Democrats Celebrate 'Defeat' of GOP Health Care Bill: 'Victory for Human Decency'

By Susan Jones | July 18, 2017 | 5:48am EDT
Democrat National Committee Chairman Tom Perez speaks at a "Come Together and Fight Back" rally with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders hosted by the Democratic National Committee at the Mesa Amphitheater in Mesa, Arizona. (File photo by Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

( - No one said "ha-ha," but you could almost hear it in the statement released by Democrat Party Chairman Tom Perez.

Commenting on the Republicans' inability to pass the second version of their health care bill, Perez issued the following statement Monday night:

Republicans attempted to take away health care from millions and failed twice because the American people made their voices heard and overwhelmingly rejected this bill. Instead of listening to the people they represent, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Congressional Republicans ignored their constituents and met behind closed doors to craft legislation that would have devastated working families. Make no mistake: This bill’s defeat is a victory for human decency and for the millions of families who rely on the Affordable Care Act.

In a late-night tweet, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said, "This second failure of #Trumpcare is proof positive that the core of this bill is unworkable. #ProtectOurCare"

And Sen. Bernie Sanders‏ (I-Vt.), a proponent of taxpayer-funded health care for all, issued two tweets Monday night:


"The American people want to proceed to health care for all, not see 22 million Americans thrown off the health care they currently have.

And: "Health care is a human right."

Appearing on the Rachel Maddow show Monday night, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) predicted that Republicans will not give up on their effort to pass a repeal and replace bill.

Murphy urged Republicans to start working with Democrats, hold public hearings, and “get real feedback from professionals and experts.”

What a political gift this would be to Democrats if they continue to do this in a way that ultimately secured only Republican votes. I mean, there's only political upside (for) the Democrats.

But we're actually sincere, Rachel, in saying that we hope that they come and talk to us. And they've got to jettison the tax cuts and the gutting of Medicaid, but we will talk to them about some of their concerns about flexibility if they will give us some long term guarantee that these exchanges will be solvent and strong. 

And wouldn't it be great for health care to stop being a political football that gets tossed from one side to the other every five to ten years. I don't know that Mitch McConnell thinks that we're sincere, because it’s such an easy political cudgel for us to use, but we are. 

The answer is no, they haven't reached out to us but it would be to their political benefit and to the country's policy benefit if they actually took us up on the offer. 

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