Your call of the day: Tell your Senator to slow down and get it right. Work on health care in public where the voters can weigh in.
The Senate has fast-tracked the health insurance repeal which is being written behind closed doors.
Special focus on Senators from Arizona and Nevada: https://www.dailykos.com/…/-McConnell-
The bill is not drafted or finished, no bipartisan input (or any input from any patients or doctors). No idea how much it will cost America, how many millions will be left uninsured or whether people with pre-existing conditions will be covered. Call.
".....no decisions have been made on some key policy questions, including on handling Medicaid. Still, it’s almost impossible for the public to assess what precisely Republicans are working on — the GOP is writing the bill behind closed doors and with no committee hearings."
To call your Senator: http://whoismyrepresentative.com/
edited: The answer is "White Lotus" by John Hersey
".... I'd like to take a moment and ask: if you're able to (and only if you're able!), please consider donating to the Russian LGBT Network/Российская ЛГБТ-сеть. They not only do excellent work across the Russian Federation, but are currently mobilizing to help evacuate LGBT people in Chechnya who are in danger of detention or death. (EDIT: If you're outside Russia, you can donate through All Out; the Russian LGBT Network website won't accept donations from outside Russia.)
To our friends in Russia who are LGBT and those who are against the mistreatment of anyone because of their sexual orientation: We stand with you. Please stay safe above all else, but if it would be safe for you to post that link, the LGBT Network is asking that as many people as possible publicly share the information that the LGBT Network is ready to help. (They also ask that you do not contact people in Chechnya directly to let them know, as there are reports the authorities are searching people's phones and computers for evidence of sexual orientation.)"
So here goes
1. In December, my mother's neighbor displayed her personal menorah in the senior apartment complex lobby and it was stolen. My mother tried to buy the neighbor a replacement online, but the company failed to mail it, She finally got the credit card to reverse the charge, went to a local synagogue gift shop this week, bought a new one and gave it to her neighbor. They hugged and cried a little.
2. One of the neighbors in my new Indivisible group posted this "Welcome Neighbor" sign on her lawn. Another neighbor whom she had never met brought her pastries from an Arabic bakery and thanked her. She brought them to the weekly Indivisible meeting today. You can find an Indivisible Group in your area here: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/local-
3. Today on NextDoor (a nationwide local mailing list) a woman posted that she was injured, had lost her job and needed to get health insurance but she could not afford the $2000 a month they would charge for COBRA. She thought she could not qualify for the ACA because her employer insurance did not run out until after tonight's deadline. I emailed her right away, got her to call the ACA hotline and she was able to sign up in time.