PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Senator Bob Casey is looking for reinforcements as he prepares to return to Washington to fight the Republican health care bill.
Casey held an event in the Mayor’s Reception Room on Friday aimed at getting opponents of the bill to lobby against it.
“This bill is not really a health care bill. It’s a scheme to give away a lot of money to rich people,” said Senator Casey.
Casey has been energized by the fight against the bill. The normally low-key Casey had a few choice words for it.
“One word is ‘abomination.’ It’s an insult to who we are as a people. We’re Americans, we take care of people, we don’t send them off on their on when they need help,” he said.
Casey says it may end up uniting blue cities, like Philadelphia, with rural areas that voted for Donald Trump, because the impact would be equally severe in both places.
“No domestic issue is more important right now than stopping this bad bill, and we need you to stay in the fight,” Casey said.
But for local advocates, that would mean lobbying Senator Pat Toomey, who helped write the bill and has been equally impassioned defending it.
His office declined to comment on Casey’s criticism of the bill.