Healthcare is a Human Right

Healthcare is a Human Right

Healthcare is a human right and not an entitlement. The GOP wants Americans to believe that basic healthcare is a privilege we all should have access to, but not be guaranteed. Each of the current major systems of healthcare – Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare and even the Veteran Administration (VA) care program are in jeopardy of stripping or limiting millions from obtaining reasonable, timely, and affordable mental and health care.

Our current majority on the hill has forgotten that “We the People” are not all in support of the active “Repeal” or “Repeal and Replace” agendas. These measures will harm millions of Americans regardless of political party, community or socio-economic level. Our leadership should consider looking from the bottom up and the top down to find what works in the middle. Providing tax breaks for the rich, stripping of the poor and burdening the middle class is not what Americans voted on. Yes, we all agree that parts of the Affordable Care Act need repairs but pulling federal funds in the current climate of extreme cuts against the elderly, children, the working poor and the poor is not the solution.

It is imperative that our representatives serving us on the hill work in a bi‐partisan manner to develop a  program that works across all political platforms.  Yes, portions of the Affordable Care Act are in need of  repair but the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) excludes the very people that the ACA sought to  assist.  If the new plan, the AHCA, was passed today rates for those with employer sponsored plans would in  fact be subjected to higher rates to absorb the higher costs as a result of insurance companies losing  members associated with ACA. According to Bloomberg.com ‐ To date major healthcare groups such as the  American Hospital Association, which represents over 5,000 U.S. Hospitals; the Federation of American  Hospitals; and AARP have come out against the new AHCA as well.

It is important to realize that although the those losing coverage is less than 10%, it makes no sense to give  the top 1% who can afford healthcare at any cost while those losing coverage will not be able to afford the  accessible healthcare coverage at any cost. Not only that, this plan aims to severely limit programs for  women across the board. For example, Planned Parenthood provides health and mental care and funding  for persons in low income communities where there are no designated “health centers”.

Currently, ACA numbers are as follows:

As of February 19, 2017, according to ACASignups.net (http://acasignups.net/) Nationwide, 7.5% of our over 312M citizens are at risk of losing coverage.  Total of Exchange Enrollees – 12,235,500  High‐Subsidy Exchange Enrollees – 8,234,891  Medicaid Expansion – 14,977,083  BHP Enrollment /Other – 752,009  Total Project Enrollees Losing Coverage – 23,963,983     LAVANGELENE “VANGIE” WILLIAMS WWW.VANGIEFORCONGRESS.US Phone: (540) 369-2900 INFO@VANGIEFORCONGRESS.US Contributions being collected at: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/vangieforcongress2018 In the State of Virginia, 3% of our over 8M citizens are at risk of losing coverage.   Total of Exchange Enrollees – 410,726  Total Project Enrollees Losing Coverage / High‐Subsidy Exchange Enrollees – 275,178     In the First District, 3% of our 771K citizens are at risk of losing coverage.   Total of Exchange Enrollees – 35,031  Total Project Enrollees Losing Coverage / High‐Subsidy Exchange Enrollees – 23,470

Here is the overall breakdown by County in Virginia  Virginia County High-Subsidy Exchange Enrollees Medicaid Expansion Total Projected to Lose Coverage

Accomack County 1,197 0 1,197

Albemarle County 3,131 0 3,131

Alleghany County 781 0 781

Amelia County 510 0 510

Amherst County 973 0 973

Appomattox County 557 0 557

Arlington County 5,722 0 5,722

Augusta County 2,630 0 2,630

Bath County 197 0 197

Bedford County 2,721 0 2,721

Bland County 132 0 132

Botetourt County 1,044 0 1,044

Brunswick County 517 0 517

Buchanan County 483 0 483

Buckingham County 498 0 498

Campbell County 1,766 0 1,766

Caroline County 861 0 861

Carroll County 1,081 0 1,081

Charles City County 252 0 252

Charlotte County 428 0 428

Chesterfield County 10,891 0 10,891

Clarke County 494 0 494

Craig County 146 0 146

Culpeper County 1,660 0 1,660

Cumberland County 334 0 334

Dickenson County 349 0 349

Dinwiddie County 686 0 686

Essex County 393 0 393

Fairfax County 45,849 0 45,849

Fauquier County 2,092 0 2,092

Floyd County 866 0 866

Fluvanna County 810 0 810

Franklin County 2,071 0 2,071

Frederick County 2,398 0 2,398

Giles County 479 0 479

Gloucester County 1,215 0 1,215

Goochland County 803 0 803

Grayson County 625 0 625

Greene County 628 0 628

Virginia County High-Subsidy Exchange Enrollees Medicaid Expansion Total Projected to Lose Coverage

