Disabled Protesters Stage 'Die-In' over Senate Health Care Bill Rollout

Posted June 26, 2017

Instead of calling their protest a "sit-in" they referred to it as a "die-in", demonstrating their belief that the GOP health care bill would put many Americans in grave danger without dependable health care.

"To say people will die under this law is not an exaggeration", said Mike Oxford, an ADAPT organizer from Kansas.

Kasich today quickly registered his strong opposition to aspects of the McConnell bill - and its secretive, partisan drafting.

Tax credits under BCRA will not be helpful to Medicaid beneficiaries, Tara Straw, senior health policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, told ThinkProgress. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, can not change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.

Gov. Wolf administration officials plan to discuss the impact at 1 p.m. Thursday. Senate Republicans already know that Democrats oppose the bill, AARP opposes the bill, hospitals oppose the bill, and so forth. ADAPT isn't just concerned about whether disabled Americans will be able to access health care services, however.

It would repeal tax increases Obama's law imposed on higher-income people and medical industry companies to pay for expanded coverage. But its fate remains uncertain.

At least a half-dozen GOP senators - conservatives as well as moderates - have complained about the proposal, the secrecy with which McConnell drafted it and the speed with which he'd like to whisk it to passage.

The Senate bill proposes phasing out the Medicaid expansion provided by Obamacare beginning in 2020 in addition to limiting how much money each state receives for Medicaid. Next week, the public will learn how many million people will be affected under the Senate's plan.

McConnell, eager to approve the legislation next week, indicated he was open to changes before it reaches the Senate floor. That doesn't concern Mitch McConnell. It would also let states get waivers to ignore some coverage standards that "Obamacare" requires of insurers.

McConnell's dilemma is similar to what House Speaker Paul Ryan faced earlier this year when he struggled to get enough votes to get the House Republican bill through the lower chamber.

The sources are describing the bill on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to make the disclosures.