Monday, February 27, 2017

The Register-Guard: Merkley and DeFazio rally in Eugene to defend the Affordable Care Act

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio takes questions from the public during
a town hall gathering at Lane Community College in Eugene Ore.,
on Saturday, February 25, 2017. (Collin Andrew/The Register-Guard)
Across the United States, at rallies and town hall meetings, Americans’ are publicly denouncing President Trump’s plan, in cahoots with congressional Republicans, to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. So far, they have not come up with a healthcare replacement plan.

In Oregon, about 2,000 people rallied to hear Democrats Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Peter DeFazio speak. Their message was resist President Trump and the Republicans. Merkley asked “are y’all ready to join the fight?” Activist displayed messages such as “Reject Republicans,” “Save my Life,” and “Healthcare is Not a Luxury.”

Here’s what U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has to say:

“The resistance grows. Tens of thousands of people came out this week at 152 rallies in 120 congressional districts from Eugene, Oregon, to Providence, Rhode Island. The message to Trump and the Republicans is clear: Do not repeal the Affordable Care Act. Improve it. Do not throw 20 million people off of health care. Do not allow insurance companies to discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions. Do not remove young people from their parents' insurance policies. Do not force women to pay more than men for health care. Do not ask seniors to pay, on average, $2,000 a year more for prescription drugs. Our job: Short term we must defend and improve the Affordable Care Act. Long term, we must have the United States join the rest of the industrialized world in guaranteeing health care for every man, woman and child through a Medicare for All program.”

 Merkley and DeFazio rally in Eugene to defend the Affordable Care Act
At a sunny Saturday rally in Eugene that drew about 2,000 people, two Democratic members of Oregon’s congressional delegation promised to battle President…