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One of my sons, a husband, and wonderful father of two, came home last week to Petaluma from 6 1/2 weeks in the hospital. He has many, many, more weeks of recovery ahead of him, but I can tell you that this family that still has a huge challenge ahead of them would not have a chance without health care--the health care coverage that they have.

The bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act goes in precisely the wrong direction. Just when we should be strengthening the historic reform we passed last year, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle want to tear it apart. Have they never experienced another person that had the needs that my family has today--even if it wasn't in their family? Repeal--we know, would leave millions out in the cold, stripping them of access to affordable health coverage.  

In fact, Blue Shield of California recently announced a rate increase of as much as 59%, 59%-- for some 200,000 policyholders.  Does the majority not see the problem with run-away costs that are passed on to middle-class families already burdened by a deep recession?  Do they want to return to the broken health care system that had people crying out for reform in the first place?  The claim that cutting government spending is the most important of all flies in the face of the CBO that has concluded the repeal bill would add $230 billion to the nation’s debt by 2021.  
Passing this bill would be a tragic mistake.

Originally posted to Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 11:34 AM PST.

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    •  Hello stranger (1+ / 0-)
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      Well hello, Lynn. I see you've posted your fourth diary here in the last four years!

      One would think the Co-Chair of the House Progressive Caucus would want to communicate with one of the largest online progressive communities more regularly, but, I guess, we don't really matter all that much to you.

      Or maybe you're so strategically inept that coordination with large progressive communities never occurred to you as an effective component in advancing an agenda. Nor attending/speaking to their annual convention.

      So, why are you here now? Are you planning to come back any time soon? Sorry to be such a DFH annoyance to you, but I'm just curious whether you're turning a new leaf toward actual, effective leadership instead of your past FAIL.

  •  Thanks for all you do. (10+ / 0-)

    People should matter more than profits.

    Trumka: "Absolutely Insane" to Extend Tax Cuts for Millionaires

    by TomP on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 11:38:13 AM PST

  •  Thank you, Congresswoman, for sticking (5+ / 0-)

    up for the people of this country. I'm willing to bet that most of your colleagues across the aisle have never known what it's like to truly do without something they need--they have no sense of what it means to suffer without access to healthcare.  

  •  I am so sorry for the situation your son (5+ / 0-)

    and family are in. Of course we need the Affordable Care Act and more. The only problem as I see it is that it should be more progressive. But, that is for the future and for now it is folly to be talking about repealing it.

    "But much to my surprise when I opened my eyes I was the victim of the great compromise." John Prine

    by high uintas on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 11:46:23 AM PST

  •  I hear you. (7+ / 0-)

    My friend just posted on my FB wall that his premiums went up 25%, each year, over the last 3 years.  

    The biggest problem we have is that now, Republicans are making dishonest claims that the premium increases are due to the healthcare law, rather than citing the real reasons.

    All a good reminder that we need better state insurance commissioners.

    Stop clapping. Stop screaming. Open your mind. Listen.

    by Benintn on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 11:47:15 AM PST

  •  Unfortunately this bill (7+ / 0-)
    does nothing to end medical bankruptcies, as undoubtedly will be a risk in your son's case.
    •  Yeah: the cognitive dissonance here: (0+ / 0-)

      In fact, Blue Shield of California recently announced a rate increase of as much as 59%, 59%-- for some 200,000 policyholders.  Does the majority not see the problem with run-away costs that are passed on to middle-class families already burdened by a deep recession?  Do they want to return to the broken health care system that had people crying out for reform in the first place?

      is striking. That any insurer can raise rates to this degree without recourse from the state (or feds) shows just how broken our healthcare system remains.

      Congresswoman: What plans have Dems in Congress devised to "strengthen" PPACA this year? Was the "fix it" part of "Pass it, then fix it" sincere, or merely another empty promise that's destined for the memory hole?

  •  Thanks for this...I wish your family the (2+ / 0-)
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    BlackSheep1, yella dawg

    best!  If you need some more facts to support your point that the Repubs efforts to repeal are terrible this diary is full of them and is awesome!  Again, thanks for all you do.

  •  Cost of T1Diabetes W/O Ins posted this on another (0+ / 0-)

    thread but will post it here. As we talk about long term hospitalizations and recovery we should also recall some people have chronic conditions that should not require hospitalizations after initial diagnosis. But they can. So here is what my family has run into with Type 1 diabetes for our son Dx in 2002 2 weelks before his 14th birthday(and yes he got cake, I was challenged to count carbs really carefully)The monthly costs without insurance would break us in no time. we live in the bay area and just bearly break 6 figures after a lay off and finding a new job with the D of the Navy keeping track of missiles and stuff. A job he gets 20% less pay than when he kept track of computers for a high tech firm.

