Democratic National Committee - 'TrumpCare Sparks Local Protests'
May 5, 2017 |
Several Republican Congress members and the Republican Party probably feel like the Roy Scheider character in Jaws when he was chumming the water. You may recall as Chief Brody was chumming the water, the giant shark surfaced and he exclaimed, "We're gonna need a bigger boat!"
Such was the case today after Congressional Republicans, led by Speaker Paul Ryan, chummed the political waters with their passage of the Affordable Health Care Act, more derisively known as "Trumpcare." As Congressional Republican celebrated in Washington DC, people affected by the change gathered at district offices across the country protesting the Obamacare replacement.
In their press release, the DNC said:
"The bill would strip 24 million of their health care, gut protections for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions, and raise premiums for older Americans all so Republicans can give another massive tax cut to millionaires and billionaires.
Here's how it's playing with their constituents:"
Among the several gatherings documented included a protest at Representative Darrell Issa district office, the embattled San Diego Republican.
According to the DNC Press, the San Diego TV news transcript reads as follows:
REPORTER: “Blanco says for her family this is life and death. Her husband suffers from diabetes. Her grandson has autism, and she is battling a rare form of melanoma, pigment producing cells in her membranes have turned cancerous. She currently receiving immunotherapy treatment.”
BLANCO: “It is $30,000 a dose, and I have to have a minimum, a minimum, of 15 doses.”
REPORTER: “A preexisting condition this bill, she says, wouldn't cover. And a bill that passed the House that wouldn't require insurers to charge the same rates as they do for the healthy.”
The video can be viewed on the DCCC Twitter page.
The Issa protest were among 15 that happened today across the country including one at Speaker Ryan's Wisconsin office.