McConnell's Health Care Bill Leads to Big Protest Outside His Ft. Wright Office
The health care debate raging in Washington, D.C. made its way to Northern Kentucky on Monday as nearly 100 protestors lined the sidewalk outside U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell's office on Dixie Highway in Ft. Wright.
Meanwhile, hours after the Congressional Budget Office estimated that McConnell's bill would cost 22 million people their insurance, the Senate Majority Leader issued a statement assuring Americans that the Republican plan would offer better health care for the country than ex-President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.
Outside his office, a protest - organized by Indivisible NKY-District 4, NKY Unites!, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, the Northern Kentucky chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Northern Kentucky Democrats, the Tri-State Freethinkers, and the Northern Kentucky Justice and Peace Committee - signs read, "Mitch, you're killing us!" and "Health care is a right!"
“The Senate’s healthcare bill is callous, unworkable, and politically motivated,” said Sister Mary Joyce Moeller, CDP and member of the Northern Kentucky Justice and Peace Committee. “Adequate healthcare is a basic human right, no matter one’s income or status. If enacted, millions who have secured healthcare for the first time in their lives will eventually lose it—so the rich can get richer”
Several protestors met with McConnell's Northern Kentucky field representative Shane Noem to discuss their concerns. A news release from the organizers called the discussion civil.
The Senate bill would increase the number of people who are uninsured by 22 million in 2026 relative to the number under current law, slightly fewer than the increase in the number of uninsured estimated for the House-passed legislation, the CBO estimated on Monday. By 2026, an estimated 49 million people would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law. Read the CBO report here.
McConnell said that debate would take place on the Senate floor.
“We should keep working so that we can move forward with robust floor debate and an open amendment process here on the Senate floor," McConnell said. "I encourage all 100 Senators to participate. Because the American people need better care right now, and this legislation includes the necessary tools to provide it.”
Photo: Health care protest at Sen. McConnell's NKY office (provided)