Hundreds of people rallied Tuesday outside the district office of Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, one day after Republicans announced a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
The demonstration was the latest in a series of protests staged in front of Issa’s office by supporters of “Obamacare,” who fear that repeal will make healthcare less accessible and more expensive.
“Issues are critical and healthcare is critical because there are millions who are going to be left without coverage and there is no clear sign as to how those who are lower income are really going to be able to keep their coverage,” Dylan Bry told CBS8.
One counter-protester stood across the street during the protest. Sean Colgan told NBC San Diego that a friend of his had his healthcare expenses more than double under Obamacare and receives less coverage.
“He’s not happy,” Colgan said. “I know a lot of people who are unhappy.”
In a statement, Issa said Obamacare is “collapsing under its own weight.”
“Premiums have risen, deductibles have grown, choices have dwindled, millions have lost the coverage they knew and liked — and things are only getting worse,” Issa said. “Insurers are fleeing the Obamacare marketplaces in droves, leaving many Americans with no choice when it comes to their health care plans.”
Issa, who released his own plan last month that would provide coverage similar to that received by federal employees and their families, said the goal is get Americans and their physicians “back in the driver’s seat of their health care.”
The plan released by House Republicans would repeal a mandate for individuals to obtain health insurance, offer refundable tax credits to buy health coverage and send a set amount of money to states to pay for their Medicaid programs.
The plan would also mostly maintain protections for people with pre- existing conditions.
Some conservative groups have come out against the House GOP proposal, contending it doesn’t go far enough to remove government from interfering with the healthcare industry.
—City News Service
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