced significant reductions in delays getting health care due to cost. Comparable states that did not expand Medicaid did not have similar results.  A report in Tennessee concludes that expanding Medicaid coverage to 225,000 people would save 9 lives in the state every week for the next 10 years.”

 

Kaiser Family Foundation, Sep 26, 2013: “The average uninsured household has no net assets. Without sufficient income or assets to pay their medical bills, uninsured individuals often see their debts accumulate while their credit ratings are compromised. Medical debts contribute to almost half of all bankruptcies in the United States.”

 

American Academy of Actuaries, Sept. 2012: “[P]remium increases would likely be well more than two percent among states that don’t expand Medicaid. This would raise premiums for people buying coverage in the individual health insurance market without federal subsidies. It would also increase the costs the federal government must pay to subsidize the premiums of low- and moderate-income people.”

 

National Association of Community Health Centers,

August 2013: “By decreasing the number of uninsured individuals, and leveraging federal dollars to provide those individuals with health care coverage, it is estimated that on average states can reduce uncompensated care spending by 50%.  The reduction would also boost hospital profits, positively impacting state tax revenue and increasing the money flowing within a state economy.”


Center for American Progress Action Fund, March 23, 2009: “When the uninsured cannot pay, health care providers shift those costs to those who can pay -- those who have insurance coverage. This leads to higher premiums for those who buy their insurance on the individual market, as well as workers who get insurance for themselves and their families through their job.  This “hidden tax” on health insurance arises from a failure to continuously cover all Americans and accounts for roughly 8 percent of the average health insurance premium. [In New Hampshire], this cost-shift amounted to a [$900] per average family premium in 2009 and [$320] per average individual premium.”

 

New Hampshire Dept. of Health and Human Services/The Lewin Group, January 2013:  “Under Medicaid expansion, households will spend less on premiums, but under no expansion, there will be higher subsidies as more individuals obtain coverage through the Health Benefits Exchange (HBE). Also, because private coverage will require higher cost-sharing than Medicaid, without expansion, households will spend more on direct payments to providers. In total, under Medicaid expansion, we estimate that New Hampshire households will save a total of $92.1 million, or about $145 per year, on average.

 

Center for American Progress Action Fund, April 2, 2013: “When hundreds of thousands of individuals in a state are gaining health care coverage, there must also be thousands of health care professionals available to care for them. Likewise, there will be an increased demand for equipment for medical tests, the production of extra beds, more maintenance jobs at growing health care facilities—the list goes on. In short, Medicaid expansion is an engine for job creation.”

 

New Hampshire Dept. of Health and Human Services/The Lewin Group, January 2013: “Over the 2014 to 2020 analysis period, New Hampshire gains an average of 5,100 jobs under Medicaid expansion compared to a 4,400 gain under no expansion; this translates to about 700 more jobs across all sectors under expansion, compared to no expansion.   Over the same 2014 to 2020 period, we estimate that under Medicaid expansion, the state will see a $2.8 billion increase in GSP, compared to a $2.5 billion increase under no expansion (Figure E-12). Personal income will also increase under both scenarios—an increase of $2.3 billion under expansion and an increase of $2.1 billion under no expansion, from 2014 to 2020. In 2014, gains in personal income translate to about $102 per capita under expansion and $91 per capita under Direct Payments Penalties Net Impact no expansion. Additionally, the state will gain new tax revenues under both scenarios, spurred by economic growth, but will see a greater increase under expansion compared to no expansion   ($127 million and $114 million, respectively); this translates into an offset of $13.2 million if the state elects to expand Medicaid.”

 


 


Thursday
Feb132014

NHDP - Eagle Tribune: People are showing support for N.H. minimum wage increase 

Key Point:  "Opposition to establishing New Hampshire’s minimum wage at $8.25 appeared minimal outside the Statehouse yesterday...a recent University of New Hampshire poll showed 76 percent of respondents favoring the move. The bill has a diverse coalition of backers including churches, unions and advocates for women, children and poor people.

"People interviewed yesterday in Derry unanimously supported the move."


Eagle Tribune: People are showing support for N.H. minimum wage increase
http://www.eagletribune.com/latestnews/x1196429949/People-are-showing-support-for-N-H-minimum-wage-increase
February 12, 20013
By John Toole

Opposition to establishing New Hampshire’s minimum wage at $8.25 appeared minimal outside the Statehouse yesterday.

New Hampshire now follows the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, the lowest in New England.

House lawmakers convened a hearing on House Bill 1403 that calls for establishing the minimum wage at $8.25 next year and $9 in 2016.

If the Legislature approves the measure, which Gov. Maggie Hassan supports, New Hampshire only would lag Vermont at $9.10 an hour. Massachusetts and Maine would remain at $8 an hour and $7.50 an hour, respectively.

The Business and Industry Association has lumped the proposed minimum wage with other bills the group said would “move New Hampshire backward, resulting in the Granite State becoming a a less welcoming place for businesses to start up, grow or locate.”

But a recent University of New Hampshire poll showed 76 percent of respondents favoring the move. The bill has a diverse coalition of backers including churches, unions and advocates for women, children and poor people.

