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Protesters Call Upon Republican Rep. Steve Knight To Support Obamacare

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Hundreds of people protested a Saturday morning townhall meeting in Palmdale held by Republican Rep. Steve Knight. The protesters have been calling on the Congressman not to repeal Obamacare.

"I come to tell my senator to fight for my health care," Robin Tarver of Lancaster told KABC. "I'm one of those people who didn't have healthcare and because of the Affordable Care Act, my life was truly saved at Kaiser Hospital Sunset. So please leave it alone, I need my health care."

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KHTS notes that the townhall meeting itself ran long as Knight fielded many questions over the uncertain future of the Affordable Care Act.

The protest calls to mind several other protests nationwide in recent weeks of Republican representatives returning to their home districts. Most notably, on February 22, Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, was met with constituents calling to save Obamacare and force President Trump to release his tax returns.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Rep. Knight faced protesters on February 2, when a crowd gathered outside his district office to urge the representative to save Obamacare and Medicaid.