Constituents and Local Workers Protested Rep. Steve Knight’s Support for Trumpcare Bill Today, Rallied at District Office
Health care workers, seniors, people with pre-existing conditions, and local voters reminded Rep. Knight: “We’ll see you at the polls next year!”
PALMDALE, CA – Congressman Steve Knight’s constituents protested his vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Friday. Nursing home workers and home health care workers were joined by seniors, people with pre-existing conditions and families who are at risk of losing care under the GOP Trumpcare legislation. They sent a clear and resounding message that they will hold Knight accountable for harming working families and our communities.
On Thursday, the House narrowly passed the bill that will strip care from 24 million Americans, and slash Medicaid for vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities. The legislation also strips protections for people with pre-existing conditions, meaning they could be priced out of care. Americans are now relying on the Senate to stop Trumpcare and the devastation it could create in order to give massive tax cuts to people like Donald Trump.
“In November 2018, we’re going to repeal and replace Steve Knight and any other elected official that turned their back on their constituents,” said Alaina Brooks, home care worker and constituent of Rep. Knight.
Congressman Knight’s vote would put 76,000 people in his own district who receive healthcare through the Affordable Care Act in jeopardy. One in two of his constituents, more than 300,000 people in our community, have a pre-existing condition.
Knight is one of 14 Republican members of Congress who supported Trumpcare.
“California’s Republican Members of Congress who voted for this shoddy and dishonest bill have turned their backs on their constituents,” said SEIU California and SEIU Local 2015 President Laphonza Butler, representing home care providers who serve people with disabilities and elderly Californians. “People and workers like Richard Ditruri, a California home care worker and a Trump voter, are devastated that the seniors and people with disabilities he and other caregivers care for will lose the health care and home care they need to survive. As leaders in the Fight for Our Health, SEIU members have never been more fired up to protect the health care services we provide and that our communities count on.”
About 100 people attended Friday’s rally and committed to making calls to their Senators to ensure Trumpcare doesn’t pass.