Superior Rallies Against Rep. Duffy and GOP Healthcare Bill

June 26, 2017 10:11 AM

The fallout from the Senate Republican health care bill keeps growing.

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On Saturday, Superior residents took to the streets to rally against Rep. Sean Duffy, who is in favor of the bill.

Residents who gathered Saturday at Central City Park say Duffy is “a loyal partisan” and keeps supporting the GOP health care bill even though many Wisconsin residents will face cuts.

Sen. Janet Bewley expressed her concern over potential cuts to Medicaid under the Senate health care bill. “The fact that anybody that was involved in getting coverage through the expansion will eventually lose their coverage,” Sen. Bewley said and added, “that premiums will go up for the most vulnerable, and that this will… provide tax breaks to the wealthy.”

Among attendance were Bayfield Mayor Gordon Ringberg, Former State Senator Bob Jauch, and State Representative Dana Wachs

The Senate health care bill is similar to that of the House bill, which the Congressional Budget Office, (CBO), predicts would cut Medicaid by more than $800 billion.

The Senate health care bill centers on creating a new system of federal tax credits in buying health insurance. The bill also gives states the power to reject many of the benefits required by the Affordable Care Act, such as Planned Parenthood and maternity care.

But ahead of the vote on the GOP health care bill, Democrats are not the only ones opposing it. Five other GOP lawmakers have publicly come out to say they do not support the bill.

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson is one of the few Republicans against the bill. Speaking to CNN’S Wolf Blitzer on Friday, Johnson said he needs more time to review the bill before he can support it. When asked about the possible cuts to Medicaid however, Johnson refused to support the notion of the GOP bill cutting Medicaid.

Governor Scott Walker later came out on Friday to say he supports Johnson’s stand to not support the GOP bill.

The four other GOP senators against the bill are Dean Heller of Nevada, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Mike Lee of Utah.

Senate Republicans are planning to repeal and replace ObamaCare before the July 4 recess. With all Democrats expected to vote against the bill, Republicans can afford only two defections.


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