This is urgent:
The Trump-Pence administration has released a new proposed rule designed to cut people off from abortion care by targeting insurance providers.
What does that mean? It means insurance companies would be forced to jump through ridiculous hoops in order to cover abortion care. It means over a million people, who received coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), would be affected by this new rule and could lose access to abortion care.
Let’s call this what it is: Another blatant attempt to undermine the ACA, stigmatize basic reproductive health care, and block patients from assessing abortion. And it’s part of the Trump-Pence administration’s broader attempt to eliminate access to abortion care altogether.
Your comments are absolutely essential to stopping this rule because HHS has to read every. single. one. Our hundreds of thousands of comments made it difficult for the administration to quickly move forward with a final Trump-Pence gag rule — and that’s what we need to do again now.
All of us deserve health care coverage that meets our needs — regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or decisions about whether or when to have children. That’s why I’m offended by this governmental overreach into whether or not health insurance companies can cover abortion care for their consumers.
This rule goes beyond limiting patients’ access to abortion care. It’s an attempt to single out abortion care and stigmatize people who have abortions — despite the fact that one in four women in America will have an abortion at some point in her life.
Let me make this perfectly clear: Abortion care is health care. Reproductive health care is health care. And any attack on our health care is an attack on all of us.
Friends , a lot of the attacks we’ve seen on health care have been unjust. (The multiple attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and block Medicaid patients from getting care at Planned Parenthood come to mind.)
But many of the attacks on access to reproductive health care have come in the form of rule changes within the Trump administration. They’re subtler — but no less offensive or dangerous for patients
Countless people are relying on us — so thank you so much for making your voice heard.
Dr. Leana Wen, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
In honor of Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, here are 100 things to remember about his presidency so far:
100. Lying about the smaller size of his inauguration crowd
Onward and upward,
first posted in 2015
Yesterday morning the Cleveland Plain Dealer featured a front page story about the “vanishing middle class.” The writers couldn’t have predicted the middle class would vanish from the presidential debate as well: after nearly three and half hours of debating between the two events, there was virtually no mention of working families and middle class workers.
Over the two debates, the words “middle class” were said exactly two times by candidates. Instead, the cadre of Republican candidates disparaged immigrants, called for repeal of the Affordable Care Act, war-mongered, and ignored working families altogether. Not that it mattered: the few places the GOP candidates offered policy proposals were for the same outdated policies that crippled those families in the first place.
We took a look issue by issue at how the candidates’ debate rhetoric doesn’t match reality:
As the economy recovers, more and more of the country’s economic gains are going to the wealthy few as the middle class get increasingly squeezed. Rather than offer new ideas for how to help middle-class families, the Republican candidates clung to the same old, failed trickle-down theories.
GOP candidates continued to oppose sensible action on immigration that would help millions of undocumented immigrants while boosting the U.S. economy. They offered no new solutions, but clung to unworkable ideas such as a big wall at the border.
The Affordable Care Act is here to stay and it’s working. It’s helped bring affordable health insurance to millions of people and reduced the uninsured rate. Although the American people oppose efforts to repeal the ACA, the GOP candidates want to take us back to the broken healthcare system we had before.
During the debate, the ten men on stage quickly rushed to attack women’s health, striving to outdo one other on how extreme each can be. But access to quality, affordable health care is not just a right, it’s a matter of economic security for women.
The GOP presidential contenders offered zero ideas to improve our education system. Instead of ideas to increase access to a quality education for all children, we heard more of the same conservative talking points to eliminate the Department of Education and lip service about the need for high quality education from the same governors that have cut education funding in their own states.
The Topics The Candidates Left Out
What’s just as shocking as the claims the candidates did make are the very important topics that were left out of the debate.
BOTTOM LINE: We could have predicted there would be some fireworks at last night’s Republican presidential debate, and there certainly were. But while last night’s debate may have made for good entertainment, that is just about where its value stopped. For what the candidates did choose to talk about, the rhetoric was either extreme or simply not matched by the policy reality. And more surprisingly, the candidates chose not to talk at all about some of the critical challenges — strengthening the middle class, improving the democratic process, tackling inequality, addressing climate change — that face the next president.
#staywoke and see what trump voters missed … you voted against your own best interests as well as those of your friends family and coworkers
Started by: Bruce , Oswego, Illinois
Why My Son Ryan Ferguson Should Be Granted A New Trial
My son Ryan Ferguson was convicted in 2005 for the 2001 murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt. Ryan was convicted solely on the testimony of two witnesses. Both of those witnesses have since given written affidavits that their testimonies during the original trial were false. That leaves zero evidence against my son. No witnesses, no physical evidence, no DNA, no motive, in fact nothing tying him to the crime. Yet my son is currently serving a 40-year sentence for a crime he had no part in.
The fact is Ryan should never have been convicted in the first place, because the main witness in his case was never credible. The jury simply believed Chuck Erickson’s story.
Ryan and Chuck were Rock Bridge High School juniors who snuck into a bar on Halloween night 2001 and left sometime around 1:15 a.m. Ryan said he drove his friend Chuck home, then came home himself. He has never wavered from his account.
Years later Chuck – who is a troubled young man – told friends that he had ‘dreams’ about the murder. He said he initially repressed his memory of the killing but began to recall details two years later after reading news reports of the crime. Details emerged in his ‘dreams’, he claimed. He called the encounter a botched robbery hatched when he and Ryan ran out of money and wanted to keep drinking.
The police brought Chuck in for questioning after hearing about his stories. In the interrogation tapes – available online – it is clear that Chuck knows very little about the case and admits he doesn’t even know if he was there. But the police feed him key information about the murder and pressure him into confessing and implicating Ryan in the murder. There was never any physical evidence against either of them. My son Ryan had never been in any trouble with the law before this point and had no connection to the victim Kent Heitholt.
The second ‘witness’, janitor Jerry Trump, originally told friends he could not identify who he saw near the body. But during a 2004 trial he positively identified Ryan and my son was sentenced to spend the majority of his adult life behind bars.
Both Erickson and Trump now claim they were coerced into modifying their statements in favor of the prosecution of my son. Chuck blames Columbia Police interrogators for not delving into inconsistencies in his story, and Trump said Prosecutor Kevin Crane told him that it would be “helpful to him” if Trump could identify Ryan as one of the men at the crime scene. The prosecution also withheld key information that could have helped prove my son’s innocence, including further witnesses who state that Ryan wasn’t at the scene.
We now know that both key witnesses gave false testimonies. In light of these significant changes in eyewitness testimony and the lack of ANY evidence implicating Ryan, it is clear that my son deserves a new trial.
Ryan’s case has been covered extensively on NBC Dateline, CBS 48 Hours Mystery, and numerous TV news reports and magazine and newspaper articles. His story has touched millions of people across America – and the world. It has become clear to many people that Ryan has been betrayed by the Missouri justice system and deserves another shot at justice.
I ask you to please sign this petition to demand that my son Ryan be granted a new trial and the chance to rebuild his life…
This petition was created by Injustice Anywhere for Bill Ferguson.
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