Yeah, that's right. Wealthcare. I'm still trying to make it work.
But seriously -- what the House of Representatives did last week was revolting. It didn't matter to those 217 House members that the bill they passed was overwhelmingly opposed by America's doctors, nurses, and hospitals. It didn't matter that the bill was supported by only 17% of Americans. It didn't matter that they had no idea how much it would cost, or what kind of impact it would have on the millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions.
All that mattered to those 217 House members was that they got a political win. All that mattered was that their millionaire and billionaire friends got another big tax cut.
What they did was pathetic. And we have to do everything we can to make sure their garbage bill never becomes law.
I'm proud that I worked in a White House that wanted to help people. We spent 18 long months on Obamacare. We listened to experts: health care providers, the AARP, the American Cancer Society. President Obama even debated the law with House Republicans on live television. Most importantly, we listened to the people whose lives it would affect.
We certainly didn't get it perfect, but we did everything we could -- and we helped a lot of people in the process.
This bill will destroy that progress. It will deny medical care to millions of Americans who desperately need it. People will go bankrupt. People will die. I wonder if anyone who voted for this heinous bill gave a minute's thought to how a medical emergency could financially destroy the average family -- especially when insurance companies are once again allowed to charge people more just for being sick or older.
We can't let that happen. We have to start making phone calls. We have to show up at their town halls. And if they won't hold town halls, we have to show up at their offices.
We need to protest. We need to march. We need to harness all of our energy and our outrage into a movement that they cannot ignore.
It's time to fight -- are you in?
Co-Host of Pod Save America
Former Director of Speechwriting for President Barack Obama
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