Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump
Remove health-care subsidies for Members of Congress and their families
Several years ago, my dad got the news that he had cancer. Sadly, he passed away. My dad had a job at the time, but his employer did not cover him, and without coverage, he avoided going to the doctor until it was too late. As Congress and President Trump try to pass a new healthcare law, I'm reminded of my father and whether he would have made it if he had early access to cost-effective health care. Affordable health care is in decline as premiums and health costs increase at exponential rates. Some politicians cannot relate to the cost burden experienced by families across the nation because they’ve historically received health benefits that most Americans have not. Like millions of people who are panicking about possible changes to their health insurance, I’m concerned the people elected to represent us won’t have to live with the consequences or expenses that the rest of us may have to face soon. I want lawmakers to commit to treating themselves just like those who will be impacted by ACA repeal or replacement. A lot of Members of Congress promote choice as an American value, which is all the more reason for them to have to continue to choose their own health coverage from the free marketplace. If private health care is good for the American citizen, it should also be good for the people that defend it. If Congress is willing to drastically cut healthcare subsidies for most people, are they willing to have the same rules apply to them and their families?
Petition to Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, John Barrasso, Tom Carper, James Inhofe, Shelley Capito, John Boozman, Roger Wicker, Deb Fischer, Jerry Moran, Mike Rounds, Joni Ernst, Dan Sullivan, Richard Shelby, Bernie Sanders, Ben Cardin, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeff Merkley, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Edward Markey, L. Tammy Duckworth
Tell Congress to Maintain EPA & NOAA Funding
Protect Our Oceans. Protect Our Health. Protect Our EPA & NOAA. The White House recently proposed debilitating budget and workforce cuts for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) starting this October when the 2018 fiscal year begins. Every department seems to be affected; from environmental justice programs and science education, to research and monitoring. In the new administration’s plan, many critical ocean grants, programs, and services will be completely eliminated unless our representatives and legislators vote against the cuts in Congress. This comes at a critical time when America’s coastal infrastructure is failing in the face of intensifying storms and rising seas associated with climate change. We should be doubling down on efforts to prepare and defend our coastlines. We should be empowering scientists, researchers, and youth in America to become stewards for our ocean and environment. We should be investing our hard-earned tax dollars into the next generation of ocean innovation. Instead, the proposals drastically reduce fundamental resources to prepare and respond to environmental emergencies. The White House’s plan includes slashing the EPA budget by 31 percent — to the tune of $2.6 billion — and reducing staff by more than 3,200 people The EPA is already operating on a lean budget – federal funding has been decreased by over $2 billion since 2010. Nearly three-quarters of the EPA’s annual budget goes toward funding grants for states, tribes, and contractors. These grants aid crucial environmental cleanup, monitoring, and preparedness efforts. Commonly known for its weather forecasting services, NOAA also leads the nation on climate monitoring, fisheries, and ocean services. NOAA’s annual budget is $5.6 billion, a small fraction of the overall federal budget. The administration proposed a stiff 17% cut to NOAA’s overall budget. And, a 22% reduction in funding for NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service, which creates and operates weather satellites. This program also houses the National Centers for Environmental Information – an essential environmental science research center and repository of climate data. Additionally, climate protection programs would suffer a nearly 70% cut, which would thwart efforts to prepare for sea level rise, adapt to hotter urban areas, and buffer our communities for increased storm intensity and flooding. This is particularly important as previous worst case scenario projections for sea level rise in Southern California – 5.5 feet by 2100 – are now being revised to predict even more extreme impacts as ice sheets at our planet’s poles are melting faster than expected. Beach tourism and the coast recreation economy are valued at close to $90 billion, so EPA’s investment of $10 million annually in beach water quality monitoring makes fiscal and public health sense to ensure that beachgoers are healthy and safe. However, the Beach Grant Program would suffer complete elimination. This vital program supports weekly water quality sampling at beaches across the country, and, helps to sustain thriving marine life and public awareness of pollution for the 90 million people visiting our nation’s beaches annually. Environmental education through the EPA would be cut by over 90% - a disservice to preparing and educating our youth, who are the future stewards of our nation. And, communities who are already the most under-served would be disproportionately impacted by the planned 78% cuts to environmental justice programs. Funding would be completely zeroed out for several smaller programs, including coastal management, estuary reserves, and Sea Grant – a well-leveraged scientific research partnership with universities throughout the nation. Removing the Sea Grant program would cut funding for important fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, and public health research at 33 universities across the country – this is hands-on and applied research that informs management and protection of our economically and environmentally beneficial coastal and ocean resources. The new administration’s proposals would cripple our efforts to safeguard marine habitats, threatened animals, and coastal resilience – placing entire communities and ecosystems at a further disadvantage. The White House has said it is committed to promoting clean water and clean air, but these proposed actions demonstrate otherwise. It seems virtually impossible to maintain basic environmental and public health protections, given such deep cuts and job losses. Please help Heal the Bay and many other trusted environmental groups nationwide in our effort to keep the EPA and NOAA from being disabled. Tell your Congressional Representatives and Legislators that funding for the EPA and NOAA is important to you, your family, your business, and community.
