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"Die-In" Puts Focus on Trumpcare Fallout in Granite State

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Opponents of the American Health Care Act staged a "die-in" at Gov. Chris Sununu's office to send a message to visiting U.S. HHS Secretary Tom Price. (Jeff Kramer/Rights & Democracy NH)
Opponents of the American Health Care Act staged a "die-in" at Gov. Chris Sununu's office to send a message to visiting U.S. HHS Secretary Tom Price. (Jeff Kramer/Rights & Democracy NH)
May 11, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. – Opponents of the latest version of "Trumpcare" staged what they referred to as a "die-in" on Wednesday outside the office of Gov. Chris Sununu. The protest coincided with the governor's scheduled meeting with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Linda Rhodes, co-founder of the group Indivisible New Hampshire, says the goal of several dozen protesters lying on the floor was to call attention to the lethal effects they believe the latest version of the American Health Care Act could have, especially in the Granite State.

"The cut to Medicaid and Medicare, the cutting funding for Planned Parenthood - it could have devastating effects on New Hampshire's good work to try to help the opioid crisis here," she explains.

While President Donald Trump has said on numerous occasions that the measure to repeal and replace Obamacare will not strip health insurance from people with pre-existing conditions, Rhodes says "Trumpcare 2.0" jeopardizes coverage for tens of thousands in New Hampshire who get their health insurance with the help of Affordable Care Act subsidies.

Rhodes says a big reason for the die-in was to call on Gov. Sununu to oppose Trumpcare - especially if he wants to effectively address the opioid drug epidemic - and for him to relay that message to Secretary Price.

"He's having meetings with people impacted by the opioid crisis; at least Gov. Sununu understands that that's an issue," she says. "But he threw his hat in the ring with people who are trying to cut 24 million people off of their health insurance."

Rhodes says they would have staged the die-in as Price and Sununu met, but the location of that meeting wasn't shared with the public.

She says if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, the average cost to Medicare enrollees is estimated to be more than $1,000 a month.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH