Orlando activists plan to protest Republican heath care bill tomorrow

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PHOTO BY MONIVETTE CORDEIRO
  • Photo by Monivette Cordeiro
Orlando activists plan to protest Wednesday morning against a secretive Republican heath care bill in the Senate that would repeal Obamacare.

For Florida’s Future, Organize Florida, SEIU 1199 and other impacted residents plan to hold a demonstration on June 21 outside U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's downtown Orlando office at 201 S. Orange Ave at 11 a.m. The event, "Billionaires for Trump Care Action," is asking Florida's junior senator to "reject proposals that would take healthcare away from more than 1.5 million Floridians while at the same time giving big tax breaks to the rich, insurance companies, and prescription drug manufacturers," according to a release.

The Los Angeles Times reports Senate Republicans are facing scrutiny for pushing through a measure to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act behind closed doors with almost no input from experts.

"The GOP’s secretive process marks a sharp departure from the traditional way the Senate has developed large, complex bills, which are often debated for years with multiple committee hearings to ensure broad input and careful analysis," the Times reports. "The closed-door approach, which is even more opaque than the process used earlier this year in the House, is all the more remarkable given the bill’s likely impact on tens of millions of Americans, many of whom could see their health insurance protections substantially scaled back or eliminated altogether."

Last month, the majority of House Republicans voted to repeal and replace Obamacare with a plan that would give the wealthiest a $346 billion tax cut, gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions and leave more than 24 million Americans uninsured. All of the Republican representatives from Florida voted for the measure except for Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, of Miami, who said the Republican replacement plan "has the potential to severely harm the health and lives of people in South Florida."

Even Rubio, who has long been an opponent of Obamacare, said on CBS this week that he cautioned against rushing the GOP health care bill for a vote.

"The Senate is not a place where you can just cook up something behind closed doors and rush it for a vote on the floor," the Florida Republican told CBS.

For more information about tomorrow's protest in Orlando, click here.

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