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Sen. Cory Booker and Rep. John Lewis held impromptu health care sit in on Capitol steps

“Remember, the power of the people is greater than the people in power … let your voice be heard.”

Sen. Cory Booker Healthcare Rally
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Last night (June 26, 2017) something every special happened in Washington D.C. Sen. Cory Booker and Rep. John Lewis held an almost four hour long Facebook live stream to advocate against the Republican health-care bill on June 26.

They were joined by several other members of Congress including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and Dick Durbin along with Sens. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, Brian Schatz of Hawaii, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Jeff Merkley of Oregon

The bill, which is called the Better Care Reconciliation Act, was only just revealed after Senate Republicans worked on the bill in secret, and now, Republicans are pushing for a vote on the bill by the end of the week. The Congressional Budget Office scored the bill on Monday, announcing that in addition to cutting Medicaid, the bill would leave 22 million more uninsured people.

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Booker and Lewis took to the Capitol steps in order to talk to people and to protest the bill. Booker live-streamed the event for nearly four hours as more and more people gathered, elected officials and activists and others all coming together in protest of the bill.

“So John Lewis and I are going to sit down on the Capitol steps for a while to protest Senate Republican’s efforts to repeal health care and give voice to millions of Americans who believe that affordable health care is a human right,” Booker posted alongside the Facebook live stream. “Watch, share & join us.”

“By sitting in, by sitting down, you’re really standing up,” Lewis said.

If you have time (3 hours or so), I encourage you to watch the entire event. It is an extremely inspiring event.

Health care is a human right.So this week we face a defining moment: we are perhaps days away from a vote on a devastating health repeal bill in the United States Senate that threatens the health and financial security of millions of Americans.We must fight harder for the American people who will suffer, who will get sicker, who will lose loved ones if the Senate Republican plan goes through. Because right now, the fate of millions of Americans and future generations are at stake in this fight – a fight Americans cannot afford to lose.Congressman John Lewis said it well: “Affordable health care is the birthright of every American. At stake are not just the details of policy but the character of our country.”So John Lewis and I are going to sit down on the Capitol steps for a while to protest Senate Republican’s efforts to repeal health care and give voice to millions of Americans who believe that affordable health care is a human right.Watch, share & join us.

Posted by Cory Booker on Monday, June 26, 2017

If not, then you must check out this Twitter thread posted by Ben Wikler, the Washington Director at MoveOn posted a play-by-play tweet thread that capturing the event.

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