Congress could vote on Obamacare repeal bill as early as today, but even if they don't, use the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page (or the bottom of this page, if you're on a cellphone) to call your House Reps and tell them to reject it. This bill is actually worse than the previous one, because it allows states to charge citizens more for their pre-existing conditions, which basically renders Obamacare's ban on pre-existing conditions meaningless. And the bill would still do all the horrible things it would have done if it had passed last month -- it would throw upwards of 20 million people off their health insurance, it would change Obamacare subsidies so more working families couldn't afford insurance, it would steal hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare by repealing tax hikes on higher incomes, and it would get rid of the Medicaid expansion. You know, in a sane and moral society, "moderate" Rep. Tom MacArthur, the co-author of the pre-existing conditions amendment, would lose his next election in his purple New Jersey district by 20 points. But in our sick, immoral, and decadent society, he'll probably beat whatever milquetoast the Democrats put up.
Meanwhile, in the wake of a Trump tax "plan" that would give away trillions of dollars in taxpayer money -- i.e., our money -- to himself and his rich pals, Friends of the Earth helps you tell your Congressfolk to repeal billions of dollars in tax subsidies to the fossil fuel industry. I mean, if you're serious about tax reform, you'd get rid of the $4 billion or so annually in fossil fuel subsidies. That's not a whole lot of money in the context of a $4 trillion annual budget, but if you believe our government should use taxpayer money to subsidize emerging industries, then why would you support subsidizing oil, natural gas, and coal? Oh, wait, let me guess -- because they're domestic sources of energy, as if wind and solar somehow aren't. And the wind and solar industries have to pull teeth to get help from our government, whereas these ancient, far dirtier industries get handouts. And no, fossil fuel subsidies don't "protect workers," either -- these subsidies only protect the ability of CEOs to gild the plumbing in their 19th vacation home, and these are the same CEOs who'd fire all of their workers if they could.
Finally, WildEarth Guardians helps you tell Interior Secretary Zinke to preserve the recently-designated Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. President Trump has lately ordered Interior to re-evaluate all the national monuments designated over the last 21 years, and he singled out Bears Ears in his public statements; why does he have this hard-on to get rid of this monument? I mean, sure, fossil fuel corporations want to drill there, but they want to drill everywhere. I'd hate to think it was because President Obama designated it last year, and that if-it's-Obama-it-must-die. But it could also be because our government currently allows the five Native American nations for whom Bears Ears is sacred take a significant role in managing that monument. In any case, you can remind Secretary Zinke that it actually takes a couple of years to designate a national monument, and that new Secretaries don't just get to come in and do whatever they like for whatever reason they like. If they do, they tend to get sued in court, and because the process of designating national monuments is governed by laws, not men, they tend to lose.