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INSPIRING WOMEN: A TRIBUTE TO MAYOR HELEN BOOSALIS

Don't miss this fantastic annual event!

INSPIRING WOMEN: A TRIBUTE TO MAYOR HELEN BOOSALIS

When: Friday, August 24, 2012,
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: The Country Club of Lincoln, 3200 S. 24th St, Lincoln

Please join the Nebraska Democratic Women's Caucus for the 4th Annual Inspiring Women Luncheon, a tribute to former Mayor Helen Boosalis and her legacy to women in Nebraska.

Speaking to us on the importance of community involvement and civic duty will be:

  • Julie Stauch, National Political Strategist and Activist
  • Paige Hutchison and Kate Fitzgerald, two previous Boosalis scholarship winners.

The program will conclude with the NDWC Inspiring Women Boosalis Scholarship Award being presented to our three 2012 scholarship winners .

Tickets:

  • $35 - Individual
  • $15 - Students


Please reserve by Monday, August 20, 2012
Register at: https://secure.actblue.com/page/ndwc

OR Mail reservations and payment to:

NDWC, c/o Mary Herres, NDWC Chair, 2840 S. 33rd, Lincoln, NE 68506, Email: maryherres@aol.com

 

http://www.nebraskademocrats.org/sites/default/files/Boosalis 2012 LuncheonInvite.pdf

 

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Keep the Country Safe - Vote Democratic

Looking for a proven track-record on National Security? You'll find that on the Democratic side of the ticket this year with Obama and Kerrey.

 

National security is an important issue even though most voters are (justifiably) largely focused on the economy.  We still live in a dangerous world and it just as important as ever to have experienced leaders in Washington who can keep the country safe. 

Recent history teaches us that the Democratic party is superior to the GOP when it comes to keeping country safe.  The difference between the Bush and Obama Administrations on handling  Osama Bin Laden provides an excellent example of the difference  between the two parties on national security.

Shortly after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Bush publicly boasted that he wanted Bin Laden "dead or alive."  Unfortunately, the next seven and half years demonstrated that there was a huge gap between Bush's cowboy like bluster and his Administration's actual performance.

The Bush Administration got off on the wrong foot when its incompetence allowed OBL to escape from Tora Bora in December 2001. After that blunder, Bush no longer made the killing or capture of OBL a high priority.  Instead, on March 13, 2002, George W. Bush said of bin Laden, "I truly am not that concerned about him." Subsequently, in July 2006, the Bush administration closed its unit that had been hunting bin Laden. In September 2006, Bush told Fred Barnes of Fox News that an "emphasis on bin Laden doesn't fit with the administration's strategy for combating terrorism."

In contrast, shortly after he took office in 2009, President Obama directed the CIA to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority.  It was, in other words, a major shift from the previous administration. Thanks to that change in priorities, Obama did in two and a half years what George W. Bush, despite all of his "dead or alive" big talk and swagger, couldn't do in over seven years.

This fall in the Presidential election, the voters face the choice between President Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Unfortunately, Romney is the least experienced major party nominee since the GOP chose Wendell Wilkie in 1940.  Romney's only experience in government was his lone four year term as Governor of Massachusetts and Romney doesn't even like to talk about that term.  If you listen to Romney, one would think he was in a federal witness protection program between 2002 and 2006!

Here in Nebraska in the U.S. Senate race, we have a similar choice between an experienced and proven leader and somebody who completely lacks any national security experience whatsoever.  The voters shouldn't have any problem determining that there is a vast stature gap between former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey and State Senator Deb Fischer on the issue of keeping the country safe.

During Bob Kerrey's tenure in the U.S. Senate from 1989 to 2001, he served on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.  After that, he served as a member of the prestigious and bi-partisan 9/11 Commission. One of the many important findings by the 9/11 Commission was that on August 6, 2001, then National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice gave Bush a security briefing entitled, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike In U.S."

In sharp contrast, Fischer as a State Senator has no national security experience at all.  As a matter of fact, her entire national security platform on her website contains around 160 words and entirely consists of the usual tired right wing talking points that typify her vacuous campaign.

What this all means is that the choice this fall for the voters on national security is very clear.  We can back  President Obama and Senator Kerrey - who both have extensive and successful records on national security.  Or the voters could select the two amateurs that the Republican Party has offered up.  I'm confident that the voters will recognize on Election Day that only our fine slate of Democratic candidates can be trusted to keep the U.S.A. safe.

