Schumer: Senate Health Care Bill ‘Even Meaner’ Than House Proposal

• June 22, 2017 2:35 pm


Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) gave a speech Thursday next to a large red sign calling Republicans' American Health Care Act "mean," and used a marker to add "-er" to the end of that word.

President Donald Trump had used the word "mean" to describe the House version of the bill.

Senate Republicans released a draft of their version of the AHCA, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, on Thursday, and Democrats wasted no time before criticizing the proposed Obamacare replacement. Schumer called the bill "Trumpcare," saying that it was worse than the House bill and would be hurting working families while helping the wealthy.

"When the House passed their health care bill, a bill that President Trump called mean, I thought it wouldn't be possible for the Senate Republicans to conjure up a bill even worse than that one," Schumer said. "Unfortunately, that is what they have done."

Schumer then wrote on the sign and posed next to it as photographers snapped pictures.

"The Senate version of Trumpcare is even meaner than the House bill," Schumer said.

He went on to argue that the bill would be detrimental to the middle and working classes, and that it would harm Planned Parenthood. Democrats firmly oppose the bill and are looking to pressure multiple Republicans into abandoning it.

The GOP holds 52 seats in the Senate, so Democrats can sink the bill by voting against it with at least three Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) has previously set the end of the month as the target date to vote on the bill.

Schumer had previously used signs with the slogan "Make America Sick Again," but House Democrats got rid of it.

"That shit doesn't work," Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D., Texas) said about that slogan.

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