As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gears up to bring the Senate Trumpcare bill to a vote by mid-month, resistance groups across the country are preparing to rally and confront their lawmakers over the July 4th holiday.
“If these moderates don’t feel the heat over recess, guess what? They’ll cave in no time.”
—Topher Spiro, Center for American ProgressCelebration followed McConnell’s decision last week to delay a vote on the legislation, a move interpreted by activists as a sign that their anti-Trumpcare efforts are paying off. Many pointed out, however, that the bill is far from dead, and that lawmakers should be pressured until the bill is scrapped entirely.
Some commentators have worried that despite the outward appearance of disarray—including President Donald Trump’s recent call to drop efforts to replace Obamacare in favor of “repeal now, replace later”—McConnell is getting closer to striking a deal with lawmakers who expressed their opposition to the bill after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected it would strip insurance from 22 million Americans.
Topher Spiro, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, pointed to reports that McConnell has sent another version of Trumpcare to the CBO as an indication that Senate Republicans are “close to a deal.”
“If these moderates don’t feel the heat over recess, guess what? They’ll cave in no time,” Spiro wrote, referring to the the several Republicans—from Susan Collins of Maine to Rob Portman of Ohio—who have said they cannot support the bill in its current form. “This revised bill is probably McConnell’s last shot. He has no time for CBO to score one after this.”
Activist groups like MoveOn.org and Indivisible—along with many others—have organized protest efforts accordingly, acknowledging the urgency of the current recess and the necessity of ensuring Trumpcare remains at the center of public attention.
The Washington Post observed that Republican lawmakers “are not exactly rushing into the public spotlight to engage their constituents on the controversial plan and their own decision-making about the [healthcare] proposal.” As such, organizers have emphasized the importance of confronting lawmakers as they attend parades and events on Independence Day.
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