With the threat of millions of people losing health insurance should one of the present congressional healthcare packages pass, a band of local activists took to Court Square to voice their opposition.
“Hey, ho, Trumpcare has to go. Hey, ho, Trumpcare has to go,” Lee Campbell, chairman of the Warren County Democratic Party, shouted through a bullhorn as he and several protesters waved signs Thursday afternoon.
The announcement of the proposed healthcare plan, endorsed by President Donald Trump, sent shockwaves through many who feel it will leave way too many people without coverage and that his plan is not a viable replacement for Obamacare.
“If this passes, there will be 22 million more people without coverage,” Campbell said. “This is not something to we can let pass. We have to do something about it.”
With signs waving and bullhorn blaring, the group of motivated protesters waved at passing cars on Main Street during rush hour downtown.
“We’re are doing what we can to show our protest to the plan,” Campbell said. “This isn’t something we can just sit by and watch happen.”
Campbell said there may be more peaceful protests in the future and all are welcome to join, regardless of political leaning.
The Congressional Budget Office's nonpartisan group of economists released its review of the Senate bill on Monday with the underlying conclusion being more Americans would be unable to afford healthcare under the proposal.
U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, has said the current proposal does nothing to increase access to healthcare and hurts hospitals which are already struggling.
The CBO estimates two-thirds of the people dropped from healthcare coverage over the next decade as being low income.
The CBO released a 49-page report Monday about the healthcare proposals:
• The current House version would save $119 billion in federal dollars over the next 10 years and increase those uninsured by 23 million.
• The current Senate version would reduce federal spending by $321 billion and increase those uninsured by 21 million.