DEMOCRATS STAGE A HEALTHCARE DRAMA

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JENNIFER HARPER

Democrats have been busy craft­ing a po­lit­i­cal epic, which is the fate of the Amer­i­can Health Care Act. The “Trump­care” story may prove to be great fam­ily fare with a happy end­ing, or a heroic saga. No doubt, Democrats would pre­fer the Repub­li­can leg­is­la­tion to ei­ther end up as a mur­der mys­tery or screw­ball farce — and they are ramp­ing up an in­tense pro­duc­tion. Their lan­guage is emo­tional and fol­lows a strate­gic script, am­pli­fied by a mostly sym­pa­thetic news me­dia, which is ea­ger to give the Democrats’ per­for­mance a good re­view — and much cov­er­age.

Sen. Bernard San­ders spent the en­tire week­end on stage, trav­el­ing to Ohio, Penn­syl­va­nia and West Vir­ginia to con­demn the Amer­i­can Health Care Act be­fore grass-roots au­di­ences, many hold­ing up preprinted signs that read “Don’t take away our healthcare,” some call­ing out “I will die, I will die,” among other things.

“How can it be a health care bill when it throws 23 mil­lion peo­ple off of in­sur­ance, slashes Med­i­caid and de­funds Planned Par­ent­hood? God knows what the im­pli­ca­tion of this leg­is­la­tion will be on our chil­dren, the el­derly and those with chronic ill­ness,” Mr. San­ders said in a fundrais­ing out­reach to help pay for his tour.

“If this leg­is­la­tion was to pass, and if mil­lions of peo­ple — many of whom are ter­ri­bly ill to­day — were to lose the health care that they have, there is no ques­tion that many, many thou­sands of our fel­low Amer­i­cans could die un­nec­es­sar­ily,” Mr. San­ders told an au­di­ence on one of his last stops.

“Is this what Amer­ica is sup­posed to be about, tak­ing away health in­sur­ance from kids with dis­abil­i­ties, from peo­ple with can­cer in or­der to give tax breaks to bil­lion­aires? That is what this en­tire de­bate is about,” said the Ver­mont in­de­pen­dent dur­ing an ap­pear­ance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sun­day.

Mr. San­ders is not alone in weigh­ing in on the pend­ing leg­is­la­tion. Dra­mat­i­cally.

“If there’s a chance you might get sick, get old or start a fam­ily, this bill will do you harm,” said for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

“For­get death pan­els. If Repub­li­cans pass this bill, they’re the death party,” tweeted for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton, who also ad­vised, “This is a crit­i­cal mo­ment about choos­ing peo­ple over pol­i­tics. Speak out against this bill.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Top Democrats are cam­paign­ing hard against the Amer­i­can Healthcare Act and they’re fol­low­ing a strate­gic and emo­tional script.

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