Peterborough, Keene host protests against repeal of Affordable Care Act
- Author: Zachary Reyes Feb 27, 2017,
Feb 27, 2017, 14:11
"They've been in office not even 90 days now, and we need to give these guys a chance", Debartolo said.
Republican members of Congress are at home this week, with many of them getting an earful from anxious constituents about their plans to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act.
For instance, the law we have actually contains two parts implied in the full name, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
In San Diego County hundreds of people have protested weekly outside of Congressman Darrell Issa's office, and have organized their own town hall in Vista.
Supporters at an Orlando Town Hall want Democratic Congresswoman Val Demings to "fight like hell" for Obamacare.
While hundreds of protesters against Trump held signs along US 41, urging support for government health care, Trump supporters held signs of their own encouraging support for the president. Republicans have long opposed the law, and current President Donald Trump has said he wants the law repealed and replaced.
The uncertain status of the Affordable Care Act is causing confusion for some tax filers. Iowa's Medicaid program covers about 600,000 Iowans, including foster children, poor families and people with mental illnesses and disabilities.
"We feel the ACA is one of the most important pieces of healthcare legislation of all time", said Dr. Qunn Snyder, an emergency room physician".
Lucinda Garmus, a nurse, put the rally together because she said U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer called for a "Day of Action".
Some people without insurance are surprised to find out they still have to pay a penalty for not having health coverage.
"I saw people who could not get screening tests for cancer, and I saw people who had cancer and couldn't get their cancer treated", she said. They do not make money insuring people who are already sick and need medical care today, tomorrow and for months or years to come.
Joel Melsha was one of the speakers.
State Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, said Republicans can not offer the same level of health care coverage at a lower cost as they have said they will do.