Volume 10 Issue 8
News ‘n’ Views OF, BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE HUBERT H. HUMPHREY DEMOCRATIC CLUB HHHDC August 2009 Meeting Monday, August 17, 2009 Coco’s Restaurant 11510 South Street, Cerritos, CA (¼ mile east of the 605 freeway) Dinner (optional) at 6:00 p.m. - Meeting begins at 7:00 pm
Program: Film: “GARBAGE! The Revolution Starts at Home” Speaker: Dr. Chuck Buck, Sierra Club
Announcements Newsletter submissions are due 10 days before the next scheduled club meeting. Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Hubert H. Humphrey Democratic Club now has its calendar of events available online: 1. Go to: http://hhhdemocrats.org/ 2. At the top of the page click “Community Calendar” 3. Once you are on the calendar page, go to the date of the event. 4. Click the event and you will get a pop-up window with all the details, such as date, time, location and description.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Announcements ......................Page 1 More Announcements .…….....Page 2 DOTY Roosevelt Awards …..……Page 3 Member Spotlight ……..….…..…Page 4 Healthcare Reform ……………....Page 5 Internet Pipeline ….………….……Page 6 Tony Mendoza message ..…..…Page 6
If you are interested in serving on the HHHDC Eboard then be sure to attend the next meeting and submit your name for consideration.
Roll Call ……….………………...…….Page 7 Peace Amendment ….……………Page 8
The eboard is looking for guest speakers for future meetings. Please send your suggestions to the President.
Wine Tasting Fundraiser ..….….Page 9
CARA will hold their annual conference October 20th and 21st at the Hacienda Hotel in El Segundo. The registration cost is $100 per person.
Membership Form ..….…….….Page 12
Advertisements ………..….……..Page 10
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More Announcements HHHDC is pleased to announce the showing of the documentary, GARBAGE! The Revolution Starts at Home. This 76 minute film by Andrew Nisker recounts how a family in Toronto takes on the filmmaker’s challenge to throw nothing away for 3 months, resulting in a garage full of garbage and a clear picture of the true cost of our consumer culture. We will be showing this film at the th August 17 monthly meeting. * * * You can view all recent HHHDC Newsletters at: http://issuu.com/hhhdc . Or, you can go to http://issuu.com/ and just type “HHHDC” in the search bar and you’ll see all the posted newsletters. Enjoy!
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“It was once said that the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Protocol for Meetings 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Turn your cell phone off or place it on “vibrate”. During meeting please do not engage in side conversations. If ordering food, please do so before start of meeting. If you wish to speak, please raise your hand for recognition by the chair. Do not interrupt speakers. Please keep your remarks short and concise. Photographs should be taken only without interrupting the meeting.
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2009 Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Democrat of the Year Dinner The Los Angeles County Democratic Party hosted the 2009 Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner, honoring a man and a woman from each Assembly District as the 2009 Democrats of the Year, on Sunday, August 9, 2009, at the Radisson Hotel, Los Angeles Airport. These men and women are the grassroots activists who every day give generously of their time and energy to help elect Democrats at all levels of government.
This year’s winners for Assembly District 56 are both members of the Hubert H. Humphrey Democratic Club:
Marisela Cervantes and Rev. Gary C. Chomiak. (photos provided by Marisela Cervantes)
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HHHDC Member Spotlight: Chris Duvali My inception into political culture was at a young age and was cultivated by my parents, Jim & Elaine Duvali, both former Presidents of the HHDC. I am the youngest of five children and our political discussions were a tradition held at the dinner table with family and friends. Throughout my life politics was a common denominator, though, my physical involvement in American politics was established after college when I began to satisfy one of my many passions by reading whatever literature I could find on the lives and accomplishments of our founding fathers and mothers. I was astonished that these men and women were willing to sacrifice not only their livelihood yet also their lives for the American cause, the cause of freedom for all. Present day, this battle for individual rights still continues. The accessibility of Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Happiness is not “Common Sense”, and that is why I became a political activist. This year I was graciously elected treasurer of the HHDC. Through grassroots organizations such as the HHDC, I have learned that one’s actions can have a direct effect on daily policy making. I am witnessing through activism, passions and convictions directing the “powers that be” in a direction that benefits all of American society. We truly are a nation fully representative of the people, and if you choose to keep this political philosophy a reality, I learned you simply need to get involved.
