email from Keith Ellison, June 30, 2017
That’s how many American lives Senate Republicans were willing to put at risk by repealing the Affordable Care Act. And all to give the ultra-wealthy an unprecedented, massive tax cut.
To give you a sense of what “massive” looks like, the 400 richest families in the nation alone would get $33 billion in tax breaks — the equivalent of the amount the federal government spends on the Medicaid expansion in Alaska, Arkansas, Nevada, and West Virginia, which covers about 725,000 people in total.
It’s no wonder Republicans wrote this bill in secret, closed-door meetings and refused to hold any public meetings. It’s an absolute disgrace.
Even though Republicans have decided to delay voting to repeal our health care for now, you can bet they’ll be back after the July 4th recess.
We can stop this thing, but only if we join together and make sure the GOP knows we won’t stand for them taking away our health care. Join the hundreds of thousands of Democrats who’ve already signed on, and add your name to show the GOP they must reject the health care repeal:
Thank you so much.
Democratic National Committee
By Max Greenwood, The Hill, 6/22/17
Former President Barack Obama on Thursday blasted Senate Republican leaders’ plan to overhaul large parts of his signature healthcare legislation, ObamaCare.
“The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America.
“Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm,” Obama wrote. “And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of
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By Janet M. Colliton, Daily Local News, 3/13/17
It is sad to say but, if you wanted to draft a bill that caused as many Americans as possible to lose their health care coverage, you would be hard pressed to find a better candidate than the American Health Care Act, a bill recently passed out of two U.S. House of Representatives committees. Thankfully it has not been enacted yet. A bipartisan Congressional Budget Committee report is due and is expected to indicate the impact.
Regardless of complaints both from the right and from the left, House Speaker Ryan indicates that this bill is the best chance to rescind the Affordable Care Act and he therefore discourages attempts at voting the bill down or proposing amendments. One suspects that, after seven years of opponents’ calls to eliminate Obamacare, the feeling is that something, anything should be passed to show that it can be done. On the other hand this is a heavy price to pay to make a point….
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