Dozens in Clovis protest ACA replacement bill

Clovis, Calif. - A 4'11" grim reaper on the streets of Clovis, outside Congressman Devin Nunes's office.

"It's a darn good chance most of these 24 million people will die before their time," protester Celeste Johnston said.

It's how Johnston chose to dress, saying repealing and replacing Obamacare is a death sentence.

"Fix the ACA, but don't introduce this ridiculously bad bill," Johnston said of the American Health Care Act. 

Family physician Sue Stone was alongside Johnston, saying, if the bill's replaced, she'd see trouble with those using the ER as their primary medical care.

"The people who really need those services, it gets backed up," Stone said. "They don't get the proper care, they don't get proper follow-up."

Hours earlier, Nunes was speaking out, too, apologizing for releasing information to the media and the president, Wednesday.

Not, to his own committee, conducting an investigation into possible Russian involvement in the 2017 presidential election.

"It was a judgment call on my part and at the end of the day, sometimes you make the right one, sometimes you make the wrong one, but you have to stick by the decisions you make," Nunes said Thursday.

The day before, Nunes had said members of Mr. Trump's transition team have been subjects of incidental monitoring by U.S. intelligence agencies.

"The president needs to know these intelligence reports are out there, and I have a duty to tell him that," Nunes said.

He took that information to President Trump.

Many in Washington question if Nunes can be trusted to lead an investigation involving the president.

"The question really is, is, you know, can the intelligence committee maintain the credibility across the country, that it's going to do its job and get to the bottom of this," Congressman Jim Costa said.

Costa says, Nunes is just part of the puzzle currently being pieced together on the Hill.

Congress racing to create amendments, to get the American Health Care Act approved by enough of the GOP.

"They're trying to rush through, what could take a good year to work on, in, in a less than a month time period," Costa said. "And that something that doesn't make any sense."

Costa says he thinks congress may adjourn until Monday if they don't have the votes to pass the bill Friday, we also reached out to Nunes's office, they are not releasing a statement as of Thursday evening. 

Reporting in Clovis, Megan Rupe.


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