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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, August 13.

  • From Del. Sam Rasoul:

    Rural Caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia and Democratic Promise Form Strategic Partnership to Help Rural Virginians

    The Rural Caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia is partnering with Democratic Promise. This strategic partnership is an effort on behalf of Virginia Democrats to forge new relationships and help people in rural Virginia.

    “The Democratic Promise is as a tool for our Democratic Committees to help make a positive impact on the lives of rural Virginians. I’m excited to be partnering with a program that will actively listen and problem solve the issues that face our communities,” said Vee Frye, Chair of the Rural Caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia.

    “We believe that by actually helping people, we can begin to rebuild trust in the Democratic party. I’m thrilled to be working working with Vee Frye and the Rural Caucus as we show all of Virginia that Democrats care,” said Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City).

    Democratic Promise is a new initiative that proactively reaches out to people, listens to their problems, and finds solutions using government services and other resources. It was launched a week ago as a free tool for Democratic committees and other organizations to utilize in order to help people in their communities.

    To find out more about Democratic Promise, visit http://www.DemPromise.com.

  • Beyer Named Co-Chair of House Democrats’ Jobs for America Task Force to Create Aggressive Jobs, Economic Agenda

    September 13, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) – Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today announced that he will serve in a leadership role in the House Democratic Caucus Jobs for America Task Forces, a unified effort from the House Democratic Caucus to craft a real legislative agenda that will benefit hardworking Americans and middle-class families. Beyer will serve as co-chair for the Jobs with Dignity Task Force.

    “This year the country has seen a Congressional majority and an Administration which repeatedly push economic policies designed to help the wealthy,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “Americans understandably want to know who will fight for them. The Jobs for America Task Force will push legislation to rebuild the middle class and help working families, and I’m proud to be a part of it.

    By restoring the traditional employment benefits enjoyed by previous generations, the Jobs With Dignity task force will develop ideas to raise wages and increase profit-sharing, stand up for workers’ rights and benefits, and provide genuine financial and retirement security to all Americans.

    The Jobs with Dignity Task Force is one of five Democratic Caucus Jobs For America Task Forces aimed at identifying opportunities and solutions for American workers in five key areas: Rebuilding America, Jobs With Dignity, Access to Jobs, New Economy, and Reinvesting in Our Returning Heroes. In the coming months, co-chairs of each task force will meet with business and labor leaders, issue experts, and American workers to develop policy goals and solutions that will benefit all Americans. The effort was launched by the House Democratic Caucus.

    “Workers deserve access to safe and secure jobs that give them the ability to climb the ladders of opportunity and build a nest egg for their golden years. Unfortunately, we’ve seen these opportunities dwindle, and that must change,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY). “Democrats are committed to bringing these jobs back, and I’m grateful to Congressman Beyer for his leadership in this important task force. We need to do all we can to put Americans back to work in good-paying, reliable jobs that will allow them the future they deserve.”

  • Rep. McEachin Named Co-Chair of House Democrats’ Jobs for America Task Force: ‘Reinvesting in Our Returning Heroes Task Force’

    WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced that he will co-chair the Reinvesting in Our Returning Heroes task force, part of the House Democratic Caucus Jobs program.

    “As the co-chair of this task force, I will continue to build on the strengths of our servicemembers and the skillset of our veterans to grow America’s economy and most importantly – create new jobs,” said Congressman Donald McEachin. “I am looking forward to serving in this capacity with my fellow co-chairs to advance legislation and advocate for our bravest Americans to have the best job opportunities when they return to their civilian lives.”

    The Jobs for America task forces are a unified effort from the House Democratic Caucus to craft a real legislative agenda that will benefit hardworking Americans and middle-class families. The Reinvesting in Our Returning Heroes Task Force will build on the strengths of our military and the skills of our returning veterans to grow our economy and create new jobs. The focus will include ensuring the talents our veterans developed while serving can transition into the civilian job market and be harnessed for success.

    “Our returning heroes deserve our respect and admiration, as well as the opportunity to transition back into their communities knowing they have access to secure, well-paying, and stable jobs that value their military experience,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY). “Congressman McEachin, as a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the son of an Army vet, is committed to helping our nation’s veterans and I’m grateful for his leadership on this critical task force.”

    The Reinvesting in Our Returning Heroes Task Force is one of five Democratic Caucus Jobs For America Task Forces aimed at identifying opportunities and solutions for American workers in five key areas: Rebuilding America, Jobs With Dignity, Access to Jobs, New Economy, and Reinvesting in Our Returning Heroes. In the coming months, co-chairs of each task force will meet with business and labor leaders, issue experts, and American workers to develop policy goals and solutions that will benefit all Americans. The effort was launched by the House Democratic Caucus.

    For more information on the House Democratic Caucus’ Jobs for America Task Forces, please visit: http://www.dems.gov/jobsforamerica.

  • Perseus1986

    From Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-For-All Bill Is Missing Key Details, But That’s Not the Point
    “Under the plan, America’s health-care system would be replaced by a public system. People under 18 would immediately be issued “universal Medicare cards,” and everyone else would be phased into the program over four years. Everything from mental health to prescription drugs to vision care would be covered with no co-pay, and private insurers would only exist to pay for elective treatments like plastic surgery.”

    At the risk of sounding like an insurance company shill (my only ties to insurance are the premiums I pay), I can already see the massive, impenetrable insurance company wall of resistance forming against this plan if it ever gets legs.

    Single payer is not a policy in itself, it is a concept. Britain, Canada, France and Germany all do single payer differently, they worked with what they have. Proposing to throw out the private insurance plans which have always been the cornerstone of our system, rather than incorporating them into a single payer system, will both create a huge backlash that would likely defeat the bill, and if it ever succeeded, would throw out a lot of existing resources and structures and force the government to have to make things from scratch.

    An alternative could be a piece meal proposal that would weave existing structures together, and, if proposed separately, could divide and confuse potential opposition. If some components pass, great progress is made.

    – Expand SCHIP programs nationally to cover all, or close to, every individual under 18 years old. (Hard to get on the news and say you’re against better health care for children)

    – Continue to push the Medicaid expansions across all states so that all individuals and families below middle-middle class income levels are covered by Medicaid.

    – Have insurance companies transfer their employer-based plans to the Marketplace. Maintain the income-determined subsidies on the marketplaces.

    – Turn the marketplace from an opt-in program to an opt-out program, rewarding the most efficient and lowest cost plans as the “default” option if no election is made.

    – Make a public option (buy into Medicare/caid) available on all marketplaces to ensure plans have competition in all areas.

    – Put Medicare, Medicaid and VA on the same drug and service cost negotiating authority

    – Require all plans on marketplace to operate within pricing guidlines modeled on cost negotiations from Medicare, Medicaid and VA. Require all health systems (clinics, hospitals, urgent care) to operate under prescribed cost and efficiency standards to be eligible for business with Medicare and Medicaid plans.

    Under this method of just modifying currently existing systems, the only people paying health care costs out of pocket would be firmly middle class adults with steady incomes. To turn this into a single payer, the subsidies for these plans would just have to be expanded to cover all holders at 100% of their premiums.