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2017-06-22

24-Hour Healthcare Vigil today-tomorrow in Philadelphia - photos

Moral Mondays organizer Rev.William Barber (in the black and purple vestment) addressed the opening rally of the 24-hour vigil, at about 4:30 PM today at Senator Toomey's office in downtown Philadelphia.

Toomey is one of the Republican senators who secretly drafted the AHCA, the "Trumpcare" Senate version released today. It is designed to slash Medicaid, and also greatly reduce healthcare for middle-class patients who are considered expensive - those who are older, or have  pre-existing conditions. The money "saved" at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives will be used for tax breaks for rich individuals and corporations.

One of the speakers noted that the retired Senate historian recently said that the Senate has never drafted a major bill like this in secrecy, since before World War I (http://time.com/4825313/health-care-bill-history/).

Now the Republican leadership will try to pass this bill in a few days, to make it a done deal before the July 4 recess.

    

OK to re-post these photos.

Secret Senate Healthcare Bill Released

Here is the full text of the 142-page draft, made public today, June 22. It was created in secret by 13 senators, all Republicans and all men, without a single hearing and without significant input from doctors, hospitals, or other healthcare industries:
https://www.budget.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/SENATEHEALTHCARE.pdf

The Republican-controlled Senate will now try to pass it into law in a few days, before senators go home from the July 4 recess and hear from their voters. If it becomes law, it will greatly affect the 20% of Americans now covered by Medicaid, and a sixth of the total U.S. economy.

For more information:

* New York Times report on the draft released today:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/us/politics/senate-health-care-bill.html

* Letter to Senate leaders from 10 health-industry industry executives, on how to make healthcare more efficient and effective:
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/21/us/politics/document-Medicaid-HPs-Letter-to-McConnell.html

* The Upshot's analysis of the Republican's AHCA bill (published yesterday before the Senate draft was available):
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/21/upshot/gop-health-plan-is-really-a-rollback-of-medicaid.html