Upcoming Events

We have a large number of events across the district in the next month. We invite you to join us.

 Events

  • July 22: Healthcare Panel Discusstion
  • July 23: Voter Circle Training
  • July 26: Energy Independence and Jobs Policy Launch
  • August 2: Waxahachie Meet & Greet
  • August 10: Ennis Meet & Greet
  • August 16: Corsicana Meet & Greet
  • Sept 11: Light the Fire – “Surge” Meet & Greet (new date)

 

July 22: Healthcare Panel Discussion by Indivisible FWTX

Come out to Benbrook Library to hear a panelist discussion of current healthcare law. Healthcare is a complicated topic and the many facets affect every American. Come to learn more about an industry that affects one-sixth of the American Economy! Tickets are free, but you need to register through Eventbright here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/healthcare-panel-discussion-tickets-35894012959?aff=eiosprexshreclip&ref=eiosprexshreclip

Sat, July 22, 2017

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT

Benbrook Library

1065 Mercedes St., Benbrook, Tx 76126


July 23: Voter Circle Training

Anyone who would like to participate in our Voter Circle outreach program, please bring your laptop and we will get you signed up. It should take about 30 minutes. Drop by or hang out.

Voter Circle is a new tool that allows our supporters to introduce our campaign to their contacts who are on the voter file.

It’s been proven to be highly effective at bringing in new primary voters and winning races even when the opponent is better funded. RSVP here

Sunday, July 23 at 4 PM

Sanchez for US Congress HQ, 112 West Randol Mill Road, Arlington


July 26: Energy Independence and Jobs – Launch of Renewable Energy Policy

We will be releasing our Energy Independence and Jobs Platform at the largest residential windmill farm in the US, right here in CD6. Come to hear how we will boost America’s energy independence, clean up the air, and create great, blue-collar jobs through supporting renewable energy. RSVP here

Wednesday, July 26 at 1 PM – 2 PM

4831 Honeysuckle Rd, Midlothian, TX 76065


August 2: Waxahachie Meet and Greet

Come out and have a chat with the candidate and other residents. RSVP here

Wednesday, August 2 at 6 PM – 8 PM

The College Street Pub

210 N College St, Waxahachie, Texas 75165


August 10: Ennis Meet and Greet

Please join us for a meet & greet in Ennis, at the Reading Room of the public library.

RSVP here

Thursday, August 10 at 6 PM – 8 PM

Ennis Public Library

501 W Ennis Ave, Ennis, Texas 75119



August 16: Corsicana Meet and Greet

Meet the candidate, join the campaign – hosted by Helen Albritton. RSVP here 
Wednesday, August 16 at 6 PM – 8 PM
1204 Lexington Square, Corsicana, Texas


Sept 11: Light the Fire – “Surge” Meet and Greet

Our campaign – and the work we are doing with other Democratic women candidates in the DFW area – has been selected to be featured on a national TV documentary about the surge of women running for office. The film crew is coming to Texas to film some events, and so we are hosting a meet and greet for all the female candidates and their supporters. RSVP here

Candidates include (more to be added)

Vanessa Adia, US Congress CD12
Michelle Beckley, Texas House 65
Brandy K Chambers, Texas House 112
Sarah Depew, Texas House 67
Linsey Fagan, US Congress CD26
Rixi Melton, US Congress CD21
Danielle Pellett, US Congress CD32
Jana Sanchez, US Congress CD6

Tuesday, Sept 11 at 6 PM – 8 PM

Sanchez for US Congress HQ, 112 West Randol Mill Road, Arlington


Create Universal, Affordable Healthcare – Draft

Create Universal, Affordable Healthcare

The following is our draft plan for creating a universal, affordable healthcare system for the US. It is based on research comparing systems around the world, interviews with healthcare experts, discussions with constituents, and on the experience of the candidate living in two countries with universal healthcare.

It is the basic framework for how we believe the US system could be fixed to provide universal coverage affordably. It is considered a draft because we are continuing to receive feedback.

Please feel free to send your thoughts on the plan to team@sanchezforcongress2018.com.


Create Universal, Affordable Healthcare 

Universal affordable healthcare is a basic human right. And as Americans we pay more than any other developed country for healthcare and have the worst outcomes dollar for dollar. We can do better for patients and for all taxpayers by building on what works in the US system and expanding it to cover everyone.

Republicans have threatened the life and health of all Americans by rushing to repeal the ACA with no viable replacement. This is a political move that endangers the stability of our healthcare system and coverage for most Americans. We are too rich of a country to allow people to die because of a lack of basic and preventive care. Serving the uninsured through emergency rooms is insanely expensive and must stop.

