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08 Jun
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Trump Trying To Take Health Care Away from Millions

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DNC on Trump Trying To Take Health Care Away from Millions

In response to the Trump administration urging a federal court to dismantle two of the most critical Affordable Care Act provisions, DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“This is morally reprehensible. The Trump administration is going to bat for big insurance companies so they can once more deny health care to people with pre-existing conditions.

“No one should be discriminated against just because they’re sick. That’s why President Obama and Democrats enacted historic protections for people with pre-existing conditions and prevented insurance companies from charging people higher rates because of their health status. And the American people overwhelmingly support these provisions.

“If Donald Trump and Republicans get their way, millions of Americans will be at risk of losing their health coverage. These are our children, parents, grandparents, and those who need health care the most. This kind of health care sabotage is unprecedented, and we won’t let them get away with it. Like most Americans, Democrats believe health care is a right for all, not a privilege for a wealthy few. We will fight back, and the American people will make their voices heard by voting Republicans out of office for their senseless attacks on families all across this country.”

01 Jun
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House Dems Respond to Virginia Accepting Medicaid Expansion

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Communications & Public Affairs
June 1, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Minority Leader Steve Kouplen
Phone: (405) 557-7306

House Dems Respond to Virginia Accepting Medicaid Expansion

OKLAHOMA CITY – Several House Democrats have released statements of praise for Virginia Democrats who fought to get the state legislature to accept the federal government’s Medicaid expansion.

Oklahoma House Democrats view Virginia’s success, which provides healthcare to more than 400,000 new Virginians, as an opportunity to pass similar legislation in Oklahoma.

“Virginia lawmakers showed empathy, humanity and understanding,” said Rep. Jacob Rosecrants, D-Norman. “Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, Republican lawmakers are working to get people off of Medicaid rolls. This trend must change. We have to refuse to support leaders that see healthcare as a waste of money instead of a right.”

Expanding Medicaid eligibility would expand coverage to more than 100,000 working Oklahomans, and it would encourage these Oklahomans to be more proactive about their health, which is necessary if Oklahoma wants to change its status as a leader in heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

“When you think about the families that expanding Medicaid would benefit, it’s just heart wrenching that the state legislature refuses to act,” said Rep. Meloyde Blancett, D-Tulsa. “This body, as has shown recently, won’t think twice about passing legislation that benefits a very narrow swath of Oklahomans, but when it comes to something as important as ensuring our citizens are taken care of and that our workforce is healthy, we do nothing. Oklahomans are suffering due to this inaction, and it’s sad.”

By increasing the number of Oklahomans that are insured, expanding Medicaid would offer rural health centers a larger consumer base to fund their operations. Many rural health centers today could not operate if not for Medicaid.

“Oklahoma’s rural health centers have been gutted and even closed due to the disastrous cuts that have taken place in state government over the last decade,” said Rep. David Perryman, D-Chickasha. “I applaud Virginia lawmakers for getting it right. I’m glad they realized that the biggest assets in their state are the citizens that live there. I’m happy they realized that defunding healthcare is bad business for the state. Now, I’m just waiting on Oklahoma Republicans to realize it too.”

Regardless of whether a person agrees or disagrees as to whether healthcare is a right, the goal should always be to ensure more people are covered.

“This shouldn’t be a political issue,” said Rep. Cyndi Munson, D-Oklahoma City. “Lawmakers are sent to the legislature to make the lives of Oklahomans better. By turning healthcare into a political football, we are masterfully doing the opposite. This isn’t about whether you are a democrat or a republican. This is about your commitment to humanity, and whether or not that commitment includes taking care of the vulnerable populations around you.”

Recent cuts, by the legislature, to Oklahoma’s health care agencies have affected communities across the state. Accepting the Medicaid expansion would bring more federal dollars into our state’s healthcare system. By definition, accepting this expansion would increase local control of healthcare and improve the health and wellbeing of Oklahomans.

“Virginia has joined 33 other states that have chosen to put the health of citizens over politics,” said Minority Leader Steve Kouplen, D-Beggs. “This expansion is about meeting the needs of disabled Oklahomans. It’s about restoring some of the funding that rural health centers have lost over the last decade. It’s about doing what is right for our elderly and more vulnerable populations. Our state’s inaction on this issue has failed our citizens. It’s time to change course and bring this money home.”

