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10 Aug
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To Make a Change, You Need to Do MORE!

(Credit for most of this goes to Mickey Williamson.)

It’s only 8 weeks until ballots drop! What will you sign up for this week? 

 If you complain about Tom McClintock, if you hate Tom McClintock, if you want to be rid of Tom McClintock, then you truly have to do more than just vote for Brynne.

Brynne Kennedy is running a terrific campaign against Tom McClintock — and she’s doing a great job! If you’d like to know more about Brynne, please take the time to read about her qualifications. In fact, a recent poll shows that she’s continuing to move towards winning the district:

https://brynneforcongress.com/2020/07/new-poll-kennedy-and-mcclintock-tied-in-ca-04/

She can do this but only with all hands on deck. Her chances are great, but she needs all of us. For those of you that live in more densely populated areas (like real neighborhoods), there is a new tool and opportunity…kind of a hybrid no-contact canvassing and phone calling that is in your neighborhood. You download and get connected to an app called PDI Connect.

There is a training (which will get you connected) every Friday at 5:00 PM. It gives you lists of voters in your immediate neighborhood, and maps! This makes it possible for you to drop off a piece of Brynne literature and a note (the literature can be printed at home) on their doorstep or fence. Then you follow up with a phone call, as a neighbor. You can call right from the app. Here is the sign up link: 

https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/event/287849/  

This event gives you the option to learn another app called REACH, for tracking your own conversations with friends. Take your pick! 

If you want to send friends and neighbors to an event with Brynne, a virtual house party, Janice Bassett is hosting one this Friday, August 14, at 6:00 PM. Here is the sign up link:

https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/event/298233/ 

And then there are, of course: Neighborhood Conversations for our region, Tuesday, noon. The topic this week is Covid-19. 

https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/event/280928/ 

Weekly Team Meeting for our region, Wednesday, 5:30 PM: 

https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/event/275572/ 

Weekly Phone Bank for our region (this weekend we called Calaveras Democrats…that was fun!), Saturday 10-1: 

https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/event/297577/ 

That is 5 opportunities for participation!

Which one are you signing up for?

Don’t need to limit it to one, but at least one….okay?

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10 Aug
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You are the Key!

Join us on Tuesday, August 11 at 5:30 pm for our virtual meeting. 
By sharing ideas, we can all make a difference! 

(Information on how to join the meeting is below.)

DON’T FORGET-Calaveras Democrats Meeting, Tues. 8/11 at 5:30 pm🔑

When we meet on August 11, there will only be 84 days until one of the most important elections in our lifetime!     In talking with many of you, we have found that you are involved in a variety of different ways to support local candidates and issues, are volunteering with community organizations, and are working to ensure Joe Biden is our next President. Others of you have asked what you can do to help.

     We are inviting you to share with us what you are doing. The idea is to motivate those who want to help and to encourage each other to keep working to make our community and country better.

Please come share, motivate, support and encourage!
Together, we can do this!

How to join the meeting:

To video conference –
Click here to participate in the meeting, The host will connect you to join.
To call in –
Dial 669-900-6833. When prompted, enter the meeting ID code 820 8452 7905 followed by the pound sign (#). The password for the meeting is CCDCC.

Some rules to follow:
There may be a delay because some of the participants will have a slower internet connection. Please be patient and try not to talk over each other.
  
To make it easier for everyone to hear, put yourself on “mute” to eliminate any background noises.

If you’d like to help the Calaveras Democrats, you can also contribute to help our work.

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25 Jul
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Going Forward

The Calaveras County Democrats are modifying some of our activities but will continue to work toward improving our community. Like everyone else, we working our way through this.

Next Tuesday is the Calaveras County Democrat’s monthly meeting.

Right now, we’re particularly looking for people to help with Brynne Kennedy’s campaign. She’s the strong candidate running against Tom McClintock.

