The People's Email Network helps you tell your Congressfolk to expand Medicare so that it includes all Americans, and thus bring single-payer health care to America. Hey, the morons did ask -- no, really, Congressfolk have actually been asking good Americans what we would like to do about health care once Republicans finally kill the Affordable Care Act. Perhaps they're hoping for a groundswell of support for the concept of the "health savings account," but of course they won't get that. Why? Because anyone can see that a "health savings account" is not insurance -- that it is literally not a situation where people pool their money together to help out any one of them at any one time, but rather a tax-free savings account you would use to pay for your own health insurance needs. And in a land where too many working families work their butts off and still can't pay all their bills, who has money to put into a special tax-free savings account? Rich folks, that's who. Which makes the "health savings account" what, kids? Yet another welfare handout for rich people, that's what. Better we expand the Medicare pool to include all of us, which would put a lot more healthy people in it. Now that's insurance!
Meanwhile, President-elect Trump has said that he not wants to make torture of terror suspects legal again; no doubt that's one of the many ways he got to his YUGE 46% share of the popular vote. Now, in recent weeks, we've heard that his pick for Secretary of Defense, former Gen. James Mattis, has opposed torture of terror suspects -- that he has, in fact, told Mr. Trump that he can do a lot more with a few beers and a pack of cigarettes. And that has, in fact, proven to be a far more effective way of getting good intelligence from terror suspects than torturing them until they tell you whatever they think will make you stop. But, of course, that doesn't mean our government won't heartily embrace torture when Mr. Trump takes office -- it could just mean Gen. Mattis loses a lot of arguments, probably to the torture-happy Mike Pompeo if the Senate confirms him as CIA chief. Hence Amnesty International helps you tell Mr. Pompeo to keep human rights (including the right not to be tortured by our government) in mind if and when he becomes CIA Chief. Sounds like a dead-end job, I know, but he probably doesn't get phone calls from anyone besides the Koch brothers, so this'll be good for him.
Finally, CREDO helps you tell Senate Democrats to do whatever they can to block the ascension of Rep. Tom Price to Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. We'll talk more about Mr. Trump's nominees tomorrow morning -- since Mr. McConnell plans to confirm a whole slew of them tomorrow, in the apparent hope that most folks won't find out how horrible they are! -- but Mr. Price deserves special consideration, for a number of reasons. For one, Mr. Price is another one who thinks "conservatism" means nothing so much as making life harder for gays and women, and as someone in charge of enforcing whatever remains of the Affordable Care Act after Congress is done with it, you know what that means -- no birth control coverage, and big gaps in health care coverage for gays. For another thing, Mr. Price wants to cut Medicaid, privatize Medicare, and slash CHIP funding, which latter item even most rank-and-file Republicans like. And if you think Mr. Trump really meant it when he said he'd protect Medicare, his nomination of Mr. Price should remind you that it's not your job as a citizen to "trust your President" -- it's your job to hold your President accountable.
UPDATE. Add a third noxious Trump Cabinet pick to oppose, as the Senate has begun hearings on Attorney General Jeff Sessions today. You can use the tools in the upper left-hand corner of this page to call your Senators and ask them to oppose the Sessions nomination. I'd make it quick, because I'm sure a lot of people are trying to get through -- don't recount the entire history of his mid-80s federal judgeship nomination, but just say you don't think he won't enforce civil rights laws. I think that's good enough. And remember: your Senators' staffers aren't there to argue with you; they're there to take down your will and relay it to their bosses. Good luck and God bless -- we're going to have a much bigger slate of noxious nominees to run through in the coming days.