While the U.S. Senate voted in favor (51-50) of a motion to consider the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) pet bill, “The Better Care Reconciliation Act” was voted down 57-43. Fort-eight Democrats and two independents voted with nine Republicans to stop the McConnell’s bill.
Michelle Batchelor, deputy director of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, told the AFRO the Senate’s rejection of the “Better Care Reconciliation” bill is fine but any Republican legislation isn’t good.
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., leaves the chamber as the Republican-run Senate rejected a GOP proposal to scuttle President Barack Obama’s health care law and give Congress two years to devise a replacement, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at the Capitol in Washington. President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have been stymied by opposition from within the Republican ranks. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
“I think that any plan is an act against women,” she said.
“People will lose their health insurance and that especially goes for Black women,” she said. “Black women need more access to reproductive care.”
Batchelor, who participated in the Congressional Black Caucus’s Twitter Town Hall on TrumpCare, said her organization is encouraging its partners to call and visit their representatives.
“If they can’t visit their representatives, we are encouraging people to plan their own rallies to stop the repeal of Obamacare,” she said.
On July 25, the Senate, with the aid of ailing Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Vice President Mike Pence, voted to proceed on debating the Act, popularly known as Obamacare. All but two Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowsky of Alaska, voted for the motion to consider the repeal while all 46 Democrats and the two independents voted against it. Sens Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) voted against the motion to consider repeal while Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the only Black Republican Senator, favored it.
“This is a make or break moment,” Booker said on his Twitter account on July 25. “A moral moment. Any senator who votes YES on health care repeal does so knowing 22 million Americans will be hurt.”
Booker is basing his information on a recent Congressional Budget Office score that says 22 million Americans could lose their health insurance if the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives repeal Obamacare without a replacement plan.
Harris said that “we are better than this as a country and the American people deserve more from us as their representatives. This vote to consider a bill that kicks more than 20 million people off of their health care is utterly shameful but we cannot throw up our hands when it is time to roll up our sleeves. We must redouble our efforts and ensure this bill does not pass. I will fight every iteration of this bill on the floor that would threaten the health care for millions of Americans.”
Scott seemed elated that President Obama’s signature legislation is being debated.
“I committed to the voters of South Carolina seven years ago, three years ago and again last year that I would work to repeal and replace Obamacare with a health care system that focuses on patients and doctors, not bureaucrats in Washington,” he said. “Today we took a step towards that goal and I look forward throughout the week to discussing with my colleagues the importance of repealing and replacing Obamacare.”