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I am encouraging Murkowski to stand strong against these horrible ideas and plans. She has been measured and conservative in her approach. Senator Dan Sullivan wants to run for president do he is a party man.

I think they could pass it, I hope I'm wrong.

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It is just more of the same old junk they tried to pass earlier in the summer.

And of course, it appeals to conservatives because it take the "Federal" government out of healthcare, and gives more power to the states via block grants.

What a stupid idea.

Enough said.

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So Jimmy Kimmel has now spoken out a third time against Graham-Cassidy and Senator Cassidy, and I say, good on him. They are trying to discredit him, and he is pointing out that experts on health care like the AMA and the American Cancer Society are against this stupid bill.

And John McCain has said he can't support it. Now we need Lisa Murkowski to resist the bribe of allowing Alaska to be the only state to keep Mediaid, and this mess will go down in flames.

But I'm not holding my breath, because there is big money from lobbyists whispering sweet nothings in senatorial ears.

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Hello All -

Looks like the latest attempt to shore up the extremely flawed U.S. "health" "care" system is about to fail.

I called upon my U.S. senators to co-sponsor Sen. Bernie Sanders' recently introduced Medicare For All Act 2017. It would ensure all Americans are "in", nobody out. Once the stressor of access to health care is removed, we can begin to realize a healthier population. We nurses can look at all the other variables that affect local health and wellbeing in our communities, i.e. the food and water supply, environmental toxins, etc. We are on the front line and can make a difference!

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Just one of MANY examples of why I think Medicare for All is needed ASAP. 

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Judge rules coal company can eliminate Kemmerer retirees' health care, union contract

Feb 18, 2019 -- Retired coal miners from Kemmerer likely lost their company health benefits Friday when a judge decided that Westmoreland Coal Co. could eliminate retirement health care and a union contract in order to sell the Kemmerer coal mine to a Virginia businessman...

...   Westmoreland Coal Co., which owns the Kemmerer mine and three mines in Montana, filed for bankruptcy in early October, with a lender already on hand and a plan to restructure $90 million in debt...

...   In bankruptcy filings this week, the company requested permission from the court to offer incentives to 243 managers, averaging $6,000 per upper-level manager. The company would like to set aside $1.5 million per quarter through the period of bankruptcy for bonuses...

...But the United Mine Workers of America have protested Westmoreland’s plea for relief at the expense of miners who bargained their retirement plans over decades of work in southern Wyoming...

...   The man trying to buy the Kemmerer mine, Tom Clarke, said in an interview Friday that changes to employee benefits are “painful” but necessary. 

He said he sympathized with the workers. “It’s a story of Wall Street versus the average person that fully expected after putting in a lifetime of work at the mine (that) they were going to have a certain pension and a certain health package,” said Clarke, whose business ventures started in health care but have touched on coal, oil, iron ore, parks and hotels. The long-term toll coal mining takes on the body means long-term health concerns, he said. “When you are 55, you feel like you are 70,” he said.

But, despite this voiced sympathy with the miners, as a buyer of the Kemmerer assets, Clarke is adamant that he will not pay for legacy liabilities of the Kemmerer mine. Pension and union contracts would be retained — if refashioned — but the health care of retirees and dependents is too much of a cost, he said...

https://trib.com/business/energy/judge-rules-coal-company-can-eliminate-kemmerer-retirees-health-care/article_8ff06bf6-ac06-556c-b7eb-17c87d6fce20.html 

 

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...   Jim Vilos worked at the mine for 41 years. His letter to the judge recalls working in subzero temperatures that numbed the feet and hands.  “It was our job and we done it,” he said. “We the miners kept our end of the deal.”...

Similar letters told similar stories: 30, 40, 46 years of work in Kemmerer and fear that income those workers had believed would carry them through retirement would disappear with the approval of a judge in Texas.

http://umwa.org/news-media/news/retired-from-kemmerer-coal-mine-workers-plead-for-pensions-in-company-bankruptcy/ 

 

 

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