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Bisbee Wire/council agenda/zombie healthcare repeal

................................ COUNCIL AGENDA ................................

Tuesday September 19 7:00

INVOCATION:  A Moment of Silence                       



·         Proclamation for Fire Prevention Week 2017



1.        ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:  Subject to availability of funds

2.       Approval of the Consent Agenda

A.      Approval of the Resignation of William Bohnacker from the Design Review Board.

B.      Approval of the Appointment of Louis J. Pawlik to the Planning and Zoning Commission.  

C.      Approval of a Special Event Liquor License Application submitted by St. Partick’s Church for an event to be held at 100 Quality Hill, Bisbee, AZ on Friday, October 6, 2017 and on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 11:00AM to 11:00PM on both days; Maria Pitzlin, Applicant.


3.        Discussion and Possible Approval of Ordinance O-17-11 to authorize the Fire Department to charge fees to respond to calls for Service outside City Limits.

George Castillo, Interim Fire Chief


4.        Discussion and Possible Approval of a Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to A.R.S § 38-431.03(a)(1) for Consideration of the Employment and Appointment of a City Manager.

David M. Smith, Mayor

Per ARS § 38-431.03(a)(1), the City Council may vote to go into executive session for discussion or consideration of employment, assignment, appointment, promotion, demotion, dismissal, salaries, disciplining or resignation of a public officer, appointee or employee of any public body.

5.        Discussion and Possible recommendations regarding the selection process for the City Manager.

David M. Smith, Mayor

6.        City Manager's Report:

·         Other current events (No Discussion)

<><><><><><><><><><><><>< HEALTH CARE REPEAL; RETURN FROM THE DEAD

It only takes a minute or so Call and/or email today and everyday. The Graham-Cassiday bill will repeal Obamacare, cut funding and give states block grants.  Congressional budget office does not have time to give a full analysis of the effect of this bill, but McConnell is scheduling a vote anyway.

Jeff Flake R-AZ   202-224-4521 John McCain 202 224-2235

Oppose the GOP's Last-Ditch Effort to Repeal the ACA

Update (9/18): The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has now confirmed they won't have a full assessment of the latest ACA repeal bill's effects on the deficit, premiums, or insurance coverage rates until weeks after the reconciliation deadline. The Senate needs to hear loud and clear that it's unacceptable to vote on a massive healthcare bill without fully understanding its impact--tell them not to vote for any ACA repeal bill without a full CBO analysis.

After a summer of trying and failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Republicans are making a last-ditch effort to end the healthcare law before the reconciliation deadline on September 30th. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) have proposed yet another ACA repeal bill that is even more disruptive than previous GOP plans.

Graham and Cassidy claim the bill gives states local control of healthcare spending by converting much of ACA funding into a block grant to states. States could spend this money to provide insurance, fund high-risk pools, or otherwise cover medically complex care costs. While the ACA sets aside funding specifically for low-income consumers' healthcare costs, the Cassidy-Graham bill does not earmark any money specifically for this vulnerable group. In fact, the bill would fund the block grant by eliminating the ACA's tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies for middle- and low-income marketplace consumers and ending Medicaid expansion in 2020. The plan would reduce federal funding for expanded healthcare coverage by $26 billion immediately and by $83 billion by 2026. The plan would also end the individual insurance mandate while requiring insurers to cover everyone, a combination of policies that have historically resulted in astronomically high premiums.

Here is a script if you need it:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from ?????

I'm calling to urge Senator Jeff Flake to vote against the Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal plan. Any healthcare plan that eliminates Medicaid expansion, protections for those with pre-existing conditions, and hasn't been scored by the CBO is unacceptable. The American people want a bipartisan approach to repairing the ACA, not a repeal of it.

Thank you for your time.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

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