Here is the link for her events. Register for the rally and anything else you might like: https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/ 

Things you can do to help CCD within the County:

  • Brynne Kennedy is campaigning against Tom McClintock. We could really use your help. You could host a virtual house party, place phone calls to support her, or ? https://www.mobilize.us/brynneforcongress/ 
  • The Calaveras Democrats now has a virtual monthly meeting on the second Tuesday evening of each month. Please check our calendar to find out about our meetings.
  • The Calaveras Democrats used to have in-person meetings where we got to socialize, get to know each other, and (ahem) donate to the CCD. If you’d like to donate, you can do so here.

Things you can do to help Democrats within the State and the Country

  • The link for the California Democratic Party
  • There’s a program where you can write postcards to voters in other states to encourage them to vote. Turns out that people like getting real mail and pay more attention to it than they do to the mass-produced political mailings. Information can be found here.

Things you can do to help your community

  • So, Calaveras is kind of an odd county (& I say that with love). Many things that people are used to being handled by large government agencies are handled by volunteers with guidance from the County. There are a large number of Boards/ Committees/ Commissions that oversee almost anything you can think of. Some of positions are ones that go on the ballot — but there are many that are simply looking for volunteers. Please take a look at the list of Boards, and see where you can help. To make it easier, the County even keeps a list of Open Positions. Btw, I usually encourage people to sit in on a couple of a group’s meetings before you commit.
  • The Resource Connection often has need for volunteers
  • The Calaveras Volunteer Center

Things to help you cope with your own stress

  • One of the best things you can do is to take a positive action to change things. I’d like to suggest that you take the time, go to the California SoS’s website and confirm that you’re registered to vote. Sounds easy enough. It’s startling the number of people I know who’ve discovered that they’re not registered. You can do that at the above link but now they have a new feature. Confirm your status and then they offer you the option to sign up to get text/email when your absentee ballot is received and then actually counted. Oh yea! As a reminder, if you’ve moved/ changed your status (ie married)/ perhaps want to change your Party (Democrats are very welcoming), you need to re-register. And finally, I’d like to encourage you to provide your email &/or phone number with your registration. Yes, it does mean that you get more politically-connected contacts but it also means that the local Registrar can more easily contact you if they have a question about your ballot (one of my friends with Parkinsons had to go in on the last election because his signature had changed so much).

If you know of items that might be a good addition to any of these lists, please send me (rbrock@prosaix.com) an email. If you’d rather describe it, then send me an email with your phone number, and we’ll chat.

If you’d like to help the Calaveras Democrats, you can also contribute to help our work.

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23 Oct
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Talking Points When Talking About McClintock

Talking Points When Talking About McClintock

By: Susan Ashby

We’ve all had times when gotten into a discussion with a neighbor (or even a random stranger) as to why Tom McClintock should not be re-elected.  To help you in these “chats”, we wanted to provide a single-sheet on different topics.  There should be enough information on the each sheet so that you can give specific, verifiable answers.  For additional information on these topics, please look through our Posts and/or use the search on the site.

  • So You Want to Run for Office

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14 Sep
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Voting on Local Level will Help Determine Outcome on National Level

Voting on Local Level will Help Determine Outcome on National Level

By: Jerry Tuck

It’s easy to get caught up in the bon mots of the moment, those little media nuggets that jog our imagination so. One of my favorite bumper stickers is “Think globally but act locally.” I’ve written about this before but as a plea to shop at your local farmers market or the mom and pop stores in your neighborhood. Now I ask that readers and voters take a hard look at how we’re being represented in Congressional District 4.

To start off August this year, a reporter asked the president about Russian meddling in our elections. He answered a question with a question, “You don’t really believe this, do you?” After all this time and all those daily intelligence briefings, he still can’t admit this simple truth. Why? Because he would be admitting that he came by the presidency with less-than-honorable tactics. And that he had a tower he hungered to build in Moscow. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell also bridled over his new nickname, Moscow Mitch, which he earned because of his refusal to let the Senate move on election legislation. And for lobbying to let Russian oligarch Deripaska build a $200 million aluminum plant in, where else, his home state of Kentucky. Of course Moscow Mitch is up for re-election in 2020.

