Here’s a List of Times Democrats Claimed GOP Policies Would Cause ‘People to Die’

'This will mean death'

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• January 11, 2018 3:05 pm


Democrats and liberals over the past year have not been shy about saying that they believe Republican policies will kill Americans.

From tax reform to withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, Democratic lawmakers and others have not held back their criticism while trying to derail GOP legislation from becoming law. One of their main tactics has been to warn that Republican policy ideas would cause "people to die."

This threat was most apparent when Republicans sought to repeal and replace Obamacare last year.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) has been one of the most willing to espouse such brooding rhetoric. The Vermont senator has on multiple occasions claimed that "thousands will die" if Republicans successfully repeal Obamacare.

Sanders has also stated that Republicans "should be reminded every day that 36,000 people will die yearly" if the Affordable Care Act is scrapped.

Sanders made similar claims while appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" with Chuck Todd last year.

Last July, the Vermont senator even compared a Republican health care proposal, which ultimately failed in the Senate, to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, saying the former would kill more people if signed into law.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) has framed the debates over health care and tax reform as being "life or death."

Amid the debate over the Trump administration's federal budget proposal, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D.) said that because of proposed social spending cuts, "some children will die."

In his first appearance on "Meet the Press" with Chuck Todd as Democratic National Committee chair, Tom Perez argued that "people will die" as a result of the GOP's attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Appearing on CNN shortly after President Donald Trump announced his intention to leave the Paris climate accord, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D.) denounced the move, warning that "if we don't decarbonize our future, people are going to die."