My experience living in two countries with universal healthcare (Britain and the Netherlands) gives me first-hand insight into what would work and what would not work in the U.S. My priority is to make health care more affordable, effective and universal for all. Taking health insurance away from millions of Americans makes no sense. Making it more accessible and affordable for more people makes perfect sense.

My Personal Story

I lived 10 years in Britain, which has a single-payer plan. I had excellent essential and emergency care. There were long waiting times and sometimes frustrating bureaucracy for non-emergency diagnostic tests and specialist treatment. It was, however, far superior to what we have in the US at present. That system costs less than 9% of GDP.

Healthcare in The Netherlands, where I lived for about eight years, is consistently rated the best in Europe, and it costs approximately 11% of GDP (compared with 20% in the US.) It provides universal care, comprehensive coverage, and allows patients to choose their doctors and hospitals. Doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies are profit-making and compete for patients based on quality of care, but prices for all services and medications are agreed upon, and prices are contained. Companies subsidize their employees’ health insurance as an employment benefit, self-employed people don’t pay much more, and the unemployed or those dependent on social welfare receive the exact same coverage. Health insurance is mandatory and there are large fines for non-compliance – less than 1% of the population is uninsured. Deductibles are low – a few hundred dollars a year. Insurance costs are low – I paid less than $200 per month. A typical visit to the doctor’s office was about $40 and insurance reimbursed you 100 percent once you met your low yearly deductible. There are also waiting lists for non-urgent care but less so than in Britain. The Affordable Care Act was modelled on the Dutch system in part, but we failed to implement price controls on services and medicines – something we desperately need in the US but has been unfathomable due to the cozy relationship between the US Congress and lobbyist representing insurers and pharmaceutical companies.

I do not support a single payer mandatory system because currently large employers pay roughly 40% of insurance costs and we cannot afford to replace this in our system. Most people who are employed by corporations, government, universities and other large organizations are happy with their coverage, but would like to see price containment and need to ensure that they remain covered if they leave employment.

My Plan

I will push legislation that creates universal healthcare but that will work to control prices. The mechanism for this would be:

  • Creation of a Healthcare Cost Review Commission in each state comprised of patients, doctors, hospitals, government (Medicaid/Medicare), pharmaceutical companies and insurers (with patients having half of all votes) that would set strict prices for all services and products (drugs). That price would be paid by the patient’s insurer, whether private or public. This has been successfully implemented in Maryland;
    • While the commissions could set lower prices, no drug could cost more for Americans than it costs on average across Europe;
    • The commission would mandate simplified billing that would limit the fees charged per procedure. For instance, the cost of an emergency appendicitis and all follow up care would be standard across all hospitals.
  • Insurance companies would compete for clients but the amount of the premium that could cover administrative costs and profit would be strictly regulated on a federal level;
  • Expansion of Medicaid to anyone below the poverty line and subsidies for health insurance to make sure all lower income workers can afford healthcare, funded by increased taxes on the very highest income earners;
  • Voluntary expansion of Medicare at cost for anyone of any age as an option to private insurance (and to increase competition to for-profit insurers);
  • Mandatory coverage through either private or state plans with significant penalties for non-compliance;
  • Absolutely no ability for insurers to charge extra for pre-existing conditions or refuse coverage under any circumstances;
  • Require all doctors and hospitals to accept Medicare and Medicaid without discrimination (the price received by them from all patients will be the same, so there is no financial disincentive to them.);
  • No limit on staying on employer insurance plans after leaving employment and the ability to switch to another market plan or Medicare, whichever makes more sense, and;
  • Remove requirements for employers to provide health insurance for full-time employees – this rule is causing many employers of lower-income workers to limit their hours, keeping the employees in poverty. It is also causing huge financial strain on small businesses. Either make the contribution proportionate to the number of hours worked or remove the requirement all together. Those employees who are lower income will be eligible for Medicaid expansion. Higher-income and professionals will continue to receive this benefit as employers compete for talent.

 

References:

http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/finance/has-maryland-found-a-solution-to-the-u-s-healthcare-cost-crisis.html
http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/issue-briefs/2015/oct/us-health-care-from-a-global-perspective
http://www.commonwealthfund.org/topics/international-health-policy/countries/the-netherlands
https://hbr.org/2016/11/improve-the-affordable-care-act-dont-repeal-it
http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/in-the-literature/2008/may/universal-mandatory-health-insurance-in-the-netherlands–a-model-for-the-united-states
https://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewherper/2017/02/10/a-6000-price-hike-should-give-drug-companies-a-disgusting-sense-of-deja-vu/#1ff5f61a71f5


 

Light the Fire! – Meet & Greet for Progressive Women Candidates will help Turn Texas Blue

10 DFW candidates for State House, State Senate and US Congress meet supporters

Allen, Texas, June 15 – Ten women candidates from around the DFW area said on Thursday that they are meeting tonight with supporters to light the fire that will turn Texas Blue in 2018. The event is being hosted by DFW area Stewart and Cody Matthews at their home in Allen. It starts at 7 p.m.

