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Hi fellow BMGers! (Fun fact about me: my initials are BMG! For realz!) I rarely ever post, so you know that when I do, it’s important. And as I’m ratcheting up my activism for Medicare for All, Ranked Choice Voting, Getting Big Money Out of Politics, and other Progressive causes (as well as candidates), you may be seeing more frequent posts from me! 🙂
This past Saturday, during a Town Hall in Concord, I asked my Congresswoman, Lori Trahan, whether she would commit to supporting H.R. 1384, the Medicare for All bill filed in the House. My dear friend Holly missed recording the first part of my statement (in which I expressed disappointment that she didn’t cosponsor the bill) but thankfuly, she recorded the most important part of what I said, and of course Rep. Trahan’s response. It’s short, so I hope you watch and share widely:
I am dismayed but not at all surprised by Rep. Trahan’s response, during which she seemed nervous and fell back on standard talking points. I don’t understand how she and her staff couldn’t find time to read a 120 page bill before this Town Hall – especially since she must have been expecting this question (and I’m not the only one who brought it up during or after the meeting)! She seemed to try to assure everyone in the room about being a member of the Progressive Caucus, yet I don’t even understand why she is a member – she’s not progressive!
Not part of this video clip, but during/after the meeting, Rep. Trahan also said she might be in favor of a Public Option and shoring up the ACA. While that’s a step in the right direction, we need bold action YESTERDAY, not incrementalism. Rep. Trahan also seems fond of the term “universal coverage”, as if she’s afraid to say “Medicare for All” or even “Single Payer”. That is a definite red flag to me, but again, I’m not surprised, given that she previously stated that “language around single payer should be tempered”.
After the event, she approached me, and kept saying “Just give me a week!” So that gives her until Saturday, March 9th, and I am holding her to that. I have already called her DC office today, and I will be calling EVERY DAY this week – I encourage all BMGers who are her constituents to do the same (contact info is at the bottom of the post)!
Rep. Trahan was already at risk of being primaried next fall, by winning only 21.7% of the vote in the 10-way Democratic primary. I am hearing rumblings in some circles of 2020 primary challenges if she does not wholeheartedly support H.R. 1384. But now she may have bigger things to worry about besides her support (or lack thereof) of M4A!
Rep. Trahan’s contact info:
DC office: 202-225-3411
Lowell office: 978-459-0101