Greensville County 353 0 353

Halifax County 1,248 0 1,248

Hanover County 3,369 0 3,369

Henrico County 12,140 0 12,140

Henry County 2,383 0 2,383

Highland County 148 0 148

Isle of Wight County 984 0 984

James City County 1,843 0 1,843

King and Queen County 262 0 262

King George County502 0 502

King William County 489 0 489

Lancaster County 499 0 499

Lee County 479 0 479

Loudoun County 11,276 0 11,276

Louisa County 1,158 0 1,158

Lunenburg County 393 0 393

Madison County 486 0 486

Mathews County 367 0 367

Mecklenburg County 1,157 0 1,157

Middlesex County 490 0 490

Montgomery County2,367 0 2,367

Nelson County 720 0 720

New Kent County 595 0 595

Northampton County 596 0 596

Northumberland County 484 0 484

Nottoway County 420 0 420

Orange County 1,151 0 1,151

Page County 847 0 847

Patrick County 655 0 655

Pittsylvania County 2,691 0 2,691

Powhatan County 933 0 933

Prince Edward County 615 0 615

Prince George County 617 0 617

Prince William County 18,529 0 18,529

Virginia County High-Subsidy Exchange Enrollees Medicaid Expansion Total Projected to Lose Coverage

Pulaski County 785 0 785

Rappahannock County 390 0 390

Richmond County 284 0 284

Roanoke County 3,308 0 3,308

Rockbridge County 1,081 0 1,081

Rockingham County 2,676 0 2,676

Russell County 675 0 675

Scott County 479 0 479

Shenandoah County 1,380 0 1,380

Smyth County 857 0 857

Southampton County 469 0 469

Spotsylvania County 3,731 0 3,731

Stafford County 3,280 0 3,280

Surry County 267 0 267

Sussex County 302 0 302

Tazewell County 1,024 0 1,024

Warren County 1,135 0 1,135

Washington County 1,802 0 1,802

Westmoreland County 529 0 529

Wise County 860 0 860

Wythe County 705 0 705

York County 1,654 0 1,654

Alexandria city 5,559 0 5,559

Bedford city 89 0 89

Bristol city 481 0 481

Buena Vista city 122 0 122

Charlottesville city 2,046 0 2,046

Chesapeake city 5,959 0 5,959

Colonial Heights city 627 0 627

Virginia County High‐Subsidy  Exchange  Enrollees  Medicaid Expansion Total  Projected  to Lose  Coverage

Covington city 144 0 144

Danville city 1,222 0 1,222

Emporia city 62 0 62

Fairfax city 1,018 0 1,018

Falls Church city 733 0 733

Franklin city 223 0 223

Fredericksburg city 740 0 740

Galax city 148 0 148

Hampton city 3,717 0 3,717

Harrisonburg city 1,199 0 1,199

Hopewell city 555 0 555

Lexington city 116 0 116

Lynchburg city 2,252 0 2,252

Manassas city 1,480 0 1,480

Manassas Park city 698 0 698

Martinsville city 605 0 605

Newport News city 4,980 0 4,980

Norfolk city 5,284 0 5,284

Norton city 53 0 53

Petersburg city 924 0 924

Poquoson city 305 0 305

Portsmouth city 2,529 0 2,529

Radford city 346 0 346

Richmond city 9,808 0 9,808

Roanoke city 2,943 0 2,943

Salem city 724 0 724

Staunton city 689 0 689

Suffolk city 2,111 0 2,111

Virginia Beach city 15,663 0 15,663

Waynesboro city 604 0 604

Williamsburg city 355 0 355

Winchester city 876 0 876

Total 275,178 0 275,178

Women and Politics

Women and Politics

March 10, 2017

Women and Politics

“I raise up my voice-not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” – – Malala Yousafzai

For centuries women played a steady vital role in the growth of American society and politics although they originally had no rights to property, no child custody rights, and no access to fair wages. To win this battle, women such as Anne Hutchinson, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mary Church Terrell, Betty Friedman, and Mary Ann Shadd Cary had to step forward through passive actions.