People interviewed yesterday in Derry unanimously supported the move.

“I think $8.25 an hour is still kind of low the way the cost of living is and the economy,” Peter Grasso of Derry said.

Grasso remembered working a $4-an-hour minimum wage job with Kentucky Fried Chicken years ago, before he got a 10-cent raise after eight months.

Douglas Blair of Londonderry said he supports the proposed increase.

“It would get people out, accepting the low-end jobs,” Blair said.

Where the minimum wage is now kids won’t take jobs because they think they are worth more, he said.

“That would be a great thing,” said Ginny Parsons of Derry about the potential increase. “Everyone wants more money. It would be nice for them to raise it for once.”

Robert Maxwell of Londonderry said he supports the increase.

“Ask people who work a 40-hour-a-week job at McDonald’s or in food services, and see how they are living,” Maxwell said.

Randi Murphy of Derry agreed with Maxwell.

“Seven dollars and 25 cents is kind of hard to live off,” Murphy said.

Peter Crowley of Derry said he would definitely raise the minimum wage.

“People don’t make enough money to live on,” Crowley said.

Bill Jenkins of Concord said it’s a good idea.

“Given the economy and lack of money most people have,” Jenkins said.

“I think it’s a great idea,” said Eve Breault of Derry. “My only problem is the people who are already working. Is my pay going up, too? Are we going to get a comparable raise also?”

But she’s on board with the increase.

“It’s about time,” Breault said. “You can’t afford to live in New England on the minimum wage now.”

Despite the Business and Industry Association’s opposition, businesses contacted yesterday showed commerce interests are split on the issue.

“This wouldn’t affect me,” said Francis Moreau, owner of Ace Upholstery Inc. in Salem. “I can’t get anybody at minimum wage “I’m not opposed to raising it. I don’t see how people can survive on the minimum wage.”

He sees potential benefits for his business.

“Maybe they’d be able to have something upholstered,” he said of workers in line for the increase.

Jim Desjardins, owner of Daisy Cleaners in Salem, said it really doesn’t affect his staff.

“They are well beyond minimum wage,” Desjardins said.

He also wonders how people make ends meet working full time at minimum wage.

“Clearly, people can’t live off the minimum wage,” he said.

Desjardins predicts the expense would be passed along to consumers, if the minimum wage is hiked.

He doesn’t expect business will suffer for cleaners like himself, because customers paying to have clothes cleaned typically are earning above minimum wage.

Blake Ruggerio, owner of Romano’s Pizza in Salem, wasn’t hanging on the results of the political debate.

“This doesn’t really affect me, so I have no opinion on it,” Ruggerio said.

He said he didn’t see it affecting the business.

“Most of the employees are getting more than minimum wage,” he said.

The owner of Signs Now New Hampshire in Pelham, Chuck Raz, didn’t see a big affect on his business or workforce.

“We don’t have anybody at that,” Raz said of the minimum wage.

Raz would prefer the politicians leave the pay issue to the market.

“Let the market bear what it can bear,” Raz said. “I’m against it. This is New Hampshire, you know. Live free or die.”

Friday
Jan032014

Project Censored - California Prison Authorities Censor Revolution Newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama Misleads the World on Syria

Obama Misleads the World on Syria

Barack Obama did not tell the whole story when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August, 2013. He failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil […]

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California Prison Authorities Censor Revolution Newspaper

 

Revolution newspaper reported last May that Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) was barring the May 1, 2013 issue (#302) of its paper from a number of subscribers at PBSP. This was reported by prisoners to the Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund (PRLF), which raises the funds to provide prisoners with subscriptions to Revolution newspaper. PBSP officials […]

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Former Indiana Governor Seeks Censorship of Howard Zinn

 

When Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States, died on January 27, 2010, then-Governor of Indiana Mitch Daniels got on his computer and fired off an email to the state’s top education officials: “This terrible anti-American academic has finally passed away.” Governor Daniels, who is now president of Purdue University, was […]

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Sex-Tape Scandal, Mandela Funeral Spotlight Homophobia in African-American Churches

 

A 47-second video apparently recorded on a cellphone camera seems to show popular African-American gospel singer Kevin Terry, lead singer of Kevin Terry and Predestined, performing oral sex on an unidentified male partner. As the video went viral online in early November 2013, predictable pockets of the blogosphere–from atheist YouTube channels to gay-activist blogs–responded with […]

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Deported Parents Struggle to Reunite with their Children

 

The mother of a 3-year-old girl, 24-year-old Tania Velasquez, has been separated from her child for over a year. Tania was stopped in San Diego last year with her husband, who was arrested for drug possession. Their daughter was taken away and has been staying with a friend. Tania was coerced into pleading guilty, even […]

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Press Freedoms Declining Under Obama

 

An October 2013 report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) stated that the Obama administration is hindering the press even more than it appears. President Obama has signed several bills in favor of press freedoms, however these are more for his own publicity then for public interest. The CPJ report outlines several policies “meant […]

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Tuesday
Dec312013

NHDP - a new year with new challenges 

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