Health Care for All: Not Really
ICAN members reflect on Anniversary of ACA
Tomorrow marks the 6th anniversary of the ACA, the American promise of health care for all. Yet, six years later 78,000 Idahoans struggle without health coverage. About 300 die each year because they have no access. Six people die each week in Idaho because they can’t afford to see a doctor. Over 5 years, that adds up to about 1,500 needless deaths. This is not a third world country. This is Idaho: our home.
ICAN members across the state are devastated by the Idaho Legislature’s failure to cover the uninsured – we’ve lost family members and loved ones, and more lives are at risk. On the day that should be remembered as the day we won health care for all, we only remember those who were left out, those who became trapped in the coverage gap. Continue reading
On Friday September 18, 2015 ICAN hosted our 1st Annual People’s Power Picnic at Lakeview Park in Nampa, Idaho. With sponsors from the AFL-CIO and Community Council of Idaho, members came out for a fun family evening in the park with stories from our members, news from our radio station in Burley and a dessert auction. Pies, cupcakes and other homemade desserts helped ICAN raise money to keep our work going.
The Idaho Community Action Network celebrated at the 2015 Annual Meeting held at the Hispanic Cultural Center in Nampa, Idaho on Saturday September 19, after prioritizing the issues ICAN will work in 2016. Continue reading
This month marks the fifth anniversary of the law that created the only financial regulatory agency with a mandate to put the interests of consumers first. Since it opened its doors in July 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has begun to bring badly needed rules of fair play to mortgages, debit cards and other areas of the financial marketplace, while delivering some $10.1 billion in refunds and restitution to more than 14 million consumers cheated by financial companies big and small.
Now the Bureau has taken the first steps toward issuing rules that could end abuses in payday, car-title, and other high-cost, debt-trap consumer loans – loans that have had devastating effects on countless Wisconsin families. Unfortunately for the citizens of Idaho, however, Senator Crapo appears to be lining up with the payday lenders and the big banks in their ceaseless efforts to block regulation and undermine the Consumer Bureau’s effectiveness.
Senator Crapo has voted for bills and amendments designed to curtail the CFPB’s funding and authority and roll back financial reform. In addition, he ranks among the top thirty House recipients of payday-industry campaign contributions, with $37,500 coming in during the last election cycle.
A new survey confirms once again that most voters – including majorities of Democrats, Independents and Republicans – believe there should be more, not less, government oversight of financial companies. Nearly nine out of ten voters say that small-dollar lenders should have to make sure a loan is affordable in light of a customer’s income and expenses. Continue reading