Health Care Forum with Rep. Jerry Knirk Oct. 25, 7 pm

Healthcare reform has generated a great deal of interest. Our healthcare system is too costly, inefficient, and difficult to access.

In order to help the community explore these issues further, Jerry Knirk, a State Representative for Tamworth, Albany, Madison and Freedom in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and also a retired physician, will be hosting and moderating a Healthcare Town Hall at the the First Congregational Church in Wolfeboro on Wednesday, October 25th at 7 PM.

The goal is to encourage a robust discussion about the pros and cons of various options in health care reform. What would you want in a health care system if we could just get rid of what we have and start all over, designing what we want?

This will not be a lecture or panel discussion to tell the community what experts think is best, but rather an opportunity for the community to explore preferences and understand the complexities and trade-offs of each option. To enable the discussion, Rep. Knirk will give some historical perspective on health care costs and define some of the confusing issues, such as the difference between copays, coinsurance, and deductibles. Components of a health care system such as funding, coverage, provider and facility reimbursement and cost-sharing will be discussed.

The goal of this Healthcare Town Hall is to increase the community understanding of these issues with a constructive non-adversarial approach. This is a non-partisan event. Hope to see you there!

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Sign Making Monday July 3, 4 pm; Parade July 4th

Please come help make signs for the parade! We’ll be doing that at Edie DesMarais’s house, 116 Clark Road, at 4 pm Monday.

Gather before 10 am off Forest Road to march with us in the parade on Tuesday!

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Congratulations to Wolfeboro and Edie DesMarais!

Edie won the special election, 811 – 755. A huge thank you!! to everyone who helped on her campaign and to everyone who voted. More to come!

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Update: 17,000 Families Will NOT Lose Foodstamps

UPDATE: THANKS to all who took action: http://www.concordmonitor.com/food-stamp-bill-hearing-9231753

Senate Bill 7, often referred to as the “food stamp bill,” may eventually lose the food stamp component altogether.

But it will have to wait until next year after a House committee voted to retain the bill Tuesday. Some members that did so called the efforts to cut down assistance for New Hampshire’s food-insecure “unconscionable.”

Sponsored by our own Jeb Bradley, the NH Senate has passed SB7, which will cut food stamps to an estimated 17,000 NH families. The bill will probably go to the NH House next week, so we have no time to waste in raising opposition. (The federal government funds the food stamp program, so this draconian cutback will not save the state any money.)

Wolfeboro Democrats, meeting on Tuesday, April 18 at 7:00p at the Wolfeboro Inn, will hear from two women who know what this means to local people. Sally Humer of 68 Hours Against Hunger and Terri Flynn Sullivan, school-home social worker, will help us grasp the reality of hunger in our area. And then we need to act!

Whether or not you can come on Tuesday, please contact our State Rep, Steve Schmidt at stephen.schmidt@leg.state.nh.us and Governor Sununu at 603-271-2121.

NHPR has some coverage here:

A Florida-Based Think Tank Is Behind A Bill That Would Limit Food Stamp Eligibility In N.H.
And in another NHPR story here:Battle Over Bill Limiting Food Stamp Eligibility Moves To N.H. House

SB 7 “opens the door to eliminating food stamps for 18,000 kids.”

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Edie DesMarais For State Rep from Wolfeboro!

Meet Our Candidate: Edie DesMarais

Carroll District 6

Wolfeboro

Edie established the Wolfeboro Area Children’s Center in 1974 and served as the Executive Director for 24 years. While serving as the Executive Director, Edie established the first certified mainstream preschool special education program in the State of New Hampshire.

Upon her “retirement,” Edie got involved with Friends of Families of Carroll County; an organization dedicated to family needs in the community. The organization identified a critical lack of affordable workforce housing in the county.  Edie was deeply concerned about the issue, having experienced it first hand when her staff at the Children’s Center struggled to find affordable housing. The Eastern Lakes Region Housing Coalition, of which Edie served as the founding chair, grew out of an ad hoc  subcommittee of the Wolfeboro Planning Board. Her work with the coalition gained national recognition and she was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the Dorothy Richardson Resident Leadership Award in 2013.

We need Edie in the New Hampshire House! Edie has a website at Edieforwolfeboro.com and a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EdieForWolfeboro/

You can contribute to Edie’s campaign using the link below. Thank you!

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/edith-desmarais

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Democrats Greet House Candidate At Back-to-Back Wolfeboro Meetings

Area Democrats got a first look at NH House candidate Edie DesMarais of Wolfeboro in back-to-back meetings at the Wolfeboro Inn:  the Carroll County Democratic Committee and the Wolfeboro Democratic Committee, on February 27th and 28th respectively.

The Wolfeboro meeting on Feb. 28 was of special interest; not only did Wolfeboro’s candidate for the May special election make an early campaign appearance, but the Wolfeboro Committee is reorganized, as required every two years, and new officers were elected.  In addition, a guest speaker appeared at the Wolfeboro Committee meeting – Sue Ford, grassroots organizer for the NH State Democratic Party.  The meeting minutes for the Wolfeboro Committee meeting can be seen on the minutes page here:  http://wolfeborodemocrats.org/meeting-minutes-tuesday-28-february-2017/

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Indivisible Carroll County

Indivisible: A practical guide for resisting the Trump agenda, written by former congressional staffers. You can download the guide here. We have a Facebook group here. Come join us!

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Women’s March in Concord!

It was a great day for women’s activism in New Hampshire last January 21st, as they conducted an Inauguration Day Protest at the Concord Statehouse, joining with other protests all around the State.  New Hampshire women were joined in solidarity by protesters all across the country in an unprecedented show of resistance.

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First Post-Election Monthly Meeting – Time for Ideas and Action

Wolfeboro Democrats had their first Post-Election gathering, Jan 24th the Wolfeboro Inn.  There were so many attendees that the meeting had to be moved from the Lower Lounge to the much larger 1812 Room.  Next months meeting will be in the larger room, on a different day of the week, TBD.  There will be much discussion about the upcoming Special Election as well as other forms of activism.  See you there!

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