"Zombie" protestors in SLC speak out against Graham-Cassidy Bill

Organizers call the plan to overturn Obamacare "the repeal that just won't die"

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah News) -People in zombie makeup, carrying mock gravestones gathered Monday afternoon at the Wallace Bennett Federal Building in Downtown Salt Lake City.

It's wasn't Halloween. It was a protest of the Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill and what some call a Republican effort to repeal Obamacare "that just won't die".

Joanne Slotnik, Co-Founder of Salt Lake Indivisible, was one of the organizers of the protest.

"This is what? The third time we had to come out to the streets to protest a health care bill that's going to disadvantage enormous numbers of people around this country?" Slotnik said. "You know we kill the bill and then it comes back. It's a zombie health care bill."

Some Republican Senators think it's a better option than leaving the Affordable Care Act in place.

"I have a tendency to want to support Graham-Cassidy," Senator Orrin Hatch (R - Utah) said recently.

"The Graham-Cassidy bill is a real good step in the right direction," Senator Mike Rounds (R - South Dakota) said. "Because it returns the decision making back to the states."

U.S. Army Veteran Josh Cameron disagrees.

"The fact that we even have people taking seriously that this Graham-Cassidy is even a health care bill, as somebody mentioned before it's a wealth care bill," Cameron told ABC4 Utah News.

Pam Harrison, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a breast cancer survivor, said that passage of the bill could give her a difficult decision.

"This could truly for me be a choice of losing my health care or selling my house and what good's that going to be?" Harrison, "For me to be homeless and have insurance of to have a house and not have insurance?"

For some of the protestors with preexisting and long term illnesses, they say this is about more than policy. This is a matter of life and death.

"If you are disabled in any way, this bill is terrible for you," Slotnik said. "If you're a woman, this bill is terrible for you. If you have a preexisting condition it's terrible for you."

The Graham-Cassidy Bill needs 51 votes to pass the Senate. A vote is expected later this week.


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