Sanders calls on Grassley, Ernst to vote against Senate healthcare plan

Sanders calls on Grassley, Ernst to vote against Senate healthcare plan

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet Biden names John Kerry as 'climate czar' in new administration In the final chapter of 2020, we must recommit to repairing our democracy MORE (I-Vt.) on Saturday urged Sens. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOn The Money: Biden to nominate Yellen for Treasury secretary | 'COVID cliff' looms | Democrats face pressure to back smaller stimulus Loeffler to continue to self-isolate after conflicting COVID-19 test results Loeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection MORE (R-Iowa) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) to vote against the Senate GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 

"We need one more Republican vote, and I say to Sen. Grassley and Sen. Ernst, please take a hard look at what this disastrous legislation will do to the people of Iowa and the people of America," Sanders told progressive supporters in a speech in Des Moines, Iowa. 

"I say to them – I beg of them – please vote no on this legislation," he continued.



Sanders plea comes as Senate Republican leaders eye a vote on their healthcare measure next week.

The bill can only afford two Republican defections to get the 50 votes needed to pass, and so far, Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsWhoopi Goldberg blasts Republicans not speaking against Trump: 'This is an attempted coup' Democrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus Team Trump offering 'fire hose' of conspiracy Kool-Aid for supporters MORE (R-Maine) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulLoeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus Overnight Defense: Formal negotiations inch forward on defense bill with Confederate base name language | Senators look to block B UAE arms sales | Trump administration imposes Iran sanctions over human rights abuses MORE (R-Ky.) have said they will not vote to approve the measure.

In a fiery address at "Revolution Iowa: From Protest to Power," Sanders railed against the Senate's healthcare proposal and took aim at Republicans for drafting the measure "behind closed doors."

"This legislation is so bad, that the Republicans have refused to hold one public hearing and all of their deliberations are behind closed doors," he said. "That's how bad this legislation is." 

Sanders also cited opposition to the bill by outside groups such as the AARP and the American Medical Association. 

"I say to Sens. Grassley and Ernst, if you don't believe me, then why don't you listen to virtually every major healthcare organization in this country. All of whom oppose this legislation."