Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez laid out the moral—and political—consequences of Republicans managing to pass Trumpcare, saying in a statement that “Trump and Republicans will own every preventable death, every untreated illness, and every bankruptcy that American families will be forced to bear if this bill becomes law and millions lose access to affordable health care.”
Perez highlighted the number of Americans who would lose out and what it is that they’re losing out for: a tax cut for the wealthiest.
The 24 million who would lose access to health care is not just a number—it represents fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers and even newborn babies with heart diseases or cancers that are too costly to treat without affordable insurance.
“Trump and Republicans are telling the parents of children with special needs that they’re on their own. They’re telling insurance companies to go ahead and use lifetime limits to decide when someone with a chronic illness has had enough health care. As if this attack on ordinary Americans weren’t reprehensible enough, Republicans in Congress might keep Obamacare’s best protections for themselves and their staffers, as they rip them away from their own constituents. It seems the only people who will truly benefit from this legislation are the uber-rich, who will pocket hundreds of billions in tax breaks. Trump and Republicans will be held accountable.”
Perez also recorded a robocall asking people to call Congress to oppose the bill.
Trump and the Republicans will own it morally. Ordinary voters need to make every Republican who votes for this own it in a way they actually feel—by making them face angry constituents every time they show their faces and, in 2018, at the polls.