Today would be a good day to use the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page (or the bottom of this page, if you're on a cellphone) and call your Senators to tell them you oppose Republican efforts to "reform" or "repeal" Obamacare. Now, your Republican Senators might tell you what mine did last week: that any bill coming out of the Senate will be different from the House bill. Of course, they say that to trick you into thinking the Senate bill will be a good bill. So fire a pre-emptive strike, as it were, by listing exactly the things you don't want them to do: you don't want them to repeal taxes on the rich that would steal money from Medicare, you don't want them to let states start jacking up premiums for people with pre-existing conditions (and, as you can see from this list, just about everyone in America has one!), you don't want them to end or roll back the Medicaid expansion, you don't want them to change Obamacare subsidies so more working families can't afford health insurance, and (of course!) you don't want them to take health insurance from more than 20 million good Americans. When we make our demands plain, we paint our enemies into a corner. And we need to keep doing that, because you can never count a bastard out.
Meanwhile, Pennsylvania residents take note: SB 624 would amend clean water laws in Pennsylvania such that corporations could pollute local streams with as long as they submit a plan to clean up the water later on. What are we supposed to do with the dirty water in the meantime, you wonder? Stop drinking, bathing, swimming, and fishing? Tough luck, good citizens of the Commonwealth -- your will to do what you want to do on your public lands and waters must take a back seat to some corporation's desire to make unearned money! And worse, actually -- the bill would apply retroactively, such that any corporation indulging in such pollution could simply whip up a "plan" to get rid of it and get off the hook. Just so happens the Consol corporation has been longwall mining in the southwestern part of Pennsylvania, and polluting public waters there, for years. Gosh, what could be the connection between the two? The Sierra Club helps you tell your Pennsylvania state legislator to oppose efforts to legalize pollution on public lands.