Sen. Kamala Harris did not hold back when she ripped apart the ridiculous claim that people don’t die because they lack access to health care. “What the f–k is that?” she asked during an interview with Pod Save America, a podcast that is run by four former aides to President Obama.
Like this guy, this congressman, you might as well say, ‘People don’t starve because they don’t have food.’ What the f–k is that? What are you saying? How can you say that?”
Harris’ remarks seem to be in response to Rep. Raul Labrador’s laughable notion that “nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.” (For the record, that happens to be exactly why people die. But I digress.)
The California Democrat said that if people want to stop Trumpcare from becoming law, all they need to do is “speak the truth.”
The truth is that these folks are playing politics with public health,” Harris said. “If Republicans want people to lose their healthcare, then the Republicans need to lose their job.”
“[Republicans are] engaged in all this happy talk that is bull — not truth,” she added.
The American Health Care Act, as it’s been dubbed, passed the House last week but it still has to clear the Senate. No Democrats are expected to vote in favor of the bill and if more than two Republicans refuse to tow the line, then the bill is dead in the water. Harris urged constituents to stand with Democrats in red states, who will likely be heavily pressured to support the bill.
“There are many of us who will not agree with as much of 20 percent of what those five say and stand for, but I promise you, you will disagree with 100 percent of what their replacements stand for,” she said. “We cannot afford to be purists and we’ve got to take care of them.”
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.