DEMOCRATS STAGE A HEALTHCARE DRAMA
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.”
Top Democrats are campaigning hard against the American Healthcare Act and they’re following a strategic and emotional script.