What I always try to do, admittedly not always successfully, is to find a thread dangling from the national political tapestry so I can pull it to review how it affects our district as well. Our longest string is Tom McClintock, who is complicit in the poor choices being made in Washington, D.C. In the face of overwhelming intelligence and a 400-plus page report, District 4 Representative Tom McClintock is still demanding to see Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s “evidence” of Russian election meddling. I use the phrase “closer to home” loosely since Tom doesn’t even live in our district, the area he supposedly services.

The hypocrisy of these old white men saying they have the country’s best interests at heart would be humorous if it wasn’t so deadly serious. I use the “old white men” descriptive because the GOP just received the resignation of their lone black legislator and their baker’s dozen of white women representatives will be shrinking by three come next election-time. The GOP is incredibly white-male oriented. And, as a good “R” soldier, McClintock is very consistent. He fully supports Senate leader McConnell’s decisions regardless of the needs of his constituents.

J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy: A memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” gives a personal analysis of why voters consistently vote against their own self-interests. Set primarily in the Appalachian town of Jackson, Ky., it isn’t hard to see similarities in our district. Untouched epidemics like the scourge of opioids isn’t just about the West Virginia town of 4,000 which received over three million Oxycontin pills in one year. Investigative journalists uncovered email and text conservations between the drug salesmen, who in this context qualify for the “dope dealer” handle, and the local distributor who said “these things are flying off the shelves. It’s almost like they’re are addicted. Oh, wait, they are. Ha.”

We hear so much about immigrants being murderers and drug traffickers but, like domestic white terrorism, we hear utter silence when it comes to white collar and medical professions creating addicts as a Big Pharma sales program.

McClintock’s party plans to “ban violent video games because this is a mental health problem.” Ohio Republican Representative Candice Keller unabashedly blames the recent assassinations of innocents on a variety of homosexual concerns. Yes, Dorothy, this IS the same party who voted to make it easier for the mentally ill to acquire weapons of mass destruction.

McClintock’s party rammed through tax cuts for the uber rich with the rationale that it will all “trickle down.” Ronald Reagan is on record as saying the Trickle-Down Theory of economics only assures that money trickles into the pockets of the super wealthy. In a conversation with Nixon that was recently unearthed, the Great “R” Communicator, called black people “monkeys” who were “uncomfortable wearing shoes.”

The GOP has shown that they will do anything to maintain white control of this country. And, sure, who winds up hanging 10 on the national blue wave is important. Congress decides who sits on the highest courts in the land. Governors can allow redistricting and voter suppression. But locally we have a wonderful opportunity to change the debate. In 2018 Jessica Morse closed the gap on McClintock’s popularity. Brynne Kennedy and Sean Frame are now vying for the 2020 for Democrats. I plan to vote blue and will support whichever candidate makes the cut. After you vote for the eventual presidential candidate please vote for the Democrat running against McClintock. That is if your election station isn’t using Russian voting machines.

Jerry Tuck is a retired San Andreas resident and an indie author. Contact him at olwhofan@aol.com or at his website, tucknrole.com.

This was originally published as an Letter to the Editor in the Calaveras Enterprise.  Our thanks for giving permission to reprint it here.

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02 Sep
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McClintock Always Votes Against Women

McClintock Always Votes Against Women

By: Susan Ashby

As I write this in the year of the 99th anniversary of Congressional approval of the Nineteenth Amendment, giving women the right to vote, I think about the hard and long struggle of women in this country to make that happen.  Today, women are still in a struggle for equal rights and protection. 

Our congressman, McClinton, apparently is not on our side in this struggle.

