Bernie Sanders hosts rally in support of the Affordable Care Act

Bernie Sanders hosts rally in support of the Affordable Care Act

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was in Covington Sunday for his rally in support of the Affordable Care Act.

The Democrat senator visited the Northern Kentucky Convention Center to lead an event called "Care Not Cuts."

Sanders called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on his home turf of the Bluegrass State.

Last week, McConnell, R-Ky., postponed a vote on the Republican health care bill because he lacked the votes.

"We are gathered here tonight to make one very, very simple point. And that is we will not allow 22 million Americans to be thrown off healthcare in order to give 500 billion dollars in tax breaks for the two percent and insurance companies," Sanders said.

He also addressed what he said could be the impact on the opioid crisis if the Senate Health Care Bill passes.

The bill's cuts to medicaid could mean 15 thousand Kentuckians would not get the treatment they need for addictions.

The GOP's long-promised repeal of "Obamacare" stands in limbo, but McConnell says he intends to proceed with negotiations during the July 4 recess.

McConnell's draft healthcare bill would result in 22 million people losing insurance over the next decade, a CBO analysis found.

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