January 23 Update
After this blog was written, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced S. 160, which would repeal the tax described below. No need to look at the facts – just bow to special interests while trying to kill Obamacare! To see which 5 Democrats and 23 other Republicans who support a bill that would help destroy Obamacare, scroll below this blog. And make sure they hear from you!
If you think health insurance should be affordable and you didn’t get a 65 percent raise over the last two years, keep reading!
Congress is up to something, and only you can prevent it from happening. Even though the upcoming Supreme Court decision about the Affordable Care Act could drastically curtail it, that may not be the greatest threat to the millions of Americans who don’t want to lose their health insurance.
A greater threat comes from certain U.S. companies and from hundreds of members of Congress, and the culprits might surprise you.
The senators and representatives you need to worry about include some of the most conservative Republicans, but also some Democrats that are usually strong supporters of patients and consumers–including Elizabeth Warren, Chuck Schumer, and Barbara Mikulski.
And they’re bowing to pressure from companies that advertise on NPR, your favorite TV shows, and other media, touting how they save lives every day. In truth, these companies do save lives. But they also make billions of dollars and don’t feel like giving any of it to help pay for the Affordable Care Act, as the legislation requires. And that could be fatal to countless Americans.
Read the rest of the original blog post here.
Around the same time this blog went online, 29 Senators co-sponsored a new bill to repeal the medical device excise tax: 5 Democrats and 23 Republicans. Contact the senators who haven’t co-sponsored S. 149, to urge them to reject this bill.
And if any of your senators have signed on, let them know how you feel:
S.149: Medical Device Access and Innovation Protection Act
Sponsor: Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] (introduced 1/13/2015) Cosponsors (28)
Related Bills: H.R.160
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
Sen Alexander, Lamar [TN] – 1/13/2015
Sen Ayotte, Kelly [NH] – 1/13/2015
Sen Barrasso, John [WY] – 1/20/2015
Sen Blunt, Roy [MO] – 1/21/2015
Sen Burr, Richard [NC] – 1/13/2015
Sen Capito, Shelley Moore [WV] – 1/21/2015
Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA] – 1/13/2015
Sen Cassidy, Bill [LA] – 1/13/2015
Sen Coats, Daniel [IN] – 1/13/2015
Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] – 1/20/2015
Sen Crapo, Mike [ID] – 1/20/2015
Sen Donnelly, Joe [IN] – 1/13/2015
Sen Flake, Jeff [AZ] – 1/22/2015
Sen Franken, Al [MN] – 1/13/2015
Sen Gardner, Cory [CO] – 1/20/2015
Sen Inhofe, James M. [OK] – 1/20/2015
Sen Isakson, Johnny [GA] – 1/13/2015
Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] – 1/20/2015
Sen Klobuchar, Amy [MN] – 1/13/2015
Sen Lankford, James [OK] – 1/21/2015
Sen Moran, Jerry [KS] – 1/20/2015
Sen Murkowski, Lisa [AK] – 1/13/2015
Sen Portman, Rob [OH] – 1/13/2015
Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] – 1/20/2015
Sen Scott, Tim [SC] – 1/13/2015
Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] – 1/13/2015
Sen Toomey, Pat [PA] – 1/13/2015
Sen Wicker, Roger F. [MS] – 1/13/2015