July 2, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – Labor unions hailed the Senate’s delay of a bill to repeal most of Obamacare June 27 after it became clear that the measure could not win a majority.
“It’s beyond a victory,” said National Nurses United executive director RoseAnn DeMoro. “What people are saying is, ‘We want a society, we don’t want a market to protect our health.’ I think this is a giant step toward single-payer health care.” The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the legislation would cut off 22 million people’s access to health insurance. Meanwhile, the AFL-CIO is running thousands of ads to pressure Senate Republicans in Alaska, Ohio, West Virginia, Nevada and Maine to vote against the bill. Federation President Rich Trumka told reporters June 28 that it “isn’t a health-care plan at all, it’s a massive transfer of wealth from workers to Wall Street” and would “obliterate” Medicaid. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, writing in Time magazine June 27, said Medicaid funding “is especially vital for children with special needs,” noted that more than three-fourths of school districts use it to hire school nurses and other health professionals, and said the bill would “would rip away these supports. Read more
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