Lisa McCormick, a New Jersey activist who is working to recruit pro-choice Democratic women candidates for federal, state and local offices, said the latest Obamacare repeal bill proposed by Republicans would kill Americans and leave millions unable to afford necessary medical care without going into bankrupcy.
“Two months ago, three senior Republican Senators defied their leadership to sink what, at the time, seemed to be the last chance to dismantle former President Barack Obama’s signature health law on a purely party-line vote,” said MCcormick. “Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump are trying to whip up support for another Obamacare repeal bill introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, instead of governing like responsible adults and caring human beings.”
“There has never been a more urgent time for women to come forward and help clean up the mess made by politicians,” said McCormick. “I urge every adult woman to seriously consider being a candidate for elected office or at a minimum, joining in support of our movement to elect new leadership because that is necessary to save our nation from political corruption, corporate control over the economy and chaos caused by the incompetent people who have been in charge.”
McCormick said the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a report on the revised Graham-Cassidy-Heller health care proposal, which says it includes especially large cuts for New Jersey.
McCormick urged action because GOP plan has 49 senators on board with the Graham-Cassidy bill.
“This so-called health care plan would eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions and allow states to waive the requirement that insurance plans cover essential health benefits like maternity care,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List.
Many others have articulated what is wrong with the GOP approach, but McCormick says the solution could be achieved simply and at far less expense, by adopting a national health policy such as the Medicare for All bill sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. John Conyers.