By David Travis Bland, Free Times, May 15, 2017
About a dozen people gathered on Main Street May 9 to die in front of the Bank of America building, home base for U.S. Sen. Tim Scott. But they said a lot despite being the figurative dead. The event was a “Die In,” a protest against House Republicans’ American Health Care Act. The group wanted to send a message to Scott about “the thousands of South Carolinians who will die if the U.S. Senate passes the ACHA bill.”
The action was planned by Indivisible South Carolina, a group whose recognition and influence in the landscape of activism in the Trump era is growing. The group has been a key force behind the raucous opposition at Republicans’ town halls since Trump was elected.
On the sidewalk, facing the passing vehicles, Phyllis MacQueen held a tombstone-shaped piece of styrofoam chiseled with “R.I.P My childhood diabetes is a pre-existing condition!”
Under the ACHA, states and insurers would have control over whether insurers must cover pre-existing conditions, opening up the possibility that those currently covered by the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, could be denied insurance or priced out. This potential stripping away of health care is Indivisible’s latest rallying call.