McClintock has a long record of voting against the best interests of women.  When in the California Assembly, he voted against a bill that would impose penalties on employers who practiced gender-based wage discrimination – the bill passed.  In 2009, in the House, he voted against a bill that would allow victims of wage discrimination to sue for damages – the bill passed.  That same year he voted against the Lillie Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (S 181) – the equal pay for equal work bill which passed the House and Senate and became law.

This year, he continues his dislike for women and his support for discrimination.  Here are 3 notable bills he voted against:

H.R.7 – Paycheck Fairness Act

It would restrict the “bona fide factor” defense for wage discrimination, enhance non-retaliation prohibitions, and increase civil penalties for violations of equal pay provisions and more (research, education & training, outreach, etc.).

The bill passed the House in March with 242 Yeas and 187 Nays.  McClintock said Nay.

H.R.1585 – Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019

This law was first signed into law in September 1994. It was notable for calling attention to the issues of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The VAWA was reauthorized in 2000, 2005, and 2013. In 2013, McClintock voted against the VAWA but the bill passed the Republican-controlled House by a vote of 414 to 9 !  This year, it passed the House in April with a 263 to 158 vote including 33 Republican votes.  McClintock said Nay.

H.R.5 – Equality Act

This bill prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in a wide variety of areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit, and the jury system. Specifically, the bill defines and includes sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation.  The bill impacts women and the LGBTQ community.  This bill passed the House in May 236 to 173.  McClintock said Nay.

We deserve better.

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15 Aug
0

The Net Effect of Immigration

The Net Effect of Immigration, including unauthorized immigration, is BENEFICIAL.

Ever hear your friends or family rant about illegal immigrants and the threatening invasion? Most of those folks get their fake news from Trump TV and just repeat what they hear. If you would like to be armed with some actual researched data, read on.

Immigrants in the U.S.
From Pew Research, June 2019
https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/06/17/key-findings-about-u-s-immigrants/

How many people in the U.S. are immigrants?
The U.S. foreign-born population reached a record 44.4 million in 2017. Since 1965, when U.S. immigration laws replaced a national quota system, the number of immigrants living in the U.S. has more than quadrupled. Immigrants today account for 13.6% of the U.S. population, nearly triple the share (4.7%) in 1970. However, today’s immigrant share remains below the record 14.8% share in 1890, when 9.2 million immigrants lived in the U.S.

Who is arriving today?
More than 1 million immigrants arrive in the U.S. each year. In 2017, the top country of origin for new immigrants coming into the U.S. was India, with 126,000 people, followed by Mexico (124,000), China (121,000) and Cuba (41,000).

What is the legal status of immigrants in the U.S.?
Most immigrants (77%) are in the country legally, while almost a quarter are unauthorized, according to new Pew Research Center estimates based on census data adjusted for undercount. In 2017, 45% were naturalized U.S. citizens.

Note from other source: Since 2007, visa overstays have accounted for a larger share of the growth in the illegal immigrant population than illegal border crossings (Seitz, A.; Weissert, Will (January 4, 2019). “AP FACT CHECK: Visa overstays outpace border crossings”. AP NEWS)

Illegal Immigrants – significant drop in last decade
From Pew Research, June 2019
https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/06/12/5-facts-about-illegal-immigration-in-the-u-s/

  • The number of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States has dropped to the level it was in 2004.
  • There were 10.5 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. in 2017, representing 3.2% of the total U.S. population that year.
  • The 2017 unauthorized immigrant total is a 14% drop from the peak of 12.2 million in 2007.
  • The U.S. civilian workforce includes 7.6 million unauthorized immigrants, representing a decline since 2007. Between 2007 and 2017, the number of unauthorized immigrant workers fell by 625,000.
  • From 2007 to 2017, individual states experienced different trends. The unauthorized immigrant population decreased in a dozen states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Oregon.

