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Jeffrey Edison published Our Art Nouveau Walking Tour & Pub Social, 10 June 2017 in News 2017-06-22 10:13:19 -0400
Thank you, Paula Romanchak Cagli, for a great intro to Brussels' Art Nouveau treasures...a welcome reprieve from an intense political week!!!
This St-Gilles walking tour was guided by long-time DAB member, Paula Cagli, who holds a BA and an MA in Art History. After the tour, we moved on to a local pub for drinks and eats.
Jeffrey Edison published Our Health Care Event Follow-Up: 16 May 2017 in News 2017-05-18 08:55:07 -0400Thank you so much for having come (and also thanks to those of you who forewarned us that you wouldn’t be able to make it after all!). I’m sorry our speaker couldn’t stay longer but we had a good start on a conversation that is sure to continue.Some of the more interesting facts of which Mark reminded us:
We are attaching the Universal Health Care Stories that Becky referred to in her opening. We encourage US citizens to tailor the cover letter and print the full package to send to their representatives.Cover letter: http://www.scribd.com/document/348733180/Cover-Letter-Healthcare-ProjectHealthcare stories: http://www.scribd.com/document/348733139/Healthcare-Stories-FinalStart the conversation with your family and friends, too, and encourage them to tell their stories, as well.Democratic lawmakers are looking for ammunition to defend affordable health care and Becky is ready to help you give it to them!
Half of all Americans are insured by the government via Medicare (for the elderly) or Medicaid (for the poor) - that was a surprise for many of us.
Nearly a third of Americans are covered by employer-based health plans, which the ACA mandated for companies of 50+ employees and which need to cover ten Essential Benefits.
20MM Americans gained access to insurance via the ACA; it is virtually the only way for an individual to purchase affordable insurance in the US's group-oriented/profit-driven market.
The AHCA (current House version) allows states to waive Essential Benefits, eliminates low-income subsidies for premiums, and cuts the taxes that were funding those subsidies and other parts of the plan.
The AHCA tax cuts are estimated to transfer $274 BILLION to the top 2% of US taxpayers…a reverse Robin Hood plan that shifts from the poor to the rich.
If we want to hold on to the more critical parts of the ACA, we’ll simply need a Democratic Congress….so stay registered to vote from abroad and make sure your American friends and family do the same ;-)
Jeffrey Edison published Update from our Annual General Meeting and Executive Committee Election results in News 2017-03-31 04:20:54 -0400Thanks to all who attended Tuesday’s Annual General Meeting. It was great to see many new faces together with our “Old Faithfuls”! You’ll find a link here to the presentation (DAB_2017_AGM.pdf) - check out slides 16 & 18 in particular, let us know if you can help anywhere, and we’ll put you in touch with the appropriate people. Feel free, too, to share any new ideas you might have and we’ll be happy to consider them in our next ExCom meeting. Now, if you're wondering who "we" is, here are the members of the newly elected 2017-2018 DAB Executive Committee:
- Chair - Pauline Manos - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vice-Chair - Jeffrey Edison - email@example.com
- Secretary - Simone Burger - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Treasurer - Sharon Bronzwaer - email@example.com
- Counsel - Natalie McNelis - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Member-at-Large - Tiffany Fliss - email@example.com
- Member-at-Large - Meredith Tandy-Spangenberg - firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see you on April 22nd at the Science March Brussels or at our May 16th US Health Care Discussion (details to follow but pencil in the date). And, given the time of year, you may also want to take a look at the DA Fatca Update that was recently posted on the global website.