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10 Dec
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JANITORS, TEACHERS, SOCIAL WORKERS…LEFT HOLDING THE BAG

December 10, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Trav Robertson
P: 405.427.3366

JANITORS, TEACHERS, SOCIAL WORKERS…LEFT HOLDING THE BAG

Speaker Shannon denies raises to middle class, but gives huge tax-funded raises to crony attorneys

OKLAHOMA CITY– Oklahoma’s House Speaker T.W. Shannon has given his personal staff of attorneys huge raises, and yet he and Mary Fallin deny teachers pay raises. The cost Oklahomans will have to pay for Shannon’s staff members increase in pay is an additional $280,000 annually that the majority of which goes to only a handful of employees. Speaker Shannon displays cronyism by giving raises to his friends and denies living wages to various groups such as teachers, social workers, and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

State employees have not seen an across-the-board pay increase since 2006. It is clear that the Republican leadership is continuing their class warfare by denying middle class Oklahomans a living wage.

“How can the Republicans deny raises to these middle class employees, especially when we have seen our state revenues increase?” Chairman Wallace Collins continued, “Shannon needs to learn laws can change lives, and I challenge him to try and live on minimum wage like Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor Cathy Cummings has done.”

Recently, Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor Cathy Cummings conducted “The Living Wage Experiment” where she and her husband tried to live on minimum wage for 30 days. They encountered many difficult situations such as not having enough cash at the grocery store and saving gas by biking to work across highways in Oklahoma City.

You can see their journey on Facebook.

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09 Dec
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Líder de la Comunidad y Defensor de Latino Americanos Anuncia Postulación para el Distrito Electoral 89

For Immediate Release

Diciembre 9, 2013

Contacta: Mary Sosa
(405) 371-2389
info@marysosa.com

Líder de la Comunidad y Defensor de Latino Americanos Anuncia Postulación para el Distrito Electoral 89

CIUDAD DE OKLAHOMA – Una líder de la comunidad y defensora de los Latino Americanos ha anunciado su candidatura para el distrito electoral 89 de la Cámara de Representantes de Oklahoma.

“Me estoy postulando porque creo que nuestros hijos son el futuro, creo que los trabajadores de Oklahoma son el lomo de nuestra economía, y creo que las familias se merecen ser protegidas, no separadas” dijo Mary Sosa. “Es tiempo que trabajemos juntos para elegir candidatos que planean proteger a las familias en nuestra comunidad.

Sosa es una empleada jubilada de la Ciudad de Oklahoma. Ella ha vivido en el distrito por 33 años, y ha creado a sus hijos y nietos allí. Sosa  ha sido la presidenta de College Hill Neighborhood Association. Sosa es voluntaria con un sinnúmero de organizaciones, incluyendo a la Cruz Rojo de América, la Fundación para el Diabetes Juvenil, y la Alianza de Vecindarios.  Mary es una miembra activa en la Iglesia de Cristo de Capitol Hill en el Sur de la Cuidad de Oklahoma.

“Yo he vivido 33 años en el distrito electoral 89; he tendió la oportunidad de trabajar con mucha gente diferente y ver los problemas que nuestra comunidad enfrenta. Yo crié a mis hijos aquí, y ahora soy afortunada de tener nietos creciendo aquí también. He decidido postularme para hacer mi parte en asegurar que nuestra comunidad reciba la representación que merece en el Capitolio Estatal,” dijo Sosa.

El distrito electoral 89 está ubicado en el Sur de la Cuidad de Oklahoma. Actualmente está representado por la Representante Rebecca Hamilton, cuyo plazo se termina el Noviembre de 2014.

Conoce más sobre Mary Sosa y su campana en su pagino de web: www.espanol.marysosa.com.

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09 Dec
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Community Leader and Advocate for Latino Americans Announces for House District 89

For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary Sosa
(405) 371-2389
info@marysosa.com

Community Leader and Advocate for Latino Americans Announces for House District 89

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – A community leader and advocate for Latino Americans announced today that she is running for the Oklahoma House of Representatives in House District 89.

“I am running because I believe our children are our future, that working Oklahomans are the backbone bone of our economy, and that families were meant to be protected, not torn apart,” said Mary Sosa. “It’s time for us to work together and elect leaders that have a plan to protect families in our community.”

Sosa is a retired city employee for the City of Oklahoma City. Mary has lived in the district for 33 years and has raised her children and grandchildren there. She is the former president of the College Hill Neighborhood Association. Sosa serves as a volunteer with countless organizations including the American Red Cross, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the Neighborhood Alliance. Mary is an active member of Capitol Hill Church of Christ in South Oklahoma City.

“In the 33 years I’ve lived in House District 89, I’ve had the opportunity to work with people from every walk of life and see the problems our community faces firsthand. I have raised my children here and am lucky to have grandchildren growing up here too. I have decided to step up to do my part to make sure our community gets the representation it deserves at the State Capitol,” said Sosa.

House District 89 is located in South Oklahoma City. It is currently represented by Representative Rebecca Hamilton who will term out in November of 2014.

