Progressive groups celebrated their latest victory over the Republican-led Congress Tuesday after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced that the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would not go to a vote this week as planned.
The decision came a day after more than 200 members of ADAPT, the national disability rights group, stormed a hearing on the bill, chanting, “Kill the bill, don’t kill us!” and “No cuts to Medicaid!”
Murshed Zaheed, political director of CREDO Action, the social change network which has also mobilized against Trumpcare, credited the protesters with helping to push the Republicans to abandon the bill.
“The GOP attempt to rip coverage away from millions of Americans has once again crumbled in the face of furious opposition.”—Ben Wikler, MoveOn
“Progressive grassroots activists just saved health care coverage for tens of millions of Americans—yet again,” he said. “Despite Mitch McConnell’s best efforts, even some Senate Republicans realized that this bill was too cruel to support.”