Monthly Archives: June 2017

Action Alert – Health Care

From the League of Women Voters US

Action Alert: Senate Shapes Healthcare

The battle over legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues in the U.S. Senate where a small group of Senators are secretly working to make decisions that will cut coverage, raise rates and give the richest Americans tax breaks at the expense of everyone else.
Legislation passed by the U.S. House to repeal and replace the ACA fails to reflect the American values of fairness, community and concern for all. It will cut coverage for 14million Americans in the next year, raise premiums by 20% and give nearly $700 billion to the wealthy and big corporations. The Senate is trying to push us down the same disastrous path, pushing to gut coverage for people with pre-existing conditions while doing long-term damage to Medicaid. 

Please call our Senators:

Senator Claire McCaskill – (202) 224-6154
Senator Roy Blunt – (202) 224-5721 

Any bill that moves forward must do the following:
  •  Guarantee that pre-existing conditions can’t be used to deny coverage or raise rates.
  • Ensure health insurance rates and access do not discriminate against women
  • Provide coverage of preventive care, limit out of pocket costs and prohibit life-time insurance caps
  • Ensure that Medicaid recipients can continue to receive full health care services.  

ACTION ALERT – HEALTH CARE

ACTION ALERT – HEALTH CARE
June 13, 2017

Legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – called “The American Health Care Act” – is about to be up for a vote in the Senate.

“The American Health Care Act” was developed in secret and is being rushed to passage. It will rip apart our healthcare and revoke coverage for millions of Americans while raising costs for millions more.

The “American Health Care Act” is un-American. It will increase costs for seniors and those with pre-existing conditions, while slashing assistance for lower-income households in obtaining coverage. It will also threaten the essential care that women need. In fact, the only real winners under this new legislation are the big interests and the wealthiest Americans. Hundreds of billions in tax breaks are included for the wealthy and the pharmaceutical and insurance industries.

Tell our Senators that means that there will be fewer people covered, weaker protections and higher costs for Americans.

Call today!

Senator Claire McCaskill – (202) 224-6154
Senator Roy Blunt – (202) 224-5721

The League remains committed to ensuring that Americans have the coverage and access to care that they need to take care of themselves and their families. We will not stand by while members of Congress dismantle protections for the health and well-being of the American public.

Stand with the League today and tell Congress that their plan to “replace” the Affordable Care Act is unacceptable.

Challenge to Photo Voter ID Law

LWVMO Among Groups to Challenge Missouri Photo ID Law in Court

 Jefferson City, Mo. — June 8, 2017 – Advancement Project’s National Office and The American Civil Liberties Union today sued Missouri over the state’s new photo ID law.

The case was filed on behalf of the Missouri State Conference of the NAACP and the League of Women Voters of Missouri. The groups are seeking a temporary restraining order to block the law from being in effect during a local special election on July 11. In-person absentee voting for this election begins this Monday, June 12. An additional 52 Missouri counties go to the polls on August 8.

The request was made in part because Missouri’s chief elections official, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, has admitted the state would be unable to implement the requirements of restrictive photo ID law in time for this election and the state has yet to allocate funds to the Secretary to implement the law.

“Missouri’s restrictive photo ID law was designed to make it harder for people to vote,” said Denise Lieberman, Co-Director of Power and Democracy at Advancement Project’s national office, and coordinator of the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition. “It is a gimmick that – as we’ve seen in other states – inevitably leads to blocking people from the ballot, especially people of color, young voters, seniors, women, and people with disabilities. This suppressive effect is magnified once the state fails to hold its end of the bargain. It is beyond unacceptable that the state of Missouri has launched a photo ID requirement while not sufficiently preparing, educating voters, or funding it. As a result, the burden is now falling on the backs of voters.”

“Voters were promised that this law was not about disenfranchising the most vulnerable in our state,” said Tony Rothert, legal director of the ACLU of Missouri. “The state’s lack of funding and implementation of this law tells another story.”

“States are not allowed to make an end run around voting rights by forcing burdensome changes to election law and then failing to provide the required funding for proper implementation,” said Sophia Lakin, an attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project.

Texas, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania are among the states that have already been reprimanded by the courts for disastrous implementation of their voter ID laws and inadequate, confusing voter education.

The case, Missouri NAACP v. Missouri, was filed in Cole County Circuit Court.