Larry DeLuca 
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Re: “Flake Takes a Turn To the Right

It is especially disappointing to see our Senators from Arizona lacking courage in speaking out against the BCRA. Both the senate bill and its corresponding house version will undercut the Medicaid expansion. Arizonans know first-hand what happened when Jan Brewer slashed our budgets and kicked a ton of people off of Medicaid - there was a surge of patients who lost access to their outpatient doctors and crowded our emergency departments. These patients not only had their chronic diseases spin out of control because the loss of their insurance meant loss of medications and doctor visits - but they were subject to hospital admissions that were in many cases preventable.

When Governor Brewer accepted the Medicaid expansion we got over 100,000 Arizonans insured the first year. Our own state's history demonstrates why this experiment should NOT be repeated at the national level. Not only would we see a surge in patients losing their insurance, but we'd have a glut of them showing up again to our emergency departments when their chronic diseases again spun out of control. However, if we dismantle ACA at the federal level, there's no higher level of government to bail AZ out (or any of the other states for that matter).

We already know the GOP plan doesn't work because we've lived it in Arizona. Changes to strengthen ACA are needed, but we neither need to return to the pre-2009 crisis that precipitated ACA. We need to learn from our own history, and use it to teach the rest of the nation as well.

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Posted by Larry DeLuca on 07/14/2017 at 1:02 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Martha McSally continues her denial about her own lack of responsiveness to her own constituents. I live in her district and I didn't even find out about her hastily assembled "tele-town Hall" a few months ago because the notice seemed to only go out to Republican constituents.

When I called in she touted the then party-line that "the protesters were paid." Having marched outside her office on many days, I can attest to the fact that no one I know of the hundreds of protesters were paid.

What hurts McSally much more than being tied to Trump is that she appears to hold her constituents in contempt. She only makes pro forma efforts to reach out under duress, and then behind what she thinks are closed doors she trivializes our concerns.

In 2018 we of what is currently known as "Martha McSallly's district" intend to elect someone who represents us and does not demean us. McSally could be that person, but she's got to start being responsive to our constituents. To date, she has shown no interest in doing so.

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Posted by Larry DeLuca on 06/10/2017 at 12:35 PM

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