 

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Medicaid Expansion Saves Both Lives And Money

One of the most important features of Health Care Reform is that it will expand States' Medicaid programs. Under the law, the U.S. government will cover 100% of the cost for states to expand their Medicaid programs, scaling that back to 90% by 2020. (Currently, the U.S. government pays an average of 57% of the cost of the Medicaid health program.) However, the Supreme Court's recent decision in the Health Care Reform case gives States the right to opt out of that law's Medicaid expansion.

Unfortunately, Governor Dave Heineman seems inclined to opt out of Health Care Reform's Medicaid expansion - even though he hasn't made a final decision on the issue. Heineman has contended that Nebraska "can't afford an unfunded Medicaid expansion" and he said the expansion would cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars. Once again, Heineman pitted one group of Nebraskans against another by claiming that Medicaid expansion would cause cuts in education funding.

As usual, as on most issues, Heineman is wrong. A recent analysis from Arkansas indicates that Medicaid expansion would save that state $372 million in the first six years. The savings would come from additional federal money, more compensation to health care providers for indigent care, and potential new state revenues from the financial boost that hundreds of millions of dollars in federal fund would inject into Arkansas' economy. In my opinion, there is no reason not to expect a similar result here in Nebraska.

Medicaid expansion would not only save money - it would also save lives. According to a new study from the New England Journal of Medicine and Harvard University indicates that Medicaid expansion may end up saving thousands of lives. This study found a 6 percent drop in the adult death rate in Arizona, Maine and New York, three states that have recently expanded coverage for low-income residents along the general lines of the federal health care law. This study also found that for every 176 adults covered under expanded Medicaid, one death per year would be prevented. "Policymakers should be should be aware that major changes in Medicaid - either expansions or reductions in coverage - may have significant effects on the health of vulnerable populations," wrote the researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health.

What this means then is that the Medicaid expansion in Health Care Reform is a win-win proposition for Nebraska. It is obvious that Heineman is ignorant of the policy ramification of Health Care Reform's Medicaid expansion and that he is playing politics - again. Heineman has a history of pandering to the worst instincts of the base of his party and seems to be uninterested in actual governing and policy making. The Governor is all about partisanship and rarely exercises any real leadership. He might as well be back in his old job of executive director of the Nebraska GOP.

What this means for us Democrats is that we need to elect more State Senators this fall who share our values - Nebraska values. There are a lot of open seat Legislative races in districts that have been held by the Republicans. If we elect more Democratic State Senators we can muster up the necessary 30 votes to override Heineman's inevitable veto of a Medicaid expansion bill. This is a very realistic goal since Heineman is now a lame duck and the Legislature voted to restore taxpayer funding for prenatal health-care benefits for undocumented immigrants over Heineman's veto earlier this year. Now let's get to work!

Dennis Crawford is our newly elected 2nd Associate Chair. He will begin serving his term on the NDP's executive board at the first State Central Committee meeting following November's election. Thank you to Dennis for his contribution to the NDP's blog.

 

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Deb Fischer Is No Friend Of The Middle Class

In a recent interview on KFAB radio, State Senator Deb Fischer said that: "I don't believe we should be raising taxes at all. As you know, I've been against raising taxes." These remarks came up in the context of her criticism of Senator Bob Kerrey's Social Security rescue plan which includes some modest tax increases on people who earn six figure incomes. Just what is Fischer's record on taxes? Has she always been against raising taxes?

Fischer would only like you to know that she has signed off on corporate lobbyist Grover Norquist's no new taxes pledge. By signing this pledge, Fischer has taken the position that she will not vote for a tax increase (or otherwise compromise) in an effort to find a solution to our nation's deficit and spending problems. That is an irresponsible position to take in light of our country's serious financial problems. Is that no new taxes pledge the only thing we know about Fischer's attitude towards tax increases?

Many people would be surprised to find out that Fischer has supported numerous middle class tax increases during her eight years in the Nebraska Legislature and has even voted to give herself a big property tax cut. Fischer's tax record contains a record of supporting a long list of middle class tax increases:

  • In 2008, Fischer voted against a bill that would've exempted $325 million in sales taxes for Omaha area residents.
  • Fischer has voted to increase gas taxes 12 times.
  • Fischer produced a report which contained no fewer than 31 tax increases on the middle class, including tax increases on food and soda pop.