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01 Jun
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DNC on LGBTQ Pride Month

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DNC on LGBTQ Pride Month

In celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month 2018, DNC Chair Tom Perez, DNC LGBTQ Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes, Finance Chair Henry Munoz, Treasurer William Derrough, and Secretary Jason Rae released the following statement:

“Pride Month is an opportunity to celebrate the vast contributions LGBTQ Americans have made to our society, to honor the generations of leaders and activists who have fought for equality, and to rededicate ourselves to the work that remains.

“We see the impact of LGBTQ Americans throughout our history. We see it in the hope of Harvey Milk and the trailblazing work of Pauli Murray. We see it in the courageous leadership of Bayard Rustin and the pioneering career of Sally Ride. We see it in the brilliant performances of Laverne Cox, the athletic dominance of Abby Wambach, and the indomitable spirit of the late Edie Windsor.

“Under President Obama, our nation continued its long march toward LGBTQ equality. We ended Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and we fought for transgender equality in schools, military service, health care, and public accommodations. Today, hospitals receiving Medicare or Medicaid funds must extend visitation rights to LGBTQ patients. Across the country, violence against LGBTQ individuals can now be prosecuted as federal hate crimes. And of course, marriage equality is now the law of the land.

“We’ve made incredible progress for LGBTQ rights, and we’ve seen LGBTQ candidates achieve historic victories up and down the ballot. But LGBTQ Americans still face hurdles to equality across our society – from bathrooms to bakeries to the ballot box. Every day, Republicans in Congress, the White House, and at the state and local level are trying to turn back the clock on LGBTQ rights.

“The Democratic Party stands with LGBTQ communities in America and around the world. We believe that no one should face discrimination, bullying, or violence because of who they are or who they love. And we will never stop fighting for the equality every human being deserves.”

24 May
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Oklahoma Democratic Party Staff Successfully Completes Bargaining Negotiations with OPEIU Local 381

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For Immediate Release
May 24, 2018

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
405-536-2417

Oklahoma Democratic Party Staff Successfully Completes Bargaining Negotiations with OPEIU Local 381

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party has completed a union contract with the Office & Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), Local 381. The finalized contract makes the ODP the first Democratic State Party in the nation to complete bargaining negotiations and unionize its staff. OPEIU has more than 104,000 members and represents 110,000 employees. It is one of the largest unions of the AFL-CIO.

The ODP is one of three Democratic State Parties to begin the collective bargaining process. Also in the process of unionizing are the Vermont and Idaho state parties, but neither have completed a contract at this time.

“We are proud to be the first State Party in the nation to unionize and complete the bargaining process with a signed contract,” said Chair and Executive Director Anna Langthorn. “This contract is evidence on paper of us living our values in practice – worker protections, fair pay, and family-focused benefits. We’re excited for our colleagues in Vermont and Idaho to complete their unionization processes as well, helping us all set the standard for the rest of the nation.”

ODP leadership voted unanimously on March 11, 2017, to change non-management staff’s employee status from “at-will” to “just-cause.” This vote welcomed the staff to move forward in organizing with a labor union of their collective choice. The bargaining process began on October 16, 2017, and concluded with a finalized contract on May 23, 2018.

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For more information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party, visit the party website at okdlive.wpengine.com, or call party headquarters at 405-427-3366.

21 May
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DNC on Trump Admin Assault on Workers’ Rights

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DNC on Trump Admin Assault on Workers’ Rights

In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold employers’ right to require arbitration to settle workplace disputes, DNC spokesperson Daniel Wessel released the following statement:

“The Trump administration continues to put business interests ahead of the rights of American workers. After President Obama fought on the side of American workers, Trump abruptly switched the administration’s position to allow employers to force workers to contract away their rights to collectively challenge workplace abuses, including sexual harassment and racial discrimination. This decision today is an assault on workers’ rights that will further empower and enrich special interests at Americans’ expense.

“While Trump has broken his promise to put American workers first, Democrats will continue to fight for American workers and hold Trump and Republicans accountable for their all out assault on workers’ rights.”

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