First, here’s the nihilistic, absurd vision for taking us waaaaay backwards on healthcare by crazy Rep. Tom Garrett (Far-Right “R”, VA 05). Note the lies, such as that the ACA is supposedly in a “death spiral” (completely false, and to the extent it’s having problems, that’s because Republicans are trying really hard to make it fail)
Today I will be officially calling for the actual repeal and replace that GOP members across the country have campaigned on for years. The ACA is in fact in a death spiral and our nation’s healthcare policies need to be completely re-worked. In 2015 the House passed with overwhelming GOP support a bill by now DHHS Director (former Congressman) Tom Price on a repeal and replace. My colleague Rep. Jim Jordan has since reintroduced this legislation and if the committee will not advance this legislation than we need to deliver on our promise by pushing for a discharge petition. More details forthcoming this afternoon.
Now, here’s an infinitely better idea by Sen. Bernie Sanders, who wants the United States to join the ranks of the civilized world and guarantee health care as fundamental human right. I know, what a concept — Republicans want to take AWAY our health care; Democrats and progressives want to EXPAND access (preferably to every single American) to high-quality, affordable health care.
Less than 24 hours after the disintegration of a Republican effort to repeal and replace the federal Affordable Care Act, Sen. Bernie Sanders told constituents at a town hall meeting in Hardwick Saturday that he’ll introduce a single-payer health care bill in Congress “within a couple of weeks.”
The announcement drew thunderous applause from the approximately 1,000 people in the Hazen Union High School gymnasium, where Sanders shared a stage with Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch.
Sanders told the audience that the defeat of the Republican health care bill demonstrates widespread dissatisfaction among Americans with GOP health care policies. And he says he thinks his “Medicare for all” bill will have strong appeal even among the red-state voters that put President Donald Trump in the White House.