Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Mighty Swirl Continues: Citizen ROAR and Rage!

Medicaid Expansion A Go-Go: The Call to Action

It happened it again. Another disappointing "NO" vote in the latest round of balloting for the
embattled Medicaid Expansion measure. An additional two more supporters were lost from that magic number of 75 needed to get this passed. So what to do? Its time for do what other "mad as hell and we are not going take it anymore" citizen should do...march on the capitol to let what has become known as the "cruelty caucus" that we are the boss of them! It's going down, Monday (2/24/14), 11- 1pm on the steps of the Capitol. (500 Woodlane Drive in downtown Little Rock)

In the meantime, let's make sure you understand what's at stake. Arkansas was the first state given federal approval to use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the newly eligible under the health law. More than 87,000 people in Arkansas have been enrolled in the program, and several other states are pursuing or exploring similar plans. If there is no reauthorization not only will this basically leave a gapping hole of some $87 Million dollars in the states budget but will cripple the Department of Human Services. In a nut shell, folks be damned, go find you some insurance you can afford or health care access if you can. Ain't nobody got time for that!

COP 24/7 has no doubt that there will be some back room dealing as already taking place with Sen. Jane English, who had voted against the private option last year, announced that she would support the program's funding in exchange for changes to the state's workforce training program. She got her way, now who's next and what else will have to be placed on the alter to make this thing work. No matter the wheeling and dealing of politico's playing politics with individuals lives, here's what you can do:

1. Share this post and subscribe to CorneliusOnpoint!

2. Carpool with others from your area or offer gift cards, mileage reimbursement or donate cash.

3. Call and email the Senate Nine!

4. Volunteer to tell your story by contacting one of the hosts of this event.

5. Bring your signs! (no sticks are allowed on Capitol grounds.)

6. Express your discontent with these NINE!

7. Encourage folks to participate on all levels.

If these are your elected officials, reach out and touch these naysayers and often!

Senator Missy Irvin (R)
870-269-2703 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 870-269-2703 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting

 Senator Alan Clark (R)
501-262-3360 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 501-262-3360 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Cecile Bledsoe (R)
479-636-2115 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 479-636-2115 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Jane English (R)
501-257-7670 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 501-257-7670 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Jim Hendren (R)
479-787-6222 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 479-787-6222 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Bart Hester (R)
479-531-4176 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 479-531-4176 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Bryan King (R)
870-438-4565 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 870-438-4565 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Gary Stubblefield (R)
479-635-4314 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 479-635-4314 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator John Cooper (R)
870-761-0130 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 870-761-0130 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting

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