And the confirmation hearings continue. The biggest priority? Urging senators to block the nomination of Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services.
The two biggest issues:
First, he’s a fervent opponent of the Affordable Care Act who wants to privatize and thus undermine Medicare. His plan for an ACA “replacement” is a joke. (For more, see here.)
Second, he has also engaged in what looks and awful lot like insider trading. Price reportedly invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in stocks of health-related firms … while promoting legislation that would help these firms. This is the sort of thing that people go to jail for (Martha Stewart, anyone?), and it’s outrageous that Republicans are trying to push his confirmation through before these charges are investigated. (For more on his ethics issues see here.)
So get calling! Or emailing!
You can find contact info for your senators here.
You can find out if they’re on the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee (the committee he’s testifying before) here.
See my posts here and here for information and advice on how to make your calls and emails effective. If making these sorts of calls is tough for you, here’s some advice on calling politicians if you have social anxiety.
And while you’re at it, tell your senators — and congresspeople — to urge them to oppose the GOP’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. (See my post here.)
Also. encourage them to boycott Trump’s inauguration. (See my post here.)