The candidates included in the event are as follows:

Stewart explained his rationale for hosting the gathering:

“My mother was VP of a major hospital and CEO of an internationally renowned retirement facility. She had a great impact on my drive to succeed and be a positive role model to others. We have too few role models in office today. We have too few women making decisions in elected positions that greatly affect women and families. It’s time to change this, especially with the recent escalated attacks we’ve seen on women and women’s rights. It is in Democrats we see a real ability to return true values to both Washington and Texas.”

Stewart made it known that other candidates could be included and the women asked to be added to the event.

“When Stewart offered to host a Meet & Greet for us and said we could include other candidates, I had no idea it would grow so large. I’m thrilled to have so many dynamic, progressive women on ballots around the area, state and country and will work with them to make sure more Democrats are elected in 2018,” said Jana Lynne Sanchez.

The event gives Democratic donors and activists a chance to meet a large number of progressive candidates in one venue and to meet candidates outside of their immediate voting districts. The women will all give a short talk on their vision and their campaigns to the supporters.

“Texas women won’t be relegated to the pretty pink sidelines – we’re going big, bold, and blue,” added Allison Campolo.

We have merch!

Get your T-shirts and bumper stickers today.

Thank you for supporting our campaign! We love that you want to help us financially and wear or use our campaign-themed merchandise.  We aren’t allowed to actually sell things, but we can offer you gifts when you donate.

All the T-shirts have the campaign logo on the front and an original drawing of Jana Lynne, her Texas T-caster, and her dog JoJo on the back. The drawing is the work of London-based cartoonist Anthony O’Neill. They are 100 percent cotton.

We will be adding new items as we go.

Merch on ActBlue

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/jlsmerch

 

Rosie O’Donnell supports campaign: Star-Telegram publishes article

Today Anna M. Tinsley of the Star-Telegram publishes article: “Rosie O’Donnell sends shout out — and cash — to a North Texas congressional candidate”

The article appeared online http://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article150581102.html  just as our campaign had released an announcement about Rosie’s donation and the two ladies on Twitter who made it possible. Text from our announcement follows. You can also read our whole announcement here.


Thank you!

Sunday night, comic Rosie O’Donnell boosted the campaign with a retweet and a $1,000 contribution. A couple of generous women, @sumoh and @SnowStormYou – previously unknown to the campaign – launched an initiative to help boost our fundraising with a matching gift of $250. Rosie retweeted their tweet, and we were off!

After Rosie retweeted the request, Jana Lynne tweeted to Rosie asking for a contribuiton, which she promptly made. Our Twitter page gained several hundred followers in addition to the one-and-only Rosie!

They set up a special link, although some of the contributions went onto the regular link (including Rosie’s), but we calculate at least an additional $2,500 was raised within the first few hours, and contributions are still coming in.

Click here to contribute to the special campaign:  https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/janasanchez2018

Barton to betray district with healthcare vote

Vote will leave half of CD6 residents without affordable healthcare

Waxahachie, TX, May 4, 2017 – Jana Lynne Sanchez, Democratic Candidate for US Congress, called out Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) on Thursday for his support of the Republican healthcare bill AHCA that will deprive half of his non-elderly constituents, those with pre-existing conditions, of affordable healthcare. The bill will be voted on Thursday and is expected to pass following changes made to suit members of the Freedom Caucus, of which Barton is member.

Barton is preparing to vote “yes” on the healthcare bill despite his public acknowledgement that the Texas legislature, controlled by Republicans, “would lead the parade to opt out of all the federal mandates.” Texas will be able to opt out of the requirement under ACA that insurers must not discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions.

According to a report published by the Center for American Progress based on 2015 data, of the approximately 743,000 people who reside In Representative Barton’s District 6, there are 320,000 non- elderly residents, or 49 per cent, who have pre-existing conditions.

“By pushing for and backing this latest bill, Barton is putting the lives of many of his constituents with pre-existing conditions at risk, and that’s just unacceptable,” said Sanchez. “This clearly illustrates how he feels about his constituency – the people he should be serving. Barton puts ideology and staying in favor with the Washington elite above the lives of his constituents. It’s interesting to note that Congress is keeping ACA provisions for itself,” she added.

