Month: September 2019

Henderson County Democrats care about HEALTH CARE ! (Read on…)

OUR SELF INFLICTED HEALTH CARE EMERGENCY.
Hendersonville, NC.

U.S. healthcare is in crisis:

  • Only developed nation without universal healthcare
  • Highest per capita spending on healthcare in the world
  • Declining life expectancy and poor scores on many standard health measures

Over 30 million Americans lacked health insurance in 2019, with millions more underinsured. The crisis has worsened with Covid-19, as unemployed workers are stripped of health insurance and doctors and hospitals face a growing pool of patients unable to pay for treatment.

Republican state legislators blocking Governor Cooper’s proposal to expand Medicaid ignore the benefits demonstrated by 36 expansion states: improved health, lower overall cost, and gains in economic growth and child development. Because of legislative inaction, $1 billion in state taxes each year now subsidize the citizens of these 36 states rather than 500,000+ North Carolinians who would benefit from Medicaid expansion.

See the Statistics, more information and cited Sources in the below PDF.

Let’s work together for better health care for Henderson County and North Carolina! IF you agree vote for local, state and Federal Democrats on November 3rd !  

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Henderson County Democrats care about the Opioid crisis! (Read on…)

LET’S HEAL OUR OPIOID EPIDEMIC in HENDERSON County, NC.

HEALING OUR OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Opioid addiction devastates thousands of North Carolina families each year, including many mountain families.  Our opioid death rate exceeds the national average: more than 5 North Carolinians dying each day from an opioid overdose.

North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan (2017) is recognized nationally for reducing opioid access and improving addiction counseling and treatment.  However, the high cost of treatment means many of us must cope with addiction alone.  Medicaid expansion would provide treatment for an estimated 150,000 North Carolinians with opioid addiction.

Let’s work together for better treatment plans for victims in Henderson County and North Carolina! IF you agree, vote for local, state and Federal Democratic candidates on November 3rd

<See cited SOURCES in the below PDF.>

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Henderson County Democrats’ concern for Environment. Read on…

OUR ENVIRONMENT and Climate Crisis in Henderson County, NC

Uncontrolled burning of fossil fuels and a doubling of the world’s population to almost 8 billion over the last 50 years have done extensive damage to the Earth:

  • 85% of our wetlands and half our coral reefs have vanished
  • 75 million acres of prime forest disappeared over the last decade
  • One third of our soil has been lost to erosion, deforestation and agricultural practices

Swift action is needed to restore our degraded environment and slow the rate of climate change.  All of us must play a role, with the federal government leading the effort through research, regulation and enforcement – as it has since President Nixon established the EPA in 1970.  However, by promoting fossil fuels like coal, rejecting the Paris Climate Accords and reversing environmental safeguards, the Trump Administration is accelerating a crisis already spinning out of control.

Let’s work together for better EARTH care for Henderson County, North Carolina and for our families! IF you agree vote for local, state and Federal Democrats on November 3rd !  

This article will give more smart tips on reducing your carbon footprint:
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/0 3/upshot/what-you-can-do-about- climatechange.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

See more information, quotes and cited sources for this position in the below PDF

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Henderson County Democrats stand on Gerrymandering & Voting. Read on…

Gerrymandering. Henderson County, North Carolina. District # 11.

Legislative maps are redrawn every 10 years (after each census) to reflect population changes.  Without fair redistricting rules, legislatures that control state district maps can “gerrymander” boundaries to gain a reliable electoral advantage – ignoring the will of voters.  Since Republicans swept state and national elections in 2010, their use of gerrymandering has been witheringly effective, particularly in seven heavily-gerrymandered states that include North Carolina:

North Carolina: U.S. House Races

Election Year              Republican % of Vote          U.S. House Seats (%)

2012                                      49%                                      9 of 13 (69%)

2014                                      55%                                    10 of 13 (77%)

2016                                      53%                                    10 of 13 (77%)

2018                                      50%                                    10 of 13 (77%)*

*District 9, which the Republicans initially won, was nullified due to irregularities

Let’s work together for better voter access and fair representation for Henderson County and North Carolina! IF you agree, vote for local, state and Federal Democrats on November 3rd !  

<See the map and cited Sources for this article in the PDF below.>

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Henderson County Democrats care about Gun Safety ! Please read on…

Gun Safety in the U.S.

GUN SAFETY. Henderson County, NC.

The U.S. suffered 39,470 gun deaths in 2018, a violent epidemic that kills more Americans each year than automobiles.   Despite lame excuses from politicians and the NRA, the key factors driving gun violence are well known: easy gun access and lax regulations.  States with an “F” rating (Giffords Law Center) have gun death rates three times higher than states with an “A” rating.  With 1,416 gun deaths in 2018, North Carolina has a “D” rating, and ranked #23 among our states in gun deaths.    

A reasonable compromise to reduce gun violence would require strong protections for gun owners and sensible safeguards for public safety.  A majority of Americans from both major political parties already backs commonsense regulations such as denying guns to the mentally ill and those on no-fly and watch lists; background checks for private and gun-show sales; and a ban on sales of assault-style weapons.  
We can apply these lessons to gun safety, honoring the Fifth Commandment without diminishing the Second Amendment.
We owe this to our families.

Let’s work together for better gun safety for Henderson County and North Carolina! IF you agree vote for local, state and Federal Democrats on November 3rd !  

<See below PDF for cited sources.>

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