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Release from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Office…
Today, President Obama signed historic health insurance reform legislation passed by the House on Sunday that ensures affordability for the middle class and seniors, accessibility for all Americans, and accountability for the insurance industry.
The Senate is also expected to act on a package of improvements to this bill. Instead of supporting this critical legislation that will make it easier for Americans to obtain affordable, high quality health insurance – Congressional Republicans are calling for the repeal of the legislation and for a return to the status quo.
But which of these provisions – which will be available immediately – do they want to repeal?
- Will Republicans repeal the small business tax credits that will make employee coverage more affordable?
- Or the $250 rebate to America’s seniors who have fallen into the Medicare Part D donut hole pay for prescription drug coverage?
- Will Republicans repeal the ban on insurance companies dropping people from coverage when they get sick?
- Or the prohibition on insurance companies denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions?
- Will Republicans repeal the ban on insurance companies placing lifetime caps on coverage or the ban on restrictive annual limits on coverage?
- Or the new, independent appeals process that ensures consumers have an avenue to appeal decisions by their health insurance plan?
- Will Republicans repeal the temporary high-risk pool that will provide immediate access to Americans who are uninsured because of a pre-existing condition?
- Or will they repeal the requirement that health plans allow young people to remain on their parents’ health insurance plan up to their 26th birthday?
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Lt Dan Choi
In a sign that momentum behind a repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy is having an impact, openly gay U.S. Army National Guard Lieutenant Dan Choi has been recalled to active duty.
Choi, a West Point graduate and trained Arabic linguist, was dismissed from duty in the spring of 2009, because of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” Since then, he’s been a leading voice for the cessation of the policy.
The Advocate has more……
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Think Progress/Lee Fang—Led by Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) last night, lawmakers convened for a special session of floor speeches urging a repeal of Don’t Act Don’t Tell. Rather than participate positively in the discussion, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) took to the floor to deliver a hate-filled response. Gohmert fired off a litany of attacks, calling the DADT repeal “perverse…social experimentation” and that soldiers are being “held hostage by a sociological attack.” His rant included a bizarre argument that the Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill would lead to a legalization of necrophilia, pedophilia, and bestiality. Later in the speech, after reading lengthy passages from the Bible against homosexuality, Gohmert said that taking away “moral teaching in America” would create a situation similar to that of Germany in the “1920’s and 1930’s” when a “little guy with a mustache” took over…
U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert (TX-01)
If you would like to contact Rep. Louie Gohmert at his: Tyler, TX office phone: 903.561.6349, at his Washington, DC office phone: 202.225.3035 fax: 202.226.1230. If you’d like to send him an email, remember he will only accept emails from people in his district.