logo for the League of Women Voters of Johnson County
LWVJoCo closely follows current events and issues at the local, state and national levels.

 

LWV Statement on Executive Order to End Health Care Subsidies
10/13/2017 | by Sarah Courtney
Washington, D.C. – League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to the White House executive order to end health care subsidies in the Affordable Care Act:

“President Trump’s executive order to end health care subsidies for insurance companies will raise premiums and leave more Americans without meaningful health insurance. These subsidies were put in place deliberately to keep costs down for everyday Americans. Removing them now is a dangerous step toward unraveling a fragile system.

“President Trump is attempting to dismantle the American health care system piece by piece, in the same dangerous and under-the-table manner that the American people made clear to their Congressional leaders is unacceptable.

“We have said many times that the Affordable Care Act is not a perfect law. Congress should work to improve it. The White House should not undo the positive impacts this legislation has had for millions of Americans who previously could not afford health care coverage.”

 

LWV Statement on President Trump’s Assault on Women’s Right to Contraceptive Care
10/06/2017 by Sarah Courtney

Washington, DC – League of Women Voters issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s announcement that employers can now opt out of birth control coverage, required by the Affordable Care Act.

“This administration’s decision to dismantle vital health care coverage for nearly 62 million women is misguided and discriminatory.

“Eliminating employer-covered birth control coverage, a requirement under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is a direct assault on a woman’s right to make her own health care choices.

“The provision included in the ACA has saved women an estimated $1.4 billion in out of pocket costs for contraception coverage. Nine out of 10 women use birth control at some point in their lives for family planning or other medical reasons. Birth control is critical for effective family planning and preventing unwanted pregnancies, which we know opens up more opportunities for women and increases lifetime earnings.

“Today’s decision turns back the clock for women. It seriously undermines and undercuts the very premise of the ACA that all Americans should have access to health care coverage. Allowing employers and insurance plans to pick and choose what should be covered will lead to discrimination against women. It will shred the essential protections for which generations have struggled.

“The League of Women Voters strongly opposes this insulting decision by the Trump Administration.”

LWV Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

10/02/2017 by Sarah Courtney

Washington, DC – League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to the deadliest mass shooting in its modern history.

“Our hearts are broken this day as our nation watched in horror as a gunman reigned terror on innocent concert-goers. As we grieve for the victims and those who lost loved ones, we are horrified, angry and frustrated that our country once again faces a new record for bloodshed in the worst mass shooting. Our thoughts and prayers are with the city of Las Vegas during this terrible tragedy.”

LWV Statement on DACA Reversal

09/05/2017| by Sarah Courtney

Washington, DC -The Trump administration today announced their intention to reverse the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, leaving the fate of 800,000 immigrants in jeopardy. League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement:

“This administration’s decision to rescind the ‘Dreamers’ program is shameful and does not serve national interest.

“As a country of immigrants, we are made stronger by our diversity. Yet time and time again, this administration has discriminated against immigrants and communities of color.

“Reversing the DACA policy will have a devastating impact on our economy. Ending this program will increase unemployment.

“Thousands of the Dreamers protected by DACA were brought to this country as babies and have no memories of their birth country. These individuals are paying taxes, contributing to Social Security and are Americans in everything but the name.

“The League of Women Voters is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants and we urge congress to pass a clean Dreamers Act to protect, not turn away, the 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children.”

LWV Statement on Charlottesville
08/13/2017 | by Sarah Courtney

League of Women Voters Condemns White Supremacists in Charlottesville

Washington, DC – League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement following the horrific acts by white supremacists in Virginia this weekend:

“Yesterday the world watched in horror as white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia. There is no place for hatred and violence in our democracy and all leaders must condemn these acts of domestic terrorism. We must send a strong message that while the freedom of speech and the freedom of assembly are some of our most cherished rights and must be protected, those rights do not extend to what we witnessed yesterday. The League of Women Voters stands in solidarity with the victims of violence in Charlottesville and against white supremacism.

LWV Statement on Ohio’s Voter Purge Case
08/08/2017 | by Caitlin Rulien

Justice Department Flip Flops on Voting Rights in Ohio Purge Case

Washington, DC –  League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to the latest Department of Justice brief filed in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, a pending Supreme Court case concerning Ohio’s voter purge:

“By changing their position in the 2016 Ohio voter purge, the Justice Department is playing politics with our democracy and threatening the fundamental right to vote. We have seen this administration lay the groundwork to roll back voting rights, but the latest brief in the pending Supreme Court case takes a dangerous step further: disenfranchising eligible voters. At issue in the Ohio voter purging case are thousands of eligible voters who were properly registered, and did not lose their eligibility but were nonetheless kicked off the rolls. The League of Women Voters will continue to fight unlawful voter restrictions at all levels and encourage active participation in our great democracy.”

League of Women Voters Reacts to Pence-Kobach Election Commission

Washington, DC – League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to the first meeting of the ‘Election Integrity’ Commission:

“This Commission is undermining the public’s confidence in our elections. We’ve already seen thousands of voters cancel their registrations since Commission vice-chair and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach requested personal voter information from all fifty states.

“The members of this Commission have a history of voter suppression efforts. Despite their claims of having no agenda, they have entered into this voter ‘study’ with preconceived results. This fishing expedition for voter information is intended to lead to more voter suppression – not improving our election process.

“Democracy only works when people stand up and vote. The League of Women Voters urges the American people not to be intimidated by this Commission: stay enrolled and encourage others to register to vote.

“Our elections have integrity. This Commission does not.”

 

 

A message from Chris Carson, LWVUS president, about the Better Care Reconciliation Act.

The U.S. Senate has finally unveiled their legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act—and it is even worse than the version we saw from the U.S. House.

This is a nasty bill that will hurt millions of Americans and it is time to stand up and urge your Senators to reject it.

The “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” will cut coverage and raise costs for millions of Americans while giving a huge tax break to the wealthiest individuals and large corporations. The cuts to Medicaid will be massive and will destroy the system that so many Americans rely on.

Tell your Senators this legislation is not worthy of this great nation.

Written in secret, by a few select Senators from one political party, this bill will leave millions of Americans without health insurance. If this backroom bill passes it will fundamentally change the way laws are passed in America. Transparency and openness in the legislative process are important because they improve the final product and this bill clearly has the deep flaws that result from its secret drafting.

Senate leadership is counting on pushing this legislation through without public input because they fear what we might discover. Don’t let secret legislation that threatens the lives of millions of Americans become the law of the land. Call your Senators today!

Any bill that moves forward must do the following:

Guarantee that pre-existing conditions can’t be used to deny coverage or raise rates.
Ensure health insurance rates and access do not discriminate against women.
Provide coverage of preventive care, limit out of pocket costs and prohibit life-time insurance caps.
Ensure that Medicaid recipients can continue to receive full health care services.

 

Local news:
KCUR (89.3 FM) Statehouse Blend  is one-part profile and one-part insider look at the Kansas Legislature. Each week, host Sam Zeff welcomes a state representative or senator to the podcast to talk policy and politics, as well as their personal life. We also invite a citizen voice and journalist to round out the conversation over good coffee and donuts. You can hear part of the conversation every Tuesday on Up To Date at 11 a.m.

Kansas news:
Civil rights: Kansas Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights issues report about voting rights and the SAFE Act. The report urges the Kansas legislature to reconsider voting requirements in the context of these findings.
LWVK State Council included a presentation, “Effect on Schools by State Education Funding” by Saline School Superintendent William Hall.

National news:
LWVUS suggests Ten Ways You Can Help Defend Our Democracy