Learn more about Mary and her campaign at http://www.marysosa.com.
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04 Dec
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The ACA Allows More Than 800K Oklahomans to Access Free Preventive Care

 

December 4, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Trav Robertson
P: 405.427.3366

THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT ALLOWS MORE THAN 800K OKLAHOMANS TO ACCESS FREE PREVENTIVE CARE

Republican plan would cause consumers to lose access to preventive services with no copay

OKLAHOMA CITY– While Republicans in Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation double down on their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Democrats remain unified behind improving and effectively implementing health care reform. Already, Oklahomans are seeing the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.

Approximately 105 million Americans – 71 million with private insurance and 34 million on Medicare – have received at least one free preventive health care service thanks to the Affordable Care Act. In Oklahoma, 811,000 people have received free preventive care like flu shots and cancer screenings because of the health care law [1].

Oklahoma has the sixth highest percentage of residents without health insurance with more than 690,000 uninsured Oklahomans in 2010 [2].

Meanwhile, Oklahoma Republicans – including Senators Inhofe, Coburn, the Congressional delegation, and even Governor Fallin – continue to stand in the way of making commonsense health care reforms. In fact, the Republican plan is to repeal the Affordable Care Act, eliminate services like free preventive care, and return to a broken system that leaves insurers in the driver’s seat of Oklahoma’s health care. Instead of expanding access to health care in Oklahoma, Governor Fallin continues to play politics and refuses to expand Medicaid, which would provide health care coverage for many of Oklahoma’s most vulnerable citizens.

“Republicans like Mary Fallin and Jim Inhofe continue to stand in the way of improving health care for Oklahoma families,” said Chairman Collins. “The GOP’s plan is simple: repeal the Affordable Care Act, take away benefits that lower costs for Oklahomans, and return to a completely broken system. Under the Affordable Care Act, more than 800,000 Oklahomans have received preventive care with no copay. That’s progress, and it’s why Democrats are committed to improving the Affordable Care Act and making it work. Republicans’ only plan is to make the system worse.”

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[1] Source: http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2013/PreventiveServices/ib_prevention.cfm
[2] Source: http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/maps/interactive-map-uninsured-in-oklahoma/

02 Dec
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AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE IS HERE!

The Republican Party’s angst against the colloquially named “Obamacare” is probably due to the millions of dollars they have wasted demeaning it. Whether they like it or not, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) can only be reversed if voters become lazy and allow Republicans to gain control of all three branches of our federal government. What both parties should do is look ahead to when the PPACA is fully implemented. Then, evaluate the final results when affordable healthcare for everyone is completed. A negative critique of a project at its inception is a wasteful effort in futility, politically and financially.

Those that see the PPACA as a form of socialism are only fooling their constituents. Health insurance plans we purchase come from private insurance companies, not the U.S. Government. PPACA Exchanges (Marketplaces) were designed to be state-operated from the beginning. However, 36 states – with Republicans in full control of those governments – refused to establish the anticipated Exchanges. Those states’ refusals left it up to the Federal Government to fill the void. Ergo, when the Federal Marketplace opened up for online operation, it was overwhelmed by the millions of people who were abandoned by their state governments. Isn’t it ironic how history repeats itself?

The same problems occurred when Medicare Part D was initiated under the George W. Bush presidency even with a Republican-controlled House and Senate.

Recently, we were reminded of the equally controversial roll-outs of both E-Bay and Amazon. What short, selective memories we have.

Today, in most part, Republicans are putting forth misinformation designed to convince the public that what we had before the PPACA was enacted is still the best healthcare we can ever have. With that concept now being discovered false, they are at loss regarding what to use to generate their next fear-tactics rhetoric. The House has enacted challenges to repeal all or parts of the PPACA 46 times – all to no avail.

Because Governor Fallin and her Republican legislators refused to adopt the PPACA , according to the Kaiser Foundation, 144,480 citizens of Oklahoma (ages 26-65) will “fall into the uninsured gap” – being neither eligible for Medicaid nor able to qualify for Marketplace subsidies to help pay their insurance premiums.

Most of the truly important parts of the PPACA have already taken effect, and hundreds of millions of Americans are benefiting from its passage. What the Republicans, in their battle against affordable healthcare, hope we haven’t discovered are:

(1) Young adults may now remain on their parent’s health plan until age 26.

(2) We cannot be denied health insurance due to a pre-existing medical condition or have a plan cancelled because of a pay-out cap for a catastrophic illness.

(3) In states which expanded their Medicaid programs, (OKLAHOMA DID NOT) young adults whose parents carry no insurance – and those older than 26 – may now be eligible for Medicaid. Because the federal government also operates an Insurance Marketplace, qualifying young adults of Oklahoma may apply for health insurance and receive subsidies to assist in paying the premiums.

(4) Everyone currently enrolled in Medicaid, or who obtains health coverage through the Marketplace, will have preventive care with regular exams from the medical profession. (This part of the Act will also affect seniors 65 or older as there are no co-pays for these yearly procedures.)

(5) Pregnant women of Oklahoma, fortunate enough to afford health insurance, will now receive pre-natal care which was not offered prior to the PPACA.

Readers, take note! More Republican fear tactics are forthcoming! They now have a new list of phrases to use in future town hall meetings, i.e., “I Lost My insurance” – “Cost of Healthcare Increasing,”- “Negative Stories Heard,” etc..

In the months leading up to 2014 elections, another coordinated attack on both Democrats and the PPACA – to generate groundless fears – will come!

Kenneth Wells

580-444-2563