Sanders to headline 'Don't Take Our Health Care' bus tour

Sanders to headline 'Don't Take Our Health Care' bus tour
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersKamala Harris picks Baltimore as headquarters for potential 2020 campaign: report Sen. Casey says he won't run for president in 2020 Women's March plans 'Medicare for All' day of lobbying in DC MORE (I-Vt.) will headline a bus tour this weekend urging senators to oppose the Senate GOP healthcare plan, the progressive organization announced Thursday.

Sanders will headline three rallies in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia over the weekend as he joins Democratic efforts to stop the push to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

MoveOn said it will target three GOP senators — Pat Toomey (Pa.), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenators look for possible way to end shutdown GOP reasserts NATO support after report on Trump’s wavering Leaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight MORE (Ohio) and Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoOvernight Energy: Wheeler weathers climate criticism at confirmation hearing | Dems want Interior to stop drilling work during shutdown | 2018 was hottest year for oceans Dems blast EPA nominee at confirmation hearing Republican senators skeptical of using national emergency for wall funding MORE (W.Va.) — lobbying efforts against the Senate bill.


Sanders will attend one rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday and two on Sunday — one in West Virginia and one in Ohio. The bus tour is themed "Don't Take Our Health Care," according to CNN.

Senate Republicans unveiled a draft version of their healthcare plan earlier Thursday. The bill would make significant cuts to Medicaid and defund Planned Parenthood for a year.

In a press release announcing the bus tour, MoveOn blasts the Senate bill as a massive transfer of wealth to the rich.

"The Senate’s health care legislation is an especially cruel and destructive transfer of wealth to the wealthiest American’s at the expense of kids, low-income Americans, the elderly, those with disabilities, and the nearly 23 million Americans who could lose their coverage as a result of health care repeal efforts," the statement reads.

"According to reports, the Senate legislation—which was devised in secret without a single public hearing, chance for markup, or public input—could eliminate coverage for more than 23 million Americans, raise costs, reduce coverage, and end Medicaid as we know it."

The progressive group's statement mirrors one made by Sanders earlier in the day in response to the release of the Senate's bill.

“The Republican plan is even worse than expected and by far the most harmful piece of legislation I have seen in my lifetime. This bill has nothing to do with health care. It has everything to do with an enormous transfer of wealth from working people to the richest Americans,”  Sanders said Thursday.

“Our job now is to rally millions of Americans against this disastrous bill to make sure that it does not pass the Senate. Instead of throwing tens of millions of Americans off of health insurance, we must guarantee health care as a right to every American.”