‘Die-in’ held at Capitol to protest new health care bill
MADISON, Wis. — Protesters staged a “die-in” at the Capitol Saturday morning to show their opposition to legislation that would dismantle portions of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.
The group carried cardboard tombstones listing their causes of “death” and held a small rally discussing the American Health Care Act, the Republican-pushed legislation that narrowly passed Thursday in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Organizer Crystal Ketterhagen said the group’s goal was to “dramatize what happens when we pass corrupt legislation.”
“The Ryancare bill zaps the weakest Wisconsinites from fundamental protections,” she said.
One of the more contentious portions of the legislation allows states to seek waivers that would exempt insurance companies from charging people with pre-existing health conditions more for their coverage. Under the legislation, states would be able to establish high-risk pools for those with pre-existing conditions, something Gov. Scott Walker said Friday that he would consider .
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