Tennessee Activists Protest Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill

Posted at 6:16 PM, Sep 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-21 23:49:48-04

Activists in Nashville held a protest against the latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The demonstrators rallied to try to push Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker to vote "no" on the Graham-Cassidy legislation, named after Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy.

The bill would eliminate subsidies that make health insurance cheaper under the Affordable Care Act, and give states money to create their own health care systems.

It would also make it so people with pre-existing conditions could end up paying more for health care.

This is what one demonstrator had to say about our Senators voting on the bill.

"Bob Corker is supposed to be a public servant. They are not public servants. They are public serpents. They are serpents in the garden of Eden of this country, and they are talking to you in double-speak. They are lying right to your face," one of the protestors said.

Senator Corker's office released a statement saying he appreciates Tennesseans sharing their views with him. He released the following statement:

“From the beginning of this debate, I have said that I want to generate an outcome that is better for the American people than what is in place today, and at present, I am very encouraged by the fact that the Graham-Cassidy legislation repeals the core elements of Obamacare and its one-size-fits-all approach and provides the flexibility governors across our country have been seeking for years."

Senate Republicans can only afford to lose two votes and still pass the bill. While several are undecided, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said he cannot support the plan as is.