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Bernie Sanders Continues to Defend American Families and Fight Against GOP Health Care Bill
The following is the recent Bernie Sanders supporters email update.
Brothers and sisters,
I want to say thank you for the support you’ve given over the past few weeks and the actions you’ve taken to help defeat the Trump-Ryan-McConnell health care bill. This is the most dangerous piece of legislation passed in the U.S. House in the modern history of our country. A very similar bill must be defeated in the Senate when it gets to the floor in the next several weeks.
Ten days ago, as you know, we held great, well-attended rallies in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia in opposition to this bill. Two out of the three Republican senators in those states have now stated that they oppose that legislation in its current form. We have got to keep the pressure on.
This Sunday, we’re on the road again. We’re heading right into Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s backyard. We’re going to Covington, Kentucky, to demand that McConnell, Kentucky’s own senator, not go forward with his proposal that would throw 22 million Americans off of health insurance, cut Medicaid by almost $800 billion, substantially raise premiums for older workers, defund Planned Parenthood and do away with protections for those with pre-existing conditions.
We’re also heading to Morgantown, West Virginia, to make it clear to Senator Shelley Moore Capito that this Republican legislation would be a disaster for her state.
This so-called “health care” bill is opposed by virtually every major health care organization in the country. These organizations – doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, disability advocates – understand that thousands of Americans will unnecessarily die each year if this bill is passed. That is why the Republicans are trying to pass it without one public hearing.
At a time when working families in West Virginia, Kentucky, and throughout this country are struggling to survive, when many people are working longer hours for lower wages, this legislation will cause devastating harm to millions of our families.
And here’s an amazing irony. Both Kentucky and West Virginia have done extraordinarily well under the Affordable Care Act. Both states have seen the number of uninsured people precipitously decline, and both states rely heavily on Medicaid to counter the opioid epidemics that are ravaging them. How could any senator from these states vote to destroy legislation that has helped so many of their constituents?
Plain and simple, this so-called “health care” bill is nothing more than a massive transfer of wealth from working families to the very rich. While there are massive cuts to Medicaid, while seniors will pay far more in premiums, while Planned Parenthood will be defunded – the 400 highest-income taxpayers, most of whom are billionaires, will get about $33 billion in tax cuts.
Everyone knows that the Affordable Care Act is far from perfect. Our job now is to improve it, not destroy it. Further, instead of throwing 22 million Americans off of health care, we must move to join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee healthcare to all people as a right not a privilege through a Medicare-for-all, single-payer system.
A great nation is not judged by the number of billionaires it has, or by the tax breaks that large corporations receive. It is judged by how we treat the most vulnerable amongst us: the children, the sick, the elderly, the disabled and the poor.
This bill is a moral outrage. If it is passed, history will judge us harshly. We must defeat it.
Together, let’s make sure that happens.
Story by Jasper County Online News.