PEG 12th Congressional District
Newsletter #137
173 weeks down, 49 weeks to go until Election Day!
Let's Celebrate:
The Sixth Open Enrollment for Obamacare
Get 2020 health coverage, now through December 15, 2019

Official site of Affordable Care Act, our federally mandated health care program. Enroll now for 2020 coverage. See health coverage choices, ways to save today, and how law affects you from November 1–December 15.

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Obamacare shoppers will find 2020 premiums are 4% lower than in previous years. Shoppers will also find more choice of insurers.

Critics of the Trump administration argue that they have failed to adequately publicize available financial assistance while giving the impression that premiums are unaffordable.

Moreover, the Trump administration supports Texas vs. the United States, the case in the 5th Circuit of Appeals challenging the legitimacy of the Affordable Care Act itself. (If that court should declare it to be unconstitutional, a judge will probably grant a stay allowing enrollment and coverage continue through 2020, given the likelihood that the case will be further appealed.)

Open enrollment is available for Obamacare, our federally mandated health care program, until December 15, 2019. To either enroll or help publicize open enrollment in Obamacare, go to
Thursday, November 21, Climate Change: the Facts, the Fiction, the Solutions
Heather Harrold, Climate Reality Project
Richard Barron, Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Attend for a nonpartisan presentation and Q&A to learn:
  • Why and how our climate is changing;
  • How climate change will affect Michigan, the U.S. and the world;
  • The actions we can take, personally and collectively, to mitigate and reverse climate change.
Ann Arbor District Library, Traverwood branch, 3333 Traverwood Dr, Ann Arbor . 7–8:30 pm

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Climate change is revealing a kind of hidden debt in America’s infrastructure
For decades, maintenance on America's infrastructure has been neglected in the name of maximizing profits or political expedience. It has also kept us from making the deep upgrades needed to ensure proper function under a range of conditions. We have been borrowing against our future. Learn more here. - The Atlantic
Friday, November 22. "Is it time to replace the Electoral College? If so, with what?"
The League of Women Voters will host a talk by John R. Chamberlin, a professor emeritus of political science and public policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at UM. His research has included evaluating the performance of various election methods, including those covered in this edition of Lunch & Learn. A sandwich and salad or vegetarian lunch with coffee and soda is available for $8 cash or BYO lunch. Please indicate if you will be purchasing lunch when you make your reservation. Seating is limited to 30 and reservations are required. Make your reservation here. Cedars of Dexter Clubhouse, 411 Cedars Ln, Dexte r. N oon–2 pm
Poor People’s Campaign Washtenaw County Weekly Coffee & Catch Up
B-24's Espresso Bar Eats and Entertainment, 217 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti .  
  • Friday, November 22. 2:30–4 pm
  • Friday, November 29. 2:30–4 pm
  • Friday, December 6. 2:30–4 pm
Saturday, November 23. Yousef and You Forum
Representative Yousef Rahbi wants to know what your priorities and opinions are, so that he can better represent you. Anyone in his district can come to get an update on legislative issues, ask questions, and participate in open discussion. Community Room, RoosRoast Coffee, 1155 Rosewood St, Ann Arbor . 10 am

Tuesday, November 25. Eastern Washtenaw County Dems Meeting

Thursday, November 28. Taylor Democratic Club Monthly Meeting
Monday, December 2. Census Town Hall
Yousef Rabhi will join Congresswoman Debbie Dingell to discuss the upcoming census and its importance to our representative democracy. Location and more details soon. 6 pm

 Call with MI Resistance
Things to do
Make an important contribution to our democracy by working in a polling place on Election Day
Almost every city/township needs more qualified election inspectors, but some places have particular needs, such as Detroit, where in 2020, 6 satellite clerk's offices will be opened, in addition to the main clerk's office, where people can register and vote early via absentee ballot. They plan to have these offices open for at least 30 days before Election Day, including some weekend hours, and will be hiring temporary staff before each election (including the March 2020 presidential primary) to staff all of these offices. These won't be poll workers — they'll be temporary clerk staff who will be asked to commit to a month or more. For more information, contact Deb Olson at .
Clerks facing challenges with absentee voting skyrocketing in Michigan elections
According to a report in the Detroit Free Press , with the surge in absentee voters, as well as access to election-day voter registration, many clerks across the state are concerned about providing quick and accurate election results on election day. Since counting absentee ballots must occur on election day, there are suggestions being put forth, for example, allowing clerks to open envelopes, prepare them for tabulation and put them in secure batches ahead of time, then coming back to them on Election Day to scan and tabulate. Some clerks are using advanced technology such as high speed tabulators as well as envelope-opening machines — to more efficiently count ballots. Since most of the solutions require additional resources, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson asked lawmakers for an additional $3 million. Let your legislators know this importance of this funding!
Things to read, watch, or listen to
Unemployment decreases, but low wage brackets expands
While a recent Brookings study shows the overall unemployment rate is approaching the lowest point in five decades, the data also indicated a significant number of the jobs are not well paying or long term and many of which will eventually be lost to automation. 44% of workers 18–64 occupy these jobs. Undeniable are the racial and gender disparities occupying these low wage positions. Minorities and women are found more likely to earn low wages than their counterparts.
Bloomberg reports that An estimated 53 million Americans are earning low wages, according to the study. Their median wage is $10.22 an hour and their annual pay is $17,950, with little evidence of improving from their particular wage bracket should they change jobs. In fact, the Department of Labor projects the most job growth will be for positions available within low wage salaries of $24K annually.
Testing the Limits of of Immunity for Gun Manufacturers...

PEG Exclusive by Sonya Lewis, MD, MPH. The US Supreme Court refused to hear case Remington Arms Co. v. Soto, and in doing so, paved the way for victims of gun violence to sue gun mfrs whose firearms have been used in the commission of crimes.

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