Fischer's record regarding property taxes is especially appalling. In 2007, Fischer voted for a bill that gave property tax credits to landowners as opposed to a credit that would benefit homeowners. The biggest beneficiary of this property tax plan was Ted Turner - the ex-husband of "Hanoi" Jane Fonda, a billionaire, and one of the state's largest landowners - who receives a yearly tax cut of nearly $100,000.

Fischer herself has made out very nicely thanks to this legislation.

Because she and her husband own over $3 million in property, they have saved $2,400.00 per year on their property taxes. In contrast, the average home owner in Fischer's home county receives a property tax credit of $70.26 per year.

If you were only to listen to Fischer and the Republicans you would think that Bob Kerrey's record on taxes is as bad as Fischer's. Once again, Fischer isn't telling you the entire story. It's true that Senator Kerrey voted for the 1993 budget which balanced the budget and created an economic boom. What they're not telling you is that Senator Kerrey voted for the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. This law enlarged the child tax credit, cut capital gains taxes, reduced taxes on the sale of one's personal residence and cut estate taxes. This tax cut contributed to the greatest peacetime boom in U.S. history.

The record is clear that Deb Fischer is no friend of the middle class tax payer. She has repeatedly voted for regressive taxes that burden the middle class. What she told KFAB radio earlier this week was simply false.

In contrast, Senator Kerrey has made the tough choices on the budget in the past and is telling us the truth about the tough choice ahead if we're to balance the budget and save Social Security. The choice for the voters this fall is clear. They can either vote for Bob Kerrey - who is part of the solution. Or Deb Fischer - who is part of the problem.

Dennis Crawford is our newly elected 2nd Associate Chair. He will begin serving his term on the NDP's executive board at the first State Central Committee meeting following November's election. Thank you to Dennis for his contribution to the NDP's blog.

 

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Mike Johanns Votes To Hold Middle Class Tax Cuts Hostage

On July 25, 2012, the Senate held up-or-down votes on two competing tax plans: the Republican plan, which would have kept Bush-era tax breaks in place for everyone - including the wealthy, and the Democratic plan, which would extend tax breaks for all income up to $250,000. The GOP plan was rejected by a 54 to 45 margin, but the Democratic proposal passed 51 to 48. The votes by Nebraska's Senators followed partisan lines. Senate Ben Nelson voted for the Democratic proposal and against the GOP proposal, while Senator Mike Johanns voted with his party.

What the votes by Senator Johanns mean is that he will not vote for the tax cuts for the middle class unless the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy are extended as well. In other words, Johanns is willing to hold hostage the middle-class tax cuts for 98% of Americans and nearly every small business owner in order to provide tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. The last thing a typical middle class family can afford is a $2,200 tax hike at the beginning of next year.

Johanns rationalized his irresponsible votes by contending that, "A massive tax increase will drive our economy to its knees and bring about another recession." It's pretty evident here that Johanns is woefully ignorant of recent economic history. As I've discussed here before, every Republican predicted in 1993 that raising the top marginal tax rate to 39.6% would cause a recession. Rolling back the Bush tax cuts for those who make over $250,000.00 per year would bring back that top marginal rate of 39.6%

I would like to take this occasion to give Mr. Johanns a little history lesson. After the 1993 tax increase on the wealthy, the Republicans were proven to be dead wrong. The country experienced its greatest peacetime economic boom in history. On the other hand, the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy that Johanns supports were an abject failure. Bush had the worst job creation record since Herbert Hoover and the economy collapsed in 2008.

Senator Johanns has a history of voting against middle class tax cuts.

As recently as December 2011, Johanns voted against a Social Security payroll tax cut that only benefited the middle class. (Senator Nelson voted in favor of it.) Mr. Johanns' opposition to middle class tax cuts exposes an inconvenient truth about the priorities of today's GOP. If the wealthy don't get a tax cut, Johanns will simply allow taxes to go up on the middle class. Johanns and the Republican Party once again have demonstrated whose side they are on. What these votes means is that there is nothing that the GOP and Johanns won't do to assist the wealthy - even at the expense of the middle class.

Dennis Crawford is our newly elected 2nd Associate Chair. He will begin serving his term on the NDP's executive board at the first State Central Committee meeting following November's election. Thank you to Dennis for his contribution to the NDP's blog.

