Frankel looks to keep heat on Trump, GOP about Obamacare repeal

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, speaks during a press conference with Sherry Riggs of Fort Pierce behind her. (Wayne Washington/Palm Beach Post)
U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, speaks during a press conference with Sherry Riggs of Fort Pierce behind her. (Wayne Washington/The Palm Beach Post)

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, has invited a Fort Pierce woman who credits the Affordable Care Act for saving her life to be her guest as President Donald Trump makes his first speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night.

Frankel and other Democrats are looking to keep the heat on Trump and other Republicans who say they will repeal the ACA, better known as Obamacare, and replace it with something better.

Some Republicans, including U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, are hearing from constituents during angry town hall meetings that they don’t want Obamacare repealed unless it’s replaced with something that won’t drive up costs or lead to more  people without health care.

Members of Congress are allowed to bring a guest to hear Trump’s speech, and Frankel’s will be Sherry Riggs, a 55-year old barber who says she turned to Obamacare in 2015 after learning she could not afford private health insurance because of a preexisting heart condition.

Months after signing up, Riggs, a mother of three, underwent heart surgery, the first two procedures she has now undergone while using Obamacare.

“If it wasn’t for the Affordable Care Act, I would be dead twice now,” Riggs said during a press conference with Frankel Monday morning.

Learn more about Riggs and the debate over repeal at http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com later today.

Lois Frankel dons pink scarf in protest at Donald Trump’s inauguration

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel donned a pink scarf Friday as a symbol of peaceful protest on the steps of the Capitol as more protesters marched outside the gates of President Donald Trump‘s inauguration.

Frankel, whose district includes much of southern and central Palm Beach County, was joined by several other Democratic House members in wearing the scarves — which were embroidered with “Planned Parenthood” — and other pink accessories.

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, left, is joined by other Democratic House members in wearing pink as a peaceful protest of President Donald Trump's inauguration. (Provided)
U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, left, is joined by other Democratic House members in wearing pink as a peaceful protest of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. (Provided)

She also wore two buttons: One from the activists group Emily’s List that said “Women Won’t Back Down,” and a blue button that said “#ProtectOurCare,” a nod to Frankel’s efforts to prevent the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

A spokeswoman for Frankel said the congresswoman was “representing that women won’t back down and we will protect our care.”

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel wore a pink scarf and two buttons as a peaceful protest at President Donald Trump's inauguration. (Provided)
U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel wore a pink scarf and two buttons as a peaceful protest at President Donald Trump’s inauguration. (Provided)

In a conversation with The Palm Beach Post earlier this week, Frankel said she fielded calls from constituents for her to join dozens of other House members in boycotting the inauguration. But she said she would attend as a symbol of bipartisanship.

“I will be fighting as hard as anybody to resist the actions by the Congress and by the new president if they try to devalue or strip people of important rights,” she said. “But I think you want to start out with an open hand. If the president rejects it, that’s up to him.”

“There may be another gesture of respectful opposition on the day of” the inauguration, she added.

Frankel also will co-host a breakfast Saturday morning for Florida attendees of the Women’s March on Washington being held near the Capitol tomorrow.

She released this statement following the swearing-in ceremony:

“I’m grateful to former-President Obama, who led this country through one of the most challenging times in our history and breakthroughs for human rights.

“With all due respect to President Trump, as to his inaugural remarks today, I do not share his pessimistic view of America or his bias towards extreme nationalism. We are a nation of opportunity, a country that cherishes diversity and the leader of the free world.

“With that said, I am prepared to work cooperatively with the new administration where possible and be a force of resistance when necessary.”

 

 

Frankel, Deutch stump for Hillary at Palm Beach State rally

 

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No surprise; in attendance at Wednesday’s Hillary Clinton rally at Palm Beach State College were local Democratic members of Congress Lois Frankel and Ted Deutch.

Noting today is Clinton’s birthday, Frankel said,.“we’re going to elect her as a birthday present.”

Asked about a new Bloomberg poll that, unlike other recent national surveys, puts Trump ahead, Frankel said, “we always knew Florida was going to close. That’s why Hillary’s here.”

Deutch said he wasn’t worried about the news this week that premiums for the Affordable Care Act were shooting up. He said he hasn’t heard Trump offer any alternative.

Ex-U.S. Sen., Fla Gov. Bob Graham endorses Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate seat

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Former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham is the latest to endorse Patrick Murphy’s bid for the U.S. Senate seat Marco Rubio vacated for his failed run for president.

Last week, Murphy, D-Jupiter, announced 46 more endorsements from U.S. House Democrats in his Democratic Senate primary race against Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando.

Eight Republicans, meanwhile, are vying for that party’s nomination for the Senate seat.

“I’m confident that Patrick, with his knowledge, energy and his demeanor, will be a very effective representative for Florida interests in Washington.” Graham said Monday morning as he and Murphy conducted a conference call with reporters.

Murphy “bring his experience as a lifetime Floridian, and his now-experience in the U.S. Congress, to increase his ability to be effective in those areas that are critical to the future of our state,” including restoration of the Everglades, Graham said.

“I’m so proud and quite frankly humbled to receive this endorsement,” Murphy told Graham in the conference call.

“I’ve always liked you as one my mentors,” he said, “and, quite frankly, one of the last statesmen in the Senate.”

 

Clinton, Carson, more react to Obama’s executive order on gun control

An emotional President Barack Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden, pauses as he recalled the 20 first-graders killed in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, while speaking in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, about steps his administration is taking to reduce gun violence. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
An emotional President Barack Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden, pauses as he recalled the 20 first-graders killed in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, while speaking in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, about steps his administration is taking to reduce gun violence. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Politicians were swift to react Tuesday to President Barack Obama’s announcement on his executive order on gun control.

Presidential candidates, congressional leaders and state lawmakers shared their thoughts on Obama’s plan.

(Read more here on Obama’s announcement.)

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