Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Voters' Voices Made a Difference with Health Bill

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Voters' Voices Made a Difference with Health Bill

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Lots of explanations have been offered for the failure of the House of Representatives to vote on Trumpcare. And many of those explanations have merit.

But I don't see many comments on the key role that voters have played in this process ever since January.

This unprecendented mass movement - which has followed Congress for months -is the strongest, most vocal I've ever seen.

Some observers estimate that 2 percent of the U.S. population participated in women's marches in January, and people are keeping on the heat! The representatives only had to listen to their constituents. From massive phone/letter campaigns to visits to packed town meetings, these officials could not avoid hearing the voters say: No, we don't want Trumpcare!

President Donald Trump has no idea how politics works. And he doesn't want to learn. He doesn't know that he can't "close a deal" in politics by threatening people. Members of Congress have thousands of voters back home to answer to.

So we'll keep fighting and I hope we can save more of our precious democracy.


Park Place

Wait for the tax cuts

There may be some who think members of the so-called "Freedom Caucus" in the House are heroes because they stood up to Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, Mike Pence and Co. to defeat the Republican health care act. Don't be fooled - the only reason they revolted was because the act was not mean-spirited enough.

It didn't make it even tougher for average Americans, especially seniors, to afford health care. I am glad they handed Mr. Trump his first big defeat ... but heroes they are not.

My guess is that when tax cuts for the top 1 percent come up, the "Freedom Caucus" will be right on board. Wake up, America!



Surprise, surprise

I find it absolutely astonishing that the Republican Party could not simply repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act as promised. This after harshly campaigning against it for the better part of seven years.

It appears that President Donald Trump may be better equipped to deal-making with his Russian comrades than his own party. Or maybe President Barack Obama and his care weren't that bad after all. …

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