Several hundred vocal but orderly protesters marched Sunday afternoon from New Hope-Solebury High School in Pennnsylvania to the corner of South Union and Bridge streets in Lamberville, New Jersey, to demonstrate their disdain for moves in the nation’s capitol to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare.”
Bearing signs that read “Hands Off the ACA” and “Heal, Don’t Repeal,” the marchers chanted “Ho-ho, hey-hey, the ACA has got to stay!” as they proceeded across the Delaware River via the New Hope-Lambertville free bridge, utilizing the pedestrian sidewalk, rather than the roadway, in a nod to local police.
The New Hope chapter of Organizing for Action, with the support of Solebury Democrats, organized the march on Sunday to protest the “reckless and irresponsible” repeal of Obamacare that could cause “millions to lose their health insurance.”
“My sister couldn’t afford her life-saving medication before Obamacare,” said another protester in Lambertville.
The police presence on the Pennsylvania side was low-key, but extra Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission officials were apparent, and they managed to cajole one adventurous side group of protesters out of the roadway and back onto the sidewalk. Demonstrators stuck to the pedestrian walkway of the bridge, keeping traffic disruption to a minimum, and several vehicles honked in approval as marchers held up anti-repeal signs in their direction.
A Lambertville police officer diffused a minor incident when a passerby expressed frustration at his inability to cross the sidewalk at one juncture, and Lambertville patrols were generally more visible, and showed flexibilty and professionalism.
Organizing for Action is a national group “fighting for progressive change” with 250 chapters, most of whom staged 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 last week.