Sanders calls on Grassley, Ernst to vote against Senate healthcare plan


Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders calls on Grassley, Ernst to vote against Senate healthcare plan Major progressive group endorses Martha McSally challenger OPINION | Sanders triumphs over Trump in healthcare’s battle of ideas MORE (I-Vt.) on Saturday urged Sens. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleySanders calls on Grassley, Ernst to vote against Senate healthcare plan OPINION | On Trump-Russia probe, don’t underestimate Senator Chuck Grassley New GOP health bill puts centrists in vise MORE (R-Iowa) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) to vote against the Senate GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 

“We need one more Republican vote, and I say to Sen. Grassley and Sen. Ernst, please take a hard look at what this disastrous legislation will do to the people of Iowa and the people of America,” Sanders told progressive supporters in a speech in Des Moines, Iowa. 

“I say to them – I beg of them – please vote no on this legislation,” he continued.

 

Sanders plea comes as Senate Republican leaders eye a vote on their healthcare measure next week.

The bill can only afford two Republican defections to get the 50 votes needed to pass, and so far, Sens. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsSanders calls on Grassley, Ernst to vote against Senate healthcare plan Five key senators who will make or break healthcare reform Trump lawyer heads to Sunday shows to launch full-court defense MORE (R-Maine) and Rand PaulRand PaulSanders calls on Grassley, Ernst to vote against Senate healthcare plan Trump lawyer heads to Sunday shows to launch full-court defense Sunday shows preview: Senate healthcare debate rages as GOP leaders eye vote MORE (R-Ky.) have said they will not vote to approve the measure.

In a fiery address at “Revolution Iowa: From Protest to Power,” Sanders railed against the Senate’s healthcare proposal and took aim at Republicans for drafting the measure “behind closed doors.”

“This legislation is so bad, that the Republicans have refused to hold one public hearing and all of their deliberations are behind closed doors,” he said. “That’s how bad this legislation is.” 

Sanders also cited opposition to the bill by outside groups such as the AARP and the American Medical Association. 

“I say to Sens. Grassley and Ernst, if you don’t believe me, then why don’t you listen to virtually every major healthcare organization in this country. All of whom oppose this legislation.”

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Sanders calls on Grassley, Ernst to vote against Senate healthcare plan

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