" If you chose a health insurance plan with taxpayer-subsidized premiums and later voted for 'tax relief" that would effectively deny millions of taxpayers even subsidy-free health plans, you are no longer eligible for Congress-only marketplace plans and low-and no cost care through both the Office of the Attending Physician and local military clinics."
Salt Lake City, UT -- home to Republican Senator Orrin Hatch (who recently said during a debate about CHIP, " I have a rough time wanting to spend billions and billions and trillions of dollars to help people who won't help themselves, won't lift a finger** and expect the federal government to do everything..." ):
Sunday evening: Senator Hatch is paging through the neighborhood newspaper, looking for his weekly column/report to constituents. On the page facing his column is an ad with his "won't lift a finger" statement in large print, above pictures of constituents who work 60 hours per week and rely on CHIP for their kids' healthcare: a home health care aide, a preschool teacher, a waitress, and so on. Underneath in large print is this: The Senate is in session about 135 days per year. Senators annually make over $174,000 per year. And you think we work too little and expect too much of government?"
New Hartford, Iowa -- home to Senator Chuck Grassley (the "spending every darn penny ... on booze or women or movies..." guy):
Constituents challenge Grassley to a public budgeting-throw down, whereby Grassley gets in front of several hundred constituents and shows on a large poster how, for example, Iowa's single moms (over one-third of who live in poverty) can manage with better budgeting. In turn, constituents will show Grassley how a multi-millionaire can survive without a six-figure tax relief break.
Voters call (for both House
& Senate: 202-225-3121)
their representatives and senators to demand relief from the "tax
*In this context, "supplies" includes clothing, shoes, and food for students.
** Senator Hatch, I would stay away from remarks about constituents lifting a finger if I were you, unless you want to see demonstrators demonstrating their finger-lifting skills outside of your office window.
*** Ryan has a soul?
**** Another fun fact: If you google "Paul Ryan Janesville WI," you'll find 25 Google reviews of Ryan, a rating (1.1 of 5 stars), and maybe the reason behind his potential "retirement."
***** Called the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," it should be named, "Tax Cuts for the Rich, Tax Nicks for Everyone Else, Repealing and Not Replacing Health Care, Oil Drilling Go-Ahead, Blurring Separation of Church and State and Other Heinous Acts" Act (depending on the final version).