Posted: 11:11 pm Tuesday, July 4th, 2017
By Jamie Dupree
Critics of GOP plans in Congress to overhaul the Obama health law tried to put Republicans on the defensive on Tuesday at various parades around the nation marking Independence Day, as Republicans in Congress continue to look for a deal on a Senate health care bill, and opponents try their best to derail those legislative efforts.
“Health care is a human right!” shouted protesters who tried their best to interrupt remarks by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), at a July Fourth event in McAllen, Texas.
At other Independence Day ceremonies and parades, health care was a hot topic, even for Republicans who aren’t on board with the GOP plan in the Senate, like Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.
“Both parties must work together to make health care better. It’s what we should have done from the beginning,” Collins said on Twitter.
Susan Collins is at the Fourth of July parade in Eastport, Me., as spectators call "health care! Health care!" and shower her with thanks. pic.twitter.com/eTuyNK3zsS
— Jess Bidgood (@jessbidgood) July 4, 2017
Best part of Independence Day? Yelling at @BrucePoliquin about health care at the Bangor parade and watching him try to become invisible.
— Rich Kimball (@DowntownRichK) July 4, 2017
Liberal groups tried to stir things up at a number of events, following certain GOP lawmakers to different parades, and raising their voices directly to members of Congress.
“How does it feel to get bird dogged at every 4th parade you & your entourage marched in?” one group in Nebraska tweeted at Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE), a freshman GOP lawmaker.
If Bacon was worried, he wasn’t showing it on social media.
We loved the extra attention you gave us… thank you. It reminds me of the important work were doing and emboldens me to work harder! https://t.co/GtonTlVaqp
— Don Bacon (@DonJBacon) July 4, 2017
Congress is off the rest of this week; the Senate returns for votes next Monday, while the House is back on Tuesday.
There has been no public indication that GOP Senators are any closer to a deal on a Republican health care bill.
GOP leaders had hoped to vote on a plan last week, but that schedule was put on hold when it became obvious that Republicans could not muster a majority of votes.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.