Illegal Immigrants – the data looks good – perhaps we should welcome them
From Wikipedia with source footnotes (refer to Wiki page)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_immigration_to_the_United_States

  • Research shows that illegal immigrants:
    Increase the size of the U.S. economy/contribute to economic growth.
    Enhance the welfare of natives.
    Contribute more in tax revenue than they collect.
    Reduce American firms’ incentives to offshore jobs and import foreign-produced goods.
    Benefit consumers by reducing the prices of goods and services.[2][3][4][5]
    Commit less crime than natives.[10][11]
  • Economists estimate that legalization of the illegal immigrant population would increase the immigrants’ earnings and consumption considerably, and increase U.S. gross domestic product.[6][7][8][9]
  • Sanctuary cities—which adopt policies designed to avoid prosecuting people solely for being in the country illegally—have no statistically meaningful impact on crime, and may reduce the crime rate.[12][13] Research suggests that immigration enforcement has no impact on crime rates.[14][15][12]

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05 Feb
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McClintock is So Fond of Nay…

By: Susan Ashby

I am sure you are wondering how your congressman, Tom McClintock, represented you during the government shutdown.  Here is a rundown:

  • January 3: House passes two spending bills to reopen eight federal agencies on the first day of the Democratic majority. (HR 21 and HJ Res 1).  McClintock voted Nay.
  • January 9: House passes a financial services spending bill, with 8 Republicans joining the Democratic effort.  HR 264.  McClintock voted Nay.
  • January 10: House passes two funding bills to reopen the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, and more. 12 Republicans break with Trump to fund HUD and the Department of Transportation.  HR 267 and 265.  McClintock voted Nay.
  • January 16: The House passes a disaster relief bill that includes an amendment to fund the government through early February.  HR 268.  McClintock voted Nay.

McClintock continues to try to obstruct responsible governing.  Fortunately, he is now a small voice in the wind. 

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23 Apr
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OPINION: Remember the Goal for CD4: Replace McClintock!

OPINION: Remember the Goal for CD4: Replace McClintock!

by

Susan Ashby

The objective was to replace our current representative (or should I say non-representative) with someone who has positions on the issues that are in line with ours. We wanted to focus all our support efforts behind one candidate so that person would be assured of being one of the top two winners in the primary and then go on to win the election in November. After listening to the candidates for months and grilling them one-on-one, most of the executive members of the 10 county Democrat Central Committees voted for Jessica Morse to lead the fight. That is why the California Democratic Party endorsed Jessica.

It seems that the other three people running for the CD4 seat have let their egos and delusions of grandeur get the better of them.

The two other women that had been running along with Jessica for the past several months had promised to step aside if one of them received the CDP endorsement. But they changed their minds and decided to continue to run this only dilutes the efforts of the democrats to all get behind one candidate. I guess they forgot the original GOAL.

And if that wasnt bad enough, just before the filing deadline, another democrat entered the race. I read the article about his candidacy in The Calaveras Enterprise, April 12. I have watched all the videos on his website. My conclusion on this man: a self-promoting, phony, blowhard.

We need to stand behind and fully support Jessica Morse. That means knowing about her so you can talk to as many people as possible and promote her as the best candidate and the most likely to be in the #1 or #2 spot in the June Primary.

She has the endorsement of Ben Rhodes, former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama (2009-17); Eric Swalwell, current Congressman from Californias 15th District (Alameda County/East Bay); Jared Huffman, Congressman from Californias 2nd District (North Coast) and about a billion other elected officials, organizations, community leaders, and national security leaders. See the full list:

https://www.morse4congress.com/endorsements/

I implore each and every one of you to read her positions and call your friends and family in the District and explain why Jessica is the person to vote for in June.

Here is her website for her take on important issues:

https://www.morse4congress.com/ontheissues/

Over April 24 & April 25, Jessica Morse will be in at several locations in Calaveras County: Murphys, Angels Camp, and Valley Springs.  Specifics can be found at:

http://calaverasdemocrats.org/calendar/list/

Also, as we hear of her local appearances (including in Amador and Tuolome), we’ll add them to our calendar.

