L.A. Joined Rest Of The Nation In Protesting Threats To The ACA
California Senator Kamala Harris helmed a rally protesting the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center Sunday, and a separate event occurred later in the evening in Hollywood. These protests were two of several that occurred nationwide, as planned by Sen. Bernie Sanders, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, according to the Daily News.
Sanders called the series of protests "Our First Stand," and said, "The immediate goal of the rallies is to show Republicans that the majority of people are against repealing the Affordable Care Act." Sanders and Schumer appeared at a rally in Warren, Michigan, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The Affordable Care Act, known to some as Obamacare, is currently the target of Republicans. It has not yet been repealed, but it is in jeopardy. According to our site site, Gothamist:
Hundreds showed up at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center at noon for the first protest. Harris was joined by Steve Martin (not the actor), who was diagnosed with cancer at 26. Martin held a part-time job at the time, and received coverage via the ACA, CBS Los Angeles reports.
"I would not have been able to afford it any other way. I remember what health care was like right before it changed. It was not easy to access. I went a whole year without health care for a while," he said.
Protestors reported concerns that those with pre-existing conditions would be unable to receive coverage should something happen to the existing system.
"Yes, we can improve it, but we can't just get rid of it," protestor Stephen Fixary told reporters.
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