The Resistance Now: activists say ‘hell no’ to Republican healthcare bill

Progressives sprung into action with dozens protesting outside the Senate majority leaders office, while Democrats took stock after Ossoffs loss

So about that healthcare bill…

Dozens of people were arrested after protesting outside Senate majority leader Mitch McConnells office on Thursday including some in wheelchairs as Republicans unveiled Republicans unveiled Trumpcare 2.0( or are we on 3.0 now ?).

Activists from disability rights organisation Adapt collected outside McConnells office to demonstrate against the bill, which would dramatically cut Medicaid and strip funding from Planned Parenthood, to name merely two measures.

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A protester is resulted away by police on Thursday. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/ EPA

Progressive organisations leap into action to try to defeat it.

Our Revolution set up a page on its website urging people to take action to stop AHCA[ the Senate bill is called the Better Care Reconciliation Act but many of the principles are the same as the AHCA House bill] and avoid millions from losing their healthcare.

The organization has provided a number which will connect people to their Senators office, and has also some talking points.

AHCA would leave 23 million Americans without healthcare.

The bill would allow insurance companies to discriminate against patients and deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

A majority of voters strongly oppose repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act( also known as Obamacare ).

Americans want to expand healthcare , not gut it. In fact, two-thirds of Americans support Medicare for all.

Indivisible has its own page too, where people can submit amendments to their senator. “Its about” applying your constituent power immediately to the process, Indivisibles website tells. They also have an extensive listing of reading material and a script people can use when talking to their representatives.

Ossoff: doomed from the beginning?

Thats what a number of progressives told the Guardian, after the 30 -year-old lost to Republican Karen Handel in Tuesdays special election.

Jon Ossoff operated on a centrist, Clinton-esque platform that focussed on rather beige, uncontroversial issues like government garbage. There was no talk of universal healthcare and little of welfare issues. He ran in what has traditionally been a Republican stronghold, and lost by only five points, but Ossoff was basically the opposite of the kind of populist candidate the left believes is the way forward.

Hes not in favour of single-payer healthcare, hes not outspoken on campaign finance reform, told Moumita Ahmed, founder of Millennials for Revolution. Why would I as a Republican vote for someone who isnt a Republican, but still has the same values as a Republican?

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Ossoff plus balloons. Photo: Joe Raedle/ Getty Images

Winnie Wong, from People for Bernie, told Ossoffs operate the election was the most expensive House race in history, by the way was a massive failure of Democratic party leadership.

He didnt have a core progressive message and that ultimately is why he lost. The Democratic party could spend $100 m and he would still lose. Because he didnt stand for anything.

but there is hope for a Brand New Congress

Thats the name of a group that selects, trains, is in favour of promotes progressives who want to run for Congress.

Brand New Congress( BNC ), formed in April 2016, currently has 14 candidates who have announced their 2018 mid-term campaigns, including several who are running against incumbent Democrats.

We basically provide full service campaign service, BNCs Corbin Trent told the Guardian this week. Brand New Congress manages press petition, helps with events and vote access, does opposition research on incumbents, and can even help with speechwriting.

Brand New Congress has organized a weekend canvassing kick off for its candidates( who are from across America) on Sunday. Each of presidential candidates all of whom are running on progressive platforms are holding events to boost their campaigns.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is running against incumbent Democrat Joseph Crowley in New Yorks 14 th congressional district, organized for the Bernie Sanders campaign in 2016.

We have the capacity and opportunity to be ambitious in legislation, Ocasio-Cortez told the Guardian. Because the world is changing in ways weve never seen before.

What were reading

  • Were in the midst of an all-hands-on-deck emergency, writes Rebecca Solnit , in which new groups and alliances are emerging along with unforeseen capacities in many people who didnt previously think they were activists. Solnit says there are extraordinary things happening in this moment, in an uplifting survey of the activist land.
  • Progressives should try to speak conservative to score victories, historian and LGBTQ strategist Nathaniel Frank writes in the LA Times. He tells the success of the LGBTQ movement arrived when activists learned to speak the language of those they most needed to enlist rather than those who already agreed with them.

Ron Swanson reimagined as Berniecrat progressive

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Parks and Recreations Ron Swanson … an eerie doppelganger for a Democratic nominee whos stimulating headlines. Photograph: NBC/ NBCU Photo Bank

Randy Bryce, known as @IronStache on Twitter, sprung to fame the coming week when he announced his challenge to Republican house speaker Paul Ryan. In his favor? An evocative campaign advert, a leftwing message, and the mustache, denim and workboots of an all-American.

That masculine, blue-collar image prompted one Twitter user to suggest Bryce was genetically engineered from Bruce Springsteen anthems, while several people compared the Democrat to the Parks and Recreation character Ron Swanson. Just not a libertarian.

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Randy Bryce is work for Paul Ryans seat in Congress. Photograph: YouTube

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