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8 ways health insurance reform provides security and stability to those with or without coverage 1. Ends Discrimination for Pre-Existing Conditions: Insurance companies will be prohibited from refusing you coverage 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
because of your medical history. Ends Exorbitant Out-of-Pocket Expenses, Deductibles or Co-Pays: Insurance companies will have to abide by yearly caps on how much they can charge for out-of-pocket expenses. Ends Cost-Sharing for Preventive Care: Insurance companies must fully cover, without charge, regular checkups and tests that help you prevent illness, such as mammograms or eye and foot exams for diabetics. Ends Dropping of Coverage for Seriously Ill: Insurance companies will be prohibited from dropping or watering down insurance coverage for those who become seriously ill. Ends Gender Discrimination: Insurance companies will be prohibited from charging you more because of your gender. Ends Annual or Lifetime Caps on Coverage: Insurance companies will be prevented from placing annual or lifetime caps on the coverage you receive. Extends Coverage for Young Adults: Children would continue to be eligible for family coverage through the age of 26. Guarantees Insurance Renewal: Insurance companies will be required to renew any policy as long as the policyholder pays their premium in full. Insurance companies won't be allowed to refuse renewal because someone became sick.
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Message from the Office of Assemblyman Tony Mendoza California is one of only three states that require a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to pass a budget. This rule allows a small group of lawmakers to hold the state budget process hostage until their demands are included in any final agreement. This year, while California’s economy moved to the brink of insolvency, a band of Republican legislators refused to support any rational budget agreement that would help fix our budget crisis. Instead, they forced unnecessarily drastic program cuts and a patched together budget plan of gimmicks that will all but guarantee our return to Sacramento to once again deal with this issue. It is clear that after this latest round of budget negotiations, for the health of our State, the two-thirds vote threshold for passage of the California State Budget must be replaced with a more workable solution that fits today’s realities. In 1933, California voters approved Proposition 1, the Riley-Stewart Act. The Act allowed for majority budget passage, but established a spending limit that triggered a two-thirds threshold for any budget that attempted to raise taxes or grew by more that 5%. In 1962, in an attempt to remove outdated language from the constitution, Proposition 16 affected the budget process by eliminating the spending-limit section of the Riley-Stewart Act but left in place the two-thirds vote requirement to pass a budget. Now we have a chance to take a step towards fixing what is wrong with the state of our current budget process. At the April 2009 CDP State Convention, a resolution was passed that called for the repeal of the two-thirds rule for budget passage only. While in the coming months there may be many proposals to emerge that will claim to clear the State Budget gridlock, it will be up to Democrats to work together and work as one to pass the right solution. One such possible solution is an initiative which recently qualified to collect signatures. The initiative seeks to change the vote requirement to pass a budget or raise taxes from two-thirds to three-fifths. If successful, 48 votes in the Assembly and 24 in the Senate would be required. A 60% supermajority would be a much more reasonable threshold than the current 67%. The CA State Attorney General has listed the official title as: CHANGES THE VOTE REQUIREMENT TO PASS A BUDGET OR RAISE TAXES FROM TWO-THIRDS TO THREE-FIFTHS. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. The future of California is in our hands. It is up to all of us to come together, find a solution to our perpetual budget stalemate and get to work on restoring the California dream! TONY MENDOZA Assemblymember, 56th District Submitted by Jay Day, Member of Tony Mendoza’s staff
INTERNET PIPELINE by Newsletter Editor Mike Stabile This month’s link: http://californiabudgetbites.org/ “The California Budget Project works to improve public policies that affect low- and middle-income Californians through independent research, budget and policy analysis, and public education. Since 1995, the CBP has served as a resource for policy makers, advocates, community leaders, interested citizens, and the media. “Through the California Budget Bites blog, we hope to highlight important policy and budget developments in a very timely way.”
