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Protestors in Detroit warn against Republican health care bill

Protestors holding a sign disapproving the Senate Republicans' healthcare bill
Bryce Huffman
Michigan Radio
Protestors holding a sign disapproving the Senate Republicans' health care bill

Some protestors in Detroit think the Senate Republicans' health care bill is bad for Michigan.

The group of protestors marched outside of Senator Debbie Stabenow's Detroit office despite the fact that like most Democrats, she opposes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Cherie Happy is with the Michigan People's Campaign, one of the groups that participated in the protest.

She says Stabenow needs to keep fighting for her constituents.

“Introduce amendments, you know, really rack her brain, try to figure out ways that she can help to stall this bill,” Happy said.

Happy wants to make it clear that the march was in support of the work Stabenow is doing.

“We definitely want to be vocal in letting Debbie Stabenow know how important this issue is to us,” she said.

According to Happy, many of the protestors were representing grassroots organizations in metro Detroit. 

This was one of a fewprotests to occur in Detroitsince President Donald Trump took office earlier this year and began to make promises of an Obamacare repeal. 

Stabenow issued a statement on her Senate website earlier this week condemning the Republic healthcare bill.

“The Republican bill does nothing to address rising out-of-pocket and prescription drug costs. Instead, it will raise costs for families, take away medical coverage, and use the savings to give a major tax cut to the wealthiest Americans,” Stabenow said in the statement.

You can read more on Stabenow’s thoughts on health care here.

The bill could see a vote after Senate returns from its Fourth of July recess.

According to a report from the Congressional Budget Office, 22 million people would lose their health coverage over the next decade if the bill were to be enacted.

The bill looks to cut $1 trillion in federal spending in that same time. 

Bryce Huffman was Michigan Radio’s West Michigan Reporter and host of Same Same Different. He is currently a reporter for Bridge Detroit.
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