Several grassroots organizations are planning to hold a die-in on the steps of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Tuesday afternoon to protest the Republican Party’s latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The bill would include cuts to vital programs that would disproportionately harm communities of color.
The protest is scheduled to take place at 1:30 p.m. EST. Organizers are urging lawmakers to vote against the “severely problematic” measure proposed by Republican senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, according to a press release from the Working Families Party. The measure would roll back protections for people with pre-existing condition, defund Planned Parenthood and cut Medicaid. Cuts to Medicaid alone would affect 33 percent of African Americans and 31 percent of Hispanics covered by the program, the release states.
Besides members of the Working Families Party, activists from Medicare for All Supporters and the March To Confront White Supremacy will stage a die-in in the Russell Senate Building at Capitol Hill as a symbolic demonstration of the lives in danger if the GOP passes the “Graham-Cassidy” bill.
“If the GOP succeeds on Graham-Cassidy, tens of thousands of people will die,” Nelini Stamp, organizing director of the Working Families Party, said. “Health care is a human right — and we need to be working to ensure more Americans have access to life-saving care, not less.”
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced her decision not to support the bill, becoming the crucial third Republican to oppose it.
The measure appears dead on arrival. Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins on Monday announced her decision not to support the bill, joining senators John McCain of Arizona and Rand Paul of Kentucky. So far, Republicans have not been able to garner the 50 votes needed to pass the bill.
SOURCE: Working Families, The March To Confront White Supremacy
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20 Pics Of Celebrities Protesting (PHOTOS)
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1. Kanye West joined Russell Simmons for the Occupy Wall Street protests.
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2. Jay Z and the Brooklyn Nets stand in solidarity with Eric Garner.
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3. Dave Chappelle posed with his hands up for Mike Brown on the red carpet.
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4. J. Cole joined the protests in Ferguson after Mike Brown’s death.
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5. Q-Tip joined the Mike Brown protests in New York.
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6. Beyonce and Jay Z supported Trayvon Martin’s parents after his death.
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7. Russell Brand joined the Occupy Wall Street protests.
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8. Not only did Lupe Fiasco join the OWS protest, but he named a song after it.
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9. Mark Ruffalo joined the human climate campaign.
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10. Russell Simmons was joined by Katy Perry and Russell Brand during OWS.
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11. Jay Leno protested the Brunei Hotels in Beverly Hills.
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12. Susan Sarandon joined OWS protests.
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13. Al Sharpton always gets his voice out to the masses during times of protest.
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14. Rev Run, Minister Benjamin Chavez Muhammad, and Alicia Keys at the Mobilization for Education Hip-Hop Summit Action Network’s protest of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed education budget cuts.
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15. Anne Hathaway protested at Union Square for the Occupy Wall Street campaign with her boyfriend Adam Shulman.
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16. Actor Sean Penn and Reverend Jesse Jackson marched with activists during an anti-war rally.
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17. Spokesperson Hayden Panettiere at a conference for her Save the Whales campaign.
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18. John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged a ‘bed-in for peace’ and intended to stay in bed for seven days as a protest against war and violence in the world.
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19. Chris Brown, Wale, Nelly and a few more celebs posed with their hands up in support of Mike Brown.
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