After two more Senators came out against the revised Senate health care "reform" bill Monday night, Mr. McConnell announced a new health care bill that would (much like the bill Congress passed early last year) simply repeal the Affordable Care Act and give the Senate another two years to come up with something. But then Sens. Capito (R-WV), Collins (R-ME), and Murkowski (R-AK) announced they'd oppose the new bill, too. So is the Republican effort to destroy Obamacare finally over? Don't bet on it -- the new bill is actually a dream bill for Republicans, one that repeals all the taxes that fund Obamacare and makes severe cuts to Medicaid while leaving the pre-existing conditions ban intact, plus it would kick even more people off their health insurance! You can go ahead and call your Senators and tell them you oppose the new-new bill, too, because it still hands out welfare to rich folks, because it still cripples Medicaid, because it still kicks tens of millions of Americans off their health insurance.
Meanwhile, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (or CFPB) has just finalized a rule preventing banks from forcing customers to redress grievances through arbitration -- which allows customers to band together in class action lawsuits against banks for the first time. (The CFPB's authority to issue this rule, by the way, comes from Congress via the Dodd-Frank law, so brook no silliness about "regulatory overreach.") If someone says "class action lawsuit" and you automatically think "frivolous lawsuit," you won't be impressed with the CFPB's rule, but you might be more impressed if you were one of those folks who had Wells Fargo open up fraudulent accounts (and collect fraudulent fees) in your name. Forced arbitration, as you know, tends to benefit the banks more than it benefits you -- sure, it's "quicker," but if that means a bank can pick the "right" arbitrator more easily and thus win a case that you should have won, why would speed matter? So Congress is trying to roll back the CFPB's rule, because of course they are, so People's Action helps you tell your Congressfolk to protect your right to a day in court and reject any effort to roll back the CFPB forced arbitration rule.
Finally, CREDO helps you tell the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to hold hearings on Amazon's proposal to buy Whole Foods. Politicians of both parties have shown little taste for pursing antitrust matters, and they've also shown a distressing ignorance about the disruptive power of technology corporations. Hence they'll likely reason that since the proposed sale of Whole Foods to Amazon doesn't give Amazon anything close to a monopoly of grocery stores, it's not an antitrust matter. If, like me, you think a corporation should never own another corporation, you'll be less impressed. You'll also be less impressed if you foresee a time when Amazon will take over all markets -- a takeover greatly facilitated, of course, by Democrat and Republican fiddling while Amazon usurped internet commerce to the point that one out of every two dollars spend online goes through Amazon. In short, Amazon would leverage their monopoly power in one fairly large market to gain monopoly power in all markets, and that's definitely a matter that requires further Congressional investigation.