Friday, September 19, 2014

Lawrence/Andover Unity Event




Lawrence Democratic City Committee & Andover Democratic Town Committee

Joint Democratic Unity Event

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014         
Time: 10am to 12 Noon
 Location: Relief’s Inn at 1 Market Street, Lawrence MA 01843

All Democrats are invited to join and meet candidates for office and find out how you can get involved.

Coffee and Light refreshments will be provided.
Suggested Donation: $10 per person/$20 per family

Contact for more information: Gary Mannion at 978-390-4558 gary.mannionjr@gmail.com or Kate Machet at 650-815-8683 katiehackett@hotmail.com

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Andover DTC Meeting on Wednesday, August 6th


Look forward to seeing you all at our next meeting.

Wednesday August 6th at 7PM. 

Change in Location * Andover Baptist Church located at the corner of Essex and Central St Across from Memorial Hall Library

Please contact Kate Machet 650-815-8683.

Future meetings: Tuesday September 2, Wednesday October 1, Wednesday December 3.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

ACA is here to stay


It’s a fair bet to say that the Affordable Care Act is here to stay. Many say that it is an intrusion on their privacy, an abridgement of personal freedom, and maybe even unconstitutional. There is no doubt that the rollout of the federal health exchange was an absolute disaster.

Despite the fear mongering, misinformation, and political posturing, millions of Americans have signed up on the federal and state health insurance exchanges.

So why the optimism? Because things are getting better. As a model for the ACA, the Massachusetts Health Care Exchange has been operating well for several years. Pre-existing conditions and annual and lifetime health insurance limits are gone. Access to Medicaid has been expanded for low income families, federal subsidies are available for many new health insurance subscribers, and new ways of bundling medical costs through accountable care organizations is beginning to take hold.

The Affordable Care Act, or an amended version of it, will transform the American health care system over the long term. The health care system is extremely complex and will require several years to change how doctors are trained and paid, where we receive health care, and how costs for hospitalization, pharmaceuticals, and medical equipment will be reduced. It’s a fair bet that as this transformation proceeds, changes in how the ACA manages health care will be needed.

The health care industry makes up almost $ 2 trillion, about 18% of the US economy. According to several published sources, the annual rate at which health care costs increase at the present time exceeds the annual rate of growth of US Gross Domestic Product, or GDP. That means that every year fewer dollars are available for other important investments like education, job creation, and highways. This crowding out of worthwhile future investment is unsustainable.

Medical industry experts suggest that reducing the annual rate of growth of health care costs to equal the GDP will be a great benefit to the economy. How can this be achieved?

Here are some ideas that have been identified by the experts. Create and standardize an electronic health records system that all stakeholders in the health care industry can use. Just think about it: doctors, nurses, hospitals, pharmacists, and other health care professionals will be able to easily communicate and compare notes about a patient; the cost of filling out and managing mountains of paperwork will be significantly reduced; administrative mistakes and errors in medical reporting will be drastically diminished.

Creating an Independent Payment Advisory Board will identify ways to reduce medical costs under the Medicare program. Promoting accountable care organizations comprised of teams of health care professionals will help increase medical care efficiency by focusing on the health of each individual—sharing lab tests, improving the quality of care, reducing the need for re-hospitalization. If health insurance subscribers can bypass insurance companies at the exchanges and pay directly to accountable care organizations—those who actually dispense health care, then there is a good chance that overhead costs in America’s health care budget can be reduced.

The transformation of the health care industry in America will be a long term effort. If members of Congress can learn to work together, they can make the health care industry less expensive and more efficient. They will have achieved greatness by improving the lives of all Americans.


John F. Zipeto
14 Canterbury Street
Andover, MA 01810
978-475-7844

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Same Stripes, Same Spots

Scott Brown couldn’t make it in Massachusetts, so he has migrated across the border to New Hampshire to restart his political career. Scott Brown was not reelected to the US Senate because he embodied values like these:
  • not allowing women to have reproductive health services covered under health insurance;
  • not voting for the Violence Against Women Act and Equal Pay For Equal Work laws;
  • not providing affordable health care to our neediest and most vulnerable citizens;
  • not supporting improved health care for children and continued support for Head Start programs;
  • not raising the bar on education standards for public schools;
  • not supporting federal jobs bills intended to get America back to work.

