Your Priorities are My Priorities
Your thoughts are important to me. What do you think should be our top priority to encourage economic growth, boost wages and create jobs?
[ ] Reforming the tax code
[ ] Reining in federal regulations
[ ] Enforcing our trade laws to protect American jobs
[ ] Making health care more affordable by repealing Obamacare’s costly mandates
[ ] Other
Thank you, Pat Tiberi
Ohio Republicans Hiding After CBO Report Released
The Congressional Budget Office released new numbers on the impact of the Republican Repeal and Ripoff health care bill that vulnerable Republican Reps. Bob Gibbs, Steve Chabot and Pat Tiberi voted for. The bill would result in 23 million Americans losing their insurance nationwide, but the bill’s impact is just as eye popping in Ohio:
· 539,700 in Ohio will lose their health insurance, including:
o 30,700 in Gibbs’ district,
o 35,600 in Chabot’s district and
o 30,000 in Tiberi’s district.
· $550 premium increases in Ohio.
· $263,684,124 in increased costs to hospitals for uncompensated care in Ohio.
“It’s no wonder vulnerable Ohio Republicans are dodging their constituents and refusing to hold in-person town halls this recess break,” said DCCC spokesperson Rachel Irwin. “These statistics paint a brutal picture of what’s at stake for Ohio families if Reps. Gibbs, Chabot and Tiberi get their way. Tens of thousands of Ohioans will lose their health care and seniors and those with pre-existing conditions will be penalized.”
Tim Ryan on Trumpcare
Trumpcare is a direct assault on working Americans, folks. Only the top 0.1% and insurance companies will profit from this legislation — at the expense of the sick, elderly, and working class.
I am fighting alongside a broad coalition of Democrats to protect every single American’s right to quality, affordable health care. Join the fight and help me stop Trumpcare.
We need quality, affordable health care. Don’t leave millions of Americans without coverage.
Trump ran on the promise that he would make health care more affordable, end the opioid epidemic, and expand coverage to more people, including those with pre-existing conditions.
This legislation breaks all of those promises:
• Out-of-pocket spending would increase by thousands of dollars. This includes spending on substance abuse services — we cannot end the opioid epidemic in our country if these services are not affordable.
• Only 5 percent of people with pre-existing conditions would be covered. That would leave more than 2.5 out of the 2.7 million Ohioans who have pre-existing conditions without the care they need.
• 24 million Americans would lose insurance by 2026. This would return our country to pre-ACA numbers — undoing the progress we have made in the last 8 years.
I believe we have a responsibility to ensure every single American can afford health insurance. That’s why I am standing with a broad coalition of Democrats to say NO to Trumpcare.
Add your name to join the fight — tell Republicans: Don’t gut our health care!
Why Won’t More American Corporations Support Single-Payer Health Care?
From The Nation
Warren Buffett has publicly recognized the economic benefits of Medicare for All — a rarity among CEOs, even though the policy is arguably in every company’s best interest. Taking the lead from the great Oracle of Omaha, Olen argues single-payer insurance should be a business imperative.
“You can thank a toxic stew of ideological blindness, fear of controversy, and rampant cost shifting for the silence,” says Olen. “The size and power of the industry is a factor too: health care is arguably the military industrial complex of the 21st century.”
“Buffett’s economic point — one he’s made for a number of years — is that corporate honchos obsess about the weight of taxes on their bottom line when they should be pondering the impact of skyrocketing health-care costs instead,” she continues. “Never mind the moral argument for health care for a moment. Pay more money for lesser results? Surely, no sane businessman or businesswoman would want to deal with this, not for one blasted moment. In this environment, business and corporate support for single-payer/Medicare For All/whatever you want to call it should be the proverbial no brainer.”
Did you know:
– The United States spends more than $3.3 trillion on health care annually. Employer-based insurance covers about half the non-elderly population.
– Medicare spends less than 2 percent of its budget on administration vs. 18 percent for private insurers.
– The average premium for a family was $18,142 in 2016; the typical employer picked up about two-thirds of that total.
– Health-care costs eat away at American business competitiveness: Prior to the Great Recession, General Motors claimed that providing health-care coverage adds another $1,500 onto the sticker price of every new model sold. Starbucks reported around the same time it spent more on health care than on coffee beans.
– Though the Affordable Care Act has slowed the overall pace of health-care spending, it still exceeds the rate of inflation.
– Health-care expenditures were approximately 5% of America’s gross domestic product in the 1960s; today they hover around 17%. Meanwhile, other countries spend significantly less: 11% in Canada and 9% in Australia.
ABOUT THE WRITER
Helaine Olen is the author of Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry and co-author of The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to be Complicated.
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New CAP Report and Data Tool Show Vast Income Segregation Issues in Nation’s Schools
Washington, D.C. — A new analysis by the Center for American Progress, which examined 1,700 large public school districts across the country, affirms that public schools are in as much need of integration today as they were 100 years ago. The report finds that millions of students attend highly segregated schools, with 4 out of 10 U.S. public-school districts experiencing intense economic isolation.
A two-year long research project, CAP’s report examines class-based economic segregation across the nation, and it features a new interactive data tool that generates “segregation scores” for most large urban districts in all 50 states, covering 60 percent of the student population.