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05 Jan
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Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-For-All’ Bill

Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-For-All Bill

Bernie Sanders introduced the Medicare-For-All bill in the Senate in September (S1804). It currently has 16 co-sponsors including Senator Kamala Harris from California.   (Dianne Feinstein has not signed, as yet.)  There are 27 House Representatives who support single payer Medicare-For-All legislation – not on the list is our Representative, Tom McClintock.

The bill will not pass this current Congress.  However, big changes are expected in the 2018 and 2020 elections.  We need to keep talking about Medicare-For-All for the next few years to educate everyone and thereby muster massive public support.  And we need to replace our Representative with someone who supports Medicare-For-All.

Here is a quick primer on what is in Sanders’ bill – the basics and what problems it will solve:  https://www.npr.org/2017/09/14/550768280/heres-whats-in-bernie-sanders-medicare-for-all-bill

Also, attached are some debunked myths and lies about Medicare-For-All.  The information came from the Public Citizen site.

    • Single-payer is government-run health care. 

Wrong.

  • That would be the Veterans Administration.  Or the British health care system.  Where the government pays for the doctors and hospitals.
  • Under single-payer, you get a health care car and you can go to any doctor or hospital in the United States.
  • Doctors are not employees of the government.
  • Hospitals remain in private hands.
  • You get free choice of doctor and hospital.
    • Single-payer will lead to rationing, like in Canada.

Wrong.

  • Right now in the United States, the private health insurance ration care.
  • If you don’t have health insurance, you don’t get health care.  More than 30 million Americans currently lack health insurance.
  • That’s why 120 Americans die every day from lack of health care.
  • There are some problems in the Canadian sysem, but most of what you hear about long lines is health industry propaganda.
  • Zero people die every day in Canada due to lack of health insurance.
    • Costs will skyrocket under single-payer.

Wrong.

  • Single-payer is the only health care refore that will save enough money to insure everyone.
  • By eliminating the health insurance industry, we save $500 billion a year or more in administrative costs and profits.
  • >We then use that money to insure those who lack insurance and fully cover those who are under-insured.
  • Yes, more people will be seeking health care because they will now have insurance.  But they will be taking care of medical problems early, thus preventing more costly treatment later.
    • Drugs will be more difficult to get under single-payer.

Wrong.

  • The drug industry would have you believe that there will be less research and developent under a single-payer system.
  • In fact, much medical research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health.
  • Under single-payer, this would grow.
  • Also, drugs would be cheaper under single-payer.
  • When all patients are under one system, the payer yields a lot of clout.
  • For example, the Veterans Administration gets a 40% discount on drugs because of its buying power.
  • This single-payer buying power is the main reason why other countries’ drug prices are lower than ours.
  • Now you know why the drug industry is so opposed to single-payer.
    • Single-payer will cover less than the insurance I now have.

Wrong.

  • For the majority of Americans, single payer will be a vast improvement.
  • All medically-necessary care would be funded through the single-payer, including doctor visits, hospital care, prescriptions, mental health services, nursing home care, rehab, home care, eye care and dental care.
  • An enlightened single-payer will lso result in a sharp increase in public health funding to prevent disease.
  • No ore bills.  No more deductibles.  No more co-pays.
      • Single-payer will cost me more than I’m paying now for private health insurance.

Wrong.

  • The vast majority of Americans will pay about the same or less than they are paying now.
  • Instead of paying premiums to a private health insurance company, most of us will pay a similar or smaller amount in taxes.
  • So right now, if you are paying $8,000 in premiums for a family of four with a $4,000 deductible, your yearly liability is at least $12,000.
  • You will probably pay less than that in taxes to fund a universal single-payer.
  • There will be no deductible.
  • An you can go to see any doctor or check into any hosptial in the United States.

Original docs from Public Citizen:

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