As Senate Republicans scheme behind closed doors to bring Trumpcare to a vote by the end of June, women across the country are ensuring their opposition is felt on Friday by occupying the offices of elected officials and demanding they vote no on any attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
“In no uncertain terms, a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act is a declaration of war on women,” said Karin Roland, chief campaigns officer at UltraViolet, the principal organizer of the sit-ins (visit UltraViolet’s website for more information about the day of action).
Protesters will “occupy the offices of Senator Bill Cassidy, Senator Susan Collins, Senator Dean Heller, Senator Rob Portman, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Tom Cotton, and Senator Cory Gardner” to “argue that the Republican healthcare plan would be catastrophic for Americans—kicking more than 23 million people off of their health insurance, making it harder for people with pre-existing conditions to get coverage, and undermining the health of women across the country,” UltraViolet said in a statement.
Democrats have recently ramped up their criticism of the GOP for attempting to pass such momentous and potentially devastating legislation without revealing any of their plans to the public. Resistance groups, for their part, are demanding that Democrats go a step further and withhold consent, a move that would considerably slow the legislative process.
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