Democrats pressure Flake over health care bill: 'Don't be a Trump chicken'

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Arizona Democrats used a giant inflatable chicken Tuesday to pressure Sen. Jeff Flake into opposing a Republican-backed health care plan in Congress.

They hope the prop will prompt the state's junior senator to stand up to his party and his president.

"Don't be a Trump-chicken," said Congressman Ruben Gallego as he warned Flake to oppose a measure, that he believes would cause nearly 420,000 Arizonans to lose coverage.

Gallego, a Democrat from Arizona, and others also described the American Health Care Act, as a massive tax cut for wealthy Americans disguised as a planto replace Obama Care.

To make the point, Democrats inflated a 13-foot chicken at the state Capitol with golden hair in the style of President Donald Trump.

The Minority Leader in the State House, Rep. Rebecca Rios, a Democrat from Phoenix, estimated the passage of the AHCA would give the richest Americans a $1 billion tax break.

Last week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated the GOP proposal will cause 23 million people across the country to lose coverage.

While the House recently approved AHCA, Republican leaders in the Senate have said they plan to make major changes.

Polls have shown the bill to repeal ObamaCare to be very unpopular. A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed 20 percent supported the measure.

Flake is one of nine GOP senators up for reelection next year, but his race is considered one of the most competitive.

A spokesman for Flake's office said he was unavailable for comment.

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Dennis WlechVeteran political reporter Dennis Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona.

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Before making the move to television, Welch wrote and edited for the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California. Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona and his addition means 3TV will provide a stronger, more robust political presence in Arizona. He joins 3TV from the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California.

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