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Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii delivered an impassioned plea against

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Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii delivered an impassioned plea against the Republicans’ “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act late on July 27, calling out Republican peers for not showing Americans the same compassion they showed her following a cancer diagnosis in May.⠀

“When I was diagnosed with kidney cancer and facing my first surgery, I heard from so many of my colleagues, including so many of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle,” Hirono said. “You showed me your care. You showed me your compassion. Where is that tonight?”⠀

The “better health care bill” was narrowly defeated, 51-to-49, early on Friday, just hours after Senate leadership had unveiled the measure. A unified Democratic caucus was joined by three Republicans: Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John McCain of Arizona.⠀

The final Republican bill would have repealed the employer and individual mandates under Obamacare, causing premiums to rise 20% between 2018 and 2026 and leaving 43 million more people without insurance in 2026, according to an estimate released Thursday from the Congressional Budget Office.⠀

Video source: Twitter/@maziehirono

 



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