The New Hope chapter of Organizing for Action, with the support of Solebury Democrats, have organized a march on Sunday from 1-3 p.m. to protest the “reckless and irresponsible” repeal of Obamacare.
Organizing for Action is a national group “fighting for progressive change” with 250 chapters, most of whom will be organizing similar local demonstrations on Jan. 15 decrying the repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act.
“Repealing Obamacare affects everyone,” observed volunteer Betsy Zipkin of New Hope. “Right now, senior citizens pay less for Medicare coverage and prescription drugs, and small employers have not been slapped with a big expense.”
According to Organizing for Action, if Obamacare is dismantled, “30 million people would lose their health insurance…families across the nation have been able to get life-saving coverage because of Obamacare. The law is working for them, and we won’t let it be stripped away without a fight.”
Organizers say the event will involve “a short walk from the New Hope-Solebury High School to the Lambertville Station parking lot in support of the millions who could lose their health insurance.” They ask participants to bring signs, if possible.
“We really need to show solidarity in stopping this notion of a repeal,” said Zipkin.
She can be contacted at email@example.com or (215) 862-0411 to RSVP or for more information, or check out the Facebook event page. New Hope-Solebury High School is located at 182 W. Bridge Street.
Of the 8 people who show up for this silly protest…2 will be aging hippies and the other 6 will be heavily pierced trust fund babies with pink or blue hair wearing work boots that never trod upon a work site.
Of course, the people who get something for nothing are going to march. That number goes up all the time. It was 20 million without insurance. Now it’s 30 million. By Sunday, what will the number be? Better hurry up with that walk and those home-made signs. You are wasting your time. The repeal has begun. Read the link and weep.
I assure you, I am not one of the ‘get something for nothing’ crowd. And yes, the number of citizens purchasing health insurance through the ACA is going up all the time – how kind of you to notice! More than 10 million purchased through the ACA in 2015, an additional 12 million were covered through the Medicaid expansion component, and millions more are covered because they can stay on their parent’s health insurance until age 26. Since you’re interested in nailing down the facts, look here: https://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts-and-features/fact-sheets/aca-is-working/index.html?language=es
The repeal without replace is bad for humanity and frankly bad for the economy. It stifles small business creation and entrepreneurship, is the leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the U.S. and creates massive and costly uncertainty and inefficiencies in planning and administration. Further, it perpetuates a deliberately opaque and bureaucratic system designed to reduce the level of care provided for -everyone- in order to best profit shareholders. The result is higher costs at hospitals and doctors that are passed on to everybody – even those covered through private employer-based health insurance.
Given all of that, it is hardly a waste of my time to fully educate myself about this issue and work through all of the related implications and costs, much less to stand and march in support of this with 100 other people in my small town alone (let alone tens of thousands across the country) to stand up for what I firmly believe is a better policy than the (non-existent) alternative.