    Update Ca Schools Diabetes Lawsuit to be heard in Ca Supreme Court(unanimous decision)

    by foggycity on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 12:00:45 PM PST

  •  Hot air is what they manufacture best. (2+ / 0-)
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    mos1133, allergywoman

    The more they spout, the more they show what idiots they are.

    What we need is a Democrat in the White House.

    by dkmich on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 12:00:51 PM PST

    •  They place power for themselves above the (2+ / 0-)
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      tobendaro, allergywoman

      safety and security of the country. Because a nation that is in poor health and broke is a security issue in the long run. They are taking advantage of the uninformed and undereducated population.

      Update Ca Schools Diabetes Lawsuit to be heard in Ca Supreme Court(unanimous decision)

      by foggycity on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 12:05:00 PM PST

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    •  That's a good point...and I think the dems (1+ / 0-)
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      should reiterate the name of the Repeal bill...don't run from it...the dems should be proud that the repubs named a bill with such immaturity that the electorate should be insulted.  Dems really aren't good at capitalizing on stuff like that.  The electorate would like to be represented by adults of either party...if repubs are going to act like children, they need to be called on it.

  •  Blessings to you and your family (2+ / 0-)
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    mos1133, allergywoman

    I never begrudge those who have the wherewithal to have good or even adequate insurance.  We all should share in that right.  Thank you for fighting for the rest of us.

    My prayers are with you and your husband and son for what sounds like a long family road to healing and full recovery.  Good health care still doesn't eliminate the anxiety over a loved one who is ill.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 12:03:04 PM PST

  •  Sadly, it appears to be a mistake (1+ / 0-)
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    they're eager to make.

    On Sara Palin: "That an Idiot." -- Keith Olbermann

    by allergywoman on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 12:11:54 PM PST

  •  Congresswoman Woolsey, (3+ / 0-)
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    neroden, J M F, Willa Rogers

    First, I hope your son's healing goes more quickly than expected.

    Where in the Affordable Care Act is there any mandate that the private health insurance providers start lowering or not raising their rates?

  •  Thanks Rep Woolsey (1+ / 0-)
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    Best of luck for your son.  

    Here's a good diary to read re: CA Health Care Expenses

    The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion-Molly Ivins

    by Pam from Calif on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 12:21:33 PM PST

  •  Premiums escalating, (1+ / 0-)
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    mental health services dropped or cut drastically, people not getting what they are paying for.  Our health care is a mess and the right wants to make it all worse.  I appeal to all our law makers to do something now.  We out here in the real world have been yelling about all of this for years yet here we sit.  Our representatives still look to do nothiing but talk to garner one vote or the other.  we are desperate, when will there be help?


    by tobendaro on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 12:40:27 PM PST

  •  Disappointed constituent (1+ / 0-)
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    Congresswoman Woolsey, I'm a constituent and am very disappointed in your vote to pass the horrible health care bill.  Gee, it's great your son get's coverage but that could have been done without shoveling money to bail out the insurance industry's failed business model.  You take a progressive stance only with regard to legislation that doesn't depend on your vote to pass.  Whenever your vote is crucial, just as it was to pass the health care bill without a public option but with mandates, you fold and capitulate to corporate democrats.  Can you identify one vote you made that was crucial for the defeat of legislation that the corporate democrats and/or Democratic president favored?

    Good luck improving the health care bill with fewer Democrats in Congress, a corporate Democrat in the White House, and a bunch of lunatics in the opposition party.  

    I'm glad that you decided not to run for re-election and I hope that a true progressive who does not bow to political pressure from corporate Democrats runs and is elected.

    You are popular on this site and I anticipate getting a negative reaction from some, but I live in your district and I live with the results of you talking a good game (like threatening not to vote for a health care bill without a public option), but when push comes to shove you leave a lot of progressives in your district disenfranchised by failing to take a stand on principal.  The corporate Democrats and Republicans know that you can be rolled.

  •  Thank you, Congresswoman!!! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    yella dawg
  •  We badly need something much stronger. (1+ / 0-)
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    Willa Rogers

    I know you know this.  Repeal is a sick joke, but what we need is Medicare for All, not more profiteering private companies.

    Heck, I suggested that President Obama officially induct every man, woman, and child in the US into the military and then give them all honorable discharges immediately.  Then we'd all have Tricare....

    Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

    by neroden on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 02:27:45 PM PST

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