National day of action to protest Trumpcare - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 12 PM to 1:30 PM Senator Dianne Feinstein's

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National day of action to protest Trumpcare

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Senator Dianne Feinstein's Office

880 Front Street, Unit 4236, San Diego, CA (map)

We will meet at the plaza in front. Bring your signs and raise your voices with others across the nation. Thank our Senators for their work on our behalf!

Down Against Deeply Unpopular Trumpcare Bill

New poll shows just 17 percent of Americans support Republican bill.

As progressives gear up for a National Day of Action to protest the Republican healthcare bill, more evidence is piling in that Americans don't approve of the Senate plan to repeal and replace the the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare.

A new poll by NPR/Marist finds that just 17 percent of Americans approve of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BRCA), also known as Trumpcare, while more than half disapprove.

Among Republicans who were surveyed, just 35 percent supported the bill while 21 percent opposed it. Sixty-eight percent of independents disapproved of the plan. The poll was taken even before the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis showing that the plan would take away health coverage for 22 million Americans over the next decade.

Americans' opinions on the BRCA mirror the Republican leadership's difficulty in moving forward with the bill. On Tuesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was forced to delay a vote on the bill.

Following the CBO's announcement, so-called moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said she would not back the bill, while a number of conservatives including Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas also confirmed their opposition.

The poll numbers and the vote delay may be encouraging to progressives who have been disconcerted by the bill's cuts to Medicaid, coverage for older Americans, and other services. However, activists aren't slowing down in their efforts to put pressure on legislators to block the bill when it does go to a vote after the week-long July 4 recess.