Petition to Anthem's CEO, Joseph Swedish
Anthem BlueCross BlueShield is Preventing My 12-year-old Son from Having a Better Life
My son, Brody, has a rare form of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. It’s a terrible disease that leads to an early death. Brody is only 12 years old. He has a fighting chance, especially in light of a new drug (Exondys 51) that the FDA approved late last year for all patients with the rare form of this disease. However, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, one of the largest health insurers, recently announced that they won’t cover this treatment. Rather, Anthem is labeling this life-altering medicine “experimental,” despite its FDA approval. This is unacceptable! Anthem’s creative interpretation of its coverage policy withholds a treatment for Brody and the 1,500 other patients with this rare form of Duchenne affecting their quality of life and ensuring an early death sentence. PLEASE SIGN MY PETITION AND HELP ME SHOW ANTHEM THAT KIDS WITH MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY DESERVE A FIGHTING CHANCE. This drug isn’t a cure, but it’s the first FDA-approved treatment that gives our family hope. It helps slow the progression of the disease by producing dystrophin, a protein that my son needs to use his muscles and that he can’t produce on his own. The fact that Brody is in a wheelchair shouldn’t matter at all – he needs to be able to move his arms, hands and fingers. When did we start telling people in wheelchairs that one’s quality of life – eating, texting, writing, etc. – isn’t important? Should big insurance companies be able to discriminate against kids with disabilities? To Joseph Swedish, CEO of Anthem: You still have time to do the right thing. Maybe your decision was made in haste? Perhaps it was a clerical error or a simple oversight? Did you have an opportunity to speak with any of the Duchenne experts about the value of this drug? Did you even know this decision was made? Regardless, the Duchenne community is deeply concerned. Since my son is unable to walk, we have to be the ones to stand against Anthem for him. The company has time to reverse this decision before it’s too late for kids like Brody. I hope you will join me by signing this petition and sharing with your friends and colleagues on Facebook and Twitter Thank you for standing with me.
Petition to The United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate
Stop President Trump's proposed budget cuts to the National Institutes of Health
President Donald Trump released a budget proposal on 3/16/17 which calls for a $6 billion dollar cut in funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), or 20% of the NIH's total budget. The NIH uses more than 80% of its budget to provide grant money to university, hospital, and research center scientists who study relevant public health issues. The NIH is the major funding source for research on cancer, asthma, diabetes, autism and developmental disabilities, Alzheimer's Disease, as well as many other debilitating diseases. NIH funding in its current configuration is inadequate to provide scientists with the tools and training that they need to combat these problems. Lack of funding has left many highly trained and qualified scientists with little or no resources to conduct their work which in many cases had strong potential to make significant advances in human health and medicine. The proposed budget cut would paralyze biomedical research; Both ongoing research progress as well as new and innovative research will be halted. These cuts will directly result in fewer advances in medicine. The proposed cuts will also alter the trajectory of science, as they stand to decimate the funding which is necessary for the training of new scientists. This will result in a reduction in the number of highly skilled biomedical experts in this country. Please do not allow this to happen. The NIH budget needs to be increased, not slashed, if we consider health a priority in this country.
Petition to Congress
Require Lyme Testing for Alzheimer's Patients
Alzheimer's and Dementia have been closely associated with, if not directly related to Lyme disease in recent studies. In light of these recent revelations, we petition that modern and accurate Lyme Disease tests be implemented for each patient diagnosed with these ailments.
Petition to Donald Trump
Fight For Those Who Fought For You
As federal patients, Veterans are being prescribed extremely addictive pharmaceuticals linked to widespread death across the country. Despite this fact, these pills remain at a lower classification within the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) than cannabis. Cannabis has helped many people suffering from debilitating conditions such as PTSD, cancer, chronic pain, addiction withdrawal and has statistically lowered the suicide rate in states where it is “legal.” Veterans Health Administration (VA) primary care teams should be educated on how to best implement cannabis into a veterans treatment plan. When a patient is a legal medical cannabis card holder as well as a veteran, they should be afforded the freedom to use cannabis within the VA system as a recognized medical alternative to psychiatric drugs without any discrimination or unjust actions against them. Do you agree? Should veterans be able to treat themselves with medical marijuana. If you do, please join us in the fight to provide veterans safe access and compassionate care within the Veterans Health Administration.
