Today's a good day to call your Congressfolk and tell them to reject the Trump tax "reform" plan. Both Houses may have begun the process of cutting taxes for the rich and for corporations without worrying about a Democratic filibuster in the Senate, but that doesn't mean it's going particularly well: some Congressfolk are talking about keeping the top rate at 39.6% but only applying it to income over $1 million, which could be a feint, or it could be evidence that they're setting their sights lower. Either way, it means we go on offense: we demand not only that the tax "reform" plan doesn't slash Medicare and Medicaid, not only that it doesn't slash the tax rates of corporations that already get too much welfare, and not only that it doesn't explode the deficit, but also that Congress hike the top tax rate on millionaire income to 91%, expand tax credits for working families, and close corporate tax loopholes.
Meanwhile, it's now been almost an entire month that Congress has failed to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. They sure better hope no kids die due to lack of health insurance! A lot of states had enough money left over to continue their insurance programs, but not every state. Republicans get mad when you call them callous and cruel, and then they do things like let health insurance coverage lapse for nine million kids so they can spend another month trying to pass a bill that would have taken health insurance from 30 million or so Americans. Do they wonder why we think they're cruel? And reauthorizing CHIP isn't rocket science, either -- it only seems difficult because the less scrupulous among our Congressfolk want to use CHIP's must-get-done status to attach amendments that would otherwise wither in sunlight. So CREDO still helps you tell your Congressfolk to reauthorize CHIP without any poison pill amendments.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell Congress to support the Alexander-Murray effort to reauthorize spending on Affordable Care Act subsidies, then Moms Rising still helps you do that. I'm no great fan of the Affordable Care Act, but I'm rather less a fan of repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with garbage, and I'm also rather less a fan of sabotaging the Affordable Care Act by refusing to subsidize insurance for the good folks who use it. I'm also rather less a fan of needlessly increasing the federal deficit -- as you know, Mr. Trump's action will increase the federal deficit when Obamacare exchange users avail themselves of the other, more expensive subsidies available to them. Single-payer health insurance would fix this problem, and so many other problems caused by the need for some folks to make money off other people's misery. But we don't have single-payer at present, so in the meantime, let's make what we've got work.