 

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Bob Kerrey Is The True Fiscal Conservative

In the U.S. Senate campaign, Deb Fischer and the Republicans have made a big issue about a constitutional amendment requiring that the federal budget be balanced. They've criticized Senator Kerrey's opposition to this amendment and have touted Fischer's support for it. Just what is contained in the balanced budget amendment supported by Fischer? What is Kerrey's record on fiscal issues? The answers are very revealing.

Earlier this year, Ms. Fischer endorsed the GOP's balanced budget amendment to the Constitution which they have slickly labeled: "Cut, Cap, and Balance." However, what Fischer hasn't told you is that this extreme proposal would result in big cuts to Social Security and Medicare as well as lock in the failed Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

One thing crucial feature of "Cut, Cap and Balance" is that it requires a 2/3 super majority before any tax increase is approved. Simply stated, this 2/3 super majority requirement makes it impossible for any President or Congress to reverse any of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

Another feature of "Cut, Cap and Balance" that Fischer hasn't mentioned is that this proposal caps federal spending at levels not seen since the 1960s. This provision capping spending combined with the requirement that any tax increase must be approved by 2/3 of the Congress would require huge cuts in Social Security and Medicare. Economists say that assuming defense spending wasn't cut (the GOP steadfastly opposes cuts in defense spending), we'd have to cut around 25% from these programs or over $500 billion in order to reduce federal spending to levels we haven't seen for over 40 years.


If Fischer supports a balanced budget, why doesn't she just propose one and tell us how she would cut $1 trillion from the federal budget? Instead, Fischer seems to content to run a cynical and cowardly campaign
where she refuses to take any specific stands on the issues and is counting on the Super PACs to destroy Bob Kerrey with deceptive ads financed by out of state special interest groups.

Unlike Ms. Fischer, Senator Kerrey has actually shown real courage in his career when it comes to budget issues. It's true that Senator Kerrey voted against a GOP balanced budget amendment to the Constitution in 1997.  However, Kerrey made tough and courageous choices in his Senate career that helped bring about the last balanced budgets we had between 1998-2000.

In 1990, Kerrey supported a budget plan sponsored by President George H.W. Bush that both cut spending and raised taxes. Three years later, during the first year of Bill Clinton's Presidency, Kerrey once again supported an unpopular budget that consisted of spending cuts and tax increases. In 1993, every Republican opposed President Clinton's budget plan - claiming it would cause a deep recession.

Just how did those Republican predictions of doom and gloom play out? As we know, they were dead wrong. What followed the passage of the 1993 Clinton budget package was the greatest peacetime economic boom in U.S. history. During the Clinton Presidency, 22 million new jobs were created, unemployment declined from 7% to 3%, median family income rose, and poverty declined to its lowest rate in 20 years. The Clinton budget also converted what was then the largest budget deficit in American history to the largest surplus.

If Fischer and the Republicans want to have a debate this year about fiscal policy, I say bring it on. We Democrats will defend Kerrey's courageous votes in favor of deficit reduction plans proposed by Presidents of both parties over Fischer's advocacy of yet more tax cuts for the wealthy and big cuts to Social Security and Medicare any day of the week. What this tells the voters is that Bob Kerrey's judgment on economic issues is vastly superior to that of Deb Fischer and that he is the only true fiscal
conservative in this race.

Dennis Crawford is our newly elected 2nd Associate Chair. He will begin serving his term on the NDP's executive board at the first State Central Committee meeting following November's election. Thank you to Dennis for his contribution to the NDP's blog.

 

 

 

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Fischer’s refusal to debate, reliability on website raises questions

With the recent announcement of a debate date between senatorial candidates Deb Fischer and Bob Kerrey for August 25th at the Nebraska State Fair, a resounding question has been raised- what took so long?
Since the May 15 primary, there have been no debates held between Kerrey and Fischer. In June, the perfect opportunity for a debate came up with a request from Cornhusker Boys and Girls State. Kerrey accepted the invitation, but Fischer declined with little explanation for her refusal.


Another refusal from Fischer to debate came at the beginning of July. Following the Supreme Court's historic decision to uphold President Barack Obama's health care reform law, Kerrey requested a debate specifically centered on health care. Fischer refused, explaining, "I don't think it's necessary to have one specific debate on health care. That's just one of many issues Nebraskans are concerned about," according to ktiv.com.


