A sold out live presentation of the popular podcast Pod Save America took the stage on Saturday in San Francisco with special guest star Sen. Kamala Harris, reports CBS San Francisco.
“Pod Save America” is a political podcast hosted by four former Obama administration staffers who discuss the latest news in politics, and, since the start of the new administration, how to resist the Trump era.
So what’s the hottest new topic in the realm of politics? Healthcare.
With the recent passage by the House of the GOP bill to replace Obamacare with a plan that would force millions of Americans off their insurance, it’s not only today’s biggest political topic, but also a huge personal one for many.
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“The Senate is probably under more pressure than ever before to pass something,” host Jon Favreau told the audience. “And so, the Senate got their 13 Republicans, all dudes, all white dudes and Ted Cruz, who will be writing a health care bill.”
Harris’s entrance onto the stage was greeted with loud cheers and applause.
“Well, the first thing we’ve got to do is to speak the truth, and the truth is that these folks are playing politics with public health,” said Harris, the first Indian American to serve in the Senate.
The five on stage also had a mutual understanding that they had to get ready for the 2018 midterm elections. “Those seven [Republicans] are in districts that Hillary won, right? So, let’s just talk strategy,” Harris spoke. “So, they’re engaged in all of this happy talk that is bull … not truth.”
Who are the hosts of “Pod Save America”? They all worked for the Obama administration: Jon Favreau was the head speechwriter for Obama; Jon Lovett was a speechwriter for both Hillary Clinton and Obama; Tommy Vietor was a spokesman; Dan Pfeiffer was a Senior Advisor.
It’s not just the podcast – Harris has also taken to social media to share the stories of those with pre-existing conditions who may be negatively affected by the new GOP healthcare plan.
If you're one of the up to 129M people who have a pre-existing condition, share your story with me today & I’ll RT some throughout the day.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 6, 2017
Many have been replying to her on Twitter, as the list of pre-existing conditions is quite lengthy.
@KamalaHarris My son passed away during an emergency c-section, we didn’t even get to bring home our child, and now my wife has a “pre-existing condition”
— DeFi (@curlsudobash) May 6, 2017
@KamalaHarris I am a Stage IIB cancer survivor. Here I am on my last day of chemo, three days before Christmas 2015—the best present ever. pic.twitter.com/ZP4YdSPWxS
— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) May 6, 2017
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