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  • Uber and the gig economy used to love Obamacare. What happened?
    Posted in In the News on July 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Jobs and the Economy

    The Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare is, for now, mothballed, in no small part because of Democratic resistance, fierce opposition from industry groups, and, above all else, GOP disarray. What didn’t help doom the effort: an enormous U.S. industry that repeatedly joined President Obama to promote the Affordable Care Act. Uber, Lyft, and a long list of other technology companies that power the so-called gig economy once rallied behind Obamacare as a major boon for their freelance... Read more

  • The Senate health care plan is a disaster for gig economy workers
    Posted in In the News on July 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Jobs and the Economy

    The gig economy owes a lot to Obamacare. In the wake of the financial crisis, as smartphones were just becoming the norm, millions of Americans were out of work. Then, Uber hit the market one year before Obamacare was passed, and suddenly, the “gig economy” seemed feasible. Startups could launch without providing costly healthcare, and their workers—excuse me, independent contractors—didn’t have to worry about going broke if they got sick, thanks to help from the government. The gig economy expl... Read more

  • Dems on tax reform outreach: Talk is cheap
    Posted in In the News on July 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    Democrats say they have little reason to believe that Republicans are serious about doing tax reform on a bipartisan basis, saying they have yet to put meaningful action behind their words. While Republicans have expressed an interest in bipartisanship on the issue and held a few meetings with Democratic lawmakers, they are also planning to pass tax-reform legislation through a process known as reconciliation, which would allow a bill to pass the Senate with only GOP support. Additionally, key R... Read more

  • House GOP Tax Plan Would Allow Small Business Interest Deductions
    Posted in In the News on July 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    The House Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee is “actively working” on provisions to allow small businesses to deduct the interest they pay on debt, Chairman Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) said. The provision would be a change to the House GOP tax reform plan, which would eliminate the ability of companies to deduct the interest on their loans but allow them to write off all business expenses. The current tax code already allows many small businesses to deduct both business investments and interest ex... Read more

  • Congresswoman DelBene Visit Turns Spotlight on Role of NIH, Medicare/Medicaid Funding
    Posted in In the News on July 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    “Across the country, Americans are suffering from heartbreaking medical conditions. If we are serious about breaking new ground in our understanding of complex diseases like Alzheimer’s, it’s absolutely essential we boost investments in medical research,” said Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) in a statement for the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2017 happening now in London. “That’s why I’ve called for increased funding in life-saving research at NIH to accelerate developmen... Read more

  • Surveillance reform déjà vu
    Posted in In the News on July 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Congressional surveillance reform advocates are attempting to use the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to rein in post-9/11 warrantless mass surveillance programs. If the recent past is any guide, the House GOP leadership will do everything it can to ensure their amendments never get a vote on the House floor. Click here for the whole story. Read more

  • I need this treatment: Recovering addicts tell Murray, DelBene importance of Medicaid
    Posted in In the News on July 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    If Medicaid is taken away, I don’t know if I can still get help. That’s the message Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Suzan DelBene heard from recovering opioid addicts Friday in Seattle. “I had a physical and mental addiction to heroin, which led me to my first treatment program,” recovering addict Angelina Martain said. “The thought that I could get into a program, the fact that I could find help was so amazing. It was because of my insurance, because of Medicaid.” Click here for the whole story. Read more

  • Rep. DelBene visits Northshore Senior Center to listen to seniors
    Posted in In the News on July 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Seniors

    Rep. Suzan DelBene recently visited two senior centers and heard concerns about the health care repeal bill being considered in the senate that would increase the seniors’ health care costs and cut the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Senate Republicans delayed a vote on the repeal bill this week due to a lack of votes and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to try again later this month. DelBene listened to concerns regarding the bill from First District seniors at the Northshore Se... Read more

  • Rep. DelBene Says N. Korea Launch a Continuing Escalation
    Posted in In the News on July 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Rep. Suzan DelBene, a Washington Democrat, discusses North Korea's escalating threats against the U.S. with Bloomberg's David Gura on "Bloomberg Markets." (Source: Bloomberg) Click here for the video. Read more

  • Seniors worried about cuts to health care
    Posted in In the News on July 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Seniors

    Carole Hood is battling both bone cancer and breast cancer. Right now, Medicare pays for her treatment, but she fears the burden will fall on her if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. “[Medicare] has always done the best and if they cut that, I don’t know what I would do,” Hood said. The Virginia woman moved to Monroe’s Brookdale assisted living facility to be closer to her son and does not want to burden her family if the costs end up falling on her. It is not just her. Click here for the who... Read more