Protesters Rally Against Health Care Bill

A vote on the Senate healthcare bill has been postponed till after July 4. About 20 people protested outside of Sen. Lindsay Grahams office.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Protesters in Columbia took to the streets to speak out against the senate’s health care bill.

The protesters stood outside Senator Lindsey Graham's office urging him to vote no to the senate's health care bill.

“Without my coverage, my insulin costs over $19,000 a year,” Julie Edwards with Indivisible Midlands said. “I would need a GoFundMe to stay alive.”

The Congressional Budget Office shows that 22 million more people would be without health insurance over the next decade under the senate's current proposal.

“That affects everyone in South Carolina It affects children, it affects people with disabilities, if you have elderly family members in nursing homes, most are covered by Medicaid, these cuts are going to cut the most vulnerable of South Carolina,” Edwards said.

Senator Graham released the following statement:

I will carefully review this legislation to ensure that if it were to become law, it would be beneficial to the people of South Carolina.

Every day brings fresh evidence that Obamacare is moving toward eventual collapse.  There are now more than 40 counties across the United States which will not have a health care provider offering coverage on the Obamacare exchange.

In South Carolina, the situation is not much better as we are down to one provider on our Obamacare exchange, and that provider has expressed doubts about whether they can afford to continue to offer their product.

I would prefer to address health care reform in a bipartisan manner, but Democrats are unwilling to work with President Trump and Congressional Republicans to fix the mess they created.     

Finally, South Carolinians want Obamacare repealed and replaced with something better.  Only after a careful review of the legislation will I be able to determine if this bill achieves those goals.

 

Protesters are hosting a zombie walk Tuesday night at 8 p.m. at the state house against the health care bill to symbolize how much they want to stay alive.

“This is going to hurt a lot of people who need help,” Protester Marcurius Byrd explained.

A vote on the Senate's health care bill has been postponed until after the July 4th holiday.

To see the current proposal, please visit: https://www.scribd.com/document/351996423/SENATEHEALTHCARE-1

For more information on the protests: https://www.facebook.com/events/682271258637172/

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