Local Democrats Rally Against Latest Federal Health Care Bill

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Republicans are attempting to once again repeal and replace the ACA with a new health care program.
The so-called Graham-Cassidy bill, sponsored by Republicans Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham, is the latest attempt at a new federal health care program.
Republicans spent much of the weekend attempting to round up the votes needed to pass, but the bill is looking to fall short — with three Republicans already indicating they will leave the bill short on votes.
But that didn’t stop a few dozen local Democrats from taking to Park Square in protest against the bill.
The crowd gathered at 5 p.m. with signs and a speaking program to express their support for the Affordable Care Act and opposition to the attempts to dismantle it.
“They’re trying to bring something back from the dead to kill a lot of people, quite frankly,” state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier said of the latest attempt to repeal the ACA, often called Obamacare.
The Democrats say millions of people will lose health care coverage, that it will allow insurance companies to deny coverage for “pre-existing conditions,” and that Massachusetts will lose billions in federal funding.
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