What happened to the Fischer who claimed, "I hope we have a lot of debates... We had 7 debates [in the primary] and I was the only candidate at all seven," on March 1 during a KLIN DTL Radio Interview? What about the Fischer who stated on March 5th on the KFAB Good Morning Show that "We need to be talking about the issues. I plan to be at every debate I'm invited to?"


That Fischer has been replaced by the Deb Fischer who claims she does not need to debate because she has a campaign website. As Fischer told KHAS TV, "people know my positions. As I said, I have been out debating a number of times. I have a website where we have had it up and have had positions up since November and December. So people can go to that website, too."


Fischer's downright refusals to debate raise serious questions about her ability to perform in a live debate platform. However, with surely no invitations to be accepted by Fischer in the near future, it seems we will be in the dark until August 25th, when both candidates will finally take the stage to debate. Until then, it seems, we'll just have to keep checking Fischer's catch-all website. Get your browsers ready!

 

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Where Are the Jobs? Part 2

Where Are The Jobs?
Part Two

In Part One of our series, we analyzed how President Obama turned around the economy with the 2009 stimulus bill. The economy went from losing 700,000 jobs per month when Bush left office to a point where it has been creating around 90,000 jobs per month over the last quarter. As we discussed the economy is still growing slowly and there is still more work to do. Just what is holding it back? Why does the economy continue to grow slowly?

A big factor that is seldom discussed is that there have been huge layoffs of state and local employees since 2008. According to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, approximately 600,000 public sector employees have been laid off over the last four years. If it wasn't for all of those public sector layoffs, the unemployment rate would currently be around 7%.

Interestingly enough, 70% of those layoffs have occurred in states controlled by the Republicans. Moreover, the Republicans in the Congress have consistently opposed legislation that would send federal financial assistance to the states to reduce the number of those layoffs.

Another action that has weakened the economy was the Republicans' refusal to raise the debt ceiling until the 11th hour in 2011. This bogus crisis invented by the Republicans caused a huge drop in consumer confidence in the summer of 2011. That plunge in consumer confidence snuffed out a promising recovery in early 2011. In the first four months of 2011, the economy was creating an average of over 200,000 jobs per month. That job creation plunged after the Republicans threatened to default on our country's obligations.

An additional cause of the slow growth in jobs is the Republicans' refusal to allow an up or down vote on President Obama's American Jobs Act. This promising jobs plan totals around $450 billion in tax cuts and new infrastructure spending. This plan includes more than $250 billion in tax incentives for small businesses and employers. The rest of the money would be devoted to infrastructure spending, state aid and unemployment insurance.

Several leading and influential economists believe that Obama's plan would actually help the economy. The payroll tax cuts included in the bill are "very powerful," says Allen Sinai, chief economist of Decision Economics. "They provide a boost to direct income and, in turn, spending, which is important to growth." Mark Zandi, a former McCain economic adviser, estimates that the president's plan would boost economic growth by 2 percentage points, add 2 million jobs and reduce unemployment by a full percentage point next year compared with existing law.

When you add it all up, the Republicans' continued obstruction of President Obama's economic agenda has caused a sluggish economy and an unemployment rate of around 8.2%. In the absence of the Republicans, the unemployment could be 7% or maybe even as low as 6%. If that had occurred, we would be talking about "Morning in America" and President Obama would be headed to landslide re-election victory.

On several occasions, Senator Ben Nelson has correctly said that it's time to end the "job killing gridlock." It's pretty obvious that the Republicans are playing a dangerous game of politics with our nation's still too weak economy. It's time for the Republicans to put aside their partisan political considerations and work with President Obama and Senator Nelson to work out a compromise and pass some helpful economic legislation to put our people back to work. There are plenty of ideas in the American Jobs Plan that Republicans have supported in the past. It's time for the Republicans to cease prioritizing President Obama's job and put the needs of the American people first.

Dennis Crawford is our newly elected 2nd Associate Chair. He will begin serving his term on the NDP's executive board at the first State Central Committee meeting following November's election. Thank you to Dennis for his contribution to the NDP's blog.

 

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Where Are The Jobs?

Part one of a two part series.

Over the last three months, the economy has created around 75,000 to 80,000 jobs per month.  That slow growth has caused the Republicans to criticize President Obama's economic policies and make claims that they could somehow do better.  Just how did we get here?  How did this all begin?