Petition to Parents of Oconomowoc School district
Change the Fun on the Run school lunch option
Oconomowoc school district residents please help us in altering the "Fun on the Run" Oconomowoc Elementary school lunch option! The ‘Fun on the Run’ Oconomowoc Elementary school lunch option began Wednesday, March 1. This new program is offered every day of the week as an alternative to hot lunch. A few of these days include items such as a Pop Tart, animal crackers or a Rice Krispie Treat as their whole grain option. Other foods included are sugar ladened Trix yogurt and juice. One meal contains 50 grams of sugar when the maximum recommended daily dietary intake for a child is 37 grams. Fruit is offered only a handful of days while a vegetable is not offered at all. Parents have been advised that children can seek out additional fruit or a vegetable at the school’s salad bar. However, we all know most children will not do this if given these ‘Fun on the Run’ options. Also, there are schools that don’t have a salad bar so a child couldn’t have an additional fruit or vegetable if they wanted to. Most children will tend to choose the unhealthy, sugary food rather than a healthier one. The ‘Fun on the Run’ menu does just that- it appeals to their sugary appetite. Sodexo, a for profit company, created this option for our children’s school. Sodexo benefits from the children purchasing this new lunch option. Their incentive is to create meals that entice and appeal to children, not necessarily meals that are good for them. Not only does this option benefit Sodexo but it benefits all of the major food companies who make these processed foods. What better way to get kids addicted to your food item than to include it in their lunch every week. Kids will get hooked on these items and forever struggle with an addiction to sugar, refined carbohydrates which opens the gateway to obesity. Children need foods which contain whole grains, fiber, protein and vitamins along with fruits and vegetables to feed their growing bodies. Please join us in fighting Sodexo and ending this unhealthy lunch option. Help us to fight these large companies that target our children, encouraging them to eat these addictive foods which will make them customers for life. March is National Nutrition Month. Let's improve OASD school lunches! Proposed Meals:Protein: 1/4 cup edamame beans, ¼ black beans, turkey/ chicken slices,hard boiled egg, string cheese, yogurt (must contain less than 10 grams of sugar)Fruit: 1 whole piece of fruit (apple, orange, banana, pear, etc.). 1/2 cup of fresh fruit (i.e. cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes, mixed fruit, etc.)Vegetables: 1 cup of vegetables (i.e. carrots, broccoli, salad (lettuce, kale, etc.) jicama sticks, celery sticks, peas, cornWhole Grain: serving of a non-processed whole grain (quinoa, barley, brown rice, etc.), a whole grain roll/bread, whole grain crackers, Kashi bar, Larabar, whole wheat bread for a sandwhich. Lauren Flint, Jamie Hardt, Deana Mustas Binkelman
Petition to U.S. Senate, Roy Blunt, Patty Murray, Jerry Moran, Richard Shelby, Thad Cochran, Lamar Alexander, Lindsey Graham, Mark Kirk, Bill Cassidy, Shelley Capito, James Lankford, Dick Durbin, Jack Reed, Barbara Mikulski, Jeanne Shaheen, Jeff Merkley, Brian Schatz, Tammy Baldwin
Urge U.S. Senate to approve $70M NIH funding for lymphedema and lymphatic disease research
United States Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has requested “$70 million in lymphatic and lymphedema research funding be appropriated to the Office of the Director at NIH to support extramural interdisciplinary research relevant to the lymphatic system in health and disease.” This would be an unprecedented achievement in making lymphatics and lymphedema a national heath priority. Its impact on future treatments and cures must not be underestimated. We must fight for this with everything available to us. The Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN), its spokesperson Kathy Bates, the research community, and Senator Schumer have brought this issue to the forefront. It is now up to us, as a community, to get this funding in the budget. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services must hear from you. First, sign this petition. Herein, the signers of this petition call upon committee members to add the Report Language of Senator Schumer to the 2017 Committee Appropriations bill. Second, write directly to the Committee Members to voice your support. Links to their webpages are provided below. Both actions are needed to secure this historic funding. Be part of the greatest lymphatic disease and lymphedema research initiative in history. Make this just the beginning. This is where it all starts, and it doesn’t happen without you. Sincerely,William RepicciExecutive Director, LE&RNSenate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services members:Senator Roy Blunt (Chairman, R-MO)Senator Patty Murray (Ranking Member, D-WA)Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS)Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS)Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL)Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA)Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)Senator James Lankford (R-OK)Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL)Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR)Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI)Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)