Protest for Healthcare on Capitol Hill

“Stand on the right side of history” is what Representative and Civil Rights Activist John Lewis said at the protest last Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

This protest was a part of the three day “People’s Filibuster” which was co-organized by more than 19 groups. Planned Parenthood was one of these groups, who will be defunded for a year if the senate GOP healthcare bill passes. Pro-choice and pro-life advocates can argue over their views for days but the fact still remains Planned Parenthood is the largest single provider of health reproductive services in the United States. This is very important.  Planned Parenthood being defunded will lead to larger problems.

The Congressional Budget Office said 22 million Americans will lose their healthcare and be uninsured by 2026 if the GOP bill passes. To put this into context, only about 4.671 million people live in Louisiana. 22 million people losing healthcare would be equivalent to almost five times the population of the state of Louisiana losing health care. After hearing this, it is obvious there is a flaw with this healthcare bill that even the GOP can’t deny.

Senator of California, Kamala Harris stated at the protest that healthcare is not a privilege and should be a right for all Americans.

Healthcare should have never been considered as a privilege in the United States and should have always been seen as an inalienable right. Healthcare should have never been seen as a prize that gets auctioned off to the highest bidder which so happens to also be the wealthiest people in this country.

I think it’s obvious something is wrong when “Trumpcare” tax breaks would mostly benefit the wealthiest citizens. The goals of this healthcare bill are not centered around caring for actual american lives but more so about money and repealing “Obamacare” or ACA. This GOP senate healthcare bill is not rectifying the issues with ACA and if passed will only make current issues worse.

Currently, 26 countries have universal healthcare or free health care, including France. Anita Chang Beattie, editor on the Agence France-Presse said it’s hard for citizens in France to grasp the concept of the United States not having free healthcare for citizens because they are provided with it. Also they do not understand why congress wouldn’t want to undo ACA if it’s providing most of Americans with affordable health care.

Even citizens of America find the idea of repealing Obamacare hard to believe because it provides a lot of people with affordable and needed healthcare for either them or their families. Many of people at this protest on Capitol Hill had signs stating they will lose their healthcare if this bill passes or will be denied healthcare because of their pre-existing condition.

That being said, it’s so important for us, millennials, to stand on the right side of history and continue to fight for justice and equality for everyone so we can push the dial forward.

I believe protests, like this one on Capitol Hill, are important to attend if you believe the issue is worth fighting for.


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