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New York City Pols Rally to Stop Republicans’ Obamacare Repeal Bill ‘Before it Kills Us’

July 27, 2017

As published by The New York Daily News, on July 26, 2017.

As senators in Washington debated how to repeal major provisions of Obamacare, New York elected officials gathered at City Hall Wednesday morning to slam the Republican bill and demand more transparency.

The Senate voted Tuesday to proceed with debate on the bill without a final version being made public, and Republicans have since been unable to agree on a specific formula to repeal Obamacare. Previous versions of the bill were projected to take insurance away from millions of New Yorkers.

“We’ve got to kill the bill before the bill kills us,” Public Advocate Letitia James said at the City Hall rally, standing in front of over 50 members of health workers’ unions.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman also decried the Senate bill Wednesday, reiterating his past promise to go to court to stop it from being implemented if it passes. Schneiderman has said that past versions of the bill that strip funding from Planned Parenthood would breach women’s constitutional rights.

(AARON HOLMES/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

“I’ve developed quite a reputation as someone who sues Donald Trump a lot. I promise if Congress passes the bill … I will see Donald Trump in court again,” he said.

“They are ashamed of their own bill. They don’t want it out in the open,” he added. “We are not going to let them defund Medicaid.”

Other Democratic elected officials at the rally included Councilman Corey Johnson, assemblymembers Richard Gottfried and Linda Rosenthal, and state Sen. Gustavo Rivera.

 “I am HIV positive … I take life-saving medicine every day because of my HIV status,” said Johnson, who was arrested last week for protesting the bill outside the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky). “This bill is sick. This bill is deranged. This bill is evil.”
The Senate is expected to reach a final vote on the repeal bill in the coming days.