Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats roll out ‘Better Deal,’ new economic agenda Jimmy Carter predicts US will eventually have single-payer healthcare system Bernie Sanders to blast GOP healthcare bill at NAACP convention MORE (I-Vt.) plans to rail against the GOP’s healthcare bill while speaking at the NAACP national convention in Baltimore on Monday afternoon, according to a press release from his office.
The former Democratic presidential candidate will lay out the consequences people will face under the GOP ObamaCare repeal-and-replace plan, which he says will lead to thousands of Americans dying annually.
“We have got to stop worrying about [President] Trump’s tweets, and pay attention to the actual legislation he is supporting,” he said in the statement from his office. “This legislation would result in the unnecessary deaths of thousands of Americans every single year.”
Sanders said the Republican bill will throw 22 million people off health insurance, cut Medicaid and Planned Parenthood funding and make it difficult for people who have pre-existing conditions to obtain healthcare.
He called the Republican bill “the most destructive and irresponsible piece of legislation brought to the U.S. Senate in the modern history of our country.”
Sanders will continue to push for a national, Medicare-for-all single-payer healthcare system, which was one of his main platform points in his 2016 bid for president.
The Senate is scheduled to vote on the healthcare bill this week, though Republicans currently do not have the support they need to pass it, with several GOP lawmakers already expressing their opposition.