Let's first take a little trip down memory lane.  In 2001 and 2003, Bush and the then GOP controlled Congress cut taxes and claimed that these tax cuts would pay for themselves and create 200,000 jobs per month. Approximately 38% of the Bush tax cuts went to the top 1% of income earners.

As we all know now, the Bush tax cuts were a disaster.  According to the Rupert Murdoch owned Wall Street Journal, Bush had the worst jobs creation record since Herbert Hoover.  Only 3 million jobs or 31,000 jobs per month were created during the Bush Presidency.  (In contrast, 22 million jobs were created during the eight years of the Clinton Administration when tax rates were higher.)

The recession officially began in November 2007.  Subsequently, the economy collapsed in 2008 and the U.S. faced it's most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression.  By the time President Obama took office, the economy was losing 700,000 jobs per month.

President Obama responded by proposing and convincing the Congress to pass - with Senator Ben Nelson's support - the 2009 stimulus bill.  This landmark legislation invested $831 billion in the U.S. economy.  Something like $288 billion of the stimulus bill consisted of tax cuts for the American people.  It was the biggest middle class tax cut in history.

How did the Republicans respond to this crisis?  As we all know, they did everything they could to obstruct legislation that would create jobs - almost every Republican voted against the stimulus bill.  Rush Limbaugh gave the game away in 2009 when he said that he wanted President Obama to "fail" and that he hoped the stimulus bill would "prolong" the recession.

As it turned out,  the stimulus bill was a success.  Three non-partisan sources have said that the stimulus bill prevented a Depression and ended the recession.  The horrible job losses that President Obama inherited ended in early 2010, shortly after the stimulus bill took effect.  Over the last 28 months, the economy has created more than 4.4 million private sector jobs.

Even though the economy is much better now than it was in January 2009, we Democrats know there is more work to do to continue to improve the economy.  The economy continues to grow at a rate that is too slow.

Why does the economy continue to grow slowly?  Just what is holding it back?  Just how does President Obama plan to improve job growth?  That will be addressed in part two of this series.

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Nebraska House Republicans Vote To Raise Seniors' Medical Expenses, Strip Insurance Coverage From Thousands of Nebraskans and Raise Taxes

What the House vote to repeal the ACA will really do to Nebraskans.

 

Today, Representatives Jeff Fortenberry, Lee Terry and Adrian Smith voted for the 31st time to repeal Obama Care.  For these out of touch Nebraska House Republicans with excellent taxpayer financed health insurance policies, this is just a political game. For thousands of Nebraskans, though,the repeal of Obama Care would be devastating.

Currently, 18,000 more young adults (age 26 and under) in Nebraska are now insured through their parents' health insurance policies.  These Nebraska House Republicans have now voted 31 times to take this away.

Since this landmark law was enacted, 275,984  Nebraskans with Medicare have received free preventative care like colonoscopies or mammograms without co-pays. Early detection can save both lives and money. However, the Nebraska House Republicans voted to take this away.

Thus far, thanks to Obama Care, seniors in Nebraska have saved $24,948,340 in total prescription costs or an average $613 in savings per person. The Nebraska House Republicans just voted to raise seniors' prescription drug expenses.

Due to Obama Care, 266 Nebraskans previously uninsured because of a pre-existing condition are now insured.  Fortenberry, Terry and Smith just voted to strip them of their insurance coverage.

For responsible small business owners who are struggling with rising health care costs, the federal reforms give tax breaks on insurance coverage. But the Nebraska House Republicans just voted to raise their taxes. As we all know, the Nebraska House Republicans favor middle class tax increases and only support tax cuts that largely benefit the wealthy.

Thanks to the landmark 2010 health care reform law, the insurance industry will soon be sending out rebate checks totaling $1.2 billion to policy holders and consumers.  The rebates should average $127 for the people who should receive them.  Apparently, the Nebraska House Republicans would prefer that the insurance industry keep this money, instead of going to Nebraskans.

It's obvious that the Nebraska House Republicans are primarily interested in protecting the interests of the insurance industry and not the citizens that they purport to represent.  Their values are the values of Wall Street - not our values, not Nebraska values.

I call upon my fellow Democrats to work hard for our fine slate of Congressional candidates who will represent us - and not the large out of state corporations who finance the campaigns of Fortenberry, Terry and Smith.

 

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