Ahead of next week’s pivotal healthcare vote to repeal and replace Obamacare, UltraViolet, an equality activism group, are flying banner planes targeting Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) in a bid to get the holdout Senators to reject the upcoming healthcare bill.
Most impressively, a banner plane will fly over University of Arizona Stadium, where the Arizona Cardinals will play the Dallas Cowboys in a highly watched Monday Night Football game. The banner will read, “MCCAIN, DON’T BACK DOWN. PROTECT OUR CARE.”
Banner planes are also flying over Downtown Anchorage, Alaska and Downtown Portland, Maine today with the same message to each state’s respective Senator.
UltraViolet’s move comes on the heels of surprise moves by both Senator McCain and Senator Collins.
When asked about his support for the bill that McConnell intends to put on the floor, Senator McCain said, “Nothing has changed. If McConnell wants to put it on the floor, that’s up to McConnell. I am the same as I was before. I want the regular order.”
When asked to further clarify if that meant he intended to vote “no” on the bill, McCain said, “That means I want the regular order. It means I want the regular order!” Since McCain stunned Washington with a “no” vote to Republicans’ last repeal and replace effort, the Senate has not returned to regular order, an indication that he will not, then, support the bill.
Meanwhile, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) has teamed up with a Florida Democrat, Senator Bill Nelson, to introduce legislation to stabilize existing ACA insurance markets. The bipartisan legislation, called the Reinsurance Act of 2017, introduced last night, aims to “reduce risk for insurance companies by providing funds to insurers for high-risk enrollees.”
On CNN, Collins said that the Graham-Cassidy bill contains “many of the same flaws of the bill we rejected previously and in fact, it has some additional flaws.” As such, political experts are placing her in the “no” column for the upcoming vote.
Republicans are well aware that their bill is egregiously harmful to the American people. While they may have hoped to ram it through Congress in a campaign of misinformation and secrecy, Americans will simply have to look up to see the truth about this dangerous operation.
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