The report also examines public opinion on this issue. Using survey data and focus groups, the report finds that the public underestimates the problem of economic segregation in schools. While Americans believe that school diversity issues exist, they are not fully aware of how pervasive the problem is, according to authors Ulrich Boser and Perpetual Baffour.
“At a time when President Donald Trump has used divisive rhetoric to threaten many of the bonds that hold modern Americans together, public schools can serve as critical space to bring people closer to teach and embrace the nation’s diversity. This report outlines and encourages policies to move our educational system to a place where it reflects the country as a whole,” said Ulrich Boser, senior fellow at CAP. “The report comes at a time when a wave of research shows that students perform better in diverse classrooms.”
According to the report, most Americans are not aware of these shared benefits of diverse schools. Nonetheless, support for reform remains high. According to the report, 70 percent of Americans support the economic integration of schools.
“Class-based segregation remains deeply entrenched in the educational system despite public support for more diverse schools. It’s time for local, state and federal leaders to tackle the pervasive and insidious problem of segregation,” said Perpetual Baffour, research associate at CAP.
CAP’s report profiles a variety of policy solutions for federal, state, local, and district leaders, from weighted student lotteries to innovative housing policies. The report also finds that parents believe in school diversity in theory, but they generally reject policies that limit the educational options for their child. The report calls for policymakers to be more innovative in their approach to solving the problem of income segregation in schools.
CAP’s report focuses on economic segregation rather than racial segregation as a result of a growing number of schools and districts that have integrated based on students’ socioeconomic status rather than by race or ethnicity. Part of this shift is a result of a Supreme Court opinion limiting the use of race and ethnicity in school integration plans.
The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all. We believe that Americans are bound together by a common commitment to these values and we aspire to ensure that our national policies reflect these values. We work to find progressive and pragmatic solutions to significant domestic and international problems and develop policy proposals that foster a government that is “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
Mike Gibbons Launches Campaign for U.S. Senate in Ohio
“Washington is broken, and career politicians like Sherrod Brown have failed us.”
Cleveland, OH – Cleveland businessman Mike Gibbons announced his campaign for the Republican nomination for United States Senate on a conference call this evening. Gibbons is a 2002 recipient of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the founder and partner of Brown Gibbons Lang & Company, one of the most widely-respected national middle-market investment banks in the country.
“Washington is broken, and career politicians like Sherrod Brown have failed us. We need new leadership in the United States Senate.
“I know how to create jobs because I’ve taken the risk and created jobs. I’m a businessman. I’ve signed the front of a paycheck. Washington politicians always talk about how they want to create jobs, but politicians don’t create jobs, businesses do. We need to get the bureaucracy out of the way, cut taxes, reduce red tape, and end the back-room deals and corruption in Washington.
“I look forward to the upcoming campaign as we take our message to the voters of Ohio, listen to their concerns, and ask for their support.”
Mike Gibbons Biography
Mike Gibbons was born in Cleveland and grew up in Parma, Ohio. His father, Gene Gibbons, was a high school teacher and wrestling coach, and Mike learned the value of hard work at an early age. He played football at St. Ignatius High School and Kenyon College, and went to work early – first with a paper route, then as a landscaper, later on construction crews and the factory floor.
But Brown Gibbons Lang & Company was just the beginning. Mike Gibbons has also served as Managing Partner of the Cleveland Crunch professional soccer franchise, Co-Owner of Cheboygan Tap & Tool, and Co-Owner of Northern Lake Properties. In 2015, he co-founded Luna Living, a startup that provides treatment and recovery options for opioid addiction. At every turn, Gibbons was willing to recognize opportunity, take risk, and create jobs.
Mike Gibbons earned degrees in political science and economics from Kenyon. He continued to work his way through school, earning a higher degree in management from Case Western and put himself through law school at night, earning his JD from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. And then he entered the business world. Starting at the bottom rung, he became a partner at age 27 at McDonald & Company in Cleveland and later became President and Chief Executive Officer of Underwood Nehaus & Company at the age of 35.
In 1989, he set out on his own and launched his own company. That company became Brown Gibbons Lang & Company, one of the most widely-respected national middle-market investment banks in the country. In an industry dominated by big New York and Chicago firms, BGL used its Ohio roots to help dozens of homegrown Ohio companies expand and add jobs, providing strategic and financial advice and much-needed capital.
Mike Gibbons has been honored with numerous awards for his business successes, including Entrepreneur of the Year from Ernst & Young in 2002, along with former partner Scott Lang.
Business isn’t the only thing that defines Mike Gibbons. He raised his five children in Fairview Park, coached youth sports, and still serves as the color commentator for Catholic High School Game of the Week football games. He is active in the Cleveland non-profit community, serving on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee for Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, the Visiting Committee for Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, and the Board of Visitors for the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He has previously served as Vice Chair Greater Cleveland Sport Commission, and on the Board of Trustees for Ohio-Israel Chamber of Commerce, the Finance Advisory Board for the University of Akron, College of Business, the Board of Directors for North Coast Professional Sports LLC, the Board of Trustees of Magnificat and St. Ignatius High School, and the Board of Trustees of the Great Lakes Theater Festival.
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