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Recent Senate Votes Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010- Vote Passed (80-17, 3 Not Voting) The Senate passed this $124.3 billion bill funding the USDA, FDA and other related agencies and programs. Sen. Dianne Feinstein voted YES......send e-mail or see bio Sen. Barbara Boxer voted YES......send e-mail or see bio Nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, of New York, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States - Vote Confirmed (68-31, 1 Not Voting) The Senate confirmed Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Sen. Dianne Feinstein voted YES......send e-mail or see bio Sen. Barbara Boxer voted YES......send e-mail or see bio
Supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2009 for the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Program - Vote Passed (60-37, 3 Not Voting) The Senate passed this $2 billion bill to replenish funding for the “Cash for Clunkers” program, sending it to the President for his signature. Sen. Dianne Feinstein voted YES......send e-mail or see bio Sen. Barbara Boxer voted YES......send e-mail or see bio
Below is a brief statement by Assemblyman Tony Mendoza (D-Norwalk) on the confirmation of Justice Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Contact: Richard Garcia (562) 864-5600
STATEMENT “The confirmation of Justice Sonia Sotomayor is not just a historic milestone in our nation’s history, it is an inspiring story of perseverance that our posterity will learn about and embrace for generations. “As the father of three girls, I know that my daughters have gained a new role model to learn from and can aspire to emulate. The Sotomayor story involves more than the past few months of senate hearings, it is rich with culture, educational achievement and personal drive that we all can take note from. “Her accomplishment will be etched in history and felt by future generations to come.”
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EDITOR’S NOTE: HHHDC Club Member Angel Soto has campaigned tirelessly for the past decade to convince local and state governments to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Dear Friends: I need help! The purpose of this …... is to share with you an idea that I have worked on for over 10 years; it is an amendment to the United States Constitution. I profoundly believe that the Constitution of the United States of America is a document second only to the Holy Bible. For this reason, among so many meaningful things, our constitution should also be an instrument that inspires TRUST and PEACE among nations. Please click on www.friendlierworld.org
8 common myths about health insurance reform 1. 2.
Reform will stop "rationing" - not increase it: It’s a myth that reform will mean a "government takeover" of health care or lead to "rationing." To the contrary, reform will forbid many forms of rationing that are currently being used by insurance companies. We can’t afford reform: It's the status quo we can't afford. It’s a myth that reform will bust the budget. To the contrary, the President has identified ways to pay for the vast majority of the up-front costs by cutting waste, fraud, and abuse within existing government health programs; ending big subsidies to insurance companies; and increasing efficiency with such steps as coordinating care and streamlining paperwork. In the long term, reform can help bring down costs that will otherwise lead to a fiscal crisis. Reform would encourage "euthanasia": It does not. It’s a malicious myth that reform would encourage or even require euthanasia for seniors. For seniors who want to consult with their family and physicians about end-of life decisions, reform will help to cover these voluntary, private consultations for those who want help with these personal and difficult family decisions. Vets' health care is safe and sound: It’s a myth that health insurance reform will affect veterans' access to the care they get now. To the contrary, the President's budget significantly expands coverage under the VA, extending care to 500,000 more veterans who were previously excluded. The VA Healthcare system will continue to be available for all eligible veterans. Reform will benefit small business - not burden it: It’s a myth that health insurance reform will hurt small businesses. To the contrary, reform will ease the burdens on small businesses, provide tax credits to help them pay for employee coverage and help level the playing field with big firms who pay much less to cover their employees on average. Your Medicare is safe, and stronger with reform: It’s myth that Health Insurance Reform would be financed by cutting Medicare benefits. To the contrary, reform will improve the long-term financial health of Medicare, ensure better coordination, eliminate waste and unnecessary subsidies to insurance companies, and help to close the Medicare "doughnut" hole to make prescription drugs more affordable for seniors. You can keep your own insurance: It’s myth that reform will force you out of your current insurance plan or force you to change doctors. To the contrary, reform will expand your choices, not eliminate them. No, government will not do anything with your bank account: It is an absurd myth that government will be in charge of your bank accounts. Health insurance reform will simplify administration, making it easier and more convenient for you to pay bills in a method that you choose. Just like paying a phone bill or a utility bill, you can pay by traditional check, or by a direct electronic payment. And forms will be standardized so they will be easier to understand. The choice is up to you – and the same rules of privacy will apply as they do for all other electronic payments that people make.
