Vigil Held in Springfield Urging Lawmakers Not to Repeal Obamacare

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Don’t take away my health care. That was the message held on protesters signs as they stood in front of congressman Darin LaHoods office in Springfield.

Health care is something every American needs.

"We need to do everything we can to make sure that the people who represent these districts know that they are putting their most vulnerable at risk," said Jeanne Cameron director of the ILlinois alliance for retired Americans.  

With signs supporting the affordable care act, the protest in Springfield was one of hundreds being held across the country.

"I hope it just makes all the different congressman aware that the people believe and need ACA," said Rich Owens board member for Planned Parenthood Il.

The people attending the protest said repealing the affordable care act would be devastating to millions of Americans.

"If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, which could happen as soon as late January, we could see a loss of coverage for over 1.2 million Illinoisans," added Jeanne.

"The elimination of the ACA would do damage to our patients the patients that planned parenthood serves. It would be cutting preventative care. Breast cancers screenings STI training's," stated Rich.

However, congressman LaHood feels Obamacare isn't the answer.

In a statement released to WAND by LaHoods press secretary.

He says, “Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care—but that isn’t what Obamacare offers. Congressman LaHood has heard from many of his constituents about how the promises made under Obamacare have not been met with reality. Costs are skyrocketing and choices are more and more limited. Rep. LaHood believes members of both parties recognize the need to reform many aspects of Obamacare. Heading into the new Congress, Congressman LaHood looks forward to repealing and replacing Obamacare with a new system that actually delivers more choices and lowers costs for our hard-working people across central and west-central Illinois.”

Protesters feel the affordable care act is working just fine.

"This is a plan that’s working, and why not try to improve it rather than take in away entirely," added Jeanne.   

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