We Need Medicare-for-all NOW!

Originally posted on In the Eyes of Mika:

download (2)The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is working and is an improvement from what we had before. The healthcare law (ACA), ensures that up to 105 million Americans cannot be subject to lifetime caps by their health insurance plans. Because of the law, up to 17 million children with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage or charged more. Specifically in Iowa, the law has allowed over 800,000 Iowans to receive at least one preventive service at no out-of-pocket cost.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a definite improvement over the status quo. It extended health insurance to millions of people, a move which will save lives and improve the quality of life for many people. But it is not enough. – Richard Eskow

55ba7e6dc361883d318b45deI support Senate Bernie Sanders’ plan for Medicare-for-all single-payer health care system.

The Medicare-for-all or “Universal health care” plan consists of only one payer (a single-payer public…

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Must Be Stopped

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a bad deal and must be stopped. #StopFastTrack

Originally posted on In the Eyes of Mika:

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“Savvy, deep-pocketed foreign conglomerates could challenge a broad range of laws we pass at every level of government,” said United States Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer (D-NY) on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) (Weisma).

The TPP is a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s economic agenda for his second term in office. However, the trade agreement faces tremendous criticism from many Democrats and progressive organizations. Collectively, these Democrats and progressives claim that this trade deal would be damaging to U.S. sovereignty, that it expands the ISDS (investor-state dispute settlement), and it adds new substantive rights to foreign companies and investors. All of which would hurt the U.S. economy, damage the environment, roll-back human rights, and destroy privacy.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would grant broad powers to multinational companies and investors operating in North America, South America, and Asia. Under the TPP, companies and investors would be able to challenge any regulations…

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Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) = Race to the Bottom

Originally posted on In the Eyes of Mika:

DSC_7198I am opposed to the President’s trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and I urge you all to oppose it too. 

Join me in speaking out and let’s STOP FAST TRACK! Visit this website to learn how to best use your voice:stopfasttrack.com

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)would grant broad powers to multinational companies operating in North America, South America, and Asia. A total of 12 nations. TPP would allow companies and investors to challenge regulations, rules, government actions and court rulings – federal, state, or local – before tribunals organized under the World Bank or the United Nations. Thus far, TPP is supported by corporate Democrats, Republicans and various businesses. The trade deal would even allow multinational companies to sue in the United States and elsewhere. Therefore, the overall priority of TPP is to protect corporate interest at the cost of the consumers.

“Multinational corporations are increasingly realizing this…

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2014 Election: Democrats forget their Principles

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This Mika Covington makes some great points in this blog about the 2014 Elections and about the Democratic Party. This was displayed last night by the progressive wing of the party in the vote on the budget bill to keep the government open. The establishment of the party however caved and voted against the American people by voting with the Republicans for that awful bill.

Originally posted on In the Eyes of Mika:

Post-Election: Progressive Values Needed

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This past election in November did not go the way many progressive Democrats would have liked.  I know I am one of many who were deeply disappointed in the results along with the voter turnout. Specifically in Iowa, nearly all of our candidates lost.

The Iowa House stayed in the control of the Republicans and the Iowa Senate fortunately took another seat and is Democratic plus one. Federally, the House will have nearly a super majority of Republicans (250) and the Senate will be in the control of the Republicans (55).

20141108_gdm333_10Thus, it is very difficult as a progressive Democratic, and especially to be positive about this last election.

However, if you look at the states you might see a different story. For instance, in the two states where ‘Personhood’ amendments were on the ballot they were rejected. They were not…

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U.S. House Inaction on Important Bills Instead House Republican Intra-Party Debate on Impeachment

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The U.S. House of Representatives has been the worst House in many years. They have passed few substantial bills. Instead, the majority party in the House the Republicans is having an intra-party debate over whether or not to pursue impeachment against President Barack Obama.

The House Republicans have separated into three factions, the first wants to impeach the president, the second wants to sue him, and the third agrees with the first, however fears political damage and knows that the Senate will not remove the president from office. You also hear from the factions that the House Republicans cannot work to impeach the president because they just don’t have the time.

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Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX, “The president deserves to be impeached. Plain and simple,” he said. “But. . . we have so much on our plate that it’s not practical.” (MSNBC)

Congress has passed 126 bills, putting it on track to be the least productive Congress on record. (theHill)

Rep. Weber believes that the president “definitely deserves” to be impeached, but well they are just too busy.

PEVI would like to know, what are they busy with? Passing bills to help our nation? Nope.

PEVI calls on Rep. Weber and the rest of the House Republicans to stop playing and begin to govern. There are plenty of bills they should be discussing that would actually have substance and improve our nation.

For instance, they could be working on, H.R. 1648 the Protecting America’s Workers Act, H.R. 2821 the American Jobs Act, H.R. 4207 the JOBS Act, H.R. 4162 the Job Creation through Energy Efficient Manufacturing Act, H.R. 1524 the Make it in America: Create Clean Energy Manufacturing Jobs in America Act, H.R. 2863 the GREEN Jobs Act, H.R. 5051 the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act, H.R. 1199 the Safe Schools Improvement Act, and H.R. 1652 the Student Non-Discrimination Act. These are just a few of the many bills in the House that the House Republicans should be talking about and working on instead of playing around with talks of impeaching or using the president.

PEVI urges all to contact the your House Representative and tell them that you want to House of Representatives to be focused on governing the nation not focusing on intra-party fights and playing around while getting paid by our tax dollars. Go here to contact your Representative: Contact

Hello All!

Hello All!

Progressive Equality Values Iowa is a grassroots project that supports full federal equality for All Americans. It was created to aid in the grassroots organizing around full federal equality in Iowa by sharing information, events, and connecting people. PEVI will also aid in the grassroots effort to fight for full federal LGBTQIA equality by connecting people with the Equality Pledge Network. The Equality Pledge Network is a new nationwide campaign for full federal equality, that reflects a growing determination to press forward vigorously for equal federal nondiscrimination protections for “sexual orientation and gender identity” (SO & GI) under existing laws.

Unfortunately, it is still legal to discriminate against LGBT people in many states. In 29 states, you can be fired based on your sexual orientation and in 32 based on your gender identity. In 29 states, you can be denied public accommodations (hotels, restaurants, etc.) based on your sexual orientation and in 34 based on your gender identity. In 33 states, there is no law giving protection to K-12 students who are bullied and harassed based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Thank you for your support and let’s get started!

 

Mika Covington 
Grassroots Organizer for Progressive Equality Values Iowa