“I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.” – – Susan B. Anthony

During the 17th and 18th Century women were considered property so far that laws had to be enacted to prevent abuse. Women had no legal recourse for any matter unless taken up by their husband or male relatives. Women were treated as minors regardless of wealth and marital status while white males upon reaching the age of 21 had the legal right to vote. We, as women in America, can never return to this status nor can we allow others to return to yester years ways. The fight for respect, equality, and change had originated through women to end slavery starting in the church where women had great influence. Women’s suffrage had in the process gained to champions Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton who pushed passionately for the right to vote. The Fourteenth Amendment was a start but it wasn’t until millions of women joined the fight for political inclusion and privilege that the Nineteenth Amendment came to forbid states from disallowing a person’s right to vote based on gender.

July 19-20th 1848 saw the first Women Convention in Seneca Falls, New York to discuss the rights of women and how to create resolution to present to government. In 1878, the Susan B. Anthony Amendment was introduced to Congress presenting the unconstitutionality of the denial of a woman’s right to vote but met great defeat after its introduction. Forty years later, two women led the fight directly to the White House in quiet protest but with harsh consequences to their bodies and mind but saw later success in the form of the 19th Amendment.

“The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued.” – – Michelle Obama

Over 124 years later with the impact of segregation and voting rights, Shirley Chisolm would be the first African American woman to secure the Democratic nomination for President of the United States and Barbara Jordan would become the first African American congressman of the United States Senate. Forty-four years later Hillary Clinton would secure the democratic nomination for president and officially put “cracks in the glass ceiling” for women. Although, the glass ceiling was not shattered, January 22, 2017, women do and will continue their quest to run for political office.

“Women Rights are Human Rights” — FRMR Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

During this Women’s Month, we must remember how far we have come on this winding, rugged, and often treacherous road we continue to travel. Women are still fighting for seats at the table, equal pay, and the ability to voice our health care concerns. We must use our past achievements to continue to build upon our foundation for women’s rights in this great country in which we live.

Congratulations!

Congratulations!

February 26, 2017
I send my congratulations to newly elected Chairman Tom Perez and your appointed Deputy, Keith Ellison. We, as a nation, look to our elected officials for decisiveness, compassion and completeness. We look for that spark of light the ignites a movement. We look for leadership that is kind, wise and sincere. The DNC has voted
wisely. I was most affected by the quickness and eloquent move to request Keith Ellison as your deputy.
In the current political climate, we have to stmt depoliticizing our party and make it about the people and how
we as a pmty can unite within and grow beyond. We have to look inward and demand that we act outward for a
better America for all. I firmly believe that this new DNC will do just that.
I look forward to the leadership that you will bring and will be there beside you in your quest for unity and growth. Thank you for dedication and service.
Sincerely,

Lavangelene “Vangie” Williams
Candidate for the First District Congressional Seat

in United States House of Representatives

President’s Day 2017

President’s Day 2017

As I reflect on President’s Day, I wondered what faithful patriots such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy, as well as the constitutional framers, would have thought about our government and society today. In my reflection, a few quotes come to mind that lead me to believe that they should be a reminder of how our government and people were deemed respectful.

Thomas Jefferson said, “I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” Various Presidents have looked at patriotism differently, George Washington said: “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” Abraham Lincoln also said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

Each of these great presidents put Americans before profit and country and honor before pride. Today we are faced with the challenges internally by corporate interests and those who seek personal gains, as well as challenges externally from governments that want to influence our leadership’s allegiance, honor, and American pride. Abraham Lincoln said, “Be sure you put your feet in the right lace and then stand firm.” As Americans, we have seen the pain of conflicting laws and the struggle of oppression because of ignorance and the willful oppression of many due to their ethnic origin or their beliefs. Theodore Roosevelt said “The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get rich-quick theory of life.” We cannot let the power, will, and integrity of our past presidents be taken for granted or lost in translation to benefit one group of people over another.

John F. Kennedy also said one of the most recognizable quotes, “My fellow American. ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” We have seen this country through the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, however, we cannot return to a state of segregation, isolation and diminished rights to serve a select few who’s ideals lead to divisiveness and exclusion. Nowhere in our constitution does it say that we as Americans are the only or the best. Our past Presidents fought to bring about a country built on unity and common strength based on the title “American.” Kennedy stated, “A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”

Thomas Jefferson stated, “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” These Presidents resonate with truth for all Americans that should be an ideal for all to live by today.

This week, this month, this year and this lifetime, we should all reflect on what our past, current ,and future presidents will use as their guiding principles and fundamental purpose for choosing the path of our country with the highest respect for our Constitution and the protections it provides. The Preamble of the Constitution reads “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

May we strive to embody this ideal and perpetuate it for generations to come.