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Monday, 17 July 2017 19:31

Activists, wary of health-care bill pause, plan more protests against proposal

Written by  David Weigel

On Monday morning, protesters gathered one more time in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office building. One more time, they marched to the offices of Senate Republicans, protesting the party’s health-care bill until police snapped plastic handcuffs on them.

And one more time, another group of protesters gathered outside the Capitol, rallying to save the Affordable Care Act before half a dozen cameras.

The Senate GOP’s push for the Better Care Reconciliation Act is on hold this week, with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) unable to travel back to work after a complicated surgery. But the many progressive campaigns to stop the bill are plowing ahead, canceling none of the sit-ins or rallies they’d organized when BCRA was scheduled for a quick vote. They’d watched the House fumble its repeal bill, then celebrated, only to watch the House pass a new version and send it to the Senate. The lesson: Never stop protesting.

“The lessons of the House vote are seared into activists’ minds,” said Ben Wikler, the Washington director of MoveOn.org. “If you take your eye off the ball for one minute, the moderates will cave, and the Republicans will slam a hard-right bill through before the public has a chance to mobilize.

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