Nearly all Americans agree that ripping coverage from low-income people to give tax breaks to the richest Americans is not the way forward. But that hasn’t stopped Senate Republicans from trying to do it.
The Senate may have been forced to delay its vote on Trumpcare this week, but their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with their cruel and immoral alternative are still alive and well. Already, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to cut deals with his colleagues to make the vote seem better than it is.
But the truth is Trumpcare would rip health care from millions of Americans – even while giving opioid manufacturers who helped fuel a public health crisis millions in tax breaks. The next week while Congress is home for their 4th of July recess will make or break Trumpcare. Make your voice heard to ensure 22 million people don’t lose coverage. Visit OurLivesOurStories.com to share your story and find out how more about how you can get involved in the fight to save health care.
ACTION OF THE DAY
#ProtectOurCare. Add this filter to your profile picture on Facebook to show solidarity and spread the #ProtectOurCare message. Then find 4th of July events near you—including parades, picnics, and block parties—where your senators may be and wear a bandaid with “#VoteNo” written on it. Here’s how!
Heatwaves. As the impacts of climate change worsen in the coming decades, not all states will suffer equally, according to a new study in the journal Science. The study looked at the economic harm that will result from climate change and found that states in the Midwest and Southeast will be hit hardest. The most impacted counties—like those in Arizona and Texas—could face losses of 10 to 20 percent of GPD if climate change continues unmitigated. Meanwhile, Energy Secretary Perry reiterated his climate denial just last week.
#NoMuslimBanEver. Last night, Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0 went into effect. Just because there wasn’t chaos in airports doesn’t mean this version of the ban is any better. The Trump administration set incredibly narrow standards for who will be allowed to come to the U.S., which will mean some families, students, and refugees fleeing horror could still be denied entry into the U.S.
Attacks On Immigrants. They just keep coming. Yesterday the House voted to supercharge Trump’s mass deportation force by supporting two anti-immigrant bills, HR 3004 and 3003. Also yesterday, Texas’s Attorney General along with nine other state attorneys general launched another attack on DACA. The AGs wrote a letter to Attorney General Sessions saying they will sue to end DACA if the administration does not announce its own plans to do so by September 5th.
Sigo En Paris Earlier this month, more than 60 groups joined forces to launch “I Am Still In,” reminding the world that President Donald Trump does not represent the American people on climate. Today, the League of Conservation Voters’ (LCV) Chispa, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Latino Victory Project, Hispanic Federation, National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), Voces Verdes, and GreenLatinos, among others joined the coalition and launched SigoEnParis.org, a Spanish language version of IAmStilIn.org
UNDER THE RADAR
Not so fun in the sun. This Fourth of July many Americans will be packing their sunscreen and heading to enjoy fireworks at some of the country’s most patriotic places: our public lands. But, 27 of these national parks and monuments are currently at risk of being eliminated by the Trump administration. We only have until July 10th to let the Trump administration know that altering or revoking these monuments is simply un-American. Leave your comment now.
Love Wins. Yesterday, Germany voted for marriage equality for LGBTQ people and set the stage to allow same-sex couples to adopt children. The bill still has to pass through Germany’s upper house to be official, but it looks like it will pass with rainbow colors. Chancellor Angela Merkel has long opposed marriage equality and voted against the measure, but growing public pressure convinced her to hold the vote. With the vote, Germany joins more than a dozen European countries who allow same-sex marriage.