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8 Reasons We Need Health Insurance Reform Now 1.
Coverage Denied to Millions: A recent national survey estimated that 12.6 million non-elderly adults – 36 percent of those who tried to purchase health insurance directly from an insurance company in the individual insurance market – were in fact discriminated against because of a pre-existing condition in the previous three years or dropped from coverage when they became seriously ill. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/denied_coverage/index.html Less Care for More Costs: With each passing year, Americans are paying more for health care coverage. Employer-sponsored health insurance premiums have nearly doubled since 2000, a rate three times faster than wages. In 2008, the average premium for a family plan purchased through an employer was $12,680, nearly the annual earnings of a full-time minimum wage job. Americans pay more than ever for health insurance, but get less coverage. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/hiddencosts/index.html Roadblocks to Care for Women: Women’s reproductive health requires more regular contact with health care providers, including yearly pap smears, mammograms, and obstetric care. Women are also more likely to report fair or poor health than men (9.5% versus 9.0%). While rates of chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure are similar to men, women are twice as likely to suffer from headaches and are more likely to experience joint, back or neck pain. These chronic conditions often require regular and frequent treatment and follow-up care. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/women/index.html Hard Times in the Heartland: Throughout rural America, there are nearly 50 million people who face challenges in accessing health care. The past several decades have consistently shown higher rates of poverty, mortality, uninsurance, and limited access to a primary health care provider in rural areas. With the recent economic downturn, there is potential for an increase in many of the health disparities and access concerns that are already elevated in rural communities. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/hardtimes Small Businesses Struggle to Provide Health Coverage: Nearly one-third of the uninsured – 13 million people – are employees of firms with less than 100 workers. From 2000 to 2007, the proportion of non-elderly Americans covered by employer-based health insurance fell from 66% to 61%. Much of this decline stems from small business. The percentage of small businesses offering coverage dropped from 68% to 59%, while large firms held stable at 99%. About a third of such workers in firms with fewer than 50 employees obtain insurance through a spouse. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/helpbottomline The Tragedies are Personal: Half of all personal bankruptcies are at least partly the result of medical expenses. The typical elderly couple may have to save nearly $300,000 to pay for health costs not covered by Medicare alone. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/inaction Diminishing Access to Care: From 2000 to 2007, the proportion of non-elderly Americans covered by employer-based health insurance fell from 66% to 61%. An estimated 87 million people - one in every three Americans under the age of 65 - were uninsured at some point in 2007 and 2008. More than 80% of the uninsured are in working families. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/inaction/diminishing/index.html The Trends are Troubling: Without reform, health care costs will continue to skyrocket unabated, putting unbearable strain on families, businesses, and state and federal government budgets. Perhaps the most visible sign of the need for health care reform is the 46 million Americans currently without health insurance projections suggest that this number will rise to about 72 million in 2040 in the absence of reform.
The Hubert H. Humphrey Democratic Club Cordially Invites You to its Inaugural Harvest Wine Tasting Event Monday, September 21, 2009 * 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM * Morry’s Restaurant, 5764 E. 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA 90803
Wine & Appetizers * Silent Auction Members (pre-paid): $20/person * Members (at the door): $25/person Non-Members (pre-paid): $25/person * Non-Members (at the door): $30/person Please RSVP by calling Nikki Noushkam at (562) 712-4072 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mail Payments to: HHDC | 11245 183rd St. #136 | Cerritos, CA 90703
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