THE DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM

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Every four years, the Democratic Party puts together our party platform, the ideas and beliefs that govern our party as a whole.

What follows is our 2016 platform — our most progressive platform in our party’s history and a declaration of how we plan to move America forward. Democrats believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls.

This party platform was voted on and passed by our membership at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016. The platform will be updated and re-approved at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

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Platform Contents

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Preamble

Raise Incomes and Restore Economic Security for the Middle Class

Create Good-Paying Jobs

Fight for Economic Fairness and Against Inequality

Bring Americans Together and Remove Barriers to Opportunities

Protect Voting Rights, Fix Our Campaign Finance System, and Restore Our Democracy

Combat Climate Change, Build a Clean Energy Economy, and Secure Environmental Justice

Provide Quality and Affordable Education

Ensure the Health and Safety of All Americans

Principled Leadership

Confront Global Threats

Protect Our Values

A Leader in the World

Dear Senator Toomey: Please show the courage of moral conviction

from our Special Correspondent in West Chester

Dear Senator Toomey:

Please show the courage of moral conviction. It not only is wrong, it is irresponsible to rush through a health care bill that has not been properly scrutinized, when you yourself do not know the long-term implications of the legislation.

The Congressional Budget Office predicts 22 million Americans will lose insurance if the Republican Bill goes through. Millions will lose Medicaid – and they aren’t the mythical “welfare queens,” they are hard-working Americans, blue collar workers, teachers, bus drivers, restaurant workers, who are old, retired and whose savings run out.

And major urban hospitals will run budget deficits treating people at ERs who have no insurance.

All of these consequences are not “conservative,” they are not “Christian” and they are not smart.

As the New York Times has reported: “Obamacare is Not Collapsing, Imploding or Exploding.”

Please do the right thing. The AFA may need fixing. You should work cooperatively, across the aisle, to reach a solution.

Environment is priority

Letter published in Daily Local News, 3/6/17 (not online there)

Heartfelt thanks to Carolyn Comitta, who always stands up for the health of her community. In September of 2015 when the spraying of Marshall Square Park with the pesticide Permanone was imminent, Carolyn responded to a petition signed by over 400 Borough residents asking for a delay in the application of this pesticide to our beautiful community.

Carolyn spoke with the Health Department and negotiated a waiting and fact finding period. And spraying was not conducted.

Carolyn then spearheaded a task force with representation from across the community, from borough government and the county Health Department to work together on this issue. With her support, we launched the West Chester Borough Don’t Spray Me organization to educate citizens about eliminating standing water and reducing mosquito breeding spots. We recruited 116 block captains to work with their neighbors. We were able to reduce the number of mosquitoes and we did not get sprayed last summer.

Carolyn Comitta expressed confidence in us, her constituents, and with her help and support, we succeeded. The number of mosquitoes in West Chester last summer was significantly lower than during the preceding summer and so the Health Department did not spray.

The task force is still at work with a goal of creating an outline for other communities to use in addressing mosquito and spraying challenges. In 2017 new Don’t Spray Me chapters are forming in East Bradford, West Goshen and Westtown Townships.

Thank you Carolyn for listening to your constituents and for making environmental concerns a top priority. Thank you too for being a masterful negotiator who can bring us all together to solve problems.

Margaret Hudgings, West Chester

Why Obamacare is so hard to replace

by Janet Colliton, Daily Local News, 2/20/17

Last month I wrote regarding one of the proposed Obamacare replacements recommended by Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan. See “Obamacare Replacement – A Blast From the Past, “ Daily Local News, January 17, 2017.

Ryan recommended State High Risk Pools for people with preexisting medical conditions, a strategy that had been tried previously without real success. It is easy to understand why. If you place large numbers of people who are otherwise uninsurable into a separate plan, the premiums, if you receive coverage at all, would be prohibitive.

Now that other proposals have surfaced from members of Congress, it might make sense to revisit the topic and shed more light on a difficult subject – why is it so difficult to replace the Affordable Care Act (otherwise referred to as Obamacare) and what would a replacement, if any, look like?

First point is that the ACA was not a substitute for an otherwise finely tuned machine of health insurance coverage in the U.S. If it had been, it would have been an easy task just to go back. Instead, Obamacare, because it could not start over, had to be grafted onto an already extremely complicated health care system with lots of moving parts….

read more at Daily Local News

Protesters want Costello to keep the Affordable Care Act

by Adam Farence, Daily Local News, 1/28/17

WEST CHESTER >> Roughly two dozen protesters rallied outside of a local Republican congressman’s office in West Chester, hoping to convince him to vote against potentially repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Organized by an group called the Costello Constituent Action Group, protesters began protesting at about 11:30 a.m. in front of the Market Street office of U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6.

“I am here because we believe we need to protect the weakest members of our society,” said Paula Terrell, 56, of North Coventry and Owen J. Roberts swim coach. “I’m here to be the voice of our generation.”…

read more at Daily Local News

Rally for ACA Sat. Jan 28 in West Chester

from Northchescodems, 1/27/17

Rally tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 28th at 1 PM at the Old Courthouse, High and Market Streets is West Chester, protesting the repeal of the Affordable Care Act without adequate replacement.

costello-constituant-acaWe need big signs! The signs should clearly connect Costello to taking health insurance away from tens of millions of Americans and thousands of people in his district.

We need large signs to effectively deliver that message. 2ft x 3ft, or 3ft x 4ft

“Save the ACA” and other colorful call to action signs are great too.

Picture from Costello Constituent Action Group.