If any of the recent Republican bills to kill Obamacare had passed, millions of Americans would have lost their health insurance. Here are some of the heroes who saved it.
HEROES WHO SAVED OBAMACARE
Reacting to the November election, Leah Greenberg, Ezra Levin and Sara Clough decided to organize citizens to stop Trump’s agenda. With others, they created a Google document with tips for citizen action. This document quickly led to the formation of Indivisible , a grassroots citizen action group with chapters throughout the country.
JESSI BOHON, TENNESSEE TEACHER
Jessi, a member of her local Indivisible chapter, attended a Murfreesboro town hall meeting on health care. There she asked her congresswoman, Diane Black, to fix Obamacare instead of killing it. She said: “As a Christian, my whole philosophy in life is to pull up the unfortunate…We are effectively punishing our sickest people.” Her statement went viral.
HEALTH CARE EXPERTS
Andy Slavic (who had run Medicare and Medicaid) and Topher Spiro (Vice President, Health Policy, Center for American Progress) used Twitter to explain what this Congress was attempting to do. AARP mobilized their AARP membership of 37 million plus to urge Congress to save Obamacare.
DOCTORS, NURSES, HOSPITALS & MORE
Health professionals criticized the Republican bill, and so did their patients. Both liberal and conservative policy experts turned thumbs down on the bill. The Congressional Budget Office published a devastating analysis of the bill’s impact.
3 REPUBLICAN SENATORS
In the end, three Republican senators killed the bill. Here are their reasons: Susan Collins of Maine voted against the bill because she supports Planned Parenthood (which would’ve been defunded); Lisa Murkowski of Alaska also supports Planned Parenthood, and has promised Alaskan workers to protect their health coverage; John McCain of Arizona objected to the lack of a replacement health coverage plan.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
• nytimes.com - Basis of article
• indivisibleguide.com - Citizen movement to resist Trump’s agenda
• aarp.org - Strong advocacy position against Republican bills
• en.wikipedia.org - Description and history of AARP
• cbo.gov - June 2017 gov’t analysis of impact of proposed Republican bill
• businessinsider.com - Why 3 Republican senators voted against the bill