— Bernie – True Leader (@FeelTheBern11) July 17, 2017
Concerned citizens and civic groups from around the country launched protests this week to speak out against the ObamaCare repeal bill being pushed by congressional Republicans.
Several groups, led by Planned Parenthood and MoveOn.org, began a two-day “People’s Filibuster” on the Capitol lawn on Monday, during which the activists and Democratic legislators will speak against the bill. Among the chief concerns are significant Medicaid cuts proposed by the repeal bill and analyses by the Congressional Budget Office showing millions of Americans would lose coverage if the bill were to pass.
Republicans had planned to vote to repeal ObamaCare in the Senate this week, but were delayed by the absence of Arizona Senator John McCain, who is recovering from surgery. Given that the GOP has only a two-seat majority in the Senate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will need every vote he can get.
Speakers include House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Minnesota Senator Al Franken and Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy, among others.
The action has already been well-documented on social media.
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Additionally, protesters in DC and in cities around the country have begun holding rallies and sit-ins at their congressional representatives’ offices. The actions began to trend on Twitter under #KilltheBill Monday. Physical protests will ramp up on Wedesday, as several hundred activists plan to occupy the offices of GOP senators. So far, more than 140 people have been arrested in previous healthcare-related protests.
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