The American Medical Association, the American Association of Retired Persons, and at least 10 other organizations representing patients, oppose this latest version of the AHCA. Under the plan, states can apply for waivers, which in effect would allow insurance companies to charge consumers higher rates based on the status of their health. According to these patient groups, the additional $8 billion the Upton proposal brings to the table is just a drop in the bucket based on what’s needed.

“Healthy people create prosperity and opportunity. The job of a representative is to create an environment where those he/she represents can create prosperity and opportunity. This vote flies in the face of that obligation,” said Sanchez.

Ellis County Fundraiser BBQ, May 21

Please join us to support the candidacy of Jana Lynne Sanchez for US Congress

Jana Lynne is running to protect and promote Texas Values.

Jana Lynne will fight for working families in Washington.

Pit Stop Collage4

Sunday, May 21, 3 pm to 7 pm

Dinner, music, and games for children

$50 per adult, $5 per child

Pit Stop BBQ

3921 U.S. 287, Reagor Springs

Waxahachie 75165

Music will include:

  • 287 TrainWreck
  • Drew Winters
  • Jana Lynne Sanchez and Nashville songwriter Judy Klass, performing their original campaign songs
  • We are very excited to have banjo player Terry Bloss supporting our performance

Click here to buy your tickets

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/elliscounty

Event Co-Chairs:

287 TrainWreck   
Terry Bloss                            Cecilia Martinez-Carlisle
Ann-Claire Anderson and                Stewart and Cody Matthews
  David R. Schleicher                  Geneva McAskill and Zach Zoll
David Cox                              Bill Mills
Phyllis Duggan                         Tara and Josh Moyes
Libby Garza Elizondo                   Charlie Rando
Chuck Glidden                          Shelly Reigh
Jeremy Gordon                          Debbie Reid
Rachel Grzywinski                      Keith Ricci
Brittany and Travis Hearnsberger       Mary Rollins
Casey Horn                             Susan Shields
Dr. Laura Hunt                         Doreen and Robert Stedman
Candi Hunt                             Melissa Thrailkill
Jean Kastanek                          Rebecca Trammell
Janet and Larry Kriv                   Chris Vitale
Karen Perkins Lockett                  Drew Winters

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THE LIST OF CO-CHAIRS, PLEASE EMAIL TEAM@SANCHEZFORCONGRESS2018.COM

Sanchez challenges Barton to stand up for voting rights and term limits

Barton says there’s “no problem” with voting rights in Texas

Waxahachie, TX, April 21, 2017 – Jana Lynne Sanchez, Democratic candidate for US House, Congressional District 6, today issued a challenge to Rep. Joe Barton to stand up for the rights of voters and to support term limits so voters would achieve real accountability from elected officials. Speaking at his town hall in Waxahachie last night, Rep. Joe Barton said there is no problem with voting rights in Texas.

Barton’s pronouncement came despite a US District Court in Texas ruling this week that the Republican legislature had passed laws with discriminatory purpose in violation of the Voting Rights Act. Republicans have championed laws that require specific voter ID forms and have drawn election districts to limit the voting power of minorities, particularly Hispanics and African Americans. Barton has filed an Amicus Brief in favor of tough voter ID laws. Texas ranks 46th in the nation in voter participation. Barton said at his town hall last week Mansfield that he has never been in favor of term limits, despite having been a signatory to the 1994 Contract with America, in which term limits was a central promise.

“Much of what is wrong with governance today is that elected officials are returned year after year after year without a true race because the voters vote based purely on name recognition,” she says. Sanchez pledges to support strict congressional term limits and to work for laws that empower all voters, such as ending gerrymandering by giving the job of drawing districts to an independent panel, and by aligning voter ID laws with those in states with higher voter participation.

“I will fight for term limits, against discriminatory voter identification laws, and in favor of moving the job of drawing districts out of the hands of elected officials,” she said.

“It’s yet another case of the foxes guarding the hen house,” she added.

Read our eNewsletter

Newsletter #5: April 14, 2017

In this Issue:

  • Immigration Policy has been modified to include path to citizenship.
  • SAVE THE DATE: MAY 21
  • Press Release: Sanchez raises more than $20K in first two months of candidacy. Vows to break Democratic fundraising record to unseat 17-term Barton.
  • Press Release: Sanchez Derides New Town Hall Rules by Barton as Political Correctness Run Amuck
  • Best of the Week/ The Week Ahead
  • Fundraising Update.

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