New Hampshire citizens have a proud history of hard work, independence, and fair-mindedness. You can make up your own minds about who will represent your best interests in Washington. I hope that you will keep in mind the values that Scott Brown brings to the campaign.

John F. Zipeto
14 Canterbury Street
Andover, MA 01810
978-475-7844

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Andover DTC Meeting Tomorrow Evening

Here is the agenda for tomorrow night's meeting. Hope to see you there!

7-7:15 – Discussion with Maura Healy

7:15-8:30 Official Business

1) Finance Report

2) Candidates Night – June 4th 7-9 pm/ Next meeting

a. Objectives

b. Guidelines

c. Volunteers

i. Food

ii. Greeters

iii. Reminder calls

iv. Flyers

v. Administrative (timer)

3) Task Force updates

a. New Membership

b. Website

c. Elections

4) Other business and announcements

Friday, March 21, 2014

Next ADTC Meeting & Upcoming Events

The next ADTC meeting will be at Marland Place on April 1st at 7 pm. Please see below a proposed agenda.
 
In the meantime don't forget that Tuesday March 25th is Election day. Please go to the polls and support our own Joel Blumstein for School Committee. 
 
Proposed Agenda:

1) Candidates/Campaign Updates - Expect to hear from Candidate for Congress Seth Moulton and a campaign update from the Tolman Campaign.

2) Committee Update
a) Finance Committee - Fundraiser plans
b) Outreach Committee
c) Local Election committee

3) Special Announcements/Upcoming events
a) plans for a social
b) Andover Days

Upcoming Events

SUNDAY MARCH 23 3-4 pm
Meet and Greet with Candidate for Governor Juliette Kayem
2 Damon St North Reading at the home of Sara-Jane Griffin
For questions about the event contact Anna at anna@juliettekayyem.com

WEDNESDAY APRIL 2nd CANDIDATES NIGHT

Hosted by the Boxford Democrats.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

End Corporate Rule. Legalize Democracy

 Members of the Andover Democratic Committee:

This is to inform you that an article has been put in the Andover town warrant that will give the people of Andover an opportunity to voice their support for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment would clarify that corporations are not people and that money is not speech.
 

If your committee would like to begin to learn more about this article you can go to the Movetoamend.org website. To become involved in passing this article in Andover, you can contact us at North Shore Move to Amend: we would be happy meet with you, connect you to others in the community, and support you in organizing to get this passed.

One hundred eighty-two towns and cities in Massachusetts have already voted to support this amendment as have sixteen states. We encourage you to give this your support.

Ellen Kaminski
North Shore Move to Amend
978-890-7088
ekaminski24@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Support early voting and online registration today





The Young Democrats of Massachusetts have long advocated that true Democracy comes with the participation of every eligible citizen at the ballot box. We have been calling for updates and reforms in the Massachusetts election laws that would improve the ease and accessibility in voting.


Sign our Petition to update the Massachusetts election laws now!

Recently, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed an elections reform bill, one of the first major pieces of legislation this year. The Senate is taking that bill up as early as tomorrow, and we need you to tell your Senators to vote yes on S. 1975 - An Act Relative to Election Laws. This bill will:


Allow 16 year olds to pre-register to vote so they are properly enrolled to vote as soon as they turn 18.

Allow citizens of the Commonwealth to register to vote online. Currently you may only register by paper.


Allow registered voters to vote early, up to 10 days before election day.


Require the Secretary of State to host a website where citizens can look up voter registration status and polling location.

These updates are much needed, and effect young voters heavily.
Sign the petition to tell your Senator to update the election laws now by voting for S. 1975.
2014 is going to be a big year in politics for the Commonwealth with a hotly contested Governor's race and plenty of constitutional offices and legislature races to volunteer for. But before you throw a house party, make a donation, or swing by your local campaign HQ, consider how much more Democratic those winning votes will be with real election reform.

If you love clean and fair elections with broad voter engagement, then Sign our petition and call and email your local officials today to show your support for a modern Massachusetts.

Ever Forward,
The YDM Public Policy Committee